Treating Addictions with EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change, Abel and O’Brien Book Study (12 CE Hours)


This Home Study Program offers an opportunity to earn 12 CE hours (EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other master’s level clinicians. Check with state licensing board to confirm acceptance of NBCC credits). The book itself (not included) is the educational content of this program. By passing the CE program quiz developed for this program, you will demonstrate that you have gained knowledge by reading this book.

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Treating Addictions with EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change
by Nancy J. Abel and John M. O’Brien
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The book addresses the scope of problems relating to addiction and considers the connection between addiction and trauma. Focusing on the use of EMDR therapy in treating addictions, the book also considers traditional models for each stage of treatment so interventions can be individualized according to the needs of each client.

Mental health practitioners must be prepared to treat addiction-related issues–affecting up to 50% of mental health clients — whether or not clients present with addiction as a primary concern. This practical roadmap to the treatment of addictions advocates an underutilized–yet highly effective–method of intervention: eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. It is the first book to integrate the Stages of Change Model with EMDR’s phases for successful treatment outcome.

The authors describe in detail the Transtheoretical Model, tracing its development and theoretical foundations. They discuss each of its stages in depth, presenting and integrating EMDR interventions used by therapists in each stage. The interventions are useful for helping clients at any motivational level. Case vignettes in each chapter illustrate how EMDR techniques are used, and several detailed cases are provided at the end of the book. The appendix features additional resources and EMDR protocols. The text will be useful for therapists currently using EMDR for addiction treatment as well as those using other modalities who are seeking an effective alternative.

Nancy Abel, LCSW, LADC, is an experienced mental health and addictions clinician with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has been the Coordinator of Family Services at Day One in Portland, ME, the Director of Substance Abuse Services at Shoreline Community Mental Health Services in Brunswick, ME and taught for over 14 years at the University of Southern Maine as well as in the Addictions Program at the University of New England. She is currently in private practice in South Portland, ME. Nancy is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant.

John M. O’Brien, Ph.D. received his degree in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. He previously worked as a high school guidance counselor and at Spring Harbor Counseling in their Partial Hospital and Outpatient Services. John is currently in full time private practice in Portland, specializing in substance abuse, grief, trauma and gay/lesbian issues. In addition, he teaches courses at the University of Maine at Augusta in psychology and addictions. He is the Past President of the Maine Psychological Association. John is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant.


* Provide statistics that depict the scope of the problem of additions * List five or more examples of behavioral addictions
* Describe the Stages of Change model in addiction treatment * Describe the use of Resource Development within treatment for addictions
* Describe the importance of building affect tolerance    * Describe the goals of the DeTUR protocol 
* Describe the steps in installing a positive treatment goal within DeTUR * Explain the technique of anchoring within DeTUR
* Describe steps to identifying and desensitizing triggers within DeTUR * Explain the concept of an “addiction memory” within the EMDR approach
* Describe the focus of the Addiction Memory Protocol * Describe the focus of the CRAVEX protocol
Key Features:
* Provides a practical roadmap to using the Stages of Change Model and EMDR therapy for effectively treating addictions * Describes each Stage of Change and EMDR protocols and interventions for each stage
* Focuses on the trauma-addiction connection and treatment options * Addresses substance and process addictions in depth
* Includes case vignettes and detailed case examples



Endorsements for Treating Addictions with EMDR Therapy and the Stages of Change

“This is a terrific book! Full of amazing information and in-depth considerations. I found it especially helpful when trying to figure out which protocols to consider with this population.”

“An incisive and innovative approach to treating addictions. It is extremely clear in its presentation with fascinating case studies. I will be using this book regularly in my practice.”

“This will help my practice daily. I use stages of change already. This added depth to my understanding and will guide further treatment planning. Good review with helpful surveys to broaden assessment.”
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