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Behind Locked Doors: EMDR Therapists Working with Incarcerated People to Intervene in Generational Trauma and Relieve Suffering

alt Course: Behind Locked Doors: EMDR Therapists Working with Incarcerated People to Intervene in Generational Trauma and Relieve Suffering

alt Instructors: Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D., Seal Dwyer, MS, LMFT, Michael Elder, MA, MFT, CTS, Brenda Frechette, Ph.D., Fritzi Horstman, Kinga Komarzynska, Ph.D., Brenda Rahn, Ph.D., Sik-Lam Wong, Ph.D., LMFT

alt Approved for 6.5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills License Requirements

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video

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Course Description

With close to 1.2 million people imprisoned in the United States, and 98% returning back into society, the concomitant mental health implications are significant to communities across the country. Dr. Sandra Paulsen does an in-depth look at how EMDR clinicians interact and treat incarcerated populations through a series of seven interviews that culminate in answering the question: What does it take to be an EMDR clinician working with incarcerated populations?
Dr. Paulsen’s interviews focus on 21 identified recurring themes that highlight questions EMDR clinicians may have about the challenges, politics, logistics, risks, hopes, and benefits of working in jails and prisons. Emphasis is placed on preparing clinicians not to fall into administrations and inmates’ traps when doing EMDR therapy in less-than-ideal confidential surroundings.

The recurring themes of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and intergenerational trauma, as causational to incarceration, are explored. This course content is consistent with Francine Shapiro’s original vision of changing the world – this time with the incarcerated. You’ll see how attachment injury and trauma are part of their story.

Learn if using your EMDR resources to help incarcerated people become productive members of your community is within your professional reach. Society is served if the incarcerated community is served.

Course Goal and Objectives

 At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. State three reasons to use EMDR protocols with incarcerated people.
  2. Describe how working with incarcerated people can improve EMDR clinicians’ skills.
  3. Explain how EMDR treatment can improve inmates’ behavior, including anti-social behaviors.
  4. Explain why upholding professional boundaries in the prison setting is an imperative.
  5. Discuss why prison/jail environments are not optimum safe place environments and how this can impact developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship.
  6. Discuss why being viewed by prison/jail administers as advocates for society is a sustainable approach for doing EMDR treatment with incarcerated people.
  7. Describe the use of the Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire trauma assessment tool when evaluating and treating inmates with EMDR protocols.


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CE Approval Information

  • EMDRIA Program Approval Number: 15002-DL64
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This course meets the qualifications for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • The Steve Frankel Group is an approved EMDRIA Credit Provider (EC Provider Number: 15002) and maintains responsibility for its EMDR courses’ programs and contents in accordance with EMDRIA Standards.

Your access to the course material extends for 1-year from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.

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