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EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy: A Cross Cultural Perspective Where East Meets West
New York Summer Retreat

presented by Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW
30 EMDRIA Credits
30 CEs Accepted by National Organizations (see below)


Garrison Institute, Garrison New York
July 31-August 4, 2017

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In transpersonal therapy, consciousness is both the instrument and the object of change. The work aims not only at chaining behavior and the "contents" of consciousness, but also at developing awareness of consciousness itself as the "context" of experience. - Frances Vaughan

This program will be taught within a "retreat" environment. Literature about transpersonal psychology will be presented, along with transpersonal research studies that explored treatment outcomes of EMDR as a transpersonal therapy, as well as the impact of a transpersonal approach to psychotherapy. Energy based healing philosophy and technique as depicted in Eastern and native shamanic spiritual traditions will be taught along side of contemporary western transpersonal developmental theorists such as Wilber, Washburn, and Anderson. The cultural and spiritual aspects of shamanism, woven into native Hawaiian tradition, will be taught. The role of EMDR therapy in awakening consciousness will be explored as we take the healing of trauma into the realms of a greater cosmic whole in the language of images, sensory experiences, and intuitive knowing. There will be a continuous and flowing process taking participants from the left brain didactic to the right brain experiential, creating an integrated and flowing experience from egoic to expanded awareness.

Case presentation and demonstration of the integration of a cross cultural transpersonal approach within the 8 stage EMDR protocol will be utilized. Applications to creating a safe place, resourcing, and emotional stabilization, within the AIP model, will be discussed.

Therapists will develop skills of mindful awareness as they learn to identify their own internal feedback mechanisms within which they can recognize resonance within a shared intersubjective field by utilizing alternative ways of intuitive knowing to determine resonance and intervention from an expanded and a grounded egoic perspective, participating in an interconnected flowing dance of information and energy exchange.

Participants who have completed either the live 2 day program Applications of Mindful Resonance to EMDR, or the 4 week online distance learning program Applications of Mindful Awareness and Resonance to Psychotherapy, will find that this program will take their skills to a greater level and open them to the non-ordinary realms of conscious awareness. Participants who have completed other programs in meditation, mindful awareness, or energy based psychology will find this to be an essential adjunct to their current skill base, but is appropriate for any level of training in this area from beginner to experienced. Experiential exercise provides participants with initial internal tools to mindfully track the flow of energy and information, influencing consciousness, and accelerating the healing of trauma within an expanded range of awareness. Skills can easily be applied to hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and somatic processing therapies as well as EMDR therapy. In EMDR practice sessions broken into small groups of three, only trained EMDR therapists will take the therapist role. The role of client, and of transpersonal observer who tracks energy and information within the shared field, can be held by any participant. Due to the length and depth of the program, this is an opportunity to go deep within the experience and within the personal work of transformation. The program includes participation in an evening gathering of drumming, meditation, and ceremony, as in accordance with the policy and permission of the hosting facility.

You will:
  • Identify the relationship between science, psychology, and spiritual philosophy as it applies to resonance and mindful awareness, supporting application to EMDR as a transpersonal therapy.

  • Develop skills of meditation and mindful awareness that may be applied within the EMDR protocol.

  • Identify skills of alternative ways of knowing such as inner vision, hearing, knowing, kinesthetic bodily sensations, which can be integrated into a nonlinear EMDR transpersonal therapy.

  • Identify skills of internal intuitive tracking to determine client/therapist resonance as an assessment and healing tool within a transpersonal EMDR protocol.

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the skills of mindful awareness, resonance, and internal feedback mechanisms for purposes of assessment and intervention within a transpersonal therapy model.

  • Identify the role of the transpersonal therapist healer in modern day psychotherapy, blending western psychology with knowledge of eastern and ancient wisdom cultural traditions within the EMDR protocol. Identify 3 culturally relevant points in the adaptation of a transpersonal EMDR approach creating a universal language within the standard protocol.

  • About the Presenter:
    Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW conducts her integrative psychotherapy practice and teaches meditation and healing in Huntington N.Y. She received her doctorate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in 2011, her masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1977, and advanced clinical training through the Long Island Institute for Mental Health in 1983. She studied ancient healing arts throughout North and South America. Dr. Siegel has presented at numerous EMDRIA Conferences from 2000 through the present. She is author of Eyes of the Jaguar and creator of the Labyrinth Series Guided Meditations. Her book The Sacred Path of the Therapist: Modern Healing, Ancient Wisdom, and Client Transformation is released by W. W. Norton and Company. Additional info about Dr. Siegel and can be found by clicking here.

    Dates and Time:
    July 31-August 4, 2017
    Arrival time at the Garrison Institute begins 3 pm Monday afternoon.
    Class begins after dinner on Monday evening 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Tuesday 9 am - 5:30 pm; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Wednesday 9 am - 5:30 pm; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thursday 9 am - 5:30 pm; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Friday 9 am - 12 pm
    Departure is after lunch on Friday.

