This advanced training explores the use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders and process addictions—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent or new to recovery—by discussing the unique treatment considerations that arise during each phase of the EMDR protocol when treating this population. Includes several video recordings with addiction specialists.

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  • CE Credits

    This course approved by EMDRIA and for 12 CEs.

  • Course Enrollment

    EMDR Professional Training™ Members: $299
    Regular Enrollment: $349

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC

Advanced Trainer

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC, is a licensed clinical social worker, alcohol and drug counselor, and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma. She has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of community mental health and addiction treatment settings and has presented in a wide range of conferences within the US and internationally.  

Hope currently coordinates a group private practice and provides training and consultation services to clinicians working in private and community settings.  She is actively involved in helping addiction focused treatment programs integrate EMDR therapy throughout all phases of their programming.  She is also the producer of the documentary Uprooting Addiction:  Healing from the ground up.

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Course curriculum

    1. Notes Pages for Power of the Pain

    2. More handouts for the course

    1. Video #1

    2. Video #2

    3. Video #3

    4. Video #4

    5. Video #5

    6. Video #6

    7. Video #7

    8. Video #8 Motivational Interviewing with Kate Becker

    9. Video #9 -- Interview with Adam Horner

    10. Video # 10 Interview with Sharon Gera

    11. Video #11 Interview with Rehna Becker & John Goldman

    12. Video # 12 Power of the Pain -- Post Test Review

    13. That's It!

    1. Course Evaluation

    1. You've Finished the Course! Now What?

    2. Quiz and CE Certificate from

    1. Advanced Training!

The Power of the Pain: EMDR Therapy, Addiction, and Recovery

  • $349.00
  • 12.5 hours of video content
  • 12 professional and EMDRIA CEs

Course Description & Learning Objectives

Program Abstract/ Program Description 

This workshop explores the use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders and process addictions—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent or new to recovery—by discussing the unique treatment considerations that arise during each phase of the EMDR protocol when treating this population. The individual and cultural factors that increase vulnerability to developing an addictive disorder are reviewed throughout the training. Additionally, common risk factors and assessment issues, addiction specific resources and preparation work, how to addresses and desensitize triggers, urges, cravings, avoidance defenses and “positive feeling states”, and the use of the standard EMDR protocol in the treatment of addiction are all taught and highlighted with case example, video clips and guided practice.   No modification of phases 3-6 of the standard EMDR protocol are proposed.  Video recording of addiction specialists from throughout the world are used to address common questions and concerns when working with this population.  A special review section assists participants in integrating the learning material while preparing for the post test. 

Course Objectives

Through the use of lecture, experiential exercises, case presentations, handouts, and video clips, upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

1.     Describe how trauma symptoms increase vulnerability to addiction.

2.     Explain the basic findings of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study and the impact of Community Adverse Experiences.

3.     Identify two common resourcing needs of persons with histories of complex trauma and addiction.

4.     Identify at least 2 addiction specific stabilization options to use in Phase 2 of EMDR therapy.

5.     Describe the steps involved in addressing and desensitizing cravings, urges and triggers related to substance/behavioral addictions.

6.     Define the term: maladaptive positive feeling state. 

7.     Identify how to address the maladaptive “positive” feelings, body sensations or cognitions linked to addictions.

8.     Recognize when the use of Addiction Protocols would be appropriate.  

9.     Identify treatment planning options when working with clients in various stages of addiction and recovery.

10.  Describe how the float back technique can be used to create a treatment plan to address common treatment barriers.

11.  Identify history taking questions that can be used to assess readiness for trauma processing.

12.  Describe how to use motivational interviewing techniques in the history taking Phase of EMDR therapy.

13.  Identify the common negative and positive cognitions endorsed by clients with addictive disorders.

14.  Describe when addressing underlying trauma using Standard Protocol EMDR would be appropriate.

Eligibility and Approvals


This course is considered an advanced course for EMDR therapy clinicians.  Before enrolling in this course, participants should successfully complete an EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training program.

If you have not yet taken EMDR Basic Training, please go to our Basic Training schedule on our EMDR Basic Training home page at EMDR Professional Training.


This course is a 12 CE course. Participants  are responsible for checking with their state boards to verify CE requirements.

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) CEs

EMDR Professional Training is an approved EMDRIA CE Provider (#18023), and this program is approved by EMDRIA for 12 EMDRIA Credits, Approval #18023-DL40.

TRAINING LEVEL: Beginning level

Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.

Continuing Education Credit - Professional CEs

Continuing Education Credit is approved for 12 CEs through EMDR Professional Training's CE partner, See the information below for professional approvals. is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA). is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP. Expires 3/31/2025.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225. Expires 02-2025.
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board., Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.  #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board., Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211.
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024. Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.
    Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, taking the course exam, and completing an evaluation form.

Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

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Address: 1398 SW 160th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33326, USA
Phone: 954-290-8446
Email: [email protected]

More information about obtaining your CE Certificate for this course is available at the end of the workshop.

Participants in OnDemand courses print their own certificate online after registering at, entering a keycode, taking the final exam for the course, and completing an evaluation form.

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Course Reviews

“Hope is a master clinician, with a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and passion for the topic of treating addiction and underlying trauma. Extremely useful conceptually and practically.”

“Very information, compassionate and trauma sensitive. Lots of clear, useful information for doing various Addiction Protocols and also integrating them with Resourcing and Standard EMDR. Excellent Presenter!”

“The leader was warm and engaging. Very professional and informative.”

“Awesome! Hope is amazing. She helped my practice a lot as I am working in addictions in a Detox/RTC and it was very helpful to hear the different ways to help our patients.”