Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote (ASSYST-R) Procedure Online Training

Developed for all Mental Health Clinicians (masters degree level counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, graduates students, etc.)

In a world experiencing an increased number of crises, mental health licensed therapists need to be able to quickly and confidently respond to those in their community and abroad experiencing disturbing memories and symptoms related to adverse experiences. This on-demand training will give licensed clinicians a tool to provide a rapid response to those in need. 

The ASSYST-Remote (Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization - Remote) is an AIP-informed procedure developed as a psychophysiological algorithmic approach specially designed for persons who do not have ready access to “in person” care and present intense or overwhelming sensory input, body sensations, or emotions.


The objective of this procedure is focused on the person stabilization through the reduction or removal of the distress produced by the somatic-sensory components of the pathogenic memory to achieve optimal levels of activation; thus, facilitating the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system - the subsequent natural adaptive processing of the information.


The ASSYST-R follows the Psychological First Aid (PFA) reduction of distress and adaptive functioning objectives and must be administered within a continuum of care context (stepped progression of health care provided in an increasingly intensified manner) to help the person achieve a state of adaptive functioning or to facilitate access to the next level of care when necessary.


The ASSYST-R can be administered during the first hours or days in which the person shows severe symptoms of distress and/or deterioration in current functioning, using a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant video program.

Join trauma expert, Dr. Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, a world pioneer in EMDR Therapy Humanitarian Trauma Recovery and Research Programs, for an insightful 3-hour on-demand training that will expand your clinical knowledge base and powerful tool that can be used right after completing the training. 

Dr. Francine Shapiro posits that all human beings have an innate physical information processing system in the brain naturally geared toward health. When an experience is successfully processed, it is adaptively stored in the brain with other similar experiences. However, disruptions to this processing system due to high arousal states from critical incidents or adverse life experiences result in memories that are inadequately processed and maladaptively stored in the brain. These pathogenic memories are triggered by similar stimuli/information from the present and the person reacts to the present as if it were the same situation as the past. In other words, the past is present for these persons.

Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Theoretical Model

Training Objectives
  1. To explain the Adaptive Information processing (AIP) Theoretical model and Pathogenic Memories.

  2. To identify and explain the ASSYST-Remote scripted procedure.

  3. To demonstrate the Patient’s Instructions for the ASSYST-Remote.

  4. To practice the ASSYST-Remote from the client´s perspective.

BONUS: Dr. Jarero will be offering live Q&A to registrants at no additional cost on Wednesday, April 15th @ 3pm PT (4pm MT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET). A recorded version of the Q&A will be made available.

Details and Fees

The cost for the training is $90. 

A portion of the ASSYST-Remote Online Training will go to the AMAMECRISIS Foundation (Non-profit Mexican Organization Founded in 1998) for its Humanitarian and Research Projects.   

**If you want CE credit, you must pay an additional $30. CE credit can be earned by watching the recording of the training and taking and passing a quiz.


Everyone who registers will receive access to the training recording to watch at their convenience for one month following their purchase.


  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Our intended audience are: 1) Licensed Therapists or 2) Pre-licensed therapists who have graduated with their master's degree, who are working toward their clinical licensure and are under supervision, and 3) Master's Level Graduate Students pursuing a career in mental health counseling.



  • Because the online course is emailed to the recipient immediately after purchase, no refunds are available.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

3 hours of CE's are available for purchase for $30. is the provider of the CE's. 

Click here to see a full list of provider approvals.  

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form. 

Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. 

At this time, EMDRIA is unable to offer CEUs for this online course. EMDRIA reported that they have received multiple submissions since they released the board task group report and guidelines on Virtual EMDR Therapy and they’ve been letting applicants know that they’re unable to review or consider these at this time.

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Dr. Ignacio "Nacho" Jarero

Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D, is the world pioneer in the provision of EMDR therapy in a group format, AIP-informed Advance Psychosocial Interventions for trauma-exposed populations, and AIP-informed Remote Assistance. For his humanitarian services around the world with nearly 200 deployments since 1998, he has received the Francine Shapiro Award, the International Crisis Response Leadership Award, and the Psychotrauma Trajectory Award. For his research work with EMDR therapy, he received the EMDRIA Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Jarero is EMDR Institute Senior Trainer of Trainers and Advance Specialty Trainer and has conducted seminars and workshops around the world with participants of 67 different countries.

Kelly Smyth-Dent, LCSW 

Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the CEO of Scaling Up. She has conducted trainings on the EMDR-PRECI, EMDR-IGTP and the ASSYST in France, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India and throughout the United States. She is a published researcher and a member of Dr. Jarero's research team in Mexico. In her role as a humanitarian worker, she has partnered with organizations, such as Action Against Hunger, Fortify Rights, and Innovative Humanitarian Solutions, to provide EMDR therapy and advanced trainings to their staff and clients. Kelly was a member of the team that provided rapid response interventions within days after the August 3, 2019 domestic terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas. Her specialty area is populations living with ongoing traumatic stress. When Kelly is not traveling, she sees clients in her private practice in Reno, Nevada.



International regulations and state-to-state licensure board regulations within the United States vary greatly. It is the sole responsibility of each individual therapist/licensed clinician to understand and abide by their state licensure board regulations and international policies regarding any type of in-person therapy or online tele-therapy. It is also the sole responsibility of the therapist/licensed clinician to use HIPAA compliant video programs, if required by their state licensure board. If the therapist is uncertain about any of these state-to-state or international policies or regulations, then they should reach out to their state’s licensure board or the country’s embassy directly to get questions answered.


This workshop is held online and to the best of our abilities is in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact the Scaling Up Team at if special accommodations are required.

There are no known conflict of interests for this workshop. All grievances must be in writing to, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

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