    The Garrison Institute is beautiful retreat center, located in Garrison, (Route 9D in Glenclyffe) New York in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property. You must register separately with them for accommodations for a four night stay which includes room and board from Monday afternoon through lunch on Friday. Space at the retreat center is limited, so please register ASAP. If you plan on commuting, you still need to register with the Garrison Institute and pay their commuter fee for the weekend. Once you register below for the program, then please register for accommodations with the Garrison Institute (use link below). If you have special needs and need assistance, please contact the Garrison Institute by phone at (845) 424-4800, or Email. For more information about the workshop content, you can contact Dr. Irene Siegel at Email

    $725 is the fee for the program only. A separate registration is required for room and board at the Garrison Institute. Space is limited. Please register early. No registration at the door.

    **Cancellation policy: Full refund through May 31, 2017. 50% refund from June 1 - June 30, 2017. No refunds as of July 1, 2017.

    Thirty CEs will be provided by ce-classes.com, as well as 30 EMDRIA Credits. Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at ce-classes.com, entering a key code, and completing an evaluation form. Ce-classes.com is approved by:

    Ce-classes.com is approved by: Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/5/2017-1/5/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 15 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2019

    California BBS: Ce-Classes.com is approved to provide continuing education by the following professional organizations: ASWB and APA. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by these nationally recognized certifying bodies to satisfy renewal requirements.

    The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) Provider Number OS-12-174-1116 Expires 11-2018

    The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider - 5674 expires 4/30/2019.

    The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider - 1622 expires 2/28/2019.

    Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)

    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board - Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2019

    The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2018 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.

    The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2018

    New York Social Work Board NYSED Provider #120

    This course is NOT APPROVED for NBCC credit
    ce-classes.com (click here) maintains co-responsibility for this program and it's content. Licensed professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.


    (All class hours must be attended in order to get credits for the program. No partial credits are given.)
    All meals are provided by the Garrison Institute

    Check in is 3-6 pm

    Day 1:
    7:30 - 9:30 pm (2 hrs)
        Welcoming Ceremony
        Intro to course material and to one another

    Day 2:
    9:00 a.m. - 12 pm, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. (6.5 hrs)
        Presentation of Science, Psychology, Spirituality
        EMDR 8 Phase Protocol Case Presentation and Video
        Meditation and partner exercise
        Discussion and Q & A
    7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (2 hrs)
        Intro to Shamanism, meditation

    Day 3:
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m (6.5 hrs)
        Energy system. healing practices, and philosophies of spiritual traditions
        Integration of top down with bottom up healing
        Creating the Rainbow Bridge through EMDR
        EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy, blending cultural beliefs and practices
          within the AIP model, positive resourcing, safe place, positive cognitions,
          and future template within a connection of wholeness as inner wisdom emerges.
        Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three
        The therapist/healer
        Discussion and Q & A
    7:30 - 9:30 pm. (2 hrs)
        Meditation and healing practices

    Day 4:
    9:00 a.m. - 12 pm, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. (6.5 hrs)
        Meditation and partner exercise
        Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three
        The wounded healer
        Culture blending
        Discussion and Q & A
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - (2 hrs)
        Healing ceremony for personal transformation

    Day 5:
    9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 hrs)
        Meditation and partner exercise
        Transpersonal EMDR practice session in groups of three
        Discussion and Q & A
        Closing Meditation
        End of Class
        Lunch is provided. Participants must depart by 1:30.
        Check out is 11:00 a.m.

    Requirements for Attendance:
    This workshop is intended for licensed Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors) and is appropriate for non-EMDR trained therapists, as well as all levels of EMDR trained therapists. In order to receive EMDRIA credit in addition to CEs, you must have completed the EMDR Basic Training. If you did not receive your EMDR Training from the EMDR Institute, please submit proof of completion of an EMDRIA-Approved Basic Training, with your certificate of completion, in order to receive EMDRIA credit. This program is NOT an EMDR Basic Training. Prior to the beginning of the program, all non-EMDR trained therapists are required to read:

    Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: EMDR, basic principles, protocols, and procedures. (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Guilford.

    *Grievances must be in writing to Dr. Irene Siegel, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

    *Program is in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

    Registration STEP 1 - Register with Dr. Siegel for the Class:

    $725 is the fee for the program only. A separate registration is required for room and board at the Garrison Institute. Space is limited. Please register early. No registration at the door. This fee does not include accommodations.

    **Cancellation policy: Full refund through May 31, 2017. 50% refund from June 1 - June 30, 2017. No refunds as of July 1, 2017.

    Registration STEP 2 - Register at the Garrison Institute for Accommodations For Yourself (your room and board). Commuters must register:

    Click Here

    **Don't forget to register for accommodations ASAP at the Garrison Institute. See their cancellation policy.