Yoga Skills for EMDR Therapists (Columbus, OH)
The clinical and research evidence for yoga as a supplementary practice in the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders continues to mount. There are many natural applications to how skills, techniques, and philosophy of yoga can work alongside the eight phases of EMDR therapy and the AIP model to more holistically prepare EMDR therapists for managing difficult situations in Phases 3-6 like abreactions and working with dissociation. Even if an EMDR therapist is not a formally registered yoga teacher, the willingness to build and grown their existing yoga practice, can give them numerous strategies for enhancing their efficacy in history taking and preparation/resourcing (Phases 1-2) which naturally translates to closure and re-evaluation (Phases 7-8).
This workshop is designed to give EMDR therapists a complete toolkit for seamlessly integrating EMDR therapy and the skills, techniques, and philosophy of yoga. The presenters are both EMDR therapy trainers and yoga teachers and are poised to speak to how one practice informs the other in their lives and in working with clients. EMDR therapists are also encouraged to continue cultivating their own yoga and meditation practices to help them stay more focused, alert, and able to maintain the calming presence during difficult EMDR sessions and as well as a measure for burnout prevention. No previous experience with yoga is necessary and all practices can be modified for a chair. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably. Mats and props are available onsite or you can bring your own.