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The Distancing Technique for Treating OCD, Phobias and Anxiety in EMDR Therapy

Presented by C Paula Krentzel, PhD

Friday, December 11, 2020

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

9:00am to 3:15pm EST

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.

“Paula Krentzel has done a superb job in developing a specialized EMDR protocol for treating individuals diagnosed with OCD, generalized anxiety, and phobias. She has carefully field tested this protocol and refined it over time, increasing its effectiveness and making it more and more user-friendly. She is a masterful teacher, offering incredibly compelling videotapes that demonstrate how to apply her protocol with challenging clients. Participants in her workshops leave with a clear understanding of how to successfully integrate her Distancing Protocol with EMDR’s Standard Protocol. I recommend adding this easy-to-learn protocol to your EMDR toolbox and trust that you will find it to be an invaluable addition to your clinical repertoire.” – Deborah L. Korn, Psy.D., Cambridge, MA


Program Fees (includes 5 CEs):

$149.00 by Dec 1, 2020; $179.00 after Dec 1, 2020
$30 discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

Full refunds until November 22, 2020; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after December 1, 2020.

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.

Program Description: The Distancing Technique was initially developed to assist in reprocessing targets that had an over-importance of thoughts, the need to control thoughts and the thought-action fusion. It can also be used to undo blocking beliefs as well as the misinterpretation of sensation as predictive of future catastrophe.

The goal of this technique is for the client to become a detached observer to their thoughts, sensations, images, and/or urges. It helps the client understand that the obsession is just a thought and not real, to gain distance from the thought, and put it aside.

The anxiety disorders that the Distancing Technique can be applied to include OCD, panic disorders, and phobias. The technique generates potential cognitive interweaves, which come from the client’s own words as expressed in the Preparation Phase. These interweaves can be used, when necessary, in the Desensitization Phase when reprocessing target memories such as the initial, worst, most recent and current triggers.

The training will depict clinically important aspects of OCD and other anxiety disorders including different manifestations of OCD within different cultures.

The workshop explains how to integrate the protocol in all phases of EMDR treatment and uses videos and a live demonstration to portray the technique. With the aid of handouts and material covered, participants will leave the training with immediately usable skills.

Key features:

  • To gain an understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how the disorder can be treated.
  • Describe the Distancing Technique and be able to identify when to use it.
  • To list the procedural steps of the Distancing within the Preparation Phase of the EMDR Standard Protocol
  • Identify different types of coping statements (installed during the Preparation Phase) that can be used as interweaves during the Desensitization Phase (Phase 4) of the EMDR Standard Protocol.
  • Lead the client in Future Rehearsal toward integrating the use of positive coping statements in a challenging situation.

Training Schedule Details:

  • 9:00am – Introduction; Diagnosis of OCD, Types of OCD, Brain functioning in OCD, the difference between organic and trauma related OCD, Diagnosis of Panic and Phobias; History Taking; Video of The Distancing Technique
  • 10:30 – Break
  • 10:45 – Teach the Distancing Technique; Q & A; Video of Future Rehearsal; Teach Future Rehearsal
  • 12:15pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – Teach Interweaves; Go over cases 1) Client with OCD and no trauma and 2) Client with OCD and trauma; Show the video of the Standard Protocol with OCD using interweaves from the practice of the Distancing; Q & A
  • 2:00 – Break
  • 2:15 – Live demonstration; Review and Questions
  • 3:15 – Close

About the presenter:

C. Paula Krentzel, PhD, a practicing psychologist for three decades, is a certified EMDR clinician and an Approved EMDR Consultant. She is a Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) Facilitator and a member of the Boston Trauma Response Network. Dr. Krentzel was trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Her areas of expertise are developmental and complex trauma, anxiety disorders (specifically, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorders (OCD)), attachment disorders, chronic medical disorders, and depression.

Dr Krentzel has developed the Distancing Technique for the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders. She presents nationally and is scheduled to present at EMDR Canada 2021.

EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards. Full completion of an EMDRIA approved basic EMDR training is required. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact if special accommodations are required. NY CEs by arrangement.

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