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EMDR and an Introduction to Integrating Sand-Process Therapy© to Address Sexual Trauma, Substance Use & Co-occurring Disorders

altCourse: EMDR and an Introduction to Integrating Sand-Process Therapy© to Address Sexual Trauma, Substance Use & Co-occurring DisordersSandra Paulsen 400px

altInstructor: Jennifer Mathis, Ph.D., LPCC

alt Approved for 3 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License and EMDR Requirements

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Trauma, substance use, mental illness and co-occurring disorders are a pervasive problem for many adults. Traditional therapies can take years to help clients find relief from trauma.

EMDR therapy is an effective treatment modality to address trauma. EMDR can help client’s access deep rooted trauma patterns that exacerbate substance use and mental health issues. By integrating Sand-Process Therapy© with EMDR clients are able to express themselves through the worlds they create in the sand. Sand-Process Therapy© is body based and extremely regulating and resourcing for clients. The sand helps regulate the nervous system to calm the fight/flight response, this allows the therapist to install more resourcing in the preparation phase of EMDR. For many trauma survivors providing additional resourcing can be very helpful during the desensitization phase of EMDR, it can help to keep them within their window of tolerance.

This presentation will include a brief review of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) trauma informed approach, the Adverse Childhood Experience’s (ACEs) study, and explain the differences between PTSD and C-PTSD. The presentation will explore EMDR’s standard protocol, and introduce Sand-Process Therapy©. The presentation will show clinicians how to begin to integrate EMDR with Sand-Process Therapy© with their clients, particularly those who have experienced sexual trauma and are struggling with substance use, mental illness and co-occurring disorders. the presentation will also review the history of other sand-based therapies sand play and sand tray and differentiate the differences between the three. This presentation will use lecture, PowerPoint, pictures and client examples.

Level of content is beginner to intermediate



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

  • Apply and integrate Adaptive Information Processing Model and the eight phases of EMDR with SAMHSA’s trauma informed approach.
  • Identify key principals of SAMHSA’s trauma informed care approach.
  • Explain how using EMDR and Sand-Process Therapy© together can help heal deep seated trauma wounds and subsequent self-sabotaging behaviors.
  • Apply resourcing, regulating, grounding & de-escalations strategies via Sand-Process Therapy©.


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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 3 hours of Advanced EMDR Training.

  • 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.
  • This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists and licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
    Reciprocity for Master Degree clinicians may vary by state. Please check with your state licensing agency or board.
  • The Steve Frankel Group is an approved EMDRIA Credit Provider (EC Provider Number:15002. This course is EMDRIA Program Approval Number: #15002-27