Susan Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice since 1987 in San Diego, CA. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and addictions. Her current focus is on the integration of Internal Family Systems informed procedures within EMDR therapy. Susan was a Principal Investigator in a study for an “Integrated Trauma Treatment Program” in an adult Drug Court utilizing EMDR. She has co-authored several book chapters and articles on this topic and presents advanced specialty workshops. She has presented regularly at EMDRIA conferences. She is an EMDRIA Certified and Approved Consultant and Basic Training Facilitator for the EMDR Institute.
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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About this course
- 11 lessons
- 2.5 hours of video content
An introductory workshop for fully trained EMDR clinicians to learn addiction-focused protocols and conceptualize when and how these protocols might be used. The workshop also introduces integrating IFS (Internal Family Systems) informed parts work and why it is recommended within the 8 phases of EMDR to increase safety, stabilization, and relapse prevention. This live webinar includes clinical examples, videos, and a Q & A portion to highlight concepts.
Part 1, presented by Hope Payson, explores the use of the more commonly used addiction protocols and how they can be used within a comprehensive or symptom focused EMDR therapy treatment plan. The protocols are reviewed, along with some guidance on how to use them to address and desensitize triggers, urges, cravings, avoidance defenses and the “positive feeling states” associated with a variety of addictive behaviors. Teaching points are highlighted with clinical examples, video clips and open discussion.
Part 2, presented by Susan Brown, describes the basic concepts of IFS (Internal Family Systems), a trauma informed ego state approach and introduce the integration of IFS informed, parts work within the 8 phases of EMDR therapy. The integration focuses on safety and stabilization throughout phases and the importance of learning about a client’s internal system before proceeding to reprocess deep trauma. The workshop includes a demonstration showing how to identify and gain permission from Protector parts to access those deep dives into trauma and attachment wounds without triggering danger to the client or unnecessary relapse. Clinical examples, videos and open Q&A are offered to highlight these concepts.
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe at least 2 Addiction Protocols.
2. Describe when the use of Addiction Protocols would be appropriate.
3. Identify at least 3 reasons why integrating parts work within EMDR therapy is recommended.
4. Explain the IFS process for gaining permission from protectors before accessing trauma and attachment wounds.
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) CEs
“This was a short, effective review of the AIP model applied to addictions. The new strategies using 'parts' dialog as part of pain leading to addiction is extremely useful, especially the internal talk between parts, self, and protection.”
“Very informative and made me aware of a much needed protocol, which is very much needed in our society's critical times of extreme addiction and overdosing”