EMDR Adjunctive Therapy in a Community Mental Health Agency - Cyndi Muhlbauer and Ben Czyz


EMDR therapy can be implemented as an adjunctive therapy in agencies, taking advantage of agency strengths and minimizing weaknesses. Focus is on working effectively and purposefully to ensure best treatment for clients and less burnout for clinicians. Integrating EMDR into an “Active Ingredients” approach creates an effective and comprehensive program.

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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:

This workshop is for all therapists. You do not need to be EMDR trained as this is an adjunctive model.

Workshop Objectives:

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

  • Identify the benefits of, and the barriers to, individuals with PTSD living in poverty having access to EMDR Therapy.
  • Access and use an evidence based intervention for building a therapeutic alliance that can improve positive outcomes and reduce client no call/no shows.
  • Describe the “Active Ingredient” approach to effective trauma treatment.
  • Understand the congruence between the eight phases of the EMDR Therapy model and the “Active Ingredient” therapy approach.
  • Learn how to implement a model for EMDR Therapy as an adjunctive therapy, which reduces or eliminates the barriers to treatment experienced by indigent individuals.


Workshop Outline:

Always Start With Why:

  • High Need for Treatment
  • ACE’s
  • Burnout vs. Engagement

Basics of Program Building:

  • Know your stakeholders
  • Forget about them for today: this one’s all about you
  • Realizations and Challenges
  • Solutions

Program Design

  • Assessments
  • Coordination with other providers
  • Implementing the Adjunctive EMDR protocol

“Active Ingredient” Approach for trauma treatment

  • International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • Scott D. Miller: Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT)
  • Tasks to complete for successful healing from trauma

Congruence of the “Active Ingredient Model” Approach with the AIP Theory of EMDR

  • Fitting the pieces together


CE credits offered by:

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Ce-Classes.com is approved by APA, ASWB, NAADAC and numerous state boards to provide CE’s for Professional and Mental Health Counselors. This course is not available for NBCC credit. It is the responsibility of the licensed professional to check with their board.

EMDRIA Credits offered by:


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


Cyndi Muhlbauer & Ben Czyz



Cyndi Muhlbauer

Cyndi Muhlbauer earned her  Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002. She is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner with  therapeutic specializations in treating complex trauma,  trauma related issues and work/school performance enhancement. She is a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and a Diplomate Level Member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Cyndi is a trained EMDR therapist and along with her colleague Ben Czyz, co-coordinates Lutheran Family Services statewide EMDR Therapy program.


Ben Czyz

Ben Czyz earned his Master of Science in Community Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha 2004. He is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner with therapeutic knowledge specialization in treating a range of mental health issues, including complex trauma.  Ben has worked at Lutheran Family Services since 2004.  He is a trained EMDR Therapist. Ben and his colleague Cyndi Muhlbauer coordinate the Lutheran Family Services statewide EMDR Therapy Program.  Ben and his colleague Cyndi have published their work on providing EMDR as an adjunctive therapy at a community agency in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, along with presenting their work at the National EMDRIA Conference.


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