Foundations & Research of EMDR Therapy for the Uninitiated

Includes a Live Event on 10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy - what is it? Why does it work? What does the research say? EMDR therapy is a research-validated treatment approach utilized by thousands of clinicians worldwide to treat a wide variety of issues with which clients present. You likely have heard of EMDR by now, first published in 1989, and recently discussed by Prince Harry in his documentary with Oprah Winfrey on mental health. You may know only what others say about this therapy, but not much about its theory, approach and validity. EMDR therapy has ample research, of the "gold standard" kind, that shows its effectiveness. Are you one of those few individuals who is skeptical, but have not had time to read the research? No one in the mental health field knows for certain how any form of therapy works, even though we have some ideas. This is true for EMDR therapy as well, but we have several theories about why it works, and these will be presented with the research supporting these ideas. While we will not be debating the effectiveness of EMDR therapy as it is well-established, we will discuss the research, the theories, and the mechanisms.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Adaptive Information Processing Model underlying the EMDR psychotherapy approach and its foundation in research.
  2. Describe at least 3 important existing research studies relating to the effectiveness of EMDR therapy.
  3. Describe 3 theories of the mechanisms of EMDR therapy and the associated research.


Julie Miller, MC, LPC, LISAC, is a dually licensed Tucson psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of public safety personnel. Julie uses a combination of modalities, especially EMDR therapy to treat trauma, addiction, and related issues. Julie is a Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, and an EMDRIA-Approved Basic and Advanced Trainer ( Julie is a clinical volunteer for the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network (, providing pro bono early EMDR intervention for survivors of community disaster and crisis incidents. As a national and international speaker, Julie presents on EMDR and Addiction, First Responders, and Complex Trauma. She is the author of "EMDR and Addiction: Stabilize Addiction, Avoid Relapse," published in "Go With That" magazine, Volume 24, Issue 2, published by EMDRIA in Spring 2021.

This program offers 1 NBCC hour.


Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Foundations & Research of EMDR Therapy for the Uninitiated Webinar
10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)   |  60 minutes
10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)   |  60 minutes
Foundations & Research of EMDR Therapy for the Uninitiated Evaluation
7 Questions
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Foundations & Research of EMDR Therapy for the Uninitiated Certificate
1.00 CE Credits credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CE Credits credit  |  Certificate available