Training Events



Training Events

The following training is offered with co–trainer Kate Becker, LCSW, RYT:

Treating Substance Abuse and Compulsive Behavior

with EMDR Therapy

Through the use of demonstration, case presentation, lecture and video clips, this workshop explores the use of EMDR in the treatment of chemical dependency and other addictive/compulsive behaviors—specifically with clients who are not yet abstinent. This treatment focused workshop teaches you how to stabilize clients and desensitize addiction memory networks without triggering increased substance use or relapse.

This workshop can be offered as a one day event or as a two day event that includes practicum time

CEU’ s and EMDRIA Credits available


Workshop Goals and Objectives linked to

EMDR Phases of Treatment

  • Phase 1:  Learn history and case conceptualization concerns unique to Clients with histories of addictions.
  • Phase 2:  Increase your knowledge of stabilization techniques used with persons with addictions. Grow more confidence about your ability to address the needs of non-abstinent Clients.
  • Phase 3-8:  Learn how to desensitize the urges, cravings, and feeling states that trigger self-defeating behaviors.  Increase your ability to create solid target sequence plans that will help your Clients create lives worth staying abstinent for.


Oh, the places we have been……

Stamford, CT–Sponsored by Karen Alter-Reid

Orlando, Florida–Sponsored by Lynda Ruf and Regina Morrow

 Hamden, CT–Sponsored by the Women’s Consortium

Westfield, MA–Sponsored by the Carson Center

Asheville, NC–Sponsored by the Mountain Area Health Education Center

Charleston, SC–Sponsored by Roxann Hassett and Dorchester Mental Health Center

Des Moines, Iowa–Sponsored by DM Pastoral Counseling Center, EMDR & Beyond and Powell Chemical Dependency  Program

2016 EMDRIA Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lee’s Summit, MO–Sponsored by Judy Gardner, Susan Thompson and Abundant Life Counseling

                  Prince George, British Columbia and EMDR Canada Annual Conference 2017

Warwick, RI–Sponsored by Suzanne Borstein 

South Bend, Indiana–Sponsored by Crystal Whitlow

St Louis, MO–Sponsored by Laurie Furman and Sheri Rezak-Irons

And the places we will go……


Spring 2018


Litchfield, CT  3/22 & 3/23, 2018–Click HERE to register. Click HERE for a flyer and for mail in registration options.  To receive the non-profit or group discount price, you must download the flyer and mail in your payment.  All others can register online.

Milwaukee, WI  4/20 & 4/21, 2018 – Please click HERE to register.

Des Moines, Iowa, 4/26 & 4/27, 2018– Please click HERE to register online, or click HERE for a flyer and the option to mail-in your registration.


 And the things  people have said (comments from our training evaluations)…..

“Did a superlative job in their collective training initiative, material presented in a very unpretentious and “user friendly” manner.  Thank you both for “thinking outside the box” and sharing your learning.”   Charleston, SC 2015

“Awesome training !  I would come to any training you guys present! Loved it!  Learned exactly what I wanted to.  You guys are awesome—tap that in! ”   Des Moines, Iowa 2015

“I thoroughly enjoyed the training, loved the honest and “real person” approach to training and therapy—thank you Hope and Kate!” Des Moines, Iowa 2015

“Outstanding Presenters–really enjoyed the content, style and various modalities of teaching…lecture, video, experiential and sculpturing–please do more EMDR specialty training like this!” Hamden, CT 2014

The presenters were so engaging & clearly passionate about their work. I learned so much! Excellent handouts. Thank you. One of the best presentations of the conference. EMDRIA Conference 2016

“Your work is so inspiring and hope giving.  It really helps me feel more confident in creating a treatment plan in collaboration with my clients.”  EMDR Canada Conference 2017

“Hope and Kate are a dynamic duo!  They are well informed, personable and professional.  I have greatly enjoyed this workshop.”  St Louis, MO 2017

We are happy to work in partnership with agencies and non-profits to bring this training to your community.  Please contact me directly for more information about the training events listed above or to book this training at your location.  CONTACT ME