Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR Therapy Skills Training: Effective Techniques for Anxiety

Help Clients Address Generalized Anxiety, Panic, and Phobias

Dr Jennifer Sweeton

Two-day workshops in:
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane: March 2021

WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED
COVID-19 and coronavirus concerns

Due to concerns about COVID-19 coronavirus and the risks of international travel to Australia in the current climate, these events are not being held in May as initially scheduled. We have rescheduled these workshops to March 2021 and are in the process of finalising the exact dates now.

Workshop Pricing

MELBOURNE

MCEC, South Wharf

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

SYDNEY

SMC Conference & Function Centre

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

BRISBANE

BCEC, South Bank

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

Dr Jennifer Sweeton

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. Dr. Sweeton has been practicing Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) for on 10 years, and has treated a variety of populations using EMDR and other memory reconsolidation approaches. These include combat veterans, individuals with PTSD and complex trauma, and those suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety.

She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.

Dr. Sweeton is a past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is the president-elect of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops. Other highlights of her career include:

  • Rhodes Scholar National Semi-Finalist

  • American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award

  • Stanford University Center for International Conflict and Negotiation Fellowship

  • Mensa Member Award Program Recipient

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship

  • NASA Ames Human Factors Researcher

  • Recipient of over 30 additional paid awards and grants

E.M.D.R. Skills Training:
Effective Techniques for Anxiety

Professionals who attend this highly experiential training will complete hands-on practice of E.M.D.R. skills, and should leave feeling confident in their ability to begin using E.M.D.R. techniques in their clinical work with anxious clients. Specifically, this workshop emphasizes how to work with clients suffering from generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias.

Byron Clinic is an independent training organisation and is not affiliated with any professional associations or organisations.

Training Information

TRAINING OVERVIEW

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) skills promote quick and safe recovery from trauma. Additionally, straightforward and easy-to-implement modifications to EMDR therapy have been shown to help clients better manage and reduce anxiety, including panic, phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Neuroscience research provides insight into how and why EMDR skills and other exposure-based therapies may be effective. In this two-day workshop, clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Sweeton explores the neural bases of anxiety and anxiety treatment methods, including EMDR techniques, and provides step-by-step guidance on how to integrate these skills into clinical practice with anxious clients.

Professionals who attend this highly experiential training will complete hands-on practice of EMDR skills, and should leave feeling confident in their ability to begin using EMDR techniques in their clinical work with clients. Register for this event and discover how effective, powerful EMDR techniques can revolutionize your practice and faciliate trauma recovery!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this two-day training, participants will be able to:

  • Name the five main brain regions involved in anxiety.
  • Summarize the role of neural networks in anxiety development, and explain how the brain can create fear and worry even in the absence of distressing or traumatic experiences.
  • Describe the neuroscience of exposure therapy (including EMDR) and name two ways in which exposure therapies can change the brain in the direction of health.
  • State the eight phases of EMDR.
  • Learn and practice “Future Template” as a part of Target Sequence Planning.
  • Learn and practice desensitization of negative cognitions related to worry and anxiety.
  • Learn and practice installation of positive cognitions.
  • Learn and practice desensitization skills for fear and worry.
  • Name two modifications to the Original 8-Phase Model of EMDR that are recommended for the treatment of panic, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Describe how in vivo exposure techniques can be integrated with EMDR therapy using tactile or auditory stimulation.
  • State how trauma-based anxiety differs from non-trauma-based anxiety, and how to work with both using EMDR skills.
  • Explain why body scanning is an important EMDR skill, and describe at least one way to facilitate body scanning.
DAY ONE PROGRAM

Please note: Jennifer Sweeton may well diverge from the program below according to audience interests.

Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am

The neuroscience of anxiety. Five areas of the brain involved in trauma, and associated symptoms. Autonomic nervous system and its link to the brain.

10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm

The neuroscience of other EMDR skills and exposure therapy. Rules of neuroplasticity. Three ways to change the brain.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm

EMDR as a 3-in-1 skillset. When and with whom to use EMDR techniques. Introduction to the original 8-phase model of EMDR. Descriptions and discussions of each of the 8 EMDR phases.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm

Client history and treatment planning. Target sequence planning and target mapping: Past, present, and future template. Dyad practice.

4:30pm Day One Close
DAY TWO PROGRAM

Please note: Jennifer Sweeton may well diverge from the program below according to audience interests.

Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am

Stabilization: cognitive resources (secure place, container, safe person), physical resources (breathing, selective body focus), and external resources. Dyad practice. Access and Activate: order of operations.

10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm

Access and Activate: order of operations. Desensitization: step-by-step. Extended demonstration of anxiety treatment (phobia or worry).

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Installation/Reprocessing: step-by-step, identifying Positive Cognition and VoC. Body scanning: Two techniques. Modifications to the Original 8-Phase Protocol for generalized anxiety, phobias, and panic. Dyad practice.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm

Dyad practice. Closure and re-evaluation phases of EMDR. Summary of 8-phase EMDR model for panic, phobias, and generalized anxiety. Q&A.

4:30pm Day Two Close
Dr Jennifer Sweeton's Biography

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.

She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops. Other highlights of her career include:

  • Rhodes Scholar National Semi-Finalist

  • American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award

  • Oklahoma’s Top 40 Under 40 Professionals

  • Stanford University Center for International Conflict and Negotiation Fellowship

  • Mensa Member Award Program Recipient

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship

  • NASA Ames Human Factors Researcher

  • Recipient of over 30 additional paid awards and grants

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a minimum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

What are the training terms & conditions?

Please refer to our terms and conditions here.

Workshop Pricing

MELBOURNE

MCEC, South Wharf

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

SYDNEY

SMC Conference & Function Centre

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

BRISBANE

BCEC, South Bank

March 2021

  • SUPER SAVER: $560*
    until 31 December 2020
  • EARLY BIRD: $660: 1 Jan — 31 Jan '21
  • STANDARD: $770: 1 Feb — 28 Feb '21
  • FULL: $880: from 1 March '21

ON HOLD

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