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Integrating Culture, Exploring Social Identity & Healing Culturally Based Trauma in EMDR Therapy
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Presented by Mark Nickerson, LICSW | Approved for 13 EMDRIA Credits

12/8/2017 to 12/9/2017
When: 12/8/2017
Where: St. Luke's Community Counseling Center
4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, Florida  32819
United States
Presenter: Mark Nickerson, LICSW
Contact: Mark Nickerson

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Integrating Culture, Exploring Social Identity & Healing Culturally Based Trauma in EMDR Therapy

Approved for 13 EMDRIA Credits


Social identity is a profound dimension of how people know themselves and find meaning in the world– both positive and negative.  Gender, race/ethnicity, faith, age, appearance/ability, socio-economic class and sexual orientation are common socially salient factors. The internalized impact of social stigma and social discrimination, stored in memory, is often implicit and frequently overlooked, minimized or sidestepped by therapists. The current political climate further aggravates social differences. Yet the unique meanings of social identity for any one person are often nuanced and cannot be assumed. By accessing each client’s learned associations, the EMDR approach can guide authentic exploration and realization. This training will outline theory along with innovative strategies and protocols from the book, Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR TherapyResearch supported information and theory from the fields of social psychology and social work will be integrated within a trauma treatment model to inform clinical interventions. Through multiple practicum experiences using EMDR methods, participants will discover and explore what are likely to be surprisingly accessible and powerful internalized cultural messages.


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