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Cultural Responsiveness and Addressing Cultural Trauma and Adversity in EMDR Therapy

presented by David Archer, Wendy Ashley, Allen Lipscomb, Viviana Triana & Viviana Urdaneta
hosted by Mark Nickerson

Friday, April 9, 2021

6 credits: EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians

Starting Time: 11:00 AM ET • 10:00 AM CT • 9:00 AM MT • 8:00 AM PT (6 hour training)

Livestream/delayed viewing: This option includes participation via livestream during the training and/or access to the recorded training for 90 days following the live event.

Program Fees (includes 6 CEs):

$195.00 by March 28, 2021; $225.00 after March 28, 2021
$30 discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

Full refunds until March 28, 2021; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after April 2, 2021.

LIVESTREAM/DELAYED VIEWING: When you purchase the livestream/delayed viewing (all one option), BeaconLive will provide you with instructions on how to access the program including tech support contact info. You can then watch any part or all of the program while it is happening and email in questions as it occurs. The pre-recorded program will be available within a few days after the live version. You can then watch the program whenever you’d like for 90 days (with a $40 per month extension available if you want more time). At the end of the program, you will see prompts to a quiz to demonstrate your participation. Once you pass the quiz (unlimited chances), you’ll have access to a downloadable CE certificate.

THE NEED: There is an increasing awareness of the importance of understanding our EMDR clients within a cultural context. Tendencies within the field of psychotherapy to be “color blind” miss the richness of the diverse range of cultural and social experiences that impact our clients and how they navigate their worlds. Positive cultural experiences are often core and resonant components of who people are. Adapting our EMDR methods to the language, values and resources of our client’s cultural ways will undoubtedly increase client engagement and clinical effectiveness.

In addition, there is currently an acute and long-awaited call to action for trauma therapists in particular to create therapeutic space for clients to acknowledge and address the past and ongoing effects of social and culturally based trauma and adversity.  These realities include the many faces of systemic oppression, stigmatization, and cultural marginalization which can lead to isolation, invisibility, addiction, and alienation. Culturally informed EMDR can offer opportunities to undo the impact of negative internalized cultural messages, increase adaptive responsiveness and build resilience.

THE PURPOSE: This training will focus on the dynamics, experiences and needs of a range of intersecting cultural identities primarily focused on race, ethnicity, and nationality.  It is designed to inform and guide EMDR therapists interested in deepening their clinically relevant awareness, skills, and knowledge. The training will focus on dynamics within the US and Canada (with implications for global cultural dynamics). Attention will be paid to the experience and needs of both clients and EMDR practitioners. Presenters are EMDR practitioners with expertise in their topic areas and they will draw from their professional and other lived experience.

TRAINING FEATURES: The training will feature an array of presentations designed to inform and guide EMDR practitioners with increased awareness of cultural considerations and specific EMDR methods and strategies. Presentations will address topic specific considerations within the 8-Phase EMDR model. Presentations will be coordinated to reduce duplication of foundational concepts and to build a sense of a collaborative community of EMDR practitioners advancing the culturally attuned use of EMDR therapy. The training will be in webinar format and professionally managed by broadcast professionals. All presentations will be delivered in live time and participants can participate in live time and/or view the recorded training after the event. EMDR trained moderators will manage participant questions and comments.


Schedule for Virtual Training
All times Eastern

11:00 am – Welcome
Embracing Cultural Responsiveness
Mark Nickerson, LICSW11:15 am
Banishing the Binaries: Using EMDR from an Anti-Racist Perspective

David Archer, MSW, MFT

When using EMDR therapy effectively, we must be both mindful and brave. Our clinical training, and the power dynamic it engenders, can inadvertently feed into maintaining social biases or stereotypical categories. The overemphasis on diagnosing the external “other” can lead to a lack of consideration of our own limited awareness and internal biases. When left unchecked, our privileges can damage our therapeutic alliances. Clients may then prematurely drop out of sessions, or in some cases, become retraumatized and discouraged from seeking additional therapy. Anti-Racist Psychotherapy is designed to circumvent these problems. In addition to understanding the effects of minority stress, it is necessary to understand the social construction of social prejudices in order to avoid victim blaming and encourage client empowerment. While the social construct of race will be highlighted, the metaphoric states of mind of Black/White (i.e. the binary cycle of White supremacy/Black suffering) will be explained and the discussion will be generalizable to other social categories. The social, epigenetic and neurobiological explanations of racial trauma will be explored. The need for cultivating a deeper purpose for the practice of psychotherapy, and the drive towards client recovery and social justice will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this workshop and with materials presented, participants will be able to:

