Integrating Motivational Interviewing with EMDR

2 Day Program

12 CE Credits - $350

Next course: April 21 and 22, 2023!

Instructor: Larisa Traga, LCSW, MAC, CCDS

Course Description

To participate in this session, you must have received training in basic EMDR. Prior to this session start date, you will need to share your certificate of completion for the basic EMDR training with the presenter via email.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a practical, evidence-based collaborative conversation style supporting client treatment engagement and reducing reluctance around behavior change. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the skills, strategies, and processes of MI, and its application with EMDR. Participants will learn how MI can compliment and enhance EMDR treatment, with a specific focus on the 8 phases and 3 prongs of EMDR that support clients throughout the process. By implementing MI processes (engaging, focusing, evoking, planning), a clinician can more effectively engage clients when they are anxious about addressing their trauma. MI can also help EMDR clinicians enhance client willingness around their goals (i.e. reducing substance use), strengthen motivation when challenges arise, sustain change after an EMDR session, and tailor treatment to the client’s needs. Finally, the workshop will differentiate between a ‘top down’ vs. ‘bottom up’ approach to reprocessing using EMDR and review additional resources to support individuals with complex PTSD.

Elevate You CE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elevate You CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The great news is that most states allow Licensed Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists to gain credits from APA approved sponsors. If you are unsure if your state does, just reach out and we will let you know.

Educational Objectives

  1. Describe the 4 main principles of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. List the 8 phases of EMDR as they integrate with Motivational Interviewing.
  3. Identify specific strategies and tools for using EMDR with clients who show ambivalence, behavior change and complex presentations.
  4. Apply advanced resource skills to support complex presentations.
  5. Compare differences between a top down and bottom up approach to addressing complex presentations.
  6. Describe how the Processing Continuum can support keeping a client within their window of tolerance.
  7. Use somatic experiencing with EMDR.
  8. Identify areas of personal growth to enhance client care.
  9. Apply research on Motivational Interviewing to different cultural groups.


Day 1: Friday April 21, 2023 from 9:45am to 4:30pm PST

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • Processes, Principles and Strategies
    • Experiential Activities
  • Lunch Break
  • Eliciting Change Talk
  • Integrating MI into EMDR Phases 1 and 2

Day 2: April 22, 2023 from 9:45 am to 4:30pm PST

  • Integrating MI into EMDR Phases 3 to 8
  • Lunch Break
  • Experiential Activities
  • Summary and Q & A

Developed by: Larisa Traga, LCSW, MAC, CCDS and Elisa A. Gottheil, PhD

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