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Learning Objectives

The key to being an ethical therapist is being willing to notice and apply ethics as a routine part of practice. This includes competently resolving dilemmas that come up. This course will engage the therapist in an ethical discussion to explore unique EMDR practice questions related to preparedness, hesitancy to process and emotional content.

  • Identify 2 important issues related to use of EMDR and Informed Consent

  • Identify 1 issue related to responsibility and Integrity in practice

  • Identify 1 Ethical Consideration in collaborative practice

  • Identify 1 Ethical Consideration in scope of practice and use of EMDR

  • Identify relationship between ethical and best practice

  • Identify 2 issues related to use of technology and EMDR


  • 2

    EMDR and Ethics

    • What does it mean to be an EMDR therapist?

    • Dilemma: Colleague Ethics

    • Activity: Choosing not to do EMDR

    • Ethical Decision-Making Ideas

    • Expectations

    • Informed Consent

    • Dilemma: Informed Consent

    • Credentials

    • Dilemma: Credentials

    • Activity: Sharing Expertise with Clients

    • Training Level Limitations

    • Dilemma: Competence

    • Activity: Self-Assessment

    • Diagnosis

    • Diagnosis (Continued)

    • Dilemma - What would you do?

    • Activity: Diagnoses: Best Practices with Your Client

    • Therapeutic Process

    • EMDR Elevator Pitch

    • Introduction to EMDR Therapy (video by EMDRIA)

    • Psycho Ed

    • Processing Continuum

    • Activity: Assessing a Client's Treatment Needs

    • Therapeutic Process & Minors

    • Counselor Responsibility and Integrity

    • Ethical Dilemma

    • Collaboration

    • Best Practice Considerations

    • Activity: Teaching Self Use

    • Fear of Processing

    • Dilemma: Blocking Beliefs

    • Transference

    • Dilemma: Avoidance

    • Activity: Action Plan

    • EMDR & Technology

    • EMDRIA Telehealth Policy

    • Self Care

    • Bibliography

    • Consultation

    • Additional Citations

  • 3

    Continuing Education Credit

    • Quiz: EMDR & Ethics


3 EMDRIA credits (#15007-DL41)
3 CE credits from The CE Company

The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits are available for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and other trained EMDR Clinicians in all states except New York (all clinicians), Alabama (MHC state restrictions) and MFT’s in Ohio (Board restriction).

Intermediate Course



Kenya Rocha

Kenya Rocha M.S., LMHC, NCC, ACS is an EMDR Certified Therapist, Approved Consultant, and EMDR Consulting Basic Trainer with expertise in couples and family therapy. Kenya is Director of Mosaic Family Counseling Inc., a well-known family and EMDR/trauma agency in the Des Moines area. Her systemic expertise and commitment to treating trauma with EMDR has allowed healing to occur for many individuals, couples, and families.

Grievance Policy

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Cancellation Policy 

We will allow refunds up to 7 days after purchase of this course minus a $15 processing fee. Cancellations after 7 days are non-refundable.

Conflict of Interest Policy

There is no known commercial interest or conflict of interest for this workshop.   


This workshop is held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact if special accommodation is required.