Course Description

This presentation will share strategies for adapting EMDR Therapy Standard Protocol for use with individuals who have experienced preverbal trauma. Modifications to the 8-Phase Standard Protocol include completing comprehensive history taking, teaching specific preparation strategies, and specific interweaves to implement during desensitization through re-evaluation phases. Examples of case conceptualization using Standard Protocol will be presented. 

The advanced EMDR therapy Early Trauma Protocol by Paulsen and O’Shea (2017) will be introduced and overviewed for use with clients with whom standard protocol is not working. The Phase 2 resource strategy “updating biological circuits” will be overviewed and practiced in a practicum setting.  

Participants will practice targeting preverbal time frames using the Early Trauma advanced protocol in a practicum setting.  Using the tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing Model, this workshop will explore strategies to identify and resolve unprocessed information that is dysfunctionally stored as a result of trauma. 

Required reading (to be purchased on your own): Paulsen, S.L. & O'Shea, K.S. (2017). When there are no words: repairing early trauma and neglect from the attachment period with EMDR therapy. Bainbridge Institute for Integrative Psychology: Bainbridge Island, WA.

This course takes place live on Zoom. Check out this link for Zoom requirements.

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Course Overview

  • Live Interactive Workshop on Zoom

    May 2nd & 3rd, 2024 from 9am - 4:30pm EST

  • Prerequisites

    EMDR Training and reading "When There are no Words" (Paulsen/O'Shea)

  • CE Credits

    This workshop offers 12 CEs. Please see CE section below for more details about specific coverage.

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in all training sessions and submission of a course evaluation is required to receive a CE Certificate for this course. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within the course portal. After completing the evaluation, participants will be able to download their CE certificates. This training offers 12 CE credits.

  • It is your responsibility to verify CE coverage in your State or Provence.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7346. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • This course is approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). The Touchstone Institute is an approved training provider with EMDRIA: approval #22021.

  • This course is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) for continuing education towards obtaining and maintaining the PMH-C

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, [provider number:1876], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: [1/19/2024-1/19/2025]. Social workers completing this course receive 12 continuing education credits.

Timed Course Agenda

Day One:

9am - 9:30am Introductions & Orientation
9:30am-10:15am Preverbal Trauma Overview
10:15am-10:30am Break
10:30am-12pm Case Conceptualization Using Standard Protocol
12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Updating Biological Circuits
2pm-4pm Updating Biological Circuits: Practicum (break halfway)
4pm-4:30pm Questions from Practicums/Wrap Up

Day Two:

9am-10:15am Using Standard Protocol to Target Preverbal Trauma
10:15am-10:30am Break
10:30am-12pm Early Trauma Advanced Protocol  
12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-2:30pm Early Trauma Protocol: Practicum
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4pm Considerations for Working with Youth
4pm-4:30pm Questions/Comments/Wrap up

Note on Accessibility:

We include captions in all of our live and self-paced trainings. If there is anything else you need to make our trainings accessible to you, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We recognize that every person has access needs and we are happy to do everything we can to meet yours.


Suzi Rutti, MSW, LISW-S

Suzi Rutti, MSW, LISW-S owns and operates the private practice group Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. She is a co-owner of Trauma and Wellness Institute, LLC and the Central Ohio EMDR Connection, LLC. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She is a Clinical Social Worker that works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, and does not have a minimum age requirement. She specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD, dissociation/dissociative disorders, preverbal trauma, sexual violence, childhood abuse, traumatic birth experience, intimate partner violence, and other adverse life experiences. Suzi primarily practices using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness-based practices into her work. Suzi is a senior faculty member with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and provides EMDR therapy foundational training and Advanced Training topics in Central Ohio. She provides clinical supervision and EMDR therapy consultation as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant to clinicians across the nation. Suzi believes in the importance of making high quality trauma treatment accessible to all communities, and has presented to numerous local and national audiences on a variety of topics relevant to the impact of trauma and how best to support survivors.

