2024 Virtual EMDR Advanced Training

EMDR and EFIT: Attachment is for Everyone

Specialized Training for EMDR Trained Professionals  

Limited Seating – Only 40 Spots Available!

Date: August 22-23, 2024 | Virtual

Approved for 12 EMDRIA CE Credits

Price: $600 for AACC Members

Training Summary

People are hard-wired for connection. When attachment longings are not met, people experience distress, and do what they have learned to do to stop the distress.

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) makes the distressing patterns understandable, and the therapeutic work doable. EFIT teaches therapists to see emotional triggers through an attachment lens. The distressing patterns are slowed down. Clients feel more stable as they learn to understand their triggered emotions and reactions, and create corrective emotional changes. Some clients suffer from attachment trauma. Their cycles are difficult to slow and stabilize because people are terrified. People remain stuck and in emotional pain, re-experiencing attachment trauma when their attachment needs are not met. EMDR is a powerful intervention, used to resolve traumatic memories, allowing people to feel calmer.

In this workshop, EFIT steps for stabilizing distressing patterns are taught and practiced. EMDR and the Body Protocols designed by Catherine Lidov, and Safe State Protocol by K. O’Shea are taught and practiced. How and when to weave body based EMDR very slowly into the moves of EFIT will be taught, modeled, and practiced. The instructor of this workshop has been weaving EMDR into the steps of EFT, and EFIT and has found EMDR helps to reduce the immediate stressful re-experiencing of attachment trauma, allowing clients to benefit from EFIT. Clients stabilize and more fully engage so as to create secure bonds.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss emotional and relational distress from an attachment perspective.
  2. Learn and practice the 5 steps of the EFIT Tango (Sue Johnson, 2019).
  3. Apply the Tango to the distressing pattern for Stabilization of EFIT.
  4. Practice Container, Orienting, and Safe State by C. Lidov and K. O’Shea.
  5. Discuss how to add the components of EFIT Tango to Phase 1 and Phase 2 of EMDR.
  6. Choreograph an enactment, weaving in slow, body-oriented BLS to enhance orienting.

Upon Completion

Participants will…

  1. Have been introduced to EFIT and practiced the Moves of the Tango.
  2. See unmet attachment needs as triggers for distress and reframe the distress in terms of attachment.
  3. Have learned and practiced EMDR and Body and EMDR Safe State Protocols.
  4. Have practiced weaving Body Based EMDR protocols into the Moves of EFIT

Your Trainer

Kathleen Fitzgerald is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer, EMDR and IFS Certified, and an EFT, EFIT, EFFT Certified Therapist. Kathleen is a LCMHC and has been a clinician with her own private practice for over two decades. She and her business partner Elizabeth Weinhold, have been working together as a team since 2012. Over the years Kathleen and Liz have been developing, fine tuning and teaching EMDR to others. In addition, Kathleen teaches advanced classes in attachment based interventions. Kathleen is excited for this opportunity, and is looking forward to working with you.

While there are many new techniques and treatments for trauma, the only one that has clear and solid research backing the effectiveness is EMDR. If you are going to invest the time and money to be certified in a trauma treatment model, the clear choice is EMDR.
Jennifer Ellers
M.A., Director of AACC’s Grief, Crisis and Disaster Network

Training FAQs

Is EMDR effective?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been difficult for everyone, and as more and more of your clients are presenting with trauma, you want to do everything you can to provide effective trauma treatment. This training is an EMDRIA-approved training to offers you the knowledge and skills to effectively administer EMDR therapy in your clinical care.

EMDR is recognized by the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, America Psychiatric Association, SAMHSA, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and more as an effective intervention and treatment for trauma.

What is the skill level?

This is an advanced training course. Participants must have completed a full Basic EMDR Training and received Certificates of completion, and have used EMDR successfully with their clients.  Knowledge of EMDR resourcing and processing protocols is required.  

Am I eligible to participate?

Participants eligible for registration are Licensed and/or Pre-licensed healthcare professionals who have previously completed and received certificates of completion of EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training

What is the training schedule?

Day 1 and Day 2:

08:45-09:00 AM Registration 

09:00 AM-12:15 PM Class

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch break on your own

1:15-4:30 PM Class

You must be present for the duration of the training each day to receive the certificate of completion and CE credit. There will not be make-up hours available.

What is the refund policy?

To receive a full refund of the registration fee or transfer to a later class, participants must cancel their registration no later than 30 days (07/23/2024) before the first day of the training. In certain circumstances (determined by AACC staff), cancellations or transfer requests to a later class may be issued after the 30 day (07/23/2024) window for medical emergencies defined as serious illness, injury or death to you or an immediate family member. Once the training has started, no refunds or transfers will be approved.