7/29/11 - EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma and Substance Abuse

Jul 20, 2011 by Sara Gilman and Susan Brown

CalSouthern’s Master Lecture Series Continues with Susan Brown’s and Sara Gilman’s “EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma and Substance Abuse.”

CalSouthern is pleased to announce that on July 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the university will be hosting two of the world’s leading experts and practitioners of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD, and Sara Gilman, MFT, will deliver a lecture titled “EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma and Substance Abuse,” at CalSouthern’s Irvine, California headquarters.

Brown and Gilman are noted authorities and sought-after speakers on the subject of EMDR. Brown has presented nationally on EMDR and is widely published on the topic, including an article co-authored with Dr. Francine Shapiro—founder of EMDR in 1987—on the use of EMDR to treat trauma and addiction. She is an approved consultant with the EMDR International Association, serving on its Standards and Training Committee. She is also a designated facilitator for EMDR training with the EMDR Institute and EMDR’s Humanitarian Assistance Program.

In addition to holding fellowship status with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Gilman is an EMDR-approved consultant and a past president of the EMDR International Association. She—along with Brown—is a principal investigator in a research study piloting an Integrated Trauma Treatment Program combining EMDR and Seeking Safety for co-occurring trauma and substance abuse in an adult drug court program. An acclaimed lecturer on the topic, Gilman has also appeared on national television addressing EMDR.

The lecture will provide a comprehensive overview on EMDR, one of the most highly researched psychotherapies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with additional research support for the treatment of substance abuse and behavioral addictions, depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, and phantom limb pain, among other conditions. It’s also been used in connection with performance enhancement.

EMDR uses a structured, eight-phase approach to address trauma. In a distinctive element of the psychotherapy method, during the processing phases, the client focuses on the trauma as the therapist administers a bi-lateral attention stimulus, by directing eye movement with a wand, or via alternate hand-tapping or bi-lateral auditory tones.

It’s at once an extraordinarily effective psychotherapy, and one that is commonly misunderstood and about which many misconceptions exist.

The event is complimentary and can be attended live or via streaming webinar. After the event, a video recording of the presentation will be posted to the CalSouthern website.




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