      • Describe the binary cycle of White supremacy and Black suffering
      • List three characteristics for racial trauma as they manifest in clinical populations
      • List three recommendations for addressing racial trauma targets using EMDR therapy

12:30 pm Break

12:45 pm
Facilitating EMDR with an Intersectional, Anti-oppressive Lens
Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW and Allen Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

EMDR is an evidenced based intervention designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories. Despite EMDR’s efficacy, there are minimal references to diversity in EMDR research, and no protocol adaptations for incorporating an intersectionality and anti-oppressive lens when working with clients of marginalized groups. Without consideration of the lived experiences of racialized and marginalized identities and the acknowledgement of stigma, shame and historical trauma, the relevance of identity, privilege and inclusion in treatment is obscured. Emphasis is placed on clinician positionality in alleviating oppression-based trauma and clinical implications for promoting anti-oppressive EMDR practice with marginalized groups.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this workshop and with materials presented, participants will be able to:

      • Participants will be able to describe ways in which historical trauma, lived experiences and stigma impact marginalized groups in EMDR treatment.
      • Participants will be able to identify differences between utilizing traditional EMDR and EMDR with an intersectional and anti-oppressive lens.
      • Participants will be able to identify strategies for clinician positionality and anti-oppressive practice that will promote efficacy in using EMDR with diverse clients

2:15 – 3:00 pm Lunch

3:00 pm
EMDR Therapy from an Intercultural Approach
Viviana Urdaneta, LCSW-S

This workshop will discuss ways to utilize an intercultural approach in the eight phases of EMDR therapy. It includes considerations for both consultation and direct client practice. This presentation will address both the challenges and strengths regarding empowerment, person-in-environment, social justice, and intersectionality in the therapeutic process. Therapists, consultants, and clients come from diverse backgrounds including differences in gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, socio economic status, and more. This diversity in our population calls for therapists and consultants to adapt and be flexible to embrace their own intersectionality and bring it as part of the therapeutic process. Also, consultants and therapists must recognize challenges and opportunities to working with diverse populations. The presenter will discuss practical ideas for case conceptualization, treatment planning, and treatment. This workshop will be divided into two parts: first, ideas for therapists to center culture in the therapeutic process, and second, ideas for consultants to discuss and place culture and race in the process of consultation. This presentation will emphasize the importance of commitment, non-judgmental curiosity, and vulnerability as keys to embracing culture in the therapeutic process.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this workshop and with materials presented, participants will be able to:

      • Identify at least 2 ideas that are important when working from an intercultural approach in order to improve case conceptualization, treatment planning, and treatment
      • Describe at least 3 specific strategies and practical tools to utilize during EMDR phases when working with clients from diverse backgrounds including differences in race and culture
      • Identify at least 3 strategies to include in an intercultural approach in EMDR consultation

4:30 pm Break

4:45 pm
EMDR with Latinx Clients- Cultural and Treatment Considerations
Viviana Urdaneta, LCSW-S and Viviana Triana, LCSW-S

This workshop addresses ways to integrate cultural considerations in working with Latinx clients within the 8 phases of EMDR therapy to assist with case conceptualization, treatment planning, and reprocessing of trauma and painful life experiences. It emphasizes the importance of considering acculturation, immigration, bilingualism, fictive-kin family members, and historical and current socio-political situations as both resources and traumatic events for this population. The presenters will provide specific strategies that have been found relevant to work with Latinx including the utilization of EMDR therapy in group and playful interventions that embrace and celebrate culture.

Learning Objectives- Participants will be able to:

      • Identify at least 3 cultural considerations that are important in the work with Latinx children in order to improve case conceptualization, treatment planning, and reprocessing of traumatic and life disturbing events.
      • Describe at least 3 specific strategies and practical tools to utilize during EMDR phases when working with Latinx clients

6:15 pm Program close

EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EMDR ATDL and APT maintain responsibility for this program and its content. NY CEs by arrangement.

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