Course Description

Increase your knowledge of how trauma affects the brain and how EMDR can improve client outcomes. Update your skills and enhance your ability to identify hidden trauma in the clients you see and learn to better facilitate healing in new clients suffering perinatal trauma. Learn advanced practice applications including the integration of AIP-based interventions across all prongs and phases of EMDR treatment. The use of specialized protocols and modifications are also addressed during this training. Case discussion, demonstration, and reflection around 'self as therapist' are woven throughout the course.

This live-streamed advanced practice workshop will introduce attendees to the wide range of disruptive events that can occur in the perinatal period, will teach them to identify characteristics of those events that induce ruptures in the normative developmental path of family-building, and to recognize the common clinical presentations of patients suffering in the aftermath of disruptive and traumatizing perinatal events. 

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

For more information on our work at The Touchstone Institute, visit our website.

This Course is Available On-Demand

If these live training dates do not work for you, explore the self-paced version of this training!

Course Overview

  • Schedule

    August 4th - 6th, 2024 from 10 am - 6:30 pm EST, live interactive webinar on Zoom

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of an EMDRIA-approved foundational EMDR therapy training.

  • CE Credits

    Participants are eligible to receive 18 CE credits for this training (see more details below).

The Prerequisite

Get Trained in EMDR!

Join Dr. Mara Tesler Stein and other perinatal mental health practitioners for The Touchstone Institute's Foundational EMDR Training

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.


Mara Stein, PsyD, PMH-C

Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C is a clinical psychologist practicing in Chicago and Jerusalem. She is the founder and director of The Touchstone Institute for Psychotherapy and Training where she offers both EMDR Foundational trainings for perinatal specialists & advanced EMDR workshops which take a deeper dive into the intersections and applications of EMDR and perinatal mental health. Dr. Stein is a staunch advocate for trauma-focused care and is trained and certified in a range of integrative trauma therapies. A certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Dr. Stein is also certified in Emotion-Focused Family and Couple Therapy, is a Gottman Certified Therapist, and continues to pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga-Informed treatment, Advanced applications of EMDR, Brainspotting, and Ego-State therapies.

Tiered pricing options for this course:

Questions? See our FAQ below.

More about our pricing:

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. Get to know Mara Tesler Stein!

    2. Timed Course Agenda (subject to change)

    3. Learning Objectives

    4. Zoom Information

    5. About Course Recordings

    6. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    1. Coming Soon!

    1. An Unexpected Journey - from Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

    2. Story in Perinatal Trauma

    1. NIDCAP

    2. Developing a Philosophy of Care

    1. 'Birth Trauma' Video

    2. Born Too Soon

    1. Parents’ views on care of their very premature babies in neonatal intensive care units- a qualitative study

    2. Love, Pain, and Neonatal Intensive Care

    3. Invisible wounds obstetric violence in the United States

    4. Beyond postpartum depression

    5. The effects of PTSD treatment during pregnancy: systematic review and case study

    6. “The loss was traumatic...some health care providers added to that”: Women’s experiences of miscarriage

    7. Coping and Adjustment - From Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

    8. Acclimating to the NICU - From Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

    9. Discharge and Homecoming - From Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

About this course

  • $650 - $850
  • August 4th - 6th, 2024
  • 18 CEs, see below for further details

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 18 CE credit hours.

  • 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.

  • 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 42 continuing education credits.

  • 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

Timed Course Agenda

All times listed in EST

August 4th (Sunday) - Laying the Foundation

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: Introductions and Orientation to Course
  • 11:00 - 11:30am: Overview of EMDR Foundational Concepts
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm: The Three Core Tasks
  • 12:15 - 12:30pm: Break
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Philosophies of Care
  • 1:30 - 2:45pm: Lunch
  • 2:45 - 4:45pm: Perinatal Trauma: The Journey
  • 4:45 - 5:00pm: Break
  • 5:00 - 5:45pm: Self as Therapist
  • 5:45 - 6:30pm: Wrap up and end of Day 1

August 5th (Monday) - Integration, Conceptualization, and Application; EMDR for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: EMDR During Pregnancy
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Conceptualization and Differential Diagnosis
  • 12:00 - 12:15pm: Break
  • 12:15 - 1:00pm: EMDR for PMADS
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Integrated Lens
  • 2:00 - 3:15pm: Lunch
  • 3:15pm - 4:45pm: Demo
  • 4:45 - 5:00pm: Break
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm: Discussion

August 6th (Tuesday) - Deeper Dives and Specific Applications

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: Core Concepts
  • 11:00 - 1:30pm: Application and Practice (with break in the middle)
  • 1:30 - 2:45pm:  Lunch
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm: Grief & Attachment
  • 3:30 - 5:00pm: Perinatal Hospice, Palliative Care, & Critical Decision-Making (with break in the middle)
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm: Process Discussion, Integration and Wrap-Up

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the use of EMDR’s Three-Pronged, 8-stage standard protocol and the Adaptive-Information Processing model. 
  • describe the Three Core Tasks framework for perinatal mental health. 
  • discuss how philosophies of care— developmentally supportive, relationship-centered care—serve as trauma recovery resources.  
  • describe the parameters of both normative perinatal mental health and the types of disruptive events that can occur during this period.  
  • discuss the impact of postpartum mood, anxiety and postpartum psychosis through Integrated Lens, and to propose EMDR therapy treatment strategies. 
  • name at least three disruptive or traumatic features of perinatal loss and trauma.  
  • discuss the intersection of personal and professional qualities and experiences that influence clinical work with perinatal clients.
  • describe the considerations around using any phase of  EMDR therapy during all trimesters of pregnancy. 
  • name specific considerations important to  history-taking and evaluation of clients subsequent to a perinatal event using an integration of the AIP and Three Core Tasks lenses. 
  • describe appropriate use of specialized protocols and modifications in treating perinatal crisis and trauma within the framework of EMDR  therapy treatment planning. 
  • apply the AIP and Three Core Tasks framework from assessment to case conceptualization. 
  • discuss the application of three-core-tasks model regarding a demonstration of the application of all 8-phases of EMDR therapy. 
  • discuss features of perinatal hospice, pediatric palliative care,  and the factors influencing decision-making in the perinatal period. 
  • discuss the application of attachment theory to perinatal loss and trauma, using the AIP and Three Core Task lenses. 
  • discuss the experience of grieving using the AIP and  Three Core Task framework (the integrated lens) 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the Generative Access tier right for me?

    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.

  • Is the Sustaining Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Have income available for recreational activities (going out to dinner, movies, concerts etc.); have consistent work compensated at a median income rate based on your region; pay rent that is not more than 25% of your monthly household income; do not own your own home, etc.

  • Is the Supported Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Are a graduate student paying tuition; have major medical expenses not covered by insurance; have been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism, racism, sexism, gender discrimination or other forms of oppression; are eligible for public assistance; have immigration-related expenses; have ever been denied work due to incarceration history; are supporting adult children, extended family members in need or have other adult dependents; are an elder with limited financial support; are primarily working in a setting with under-resourced populations and your income reflects this work, etc.

  • Are there payment plan options available?

    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].

  • How can I learn more about your pricing?

    Please visit our website for more information on our approach to pricing our trainings:

  • What is your refund policy?

    We require 14-days notice for cancellations to receive a refund, minus a 7% administrative fee. If you cancel within 14 days you will be able to apply your full tuition to any other trainings we offer.

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