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

Developed for all Mental Health Clinicians

(Licensed: Professional Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, and graduate students under supervision).


Register for the ASSYST-Remote Individual OR Bundle before March 29th

and join us for a FREE LIVE Q&A with Dr. Nacho Jarero! 


The ASSYST-Remote can be used with children (over the age of 4 years old), adolescents and adults. Inside the training, we share documents and a 1-hour webinar on creative approaches to working with kids online utilizing the ASSYST-Remote procedure.

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

In a world experiencing an increased number of mental disorders, mental health conditions, or prolonged adverse experiences (e.g, ongoing or prolonged traumatic stress), the one-to-one, in-office traditional mental care is not enough to meet the actual mental health needs of the worldwide population. Therefore, mental health professionals need to be able to quickly and confidently respond to those in their community and abroad. This on-demand training will give mental health professionals a powerful tool to provide a rapid response to those in need. 

The Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote (ASSYST-R) procedures, in both a group and individual formats, are Adaptive Information Processing (AIP)-informed, carefully field-tested, refined, and user-friendly psychophysiological algorithmic approaches, whose references are the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS) and the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-PRECI).


These treatment procedures were specifically designed to provide in-person or online support to clients who present Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) intense psychological distress and/or physiological/somatic reactivity caused by the disorder’s intrusion symptoms (e.g., sensory, emotional, or physiological/somatic components of the intrusive distressing  memories).


The objective of these procedures is focused on the client’s nervous system activation regulation (stabilization)  through the reduction (desensitization) or removal of the activation produced by the sensory, emotional, or physiological (somatic-sensory) components of the intrusive pathogenic memories to achieve optimal levels of nervous system activation; thus, facilitating the AIP system the subsequent 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.


These procedures can be administered within the first hours or days of an event in which the person shows severe symptoms of psychological distress, physiological reactivity 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. Click here to read the references for the ASSYST procedure.

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Optional Add-On:
The ASSYST-Remote for GROUPS

Wonder how to utilize the ASSYST-Remote online in a group setting for people who are all experiencing the same distressing situation (such as the COVID pandemic, systemic violence, natural disasters and more)? You can purchase an "add-on" to your ASSYST-Remote Individual Training to learn how to conduct the ASSYST-Remote for Groups (ASSYST-RG). In this training, Dr. Jarero shares with you the ASSYST-RG script, patient instructions, a detailed explanation and also a live demonstration.


1. List the eight phases for the Procedure for the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote for Groups

(ASSYST-RG) administration.

2. Assess and observe the ASSYST-RG procedure demonstration for enhanced learning and understanding of appropriate administration.

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.  Describe the AIP-model based Acute Trauma and Ongoing Traumatic Stress Theoretical Conceptualization (Jarero & Artigas, 2018).
2.  Define Early Psychological Interventions and Recent Trauma Clinical Presentations.
3.  Describe the working memory theory in the desensitization and stabilization process.
4.  Assess how to prepare and work in worst case scenarios.
5.  With the previous knowledge participants will be able to apply in their professional practice the conceptualization of the working memory theory in stabilizing clients.

6. Apply creative ways to work with children in an online format.

7. Identify pathogenic memories from the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theoretic model.

8. Explain the relationship between the Polyvagal theory and the co-regulation.

11. Describe nervous system activation and regulation processes.

12. Explain initial steps for rapid response to a crisis. 

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Included in the training is access to the ASSYST-Remote procedural script and patient instructions in English, Spanish and French.

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Details and Fees

The cost for the ASSYST-Remote Individual training is $90. (Total value = $200)

Included in the cost of the ASSYST-Remote training is a total of 8-hours of teachings:

  • A 3-hour teaching by Dr. Jarero

  • An online demonstration of the ASSYST-Remote

  • 3 recorded Q&As to answer all the common questions

  • A 1-hour recorded webinar for online strategies of using the ASSYST-Remote for treating children


For participants who may need financial assistance, Scaling Up has created an Accessibility Plan to try to help mitigate financial stress. To learn more about the Accessibility Plan, click here.

The bundle price for both the ASSYST-Remote Individual AND the ASSYST-Remote Group is $130. 

Note: You must purchase the ASSYST-R Individual to purchase the ASSYST-R Group!

Included in the cost of the ASSYST-Remote Group training is a total of 2-hours of teachings:

  • An explanation of the ASSYST-RG 

  • An online demonstration of the ASSYST-RG 

  • A live Q&A session 

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.   


Everyone who registers will receive access to the training recording to watch at their convenience for 90-days 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.


  • The ASSYST-Remote Individual is eligible for 7 CEUs from EMDR México. The ASSYST-Remote for Groups is eligible for 1 CEU from EMDR México. Continuing Education (CE) credits for licensure in the United States are not yet available as applications are pending.

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, in-person and online, AIP-informed Advance Psychosocial Interventions for trauma-exposed populations, and AIP-informed Remote Assistance. He is an Expert Certified TeleMental Health Clinician. 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
(Sponsor & Facilitator) 

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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A portion of all our revenue goes towards providing pro-bono services, to our scholarship fund for therapists, to rapid response crisis interventions, research, and humanitarian work to those in need around the world.


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