Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming workshops in Orlando and Central Florida of interest to the EMDR Therapy  community are listed here.

Connect EMDR Training and Consultation presents

EMDR Refresher Course

Claire Mauer, M.A., LMHC

About this course
This fast-paced, interactive workshop will give you the confidence and skill to offer your EMDR Therapy clients more efficient, effective treatment.  In response to the specific needs of our Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville host communities post-Hurricane Irma, we will place additional emphasis on the Recent Events Protocol and contained processing (EMD).

Five reasons to invest in the Back to Basics EMDR Refresher Course

  1. You took the training years ago and are unaware of changes to the manual
  2. You had inadequate opportunities to practice and have gotten “rusty”
  3. You developed a “creative” approach and strayed from the Standard Protocol
  4. You got stuck with clients early on and lost confidence.
  5. You have clients who need immediate symptom reduction after the recent hurricanes.

This day-long course will clear the cobwebs, increase your fidelity to the model, and keep you current with updates to the EMDR Basic Training curriculum. The presenter will use lecture, live demonstration, and guided practicum to enhance your understanding of Adaptive Information Processing Theory, the 8 Phases, and the 3 Prongs of the Standard Protocol.

Register for EMDR Back to Basics Refresher Course
Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  REGISTER
Friday October 20th 8am – 5pm
Embassy Suites  1100 SE 17th Street Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jacksonville, FL      |  REGISTER
Friday November 3rd 8am – 5pm
Hampton Inn 8127 Point Meadows Drive Jacksonville, FL 32256

Claire Mauer is an EMDR Institute Regional Trainer and LMHC who works with a range of client issues, including PTSD and anxiety disorders, using EMDR therapy as part of an integrative, trauma-informed, approach.

Claire is an EMDR Trainer, Certified EMDR Therapist, Approved Consultant, and a Training Facilitator for both the EMDR Institute and the Trauma Recovery/Humanitarian Assistance Program, for which she volunteers.  She has a private practice in Maitland and facilitates the Orlando-area no-fee EMDR Study Group.

Integrating Culture, Social Identity and Culturally Based Tauma into Trauma-Informed Treatment

Mark I. Nickerson, LICSW

December 8-9, 2017

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 South Apopka Vineland Road
Building C, Second Floor, “The Attic”
Orlando, FL 32819

13.0 credits: EMDRIA, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC, NBCC approved

Covering concepts from the newly released book: Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Theory, Strategies and Practicum Experiences by Mark I. Nickerson, LICSW

Content Includes:

  • Integration of current best practices in cultural competence
  • Discovering the potential of EMDR interventions in this realm
  • Exploration of concepts through practicum experiences
  • Video and other case examples
  • Welcoming cultural context into psychotherapy
  • Key concepts and terminology
  • Common client challenges that may go unnoticed
  • Enriching the AIP model by understanding social information processing
  • Uncovering socially based negative beliefs
  • Addressing immigration and assimilation challenges
  • Reprocessing internalized stigma/oppression
  • Identifying and reprocessing social prejudice
  • Exploring social privilege constructively
  • Many innovative and effective intervention strategies
Integrated Theory and Research from the fields of social work and social psychology including:

  • Evolution of social categorization
  • Impact of social identity: benefits and difficulties
  • “In-group”/”Out-group” implications
  • “Higher status”/”Lower status” implications
  • MRI findings in the prejudicial response
  • Research on desensitization strategies

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Connect EMDR Training and Consultation presents

Working with Dissociation and Complex Trauma as an EMDR Therapist

Bill Brislin, LMHC, NCC

Adult clients with a history of chronic or prolonged childhood abuse and/or neglect present significant challenges in treatment, particularly in utilizing the standard EMDR protocol. This presentation will integrate current relevant theories of complex trauma with practical interventions and resources for the EMDR therapist which are grounded in the AIP model. The workshop will include practice and discussion.

February 23, 2018; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee Central  1330 Blairstone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301

$125 prior to January 12, 2018

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Participants must have completed an EMDRIA approved Basic EMDR training.


6 CEUS. Provider: Creative Therapy Connections Susan K. Pate, LMHC, Director # 50-461. Exp. 3/31/2019 Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider. EMDRIA Credits are pending.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify five characteristic symptoms of dissociation.
  2. Describe the role of attachment injury and chronic abuse and/or neglect in creating and maintaining dissociative processes and individuated self-states.
  3. Acquire a familiarity with the three phase of complex trauma treatment in relation to the three prongs and eight phases of EMDR therapy.
  4. Learn three emotional regulation methods for use in EMDR phase 2 with dissociative clients and strategies for interacting with self-states.
  5. Name three characteristic phobias which maintain dissociative processes.
  6. Can utilize several techniques for titrating EMDR phase 4 processing with dissociative clients.


8:00 am – 8:30 am                Registration/Coffee/Housekeeping
8:30 am – 11:45 am                Session w/ 15-minute break
11:45 pm – 1:00 pm                Lunch on your own
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm                 Session w/ 15-minute break


Bill Brislin has been a psychotherapist in the Orlando area for over twenty-five years. His interest in trauma and complex trauma began during his fifteen years as a counselor at a local AIDS support agency. An EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Bill enjoys unlocking the potential for EMDR Therapy with clients who have experienced profound developmental trauma. A graduate of the Catholic University of America and the University of Notre Dame, he is committed to ongoing learning and formation. Bill holds memberships in EMDR International Association and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.