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Some articles from the September 2017 GO-EMDRIAN newsletter are presented below.

New December Training:

Integrating Culture into Trauma Informed Treatment 

A training by Mark Nickerson 

When: Friday and Saturday, Dec 8-9, 2017 · 9:00am to 5:00pm both days
Where: St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road; Orlando, FL 32819
Credits: 13 credits: both EMDRIA and CEU’s
Early Registration ends October 23, 2017

GOEMDRIAN, Windermere Counseling, and St Luke’s  Community Counseling Center are proud to be sponsoring Mark Nickerson and his training Integrating Culture, Social Identity and Culturally Based Trauma into Trauma-Informed TreatmentRead more.

Study Group: Couples

Treating Couples with EMDR Therapy

  • What: Orlando-Area No-Fee Study Group
  • Who: Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC, NCC
  • When: Thursday, October 19, 2017. 6pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Jewish Community Center of Maitland, 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland, FL 32751; Senior Room
  • Bring ID to show at the front desk!

During her 30 years of practice, Reg Morrow Robinson has dedicated considerable focus to helping couples heal and thrive.  In addition to being an EMDR Institute Regional Trainer, Reg has pursued extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and has achieved Level 3 of Gottman training. Reg has found EMDR Therapy to be a powerful component in collaborative work with couples. In this presentation, Reg will share goals, guidelines, and precautions for working with couples as an EMDR Therapist.  For more information on no fee study groups click here.

Book Review

Feeling-State Theory & Protocols for Behavioral and Substance Addictions: A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Addictions, Compulsions, Obsessions, Codependence, and Anger

by Robert Miller, PhD, 2016

Review by by Diane Kimball

This book is a comprehensive look at the Feeling State Theory, complete with treatment protocols to implement with clients plagued by various compulsions and addictions. Many clinicians grapple with the struggle clients face when seeking to change destructive behavior and often witness a cycle of ongoing relapse and possible defeat.  This text aids the therapist in understanding and identifying a client’s underlying “Assured-Survival Feeling”, such as the feeling of being loved, belonging or safety, which is then coupled with the undesired behavior.

Click here to continue reading

EMDR and PTSD: A Call to Action

Why give?

by Marina Lombardo

All of you who have practiced EMDR for any length of time have seen first hand the powerful healing benefits for clients suffering with of PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder. That is why the most recent recommendation from the American Psychological Association (APA) came as such a blow. The APA recently made the decision to recommend CBT, CPT, CT and EXP for adult patients with PTSD, while only suggesting EMDR therapy. This is a significant setback for clients who could benefit from EMDR, not to mention the potential impact of insurance reimbursement on EMDR therapy.

But there is an answer….
More research for EMDR therapy that will challenge the APA’s recommendations and prove EMDR’s effectiveness beyond a shadow of a doubt. Right now, the EMDR Research Foundations is the only organization to fund research in EMDR therapy.

So what can you do?
Give generously to the EMDR Research Foundation. In fact, for those of you who have a practice website, consider adding a link to the EMDR Research Foundation to your encourage visitors to your website to donate as well.

 Click here to donate

EMDR for “First” First Responders

by Mary Beth Griffis

Sara Gilman, 2010 EMDRIA President,  and Jim Marshall, Co-founder and director of the 911 Training Institute, first presented about 911’s need for EMDR in 2011 and 2013 and published (in Luber, 2015) to promote awareness and equipping of EMDR Therapists.

911 telecommunications have a higher risk of suicide,  PTSD, job turnover, stress-related illnesses, self-medication and obesity, and a rate of clinical depression estimated at 24%. “In recent years there has been an increase in mass casualties in the US, officer-involved-shootings, and line of duty deaths related to mental illness; with the increase in climate change driven natural disasters, readiness to treat the first responders is crucial,” said Jim.

Jim has been working in the 911 community since 2005, providing Resilience  and PTSD prevention training and advocating for industry-wide use of EMDR, and helping responders to find EMDR therapists. He states,  “90% of our 911 tele-communicators (and the field responders also) in my classes still believed that PTSD was not curable, only manageable.”

