EMDR Conference Saturday, May 13, 2023

Proceeds to benefit non-profit EMDR therapy training and research efforts. This workshop is held in facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact        [email protected] attn: registrar if special accommodations are required. 

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EMDR Conference Saturday, May 13, 2023

8:15 am to 4:15 pm

HCC, Kittredge Center
303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA

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Email: [email protected] attn: registrar

Full Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the event. 
Grievance policy: available by writing to [email protected] attn: registrar

Registration closes May 6


Completion of an EMDRIA approved basic EMDR training is required for registration.

4.5 CEUs offered for Psychologists, LICSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved master's level clinicians for full day attendance 9 am to 4:15 pm. 4.5 EMDRIA CEUs offered for attendance 9 am to 3:00 pm.

EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EMDR ATDL and APT maintain responsibility for this program and its content.


MORNING KEYNOTE - 9:00-10:30 am

“Strengthening the Adaptive Information Processing System Through an IFS Lens” – Nancy Simons, LMHC

This training will teach participants how to strengthen the AIP system when working with clients with Complex PTSD. Participants will learn concepts from IFS that support the strengthening of the AIP system and will learn the application of a new resourcing tool, the Self Compassion Container .


MORNING WORKSHOPS (Choose One) - 10:45 am-12:15 pm

1. “Perinatal and Postpartum Loss and Birth Trauma: Holding Space for Loss, Life and Death” – Sabrina Herman, LICSW

The training will examine various levels of perinatal and postpartum trauma including miscarriage, stillbirth and trauma related to medical interventions during birthing. We will explore and uncover our own socio-cultural biases toward pregnancy, birth and loss and how a toxic culture has profound negative influences on the whole pregnant person.


2. “With Complex Trauma, We are Actually Shifting Between the 3 Phases. Come Learn Why!” – Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW

The 3 Phases of Trauma Treatment (Judith Herman, 1992) is relevant for clients with Complex Trauma and formal Dissociative Disorders. I will present an idea supported by both Onno van der Hart and Michael Coy. In Phase 1 [Stabilization] or Phase 2 [Trauma treatment] when we enable clients to function very differently in present life, we are actually in Phase 3 {Integration into daily life work, broader than DID Fusion]. Multiple examples will be presented. Active discussion will be encouraged.


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (Choose One) - 1:30-3:00 pm

3. “Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy” – Ricky Greenwald, PsyD

This workshop will outline the potential benefits and pitfalls of intensive trauma-focused therapy, review the research, and explain how to do it. Participants will learn how to sequence the various elements of EMDR therapy, how to manage certain types of clinical issues, and how to manage the business aspect.


4. “EMDR Therapy for Grief: The Phenomenon of “After Death Communication”, Natural and Induced.” – George Abbott PhD & Theodore (Ted) Olejnik, LICSW, LADC-I

An extraordinary phenomenon has been observed during the practice of EMDR Therapy with clients experiencing grief for the loss of a loved one or a stranger with whose death they were somehow involved. In both situations, clients report experiencing an apparition of and communication with the deceased. Clients routinely report that the apparition provides them a sense of connection or restored connection with the deceased. Both presenters have observed such events in their EMDR Therapy work. Alan Botkin, an EMDR Therapist working for a Chicago area Veterans Administration Medical Center was experimenting with a small variation in EMDR Therapy instructions to his grief clients. Dr. Botkin reports that up to 80% of his grief clients ADCs during processing. Dr. Botkin calls this variation of EMDR, “Induced After Death Communication” (IADC). His IADC procedure and case reports will be presented in this workshop. One of the workshop presenters will describe and show the results of a number of his own cases using the IADC procedure. The workshop will include lecture, case vignettes, video, and Q & A.



5. “Qigong Infused Yoga™ For Mental Health Professionals: Breathing exercises and gentle movement to help heal the nervous system” - Lynne Nicole Smith

In this 60 minute presentation, you will learn these 3 NEW Tools from Qigong and Gentle Yoga to Help Clients With Anxiety and other Trauma Related Symptoms 1. Breathing Exercises to induce the Relaxation Response. 2. “Accessible for EVERYONE” Qigong movements that effectively release trauma symptoms. 3. Simple Meditations to help clients with anxiety NATURALLY.


Schedule subject to change through May 1, 2023

If you would like to make a voluntary donation contribution to support the WMass EMDR Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, please click the DONATE button below, after you have finished your conference registration and PayPal conference payment.

