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Trauma Focused, EMDR-Integrated Approaches to Complex Trauma, Schizophrenia and Psychoses

Presented by Paul Miller, M.D. and colleagues

Friday, January 22, 2021

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

9:00 AM EST • 8:00 AM CST • 7:00 AM MST • 6:00 AM PST

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 Jan 15, 2021; $225.00 after Jan 15, 2021
$30 discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

Full refunds until January 10, 2021; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after January 16, 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.

Paul Miller, MD is the author of EMDR Therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses (Springer, 2015)

Comments about Dr. Miller’s teaching:

“Dynamic presenter, rich material delivered with clarity, heart and wit.”

“[Dr. Miller offers] a different view and approach to schizophrenia and psychosis. It’s quite convincing and much more logical and humane than the traditional medical model.”

“I finally feel confident I have a pathway to work EMDR with my psychosis suffering patients.”

“Even if you never see a patient who is diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychoses [Miller’s teachings are] still very valuable. Miller sites the research and takes away the curtain from the mystery of attempting EMDR with these most challenging clients. He combines heart with science and the notion of the third way, which is a beautiful way to think about psychotherapy in general and EMDR specifically.”

“One image Miller uses is that of the wizard in The Wizard of Oz: instead of paying so much attention to the appearance the wizard is trying to create, he suggests we instead need something like the little dog Toto that sniffs out the ‘man behind the curtain’ which is where the real action is. The entity behind the curtain is problematic ‘memory networks’ which also manifest as ‘ego states’ that are related to trauma and difficult experiences.”

Program Description:

Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych, is an EMDR practitioner and leading scholar, consultant and trainer on the topic of EMDR therapy for schizophrenia and psychosis. His review of case reports internationally has noted success in EMDR treatment of these DSM diagnosable illnesses. Dr. Miller’s own pioneering work has taken EMDR clinicians boldly into this frontier of EMDR therapy application and discovery. This workshop is an exploration of the treatment of the intersection of complex trauma, dissociation and psychotic disorders with EMDR therapy.

Dr. Miller’s study of and clinical experience with past trauma, when identified as an etiological factor to psychosis, and treated with EMDR therapy has shown functional improvement clinically. He has documented that EMDR therapy can safely and effectively treat people with psychotic experiences, without causing destabilization. Psychotic phenomena can be tracked back to access suitable targets for reprocessing. This AIP-informed understanding of psychosis explains pathology: guides therapeutic endeavor and is predictive of outcome. He notes that the more one explores the history and phenomenological development of DSM nosology for these conditions, the more one sees the great overlap with disorders of complex trauma and dissociation.

During the first half of this workshop, Dr. Miller will review key information providing a solid foundation of the ‘need to know’ aspects of psychological trauma, including its bio-psycho-social aspects, and a trauma informed understanding of psychosis related symptoms. Building from this base, he will describe his EMDR integrated clinical protocols and procedures including the ICoNN method for enabling the identification of targets for reprocessing. The second half of the workshop will include in-depth reviews of multiple case examples. It will also include a live “fish-bowl” clinical consultation format. During this section, colleagues of Dr. Miller will participate in clinical case discussions and will receive some case related questions presented by workshop participants. This format will simultaneously demonstrate a dynamic model for collaborative case formulation and provide an in depth look at the nuanced considerations in treatment planning.

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop and articulate the nosological and phenomenological issues around psychological reactions to trauma; the dissociation / psychosis conundrum
  • Evaluate the benefits of using a trauma-focused formulation and an AIP model for understanding complex trauma, including presentations such as schizophrenia specifically and psychoses in general
  • Critically consider the available case material for EMDR therapy for psychoses and schizophrenia and analyze it alongside the current published international research for complex PTSD
  • Critically consider the ICoNN model and its modifications of the standard EMDR therapy model

Training Schedule Details:

  • 9:00am – Introduction; Key information of the ‘need to know’ aspects of psychological trauma, including its bio-psycho-social aspects, and a trauma informed understanding of psychosis related symptoms
  • 10:30 – Break
  • 10:45 – EMDR integrated clinical protocols and procedures including the ICoNN method for enabling the identification of targets for reprocessing
  • 12:15pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:15 – Case descriptions – Fishbowl collaborative case formulation discussion
  • 3:00 – Technique Review; Continued Fishbowl collaborative case formulation discussion; Clinical questions presented by participants; Review and additional Questions
  • 4:30 – Close

About the presenters:

Paul W. Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych is a psychiatrist, EMDR Europe Trainer and EMDR institute facilitator. He is the author of EMDR Therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses (Springer, 2015) and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Ulster University. He chaired the EMDR UK and Ireland Association training subcommittee. He introduced EMDR to Northern Ireland’s National Health Service and in 2011 founded Mirabilis Health, a clinic specializing in EMDR therapy. For five years, he has been training Mental Health Nurses at UU, at an introductory skill level in EMDR therapy. Currently part of an informal Technical Review with GIST-T.
Jess Converse, LCSW Jess Converse currently works at the LA LGBT Center, the largest LGBT program in the world, in Los Angeles, CA. Jess spent the first years following his basic EMDR training developing his skills with underserved populations on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Under the mentorship of Paul Miller, Jess was able to deepen his knowledge of EMDR skills including working with the 8 phase 3 pronged Standard Shapiro, DeTur, and ICoNN models. Jess is now working at the LA LGBT Center providing direct services that include EMDR therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, CBT, IFS, and DBT. Jess is also co-leading an internet group with Paul Miller that focuses on supporting individuals working with clients manifesting symptoms consistent with schizophrenia and other psychoses.
Jenna Burton, LMHC EMDR Certified therapist and Approved Consultant Jenna Burton is an LMHC in private practice in Orlando, Florida. She was EMDR trained in 2004 and became a HAP Facilitator in 2019. She worked in various settings including community outreach and child welfare with diverse clients. She works with children and adults treating Psychosis/Schizophrenia, Dissociative Disorders, and Complex Trauma. She has developed skills through specialized trainings including working with children, Dissociation, Addictions, Cultural Competency, and actively engaging in her local EMDR network trainings, study groups, and TRN. She is also currently an active member of a monthly online consultation group developing the ICoNN model with Paul Miller.
Victoria Blom, LCSW Victoria Blom, LCSW, is a clinician at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in private practice in Montclair, New Jersey. She conducts EMDR with adults with chronic, severe mental illness and histories of disengagement from traditional treatment. She is comprehensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ms. Blom has worked in a range of social service settings including prisoner reentry, substance use disorder treatment, HIV/HCV prevention, crisis intervention, juvenile detention centers and in-home therapy for children and adolescents. Her areas of interest include complex trauma, dissociation, evidence-based practices and innovative interventions for underserved populations.


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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