Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute Web Site Launched!

After months of behind the scenes work, the web site for Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute launched today. The site contains complete information about our clinically focused, basic training in EMDR that debuts September 10th and 11th, 2010. That’s less than seven months away!

I am excited about the all new format for this comprehensive training. There were
three main goals in the design of this new format.

first was to keep each module to two days to allow for paced learning and a day off on Sunday. The second goal was to integrate all required hours of consultation into the schedule without compromising the lecture or practice periods. We did this by exceeding EMDRIA requirements and offering a total of 58 hours of training in four two-day modules spread over a ten-week period.

Finally, because the majority of trauma related cases seen in actual clinical settings involve impairments in self-regulation associated with complex PTSD, the new format includes an early emphasis on case formulation based on attachment theory and practical instruction in methods of stabilization and skills building. Also, because of the frequency of co-occurring disorders of PTSD and substance abuse, in the fourth module of the training, participants also receive instruction and training in the leading EMDR protocol for the treatment of addictions.

Here’s a peek at the first module.

Day one begins with:
  • Psychotraumatology, the Adaptive Information Processing model and Structural Dissociation
  • Introduction to theory, principles and methods of stabilization
  • Didactic training and demonstration of methods of stabilization
  • The afternoon provides practice in methods of stabilization for anxiety and dissociative states
Day two continues with:
  • Overview of the eight phases of EMDR
  • Assessing readiness for reprocessing
  • Principles and strategies for history taking and case formulation
  • The Preparation phase – Informed consent; Calm place exercise; Resource Development and Installation (RDI)
  • The afternoon provides practice in the calm place and RDI
  • All the forms and directions needed to apply are available here.

Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
We have a wonderful training site arranged at the beautiful Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa. The Flamingo staff has offered training participants attractive guest room rates for those who want or need to overnight in Santa Rosa. There are lots of fantastic local restaurants. For those who want to extend their stay or bring family, there are abundant recreational and cultural attractions in nearby parks, museums, art galleries, the spectacular Sonoma Coast, and of course, award winning wineries.

In designing the Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute web site, I wanted all clinicians, both those already trained in EMDR, as well as those not yet trained, to have quick access to professional resources related to EMDR. This area is off to a great start with links to online resources and to full text journal articles in some of the most essential topics of EMDR research including:
National and international treatment guidelines
Controlled studies
Studies of hypotheses regarding eye movements
Psychophysiological and neurobiological evaluations

In the months ahead this “
About EMDR” area will continue to grow. Your suggestions are welcome for the kind of content you would like most to see added. Use the contact us form to send me email.

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In the next few weeks I will be introducing the rest of our training staff and bringing you news about our forthcoming home study program. Watch this space.

Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D.
Director of Training