Learning Objectives

This training teaches participants how to assess clients for EMDR readiness and covers best practices for resourcing/stabilization. Part 1 teaches participants how to evaluate client stability, integrative capacity, affect tolerance/regulation, and dissociation. Part 2 highlights best practices for resourcing/stabilization, including: 1) working within the Window of Tolerance; 2) teaching adaptive coping for nervous system dysregulation; 3) increasing emotional and somatic literacy; and 4) strengthening dual awareness.

  • Understand the Window of Tolerance, including how clinicians can use this theoretical framework to assess EMDR readiness

  • Identify three patient factors that contribute to EMDR readiness

  • List three ways to assess for dissociation during Phase 1 to determine readiness

  • Understand how Safe/Calm Place can serve as a diagnostic tool/predictor of EMDR readiness

  • Understand how to incorporate psychoeducation about the neurobiology of trauma into the clinical dialog.

  • Learn stabilization interventions to help clients regulate both hyper and hypo-aroused states of nervous system dysregulation.

  • Understand the conceptual importance of emotional/somatic literacy, and how to help clients enhance this skill.

  • Demonstrate understanding of interventions that help clients practice and enhance capacity for dual awareness.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1: Assessing for EMDR Readiness

    • Assessing for EMDR Readiness


    • Window of Tolerance (1)

    • Window of Tolerance (2)

    • DES Scoring spreadsheet

    • Color-coded DES

    • Readiness Checklist

    • WOT Client Facing

  • 2

    Part 2: Resourcing and Stabilization in EMDR (best practices to prepare your clients for reprocessing)

    • Resourcing and Stabilization in EMDR (best practices to prepare your clients for reprocessing)

    • Feelings.sensationswheel

    • Preparation_stabilization_handout

    • Psychoeducation handouts

    • Flashback Halting Protocol

    • Container/Lightstream technique scripts

    • 4 Ways to come back into the WOT

    • Omaha_ Protocol_Affect Management Skills Training

  • 3


    • Post-test

  • 4


    • Evaluation Form: EMDR Readiness and Stabilization



Pria Alpern, PhD

Dr. Alpern is a licensed clinical psychologist, an EMDRIA-approved EMDR therapist, and an EMDRIA-approved consultant. She is the founder and director of Center Psychology Group in New York City, a psychotherapy practice that specializes in treating trauma within the adult and perinatal populations. Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Alpern creates mental health content providing psychoeducation and raising awareness about EMDR and trauma-informed psychotherapy on her Instagram and TikTok platforms. She has been quoted in Glamour UK, Rolling Stone, NPR, and The New York Times.


Nirit Gordon, PhD

Dr. Gordon is a licensed psychologist specializing in EMDR (EMDRIA-certified) and trauma-informed care with a focus on women’s mental health. She holds a PhD from New York University and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Psychology NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development. Dr. Gordon sees clients at Center Psychology Group and in her own private practice. She sits on the executive committee of the NIP's EMDR Trauma Treatment Program and serves on the boards of international organizations in both Israel and New York as a specialist in trauma-informed care. Her academic publications can be found in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Encyclopedia of Trauma, as well as in other leading journals in the field.

Additional Training Details

*Training content will be available to participants for 90 days after registration*

A certificate for 4 EMDRIA CEUs is included in the price of the training (program approval #22025-DL03). Center Psychology Group is an EMDRIA-approved training provider (#22025).

Partial EMDR Training Required: These programs are open to clinicians who are at least partially trained in EMDR. Please note that this workshop is NOT an EMDR Basic training. It is recommended that participants complete the full EMDR basic training and have experience in using EMDR with this client population before using this material. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. Attendees who are partially trained in EMDR are not eligible to receive EMDRIA Credits.

EMDRIA Credits: This training is approved for 4 EMDRIA CreditsA certificate for ECs is included in the price of the training.

ADA Assistance: Workshops provided by Center Psychology Group are ADA compliant. If you are in need of assistance please contact us at [email protected].

Audio/video disclosure: This program  be audio and video recorded. 

Grievance Policy: We strive to create a training experience that enhances the clinical skills of participants while maintaining the highest degree of integrity and respecting the diversity of all. If you are dissatisfied with your experience, please contact us in writing at [email protected]. You will receive a reply within 5-10 business days.

Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund will be available until 2 weeks prior to the training date. Upon and after that date no refund will be available.

Center Psychology Group (EC Provider: # 22025) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA requirements.