Tammy Moore, LISW-S

Tammy Moore, LISW-S is a clinical social worker with supervision designation with the Ohio Counselor Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She owns and operates her own private practice and is co-owner of Trauma and Wellness Institute, LLC. She has practiced social work since 2005 after graduating with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University. She is a trauma therapist who specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Tammy is a certified EMDR consultant and an agency based faculty member with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness facilitating EMDR basic trainings. She also utilizes DBT skills, Cognitive processing therapy, trauma-focused CBT, art and play strategies for children, and mindfulness based interventions. Tammy is a local and national presenter of various trauma focused trainings ranging from trauma informed care, trauma recovery, secondary trauma, and impact of trauma on marginalized populations. In her clinical practice, Tammy focuses on treating childhood trauma and other adverse childhood experiences, complex PTSD, military trauma, LGBTQIA+ specific support needs, traumatized children, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and dissociation. Tammy is committed to providing access to trauma recovery and education to patients and her community. She strives to provide treatment, training, and consultation from a lens of cultural humility, resiliency, respect, and collaboration.

Tiered pricing options for this course:

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We offer tiered pricing for all of our trainings in order to make our courses accessible to as many practitioners as possible. If you are unsure which tier of payment is right for your financial situation, please read through our FAQ section below or visit our website.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested in a multi-month payment plan. We are always happy to create a custom payment plan to make it more feasible for everyone to participate in our courses. 

Course Details

    1. Zoom Information

    2. Training Schedule

    3. Course Agenda

    4. Learning Objectives

    5. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    6. Required Reading

    7. About Course Recordings

    1. Presentation Slides

    2. Preverbal History Taking Questions

    3. Feeling Circuit Worksheet (adults)

    4. Temporal Stages Handout (adults)

    5. Feelings Stories (kids)

    6. Feelings Workbook (kids)

    7. My Early Life (kids)

    1. Training Recordings

    1. Receiving your CE Certificate

    2. Course Evaluation

    3. CE Certificate Request Form

About this course

  • $395 - $595
  • May 2nd - 3rd, 2024
  • 12 CE's

Learning Objectives

1. Identify 2-3 examples of preverbal trauma 

2. Discuss the impact of preverbal trauma on development and present functioning 

3. Discuss the impact of attachment on symptom development 

4. Describe the role of attachment in the therapeutic relationship 

5. Define intergenerational trauma and implications for case conceptualization with clients 

6. Utilize case conceptualization through an EMDR therapy lens for clients with preverbal trauma using Standard Protocol 

7. Describe modifications to Phase 1 history taking for clients who have experienced preverbal trauma 

8. Describe and practice the Phase 2 resource strategy “resetting affective circuits”in a practicum setting 

9. Discuss 2-3 modifications to Standard Protocol for implicit, preverbal trauma 

10. Describe the use of time frames for targeting trauma using the Early Trauma Protocol 

11. Practice targeting a preverbal trauma time frame using the Early Trauma Protocol in a practicum setting 

12. Identify 2-3 modifications to the Early Trauma Protocol for use with youth

The Prerequisite:

Get EMDR Trained

Join Dr. Mara Tesler Stein and other perinatal mental health practitioners for Foundational EMDR Therapy Training utilizing The Touchstone Institute's EMDRIA-Approved curriculum.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Select this tier if you: Own the home you live in (even with a mortgage); live in a two-income household; have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money; travel recreationally; have access to family money and resources in times of need; work part-time by choice, etc.

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    Yes! We are happy to work with you to create a payment plan that fits your needs. Please reach out to us over email with a brief description of the length of the plan that you are interested in using to pay for this course: [email protected].

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    More than 14 days notice is required for a full refund minus 7% administrative fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of training are eligible for a 50% refund or full transfer to another training within The Touchstone Institute. Only 1 transfer to another training is allowed. If you can not attend the transferred training your fee will be forfeited. No-shows are not eligible for a refund or transfer. Exceptions to this policy are limited to medically documented circumstances or family bereavements. Failure to attend without prior notification (no-shows) will not qualify for a refund.

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