Leading EMDR Authorities and Practitioners to Lecture at California Southern University

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Public Invited to Attend Free Lecture and Webinar on the Extraordinarily Effective, Yet Oft-Misunderstood Psychotherapy Method

On July 29, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., two of the world’s leading experts and practitioners of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) will deliver a lecture titled “EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma and Substance Abuse,” at California Southern University in Irvine, CA. Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD, and Sara Gilman, MFT, will deliver the two-hour presentation as a part of CalSouthern’s Master Lecture Series.

Brown and Gilman are noted authorities and sought-after speakers on the subject of EMDR. Brown has presented nationally on EMDR and is widely published on the topic, including an article co-authored with Dr. Francine Shapiro—founder of EMDR in 1987—on the use of EMDR to treat trauma and addiction. She is an approved consultant with the EMDR International Association, serving on its Standards and Training Committee. She is also a designated facilitator for EMDR training with the EMDR Institute and EMDR’s Humanitarian Assistance Program.

In addition to holding fellowship status with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Gilman is an EMDR-approved consultant and a past president of the EMDR International Association. She—along with Brown—is a principal investigator in a research study piloting an Integrated Trauma Treatment Program combining EMDR and Seeking Safety for co-occurring trauma and substance abuse in an adult drug court program. An acclaimed lecturer on the topic, Gilman has also appeared on national television addressing EMDR.

The July 29 lecture will provide a comprehensive overview on EMDR, one of the most highly researched psychotherapies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with additional research support for the treatment of substance abuse and behavioral addictions, depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, and phantom limb pain, among other conditions. It’s also been used in connection with performance enhancement.

EMDR uses a structured, eight-phase approach to address trauma. In a distinctive element of the psychotherapy method, during the processing phases, the client focuses on the trauma as the therapist administers a bi-lateral attention stimulus, by directing eye movement with a wand, or via alternate hand-tapping or bi-lateral auditory tones.

It’s at once an extraordinarily effective psychotherapy, and one that is commonly misunderstood and about which many misconceptions exist.

The event is free to the public and can be attended at CalSouthern’s Irvine, CA headquarters or via live webinar. For more information on this and other CalSouthern Master Lecture Series events, please visit: http://www.calsouthern.edu/about-us/news/?id=146 .

Founded in 1978, California Southern University is a premier, accredited online university offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in business, law, and psychology to an international student body, utilizing a proprietary online learning system.

For additional information about California Southern University, please contact University Communications at (800) 477-2254, ext. 4205.

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