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VIRTUAL-The Neurobiology of Information Processing and EMDR: A Glimpse Inside the Brain- Uri Bergmann, PhD.

 
Tuesdays January 14, 21, 28 & February 4 from 9 am to 12 pm and February 11 from 9 am to 11 am Arizona Time (MST)
Clinical case reports and a growing body of controlled research suggest that EMDR is equally and perhaps more efficacious when cross-compared with other methods in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. However, as EMDR was originally an empirically driven method, there has persisted a need for a more defined theoretical model, further scientific validation and a neurobiological understanding of EMDR's reported robust effects. 
The possibility that EMDR can effectuate change on a neurobiological level has fueled speculation as to the neural-mechanisms that might underlie EMDR's effects. Brain scans, EEGs and QEEG's have begun to shed light on the alterations of brain function that EMDR appears to yield.
This presentation will synthesize the existing neurobiological research on information- processing. Specific attention will be given to recent empirical findings, involving the hippocampus and thalamus in cognitive, perceptual, somatosensory and memorial integration.  This material will be integrated with recent neurobiological research on EMDR treatment, as well as previously posited theories regarding the cerebellum’s involvement in many aspects of information-processing and activation processes of the frontal lobes, and EMDR’s activation of the neurophysiology of REM-sleep systems.  EMDR’s DAS/BLS will be shown to activate orienting responses and consequently areas of the thalamus, reduced in activation by PTSD, thereby allowing for the repair of perceptual, cognitive, memorial, somatosensory and inter-hemispheric functioning.
The final section will integrate these data to illustrate the tenets of the AIP model and the implication of this material with respect to current EMDR treatment, as well as techniques to render it more robust.
A neurobiological definition of EMDR can serve to further legitimize its usage. It can also potentially enlighten our practice by informing preparation, resourcing and target selection strategies.
 
About the Presenter
Uri Bergmann, Ph.D., is in private practice in Commack and Bellmore, New York, specializing in pain and stress management. DID, eating disorders, substance abuse and forensic evaluations. He is an EMDR Institute senior facilitator and an Advanced Clinical Applications Workshop presenter, as well as an EMDR International Association Approved Trainer and Consultant in EMDR. He is a lecturer and consultant on EMDR, the neurobiology of EMDR and the integration of EMDR with psychodynamic and ego-state treatment. Dr. Bergmann has authored and published articles on the neurobiology of EMDR in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed chapters to various books on EMDR and is the author of the book, Neurobiological Foundations for EMDR Practice. He is a member of several journal editorial boards, including, Traumatology and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Dr. Bergmann is a past-president of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and is currently serving as an advisory-director to the board of directors.
 
Objectives
1. Participants will be able to describe the processes of perceptual, cognitive, memorial  and somato-sensorial functions.
2. Participants will be able to identify the mechanisms of information processing and describe the thalamus’s role in the formation and integration of perception, cognition, memory and somatosensory integration.   
3. Participants will be able to identify and discuss the neurobiological studies that have been conducted on EMDR treatment and the neurobiological studies performed on eye  movements and other forms of sensory stimulation.
4. Participants will be able to infer and apply the neurobiological data to the AIP model  and EMDR treatment.
CEU Information
14 CEUs

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BBS: For CA this workshop meets the qualifications for 14 hours of ce credit for MFTs and LCSWs. Approval #PCE270. 

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14 EMDRIA CEUs -Ana M Gomez EMDRIA approved credit  provider # 07005