Online Advanced Specialty Application Workshop

EMDR Therapy Refresher Course

Intended for mental health therapists, such as psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and LMFTs trained in EMDR Basic Training.

Online Course Description

EMDR Therapy Refresher is a four-module online course for clinicians who have previously completed an EMDRIA Approved training but have not applied that learning for a period of time, lack confidence in their EMDR skills, or wish to strengthen their understanding and practice of EMDR therapy. This training includes didactic learning, demonstrations, consultation and supervised practica.


The course will include review of:

  • The Adaptive Information Processing Model

  • The 8 phases of EMDR treatment

  • Modifications for children/adolescents

  • Tools for complex clients

  • Extended preparation/Resource Development and Installation

  • Strategies for blocked processing

  • Considerations and modifications for complex PTSD and attachment trauma

  • Protocols/modifications for dissociation, anxiety disorders and addictions

4-Week Workshop Itinerary

WEEK 1 - Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Procedure for Individuals (ASSYST-I)

WEEK 2 - Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Procedure for Groups (ASSYST-G)

Participants will be familiarized with Jarero & Artigas (2018) acute trauma and ongoing traumatic stress case conceptualization based on Dr. Francine Shapiro Adaptive Information Processing (AIP; 2001, 2018) model that could serve as a working hypothesis to expand the clinical and research horizons of the EMDR interventions for individuals and groups.

Participants will also learn about Rapid Response, Early Psychological Interventions, Recent Trauma Clinical Presentations, Prevention of PTSD, EMDR based Early Interventions and two AIP-informed procedures for Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization © (ASSYST).   

The ASSYST © procedures are AIP-informed and field-tested psychophysiological algorithmic approaches specially designed to provide support to persons who present intense or overwhelming sensory input, body sensations, or emotions/feelings.


The objective of these procedures is focused on the client's nervous system activation regulation (stabilization) through the reduction or removal of the activation produced by the somatic-sensory components of the pathogenic memory to achieve optimal levels of nervous system activation;  thus, facilitating the AIP system the subsequent natural adaptive processing of the information.

The ASSYST procedures 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 have been successfully used three days after the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico; 13 days after the August 3, 2019, mass shooting in El Paso, Texas; shortly after the September 1st, 2019 hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas; immediately after the October 2019 riots in Chile to provide support to hospitalized civilians that were injured during the protests; immediately after the November, 2019 riots and wave of terror in Bolivia to provide support to civilians that were injured during the protests; with immigrants in the United States three days after they escaped from 21 days of organized crime captivity; with first responders (firefighters and medical personnel) and civilians who survived the January 23, 2019 gas explosion in Villa El Salvador, Peru; and one day after the February 21, 2020 landslide in Cochabamba, Bolivia that affected 188 families. 

WEEK 3 - EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-PRECI)

WEEK 4 - EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS)

Participants will learn and practice the EMDR-Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-PRECI) and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS).​

EMDR-PRECI was developed in the field to treat recent (even hours after a trauma) or prolonged adverse experiences where related stressful events continue for an extended time and where there is no post-trauma safety period for the traumatic memory consolidation. Consistent with the AIP model, this evidence-based protocol treats acute trauma and ongoing traumatic stress to reduce or eradicate the potential for traumatic memory consolidation and resulting symptoms of PTSD. Dr.  Francine Shapiro (2018) recommends the EMDR-PRECI, “for an extended post-disaster period to address situations in which there is ongoing trauma and therefore no subsequent period of safety” (p. 397).

The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) for early intervention (Artigas et al., 2014), was the first EMDR group intervention in the world. In this protocol, the group setting allows for a group administration of individual EMDR treatment, ensuring that many individuals can be treated simultaneously.  This is highly valuable in settings where resources are limited. Jarero et al., (2015) adapted the standard EMDR-IGTP for early intervention to treat populations living with ongoing traumatic stress with no post-trauma safety period (EMDR-IGTP-OTS). Both protocols have robust research evidence from numerous places and populations around the world:​

  • ​With children and adults after natural or man-made disasters.

  • With children during ongoing war trauma.

  • With war refugee children.

  • With adults during ongoing geopolitical crisis.

  • With children victims of severe interpersonal violence.

  • With cancer-related PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms in female adult patients.

  • With cancer-related PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms in adolescents and young adults.

  • With rape victims.

  • With caregivers of patients with dementia.

  • With female patients to deal with the trauma from divorce.

  • With survivors of a 50 year-long internal armed conflict in Colombia.

Training Objectives

1. Describe the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model based Acute Trauma and Ongoing Traumatic Stress Theoretical Conceptualization (Jarero & Artigas, 2018).

2. Define Early Psychological Interventions, Recent Trauma Clinical Presentations, Prevention of PTSD, and EMDR Based Early Interventions.

3. List and apply the eight phases of the Procedures for Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST) for Individual and Group administration.


4. List and apply the eight phases of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents (EMDR-PRECI) and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS).

5. Describe four population groups that can be treated with the EMDR-Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS) based on empirical evidence.


6. Explain the main objectives, benefits, adaptations, key procedures, and clinical treatment strategies for the ASSYST procedures, EMDR-PRECI and EMDR-IGTP-OTS.


7. Describe and apply the clinical and research instruments (e.g., PCL-5, HADS).

8. Prepare and work in worst case scenarios situations.

9. Identify one meta-analysis and over thirty research studies around the world about the EMDR-IGTP-OTS and the EMDR-PRECI.

10. Explain the seven “red flags” that may complicate treatment in a group format.

11. List three important elements to remember when preparing the workplace for the EMDR-IGTP-OTS.

12. List activities of the Emotional Protection Team during the EMDR-IGTP-OTS.


This 4-week course is designed to release portions of the on demand training each week. You will learn a total of 4 protocols and procedures (one per week). See schedule below:

Online Workshop

Starting July 24th, 2020


Module 1 - Training videos released Friday, July 24th, 2020

Module 2 - Training videos released Friday, July 31st, 2020

Live Q&A for Module 1&2 - Friday, August 7th at 10am PT (11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET) 


Module 3 - Training videos released Friday, August 7th 2020

Module 4 - Training videos released Friday, August 14th, 2020

Live Q&A for Module 3&4 - Monday, August 24th at 10am PT (11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET) 

Details and Fees

(Note: This is a Commercial Workshop)


  • $350 USD - Standard Registration Price


  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Our intended audience are therapists who have completed an EMDRIA or EMDR Iberoamerica-Approved Basic Training. People only trained in EMDR by PESI are not eligible for the training.



  • This online training is non-refundable.

EMDRIA Continuing Education Units (CEU) Credits


This training provides a certificate for 14 CEU’s. These CEU’s will be provided by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR México. It is necessary to participate in 100% of the training to receive the credits of Continuing Education. A certificate for these CEU's is included in the price of the training. 


Note: Due to pending applications, additional CE's are not available for the Advanced EMDR online training at this time. Online course participants will still receive 14 EMDRIA credits. 

Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC (Trainer)

Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Psychologist, EMDRIA-Approved Training Provider and Consultant, and Certified EMDR Therapist. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, 17 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor and 7 years as a Psychologist. She works fulltime in private practice, The Road Less Traveled Counseling Center in Denver, Colorado. The focus of her practice includes trauma treatment, couples therapy from an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy approach, as well as supervision, consultation, and training. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, where her dissertation focused on EMDR within couples therapy. She also developed the Denver Collaborative Health Center, a network of skilled independent professionals dedicated to providing quality health care services to treat the whole person, including yoga therapy, massage, Rolfing, and psychotherapy.

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.


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