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Oct 21,2018 -     Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Opening the Door: Integrating Culture, Social Identity and Healing Culturally Based Trauma in EMDR Therapy

Covering concepts from: Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Theory, Strategies and Practicum Experiences by Mark Nickerson

Sunday, October 21, 2018 · 9:00am to 5:00pm

Community Health Centers of Burlington
617 Riverside Ave
Burlington, VT 05401

Local sponsor: Sandra Berna
6.5 credits: EMDRIA, NBCC approved masters level (LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC)

Social identity is a profound dimension of how people know themselves and find meaning in the world– both positive and negative. Gender, race/ethnicity, faith, age, appearance/ability, socio-economic class and sexual orientation are common socially salient factors. The internalized impact of social stigma and social discrimination, stored in memory, is often implicit and frequently overlooked, minimized or sidestepped by therapists. The current political climate further aggravates social differences. Yet the unique meanings of social identity for any one person are often nuanced and cannot be assumed. By accessing each client’s learned associations, the EMDR approach can guide authentic exploration and realization.

Trauma-informed clinicians can readily embrace cultural competence in their work, but it does not come with good intentions alone. It requires a more active commitment, and expanded knowledge and skills. Cultural awareness welcomes cultural identities, adapts therapy to cultural needs and norms, and broadens the scope of trauma work. Positive cultural experiences can be a powerful resource. Coping with and recovery from social and culturally based wounds can be a more intentional treatment objective.

This training will outline theory along with innovative strategies and protocols from the book, Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy. Research supported information and theory from the fields of social psychology and social work will be integrated within a trauma treatment model to inform clinical interventions.

The ideas of this workshop will be learned in a safe setting through multiple demonstrations and practicum experiences. Using EMDR methods, participants will discover and explore what are likely to be surprisingly accessible and powerful internalized cultural messages.

Content includes:
    • Welcoming culture into psychotherapy
    • Making the invisible visible
    • Making the unspeakable speakable
    • Socially oriented NCs and PCs
    • Innovative intervention strategies
    • Protocols for social prejudice and privilege
    • Video and other case examples
Integrated Theory and Research from the fields of social work and social psychology including:
    • Understanding social information processing
    • Evolution of social categorization
    • Impact of social identity: benefits and difficulties
    • "In-group"/"Out-group" implications
    • "Higher status"/"Lower status" implications
    • MRI findings in the prejudicial response
    • Research on desensitization strategies
Objectives- Participants will be able to:
    • Describe core concepts of cultural competence and how to integrate them into trauma informed therapy.
    • Describe the relevance of cultural experiences and social identities to overall client well-being.
    • Describe strategies to incorporate social identities in treatment.
    • Integrate cultural considerations into assessment and case formulation.
    • Describe treatment strategies to identify and reprocess culturally-based trauma including the internalized impact of discrimination/ stigmatization/ oppression.
    • Describe strategies to identify and dismantle social prejudice with EMDR therapy.
    • Be able to self-reflect upon personal experiences related to social identity, stigma and prejudice.
Mark Nickerson, LICSW, a psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for 30 years, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, EMDR Institute Basic and Advanced trainer, and 2014 President of the EMDRIA Board of Directors. He has developed two award-winning programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict.

Nickerson is author/editor of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols (2017) and The Wounds Within (2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families as well at

He conducts advanced EMDR trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and violence, cultural competency, interventions to dismantle social stigma and oppression, and the effective use of EMDR protocols.

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Program Fees (6.5 CEUs and EMDRIA credits):
    • $155 if sent by October 8, 2018
    • $185 if sent after October 8, 2018
    • $30 discount for Non Profit Agency clinicians (20+ hours a week); Full refunds until Oct 8; 25% Oct 9-15. No refunds after Oct 15.
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Community Health Centers of Burlington
617 Riverside Ave
Burlington, 05401

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