Complex Trauma Training

Integrating Creative Art Therapies and EMDR with Complex Clients

Integrating Creative Art Therapies and EMDR with Complex Clients

13 CEs, 12 EMDRIA CEs


When therapists complete training in the 8 phase EMDR protocol, they sometimes find it challenging to integrate EMDR therapy into their current work with challenging and complex trauma clients. By the same token, clinicians with a primary focus in EMDR are often looking for ways to deliver the EMDR protocol in more developmentally sensitive ways which feel safer to the traumatized client We will review the therapeutic power of the arts and identify techniques and tools that will maximize the healing of clients through integration of the two approaches.  Full documentation can be found here and the daily agenda can be found here.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain why integrating art experience within the AIP model and eight phases can help increase client readiness for phase 4 processing.
  • Identify how to help clients increase affect tolerance and a state of calm for processing using art materials such as clay, pastels, drawing, and sand
  • Practice how to use art materials with scripts to help client’s kinesthetically and visually learn psychoeducation about trauma and behavior change techniques
  • Practice using art materials to enhance resource development
  • Identify how creative approaches can address mentalization skills to increase connection with adaptive information when processing attachment wounds
  • Practice an art-based version of Fraser’s table to learn about different parts of self
  • Explain three approaches for integrating art experience in Phase 4 to help process trauma, grief and loss
  • Differentiate dissociative symptoms, dissociative disorders and ego states
  • Practice an art-based approach to learning window of tolerance
  • Identify how art has been used to identify attachment styles

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, art therapists, expressive therapists and all licensed mental health counselors. Prior completion of EMDR Therapy training is required for EMDRIA CEs. No previous art classes necessary.

Continuing education: Review the information regarding continuing education here. It is important to check with your state board to verify your requirements. Continuing education hours are not available for consultation time, reading requirements, or prerequisites.

Upcoming Trainings

Integrating Creative Art Therapies and EMDR with Complex Clients – Winter 2024 (January 18 – 19, 2024) – Live Online

Winter 2024 - Live Online

January 18 - 19. All days are 9:00-5:00 Eastern Time US unless otherwise specified.

Instructor: Elizabeth Davis, MS

$395 with materials, early bird rate $365, international trainee and without materials price $345, early bird rate $315.

Materials included enrollment ends December 18, while list only enrollments will end in January.

Special Needs: Requests for special accommodations should be directed to our training coordinator at

All trainings listed on this website are open to the public. To schedule a closed training for your group or agency, contact the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute. Individuals may also organize trainings and receive a discount on tuition.

Cancellations Policy: Our training cancellations policy can be found here.

Grievance Policy: Our training grievance policy can be found here.

Questions: If you have any questions about this training, please contact our trainings department at

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