(LIVE) Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR (S.A.F.E.): Applying SAFE EMDR to the 8 Phases





LIVE Virtual Course will take place December 13 & 14 from 9:00 – 4:30 PM EASTERN Time with a lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00.

Meeting on Zoom

Instructor: Deborah Kennard

Course includes lecture and opportunity to practice SAFE EMDR skills in a live group setting

Description: Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR expands the AIP, Adaptive Information Processing Model, to include adaptations made to maximize safety and attachment. This program will go deeply into the SAFE foundational principles of Nonviolence, Mindful Awareness, Compassionate Assumption and Healthy Boundaries and how they create a trauma-informed therapeutic container and inform the resourcing phase of EMDR treatment.  Informed by the Polyvagal theory of regulation, you will have an opportunity to learn and experience resources for safety and connection.  We will review new research on the neurobiological mechanisms of eye movements to help deepen your understanding of why and how EMDR works.  We will explore the SAFE EMDR concept of the Answer and how to apply it throughout the EMDR 8 phases of therapy, while maintaining fidelity to the EMDR model.  

Audience: EMDR Basic Trained professionals (completed a 6-day EMDRIA approved training program)


  1. Describe how the principles of SAFE EMDR are important when working with clients who have experienced trauma.
  2. Describe how the principle of nonviolence can lessen client resistance.
  3. Describe the importance of mindful awareness in creating a safe therapeutic container
  4. Describe how the principle of Compassionate Assumption can be helpful in treatment planning. 
  5. Describe the importance of healthy boundaries in the EMDR therapy treatment. 
  6. Describe how the concept of the Answer is helpful in phase 2 of EMDR.
  7. Describe how new research explains the mechanism of action of EMDR eye movements.
  8. List 3 resources to help increase a client’s sense of safety.
  9. List 3 resources to increase a client’s ability to tolerate connection in the therapy process.
  10. Describe how the concept of the Answer helps create a trauma-informed therapeutic container. 
  11. Describe how new brain research conceptualizes somatosensory information 
  12. Differentiate between simple and complex case presentations
  13. Distinguish between EMDR and EMD
  14. Describe 2 common signs of Dissociation

1 year of Course access is included in purchase! Take at your own pace.

Conflict of Interest: There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop

Course Content Level: Intermediate

Target Audience (only applicable to CEs): Psychologists, Social Workers MFTs, graduate level counselors, Psychotherapists

12 APA , NBCC and EMDRIA credits provided upon completion of course, quiz and evaluation.  Course must be attended in full, no partial credit provided.

Please see participation agreement for cancellation policy

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