He reports difficulty meeting the increasing requests to find trustworthy clinicians. He is looking for qualified EMDR clinicians in cities and towns around the country (and in Canada and South Africa) who are willing and ready to treat these 911 tele-communicators. “Otherwise even those who reach therapy are apt to end up in lesser helpful (clinicians). They struggle seeking our help per indoctrination into the ole paramilitary ‘suck it up’ stigma about mental health care; so their efforts searching successfully for clinicians who fit their needs is a long shot–unless we are in place as EMDR clinicians.”

The need is urgent for more EMDR clinicians to treat this struggling population (approximately 180,000-220,000 in the U.S. alone). Their EAPs are seldom staffed with clinicians who are knowledgeable about first responders or who use EBTs for PTSD.

If you have a heart for First Responders and are a Certified EMDR Therapist or Approved Consultant you can be of help by joining the EMDR Registry for 911. There is no cost. Email Deborah Gagnon, M.S, operations manager for an application.

click here for more information

The 9th Annual Latest and Greatest

The 10th Annual Latest and Greatest is on its way!

by Reg Morrow Robinson

The 9th annual Latest & Greatest, held on Friday June 23, 2017, was filled with diversity and rich in connection and learning. The original presenters, from 2016 EMDRIA Annual Conference, all graciously gave their permission to our local presenters.

Our six GOEMDRIAN  therapists; Debbie Goodwin, Kitty Mendoza, Reg Morrow Robinson, Bill Brislin, Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, and Sandra Stanford presented to an audience of 72 EMDR therapists. Our community is growing! Each of the six hot topics, Somatic & Energetic Resourcing, Mindfulness & Addictions, Death with Peace and Dignity, Ego State work, Healing Culturally Based Trauma, and Adults with Attachment Trauma, provided a one hour summary presentation. This wide sampling of topics allowed participants to identify areas of interest and dive into deeper learning on their own.

Many thanks to the volunteer team that made this event possible. Mary Beth Griffis once again gave her organizational talents along with her warm, welcoming presence to orchestrate this training. Marina Lombardo and Karen Bogart managed the logistics of the day. And Dr. Joanne MacPherson, director of St. Luke’s Counseling Center, provided the venue’s wonderful setting.

2017 EMDRIA happened August 24-27, in Seattle, Washington which means that our 10th annual Latest & Greatest is on the way!

If you plan on attending the conference and are interested in presenting next time, please email  Mary Beth Griffis by clicking here.

Social Media & EMDR Institute

Did you know the EMDR Institute is on social media? By liking and following the EMDR Institute on Facebook and LinkedIn you have the opportunity to receive updates, announcements and relevant articles that you may find useful. Social media will help you stay connected to the EMDR community!

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New Available Consultation

New Consultant in Training!

Sandra B. Stanford, a counselor at Charis Counseling Center, is a Consultant in Training for EMDR Therapy. For EMDRIA trained therapists seeking certification, Sandra is offering individual consultations for $90 a session, and group consultations for 2 therapists for $120 each (2 hour block). The group consultation will apply 1 hour toward individual and 1 hour toward the group requirement for certification. As a Consultant in Training, Sandra can provide 15 of the 20 hours required for certification.

Therapists desiring certification will need to have the book Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures Second Edition by Francine Shapiro. She will also require video tapes of EMDR Therapy sessions to be shown in consultation  for critique and educational purposes. Sandra offers consultation in both Orlando and Titusville.

Click here for a link to the requirements for certification.

Sandra also offers ad hoc consultation when an EMDR Therapist wants to discuss a particular case. This is offered at her regular rate through Charis Counseling Center.

Click here to email Sandra for more information.

A New EMDR Training Team

Connect EMDR Training and Consulting

Introducing Connect EMDR Training and Consulting! Co-founders Reg Morrow Robinson and Claire Mauer are excited to announce the launch of Connect EMDR Training and Consulting

Connect’s mission is to foster local learning for global healing, building rich communities of trauma-informed clinicians capable of serving diverse clients in many different settings.  As EMDR Institute Regional Trainers, Reg and Claire look forward to providing a full range of EMDR training and consultation offerings to therapists throughout Florida the Southeast.

