EMDR and Addiction: Essential Skills Beyond Basic Training - Julie Miller, MC, LPC, LISAC


Research has shown that EMDR may be utilized to assist with recovery from chemical and process addictions. The challenges with this population can be daunting, and for many years EMDR therapists were encouraged to wait to do any trauma work until the client had months of recovery due to fear of relapse. This perspective has been found to be untenable in that the unprocessed memories often fuel relapse, demonstrating the need for concurrent treatment of addiction and trauma. Relapse is generally a process that begins weeks or months before the first slip, and multiple forms of resourcing can be utilized to address this issue Addiction clients often have great difficulty tolerating or modulating affect, or even difficulty naming an emotion or relating the experience of the emotion. Alexithymia and affect phobia are significant challenges in the addiction treatment field.

With current EMDR protocols, the EMDR therapist can address these issues and help the client work through addiction and trauma issues, putting them on firm footing to maintain recovery. In this workshop we will identify the origins of addiction from the AIP perspective and challenges specific to addiction clients; learn and practice creating a treatment plan from the AIP perspective for addiction clients; identify several resourcing options to prepare addiction clients for reprocessing, specifically addressing alexithymia, affect phobia, and difficulty with self-regulation; identify at least three protocols for use with chemical and/or process addictions; and determine when to use a specific protocol with an addiction client.

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CE Credit:

6 CE credits (CEs included in price)
6 EMDRIA credits (Included in price)

15 Day Rentals:
**Please note** this online video is only available for viewing for 15 days. The CEU test needs to be completed also in the 15 day time span. We will not be able to offer any extensions.

Participant Eligibility Criteria:

Fully trained EMDR therapists (Parts 1 & 2)

Workshop Objectives:

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the origins of addiction from the AIP perspective and challenges specific to addiction clients
  • Practice creation of a treatment plan from the AIP perspective for addiction clients
  • Identify and practice several unique resourcing options to prepare addiction clients for reprocessing
  • Identify at least three protocols uses specifically with addictions
  • Learn how to determine when to use a specific protocol with an addiction client.

Workshop Outline:

This workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Conceptualization of addiction from the AIP Model; ACE Study; treatment planning
  • Challenges in working with addiction population; specific resource building
  • Specific protocols to use with addiction clients
  • Specific protocols and how to choose the right one

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PLEASE NOTE: EMDRIA Credits are not valid for partially trained EMDR clinicians.


Julie Miller, MC, LPC, LISAC

  • Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs Trainer
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultant
  • EMDR Institute Facilitator
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Co-Coordinator for Arizona Trauma Recovery Network for Southern Arizona
  • Co-Founder EMDR Center of Tucson, LLC


Julie is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified EMDR Therapist in Tucson, Arizona. She is in private practice and specializes in complex trauma, addiction, and working with first responders. She is an EMDR Trainer and frequently receives very high marks for her presentation skills. She is an international and national speaker on advanced uses of EMDR, including EMDR and Complex Trauma, EMDR and Addiction, Preventing PTSD through Early EMDR Interventions, and EMDR with First Responders. Julie provides consultation for EMDR therapists seeking case consultation and certification in EMDR therapy, along with consultation for completion of basic training. Julie is a volunteer and co-coordinator for the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network, providing pro bono early EMDR training and clinical intervention in communities facing disaster and crisis. Along with a colleague, Julie founded the EMDR Center of Tucson, LLC, to provide advanced EMDR training in Southern Arizona.


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