EMDR Mini-conference
pril 30 and May 1, 2005 at Oakland's Preservation Park

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Carol Odsess, Ph.D.

Enhancing EMDR with Energy Psychology



Presenter:  Carol Odsess, Ph.D.



Workshop Description:


Addressing emotional disturbance effectively is a critical element of EMDR treatment.  In EMDR 2nd ed, Francine Shapiro instructs clinicians to discover during the history-taking phase whether the client can respond to self-control and relaxation techniques and only plan to use EMDR with those clients who respond favorably.  One goal of the preparation phase is also for clients to become proficient in relaxation techniques to deal with high levels of disturbance that may occur between sessions and to assist clients in regaining emotional balance when material has been incompletely processed..


In this class, participants will learn the most popular form of Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  EFT is a form of “emotional acupressure” that combines somatic procedures derived from ancient Eastern acupuncture systems with Western cognitive strategies.  By addressing the body, mind and emotions simultaneously, emotional activation is rapidly decreased.   This technique assists clients to reduce stress, fear and anxiety, while it increases feelings of relaxation, resilience and peace.  It is also widely used to decrease the hyperarousal that accompanies trauma. 


While rigorous research on Energy Psychology methods is limited to specific issues, anecdotal evidence supports the use of EFT as a powerful but simple technique that can rapidly decrease emotional disturbance.  In this workshop, participants will learn the basic EFT technique and how to utilize EFT in the history-taking, preparation and closure phases of EMDR in ways that maintain fidelity to the EMDR protocol.  The workshop will emphasize experiential learning of hands-on Energy Psychology techniques and participants will leave the class with practical tools they can use immediately and can teach to clients for home use.



Program Objectives:


Participants will be able to:

1.  Explain and administer the basic EFT treatment protocol to reduce emotional disturbance from a range of negative emotions including stress, anxiety, fear, grief, sadness, guilt and anger.

2.  Describe how to use EFT in the history-taking, preparation and closure phases of EMDR.


3.  Describe how to teach EFT to clients for home use.





Tentative Schedule:


1. Learn the basic EFT protocol experientially                                        9:00 - 9:30

Explanations of EFT

Questions and answers


2. Short video of EFT treatment                                                                         9:30 – 10:00


3. How and when to use EFT with clients                                                           10:00 – 10:30

How to use EFT in the history-taking, preparation and closure phases of EMDR

Teaching EFT to clients for home use


Break                                                                                                                10:30 – 10:45                           

4. Introduction to dyad practice                                                                         10:45 – 11:00


5. Practice in dyads                                                                                           11:00 – 12:00


6.  Q & A, review resources on handouts, class evaluations                   12:00 - 12:15







About Carol Odsess:


Carol Odsess, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Albany, California.  She has practiced EMDR since 1992 and is both an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDRIA certified in EMDR.  Carol also has extensive training and experience with the most popular form of Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and has earned the designation of Advanced EFT Practitioner (EFT-ADV).


Carol leads workshops on EFT for both psychotherapists and the public.  In April 2009, she is teaching the first day-long CEU class on Energy Psychology offered at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, California.  Carol also provides individual mentoring and group consultation to other psychotherapists learning EFT.  In addition, she teaches EFT to cancer patients and leads monthly “Energy Psychology Healing Circles” for cancer patients.


Carol is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a CEU provider specifically for Energy Psychology.  She is also an approved CE provider for The Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology.


To learn more about Carol or to see a complete list of her workshops and groups, please visit www.carolodsess.com.


Carol Odsess, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist PSY14361

905 Santa Fe Avenue

Albany, CA 94706





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