Trainings & Consultations for EMDR Therapists

3-Hour Event: October 19, 2021. 9 am-noon Central. 


Title: Rapid Resource-Building Tool: In preparation for the work of trauma and grief. 



Cost: $125 and offers 3 CEs.

Speakers: Heather Heide, LMFT and Lori Cao, LMFT

Rapid Resource-Building Tool: In Preparation for the work of trauma and grief

This tailor-made visualization uses the client’s own value and belief system to reestablish connection to already existing internal resources to power boost healing while concurrently creating an avenue to repair relationships, alleviate suffering and pain.  Clients utilize the reconnection to a deceased “figure” to accelerate transitions to adaptive new ways of thinking, emotion, sensing, and behaving. 


EMDR standard protocol calls for a culturally-competent phase of determining a client’s resources (phase 1). Those resources may be internal (values, motivations, strengths such as talents) and external (supports). According to the Adaptive Information Processing Model, as memories of suffering and having basic needs not consistently met are made, those memories are stored in state-dependent fashion or “frozen” and “disconnected” from those resources. EMDR reprocessing facilitates the accessing of those resources. While resource-building is done throughout the course of treatment, this is initially done in phase 2 Preparation, which provides a bridge or doses of transition between history-taking and reprocessing those memories. In some settings, however, time is of the essence, so an accelerated means of preparing the client for reprocessing may be aided by assisting the client in the creation or utilization of a deceased “figure” who may serve as a resource in that the deceased person whose qualities the client valued (revealing values) and to whose “spirit” or “soul” the client may continue to feel an attachment. This type of resource-building might efficiently prepare the client for reprocessing about the loss of customer relationship with the deceased and may accelerate the therapeutic and reprocessing itself.

Learning Objectives 

When given information about the Adaptive Information Processing Model and the eight phases of EMDR therapy, you will apply the principles of the model/approach to identifying client values, motivations, and indications of culture, and sources of support (internal and external resources) to identifying a deceased person to serve as a resource for developers to prepare the client for reprocessing with the application of these principles.

Participants will be able to:


*Identify two client presenting issues for which to utilize this visualization. 


*Understand and explain how this visualization is used as an RDI in preparation for the work of trauma.


*Understand and state two reasons why it’s important to work within the client’s own value and belief system.


*Describe at least three components of the visualization for optimizing the reconnection of the relationship.


*Understand and state three ways of how the visualization addresses and facilitates movement of the grieving process related to the loss of the deceased “figure.”


*Successfully prepare and implement the visualization.

Schedule for the Day 

October 19, 2021

Heather Heide, LMFT

Lori Cao, MFT

8:30 – 8:45: Virtual coffee, conversation, and tech issues

Welcome from Lori and Heather, an overview of the training


8:45 – 10:00: Review Adaptive Information Processing Model and Resource Development and Installation as foundations for identify client’s values and belief systems, identify the deceased person to serve as a Resource to develop.


10:00 – 10:15: Break


10:15 – 11:30: Protocol for initiating, facilitating, and ending the visualization. Additional adaptations to maximize the benefit of the Resource.  How to evaluate the effectiveness of visualization.  How to utilize Resources in subsequent sessions.  What to do if visualization doesn’t go as planned.


11:30 – 12:00: Discussion, Closure, and Questions