Overview of EMDR: Basic Concepts and Applications*



Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment modality designed by Francine Shapiro in the late 80s as a result of her own experiences with distressing memories she was having at the time. Since then, it has evolved into a nationally recognized form of treatment used mainly with trauma-based disorders (including PTSD) but has been expanded to other disorders since its inception. In this workshop, an introduction to and overview of this modality will be presented. Applications and limitations with various disorders and clients will also be introduced.


  • Discover a brief history of EMDR.
  • Name the major components and aspects of this program.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of this therapy model with various clients and disorders.
  • List the most common conditions for which this approach is used.
  • Identify the various parameters involved in becoming proficient with this modality.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board #20-703527 (R1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 8
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Overview of EMDR: Basic Concepts and Applications

    • Lecture2.1
      Overview of EMDR: Basic Concepts and Applications
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Overview of EMDR: Basic Concepts and Applications 15 questions
Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.