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Breaking the ACE Poor Health Cycle With EMDRBreaking The ACE* Poor Health Cycle With EMDR
(*Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Presenter: Carol Forgash, CSW, BCD

3 CEs /EMDRIA Credits
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This Distance Learning presentation will focus on the development of an EMDR Treatment plan including a focus on the disorders so prevalent in ACE (adverse childhood experiences)  survivor/ patients. The ACE questionnaire will be shown to be a focus of history taking and target development. The importance of the therapeutic relationship, which offers positive reinforcement, validation, and attunement to these clients, will be stressed.

Specialized techniques will be utilized in phases 1-2 to help the patient experience self-soothing, develop emotional regulation, manage any dissociative symptoms, and avoid re-traumatization in the health care setting. Phases 3-7 will emphasize specific work on clearing past ACEs as well as specific health issues. Skills development such as rehearsal, use of imagery and screen work will also be presented. Successful management of chronic, painful and terminal illness will also be a focus of the workshop.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • that the impact of high ACE scores predicts a higher rate of compulsive disorders such as substance abuse; also serious physical and mental illness. This will help guide treatment planning and target development.

  • that modifications to the Standard Protocol in the treatment of ACE survivors diagnosed with complex PTSD are related to providing safety and call for a more comprehensive stabilization phase and potentially, for shorter processing sessions.

  • specific stabilization skills to help ACE survivor/ clients stay ‘present’ during processing.

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  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201.
  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2022. Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2022.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

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Participant Eligibility Criteria:

This course is designed for licensed mental health clinicians who have completed an approved EMDR Basic Training.  Only EMDR trained clinicians can obtain EMDRIA Credits.


Cancellation requests are reviewed on an individual basis.

Grievances – All grievances must be in writing to [email protected] and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.

ADA Assistance – This workshop is held in facilities that are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact [email protected] if special accommodation is required.