Dorothy Carlo Memorial Scholarship for BIPOC Clinicians

Dorothy Carlo, the wife of George Abbott, Ph.D., a WMass EMDR member, WMass EMDR conference speaker, and EMDR Senior Teacher, passed away in December of 2014. Marilyn Luber, Ph.D., author and EMDR clinician from Philadelphia, made a donation to WMass EMDR in Dorothy's memory. Another local EMDR clinician matched this donation, establishing this scholarship. You, our registrants, continue this funding through your generous donations at time of registration, offering full-funding to 2 BIPOC clinicians to attend the 16th Annual Conference. Please apply by 4/20/23 for use of these funds if you are EMDR trained and identify as a BIPOC clinician. Please email [email protected] attn: 'scholarship application' to receive application materials.


George Abbott, PhD is a Senior Trainer for Trauma Recovery / HAP. He is on the clinical faculty of the EMDR Institute, and he is an EMDRIA-approved Consultant. He founded and chaired the Association for the Advancement of Skill in Clinical Hypnosis for 20 years. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA.  He provides individual and group consultation, live and via Skype. He specializes in the treatment of patients with dissociative disorders.


Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute, affiliate professor at the SUNY University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was previously on the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwald is the author of numerous professional articles as well as several books, including EMDR in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (1999), Trauma and Juvenile Delinquency (editor; 2002), Child Trauma Handbook (2005), EMDR Within a Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment (2007), Treating Problem Behaviors (2009), and Progressive Counting (2013). His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Dr. Greenwald is a pioneer and leading expert in intensive trauma-focused therapy.


Sabrina Herman, LICSW is an EMDRIA Certified clinician with a private practice in South Hadley, MA. She focuses on childbirth trauma and postpartum bereavement and is a professional member of Postpartum Support International (PSI). She facilitates Empty Arms Bereavement Support trainings. Sabrina has facilitated ICAN groups (International Cesearean Awareness Network). She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, 1998-2000 working with local midwives in postpartum care and gender development.


Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW has been an EMDRIA Approved Consultant since 2003. He consults nationally and internationally on Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders with EMDR trained therapists. Since 2007, Farnsworth has taught an academic year-long Advanced Seminar on the Integration of Structural Dissociation and Ego State Therapy with EMDR Therapy in person and now co-teaches them on line. Since 2013, he has presented weekend workshops on this topic around the country and now teaches them online.


Theodore (Ted) Olejnik, LICSW, LADC-I is a licensed clinical social worker, addiction counselor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and TRN/HAP Trainer who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma, most notably combat trauma. He has over 42 years of experience working in civilian mental health and addiction treatment settings and as a 24-year active duty military service member provided services to individuals with histories of chronic addiction and complex PTSD while in the military service. He is has led advanced workshops nationally and internationally on the use of EMDR Therapy with combat veterans and First Responders. Mr. Olejnik currently has a small private practice in Easthampton, MA, where he practices therapy with individuals and provides EMDR consultation nationally and internationally to clinicians working in private and community settings. He also provides bi-monthly pro bone EMDR consultation to clinicians who work with veterans.


Nancy Simons, LMHC is a certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA-approved EMDR consultant, and an EMDR Basic Trainer for EMDR Consulting, as well as an IFS- Informed EMDR trainer for the Syzygy Institute . Nancy has advanced training in the neurobiology of trauma, developmental trauma, and dissociation. Her other specialty areas include Self-Compassion training, integrating IFS-Informed EMDR into sand tray work and working with medically related trauma. Nancy also offers her own trainings on Self-Compassion in healing trauma and has created a protocol for this work that has been published in clinical books on Advanced sandtray work and EMDR and EMDR and Sexual Health. She has a private practice in Amherst, MA treating adolescents and adults and is a Clinical Supervisor for Jewish Family Services of Western MA, specializing in trauma treatment for Refugee families resettling in the Springfield area. For more information, please see her website at nancysimons.com


Lynne Nicole Smith has been teaching Qigong and Gentle Yoga for two decades to people across the world both online and in person at community mental health organizations, retreat centers, yoga studios, trauma symposiums and other venues. She created a Qigong Infused Yoga™ Video for Home Practice and facilitates Teacher Training Programs. Qigong and Yoga both offer effective techniques to relieve anxiety and to heal the nervous system. Her own transformation from early trauma with both practices was so powerful, she developed a fusion of both disciplines, Qigong Infused Yoga™ to support people in coming back home to themselves in a place of healing, health and self-love.