The Connect Team includes Bill Brislin and Cherilyn Rowland Petrie, both EMDRIA Consultants and EMDR Institute Facilitators who bring special expertise in recent event protocols, complex trauma and dissociation, and working with highly traumatized children and families. From Basic Training to advanced consultation, Connect EMDR will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go!

For a full list of training and consultation opportunities click here

Registration is now open for: the following:


  • Back to Basics EMDR Refresher Course: October 20th, Ft. Lauderdale, FL & November 3rd, Jacksonville, FL
  • EMDR Basic Training
    • Weekend One:  January 19 – 11, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
    • Weekend Two: March 9 -11, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
  • Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma as an EMDR Therapist
    February 23, 2018, Tallahassee, FL


  • Advanced Consultation Group for Complex Trauma (accepting applications). Monthly for 10 months beginning January 18th
  • Basic ConsultationConsultation for CertificationConsultation for Consultants in Training, and Advanced Consultation (Ad/hoc and special populations)

New Advanced Consultation Group for Complex Trauma

  • What: An advanced consultation group of EMDR Therapists seeking to increase their skills and knowledge in working with complex trauma and dissociation in a mutually supportive and challenging environment.
  • Where: Windermere Counseling; 104 W 6th Ave, Windermere, FL 34786. Attendance via WebEx may be pre-arranged.
  • When: 10 sessions on third Thursdays from 8:30 am – 10:30 am beginning on January 18, 2018. Start date may be delayed to ensure a minimum of 6 participants.
  • CEU’s: 12 EMDRIA CEUs and/or CEUs  can be earned for a fee by completing the online exam offered by anytime participants feel ready.
  • Cost: $110 per session. One half-price scholarship is being offered to a minority therapist working in a primary minority setting.
  • Who: Participants will receive the benefit of two consultants, Connect EMDR’s Reg Morrow Robinson and Bill Brislin

For more information click here or to register click here to contact Bill Brislin  or call 407.384.3344 or click here to contact Reg Morrow Robinson  or call 407.808.9932.

Office Space Available

Winter Park Area

Here is an opportunity for an EMDR therapist who would like to move into private practice at an ideal location with three other therapists in January 2018. The focus of this practice is complex trauma (including dissociative disorders), childhood abuse (either with the child or an adult recovering from childhood abuse), adoption/foster care, attachment injuries/disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This would be ideal for someone who is EMDRIA certified or working toward it, has experience with children, and desires to collaborate and continue in developing his/her skill. For more details and pictures, please contact Diane Kimball at or 407-538-5071

At a Glance

What’s happening in your EMDRIAN community?

  • October 19, 2017: No Fee Study Group in Maitland. This month dealing with couples therapy. Click here for more information.
  • December 8 – 9th 2017: Mark Nickerson presents Integrating Culture into Trauma Informed Treatment
  • Friday, January 26, 2018:  We have tentatively set this date for the Latest and Greatest. EMDRIA 2017. Every year we take trainings from the latest EMDRIA International Conference and present them to our community here in Central Florida. Washington was a well attended and inspiriting event this past August.  If you attended EMDRIA 2017 and would like to share what you learned please contact me.  BUT if you didn’t attend, you still have time to access the trainings online and share with your EMDRIAN community. Contact me for more information. 

Mary Beth Griffis

Thank you to our community!
Did you know that our trainings provide our EMDR community the opportunity to give to the EMDR HAP as well as the EMDR Research Foundation?  At our most recent training, Latest and Greatest 2017, fees collected enabled a donation of  $200 to each organization. Click here to read the thank you notes sent to you from these worthy organizations. Thank you for allowing your GOEMDRIAN to accomplish more for our community.

Mary Beth Griffis MA LMHC
Regional Coordinator Co-chair

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