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Intro NP Part B: Los Angeles, CA

  • St. Anne’s Conference Center 155 N. Occidental Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA (map)

Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy and EMDR Introductory Training, Part B

Part B of this Introductory Training on “Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR”  is 2 very full days of dynamic presentation, discussion, demonstration/video, and experiential practicums with personalized feedback.

We will cover:

  • Tracking Disconnections

  • Working with Dilemmas

  • Process Resources

  • Holding the Heat

  • Subtle Dissociation

This training is designed to help participants take the concepts from Part A and integrate them into practical skills.  We will focus on using specific tracking skills to help assess resiliency, while heightening presence and fully engage with your client’s “process.”

These abilities will help you to be able to observe and work with dynamics of “subtle dissociation” that often go unnoticed in everyday sessions.

A somatic approach to utilizing EMDR enables you to track resiliency accurately moment-by-moment, and thus pace your therapy more effectively.  This puts you closer to your client’s process to be able to notice and work with nervous system responses that are driven by parts of the brain that do not have verbal language.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to use the tension that is present in dilemmas clients encounter to engage them in self confrontation.

  • Explain 2 ways that therapists can inadvertently “lower the heat” that is inherent in a client’s situation.

  • Describe 2 challenges therapists face when “holding the heat” with their clients.

  • Identify 2 somatic signs of subtle dissociation.

  • Describe 2 examples of “process resources” that may arise in the course of a session.

  • Identify 2 benefits of having a very clear agreement on the focus of the session.

  • List 3 ways clients may “disconnect” from their own process.

Presenter:  Craig Penner, LMFT, has been in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA since 1982.  He has been avidly using EMDR for the past 25 years, integrating it into a somatically-focused process-oriented therapy.  Craig is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

Craig has been presenting a 4-day version of this introductory training, along with 3 more advanced levels of this work across the US and Canada since 2014.

Fee: $375 Early Bird by March 10, then $395. A healthy lunch is included both days.  Schedule: 8:30-5:30 each day.
CE credits: 14 CE credit hours for Psychologists, LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPC’s; 14 EMDRIA CEU’s. $30 fee for CE credit hours. For details about CE Credit Hours, click here.

Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Pamela Grant at or 805-957-1773, and we will do our best to assist.

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