This course has been specially designed for deaf and hard of hearing mental health professionals and hearing professionals fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). The language of instruction will be ASL. If you are not an ASL user, you will want to register for the on-demand spoken English MEMI webinar already available on the www.aztrauma.org website.
This training traces the history of Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (MEMI) from its roots in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) theory to its current form as an effective multi-use therapy for PTSD and lesser traumas. Unlike other eye movement therapies, MEMI’s origins are clear, its procedures are uncomplicated and it’s easy to learn.
The course begins with a brief review of recent brain science and the role of the limbic system in the fight or flight response. The importance of autonomic nervous (ANS) system regulation in treating trauma is explored in the context of both traditional ANS theory and the more recent Polyvagal Theory. The differences between pathogenic and salutogenic approaches to mental health treatment are discussed, stressing the importance of client-affirming strategies and body regulation in trauma symptom resolution. Historical trends in trauma treatment and the controversies pervasive in trauma research are also explored.
Participants receive practical instruction in the use of MEMI’s: 1.) theoretical model and expanded 10-step protocol; 2.) comprehensive procedures; 3.) scripts and tips for therapists; 4.) basic eye movements 5.) eye movement sets; 6.) worksheet for recording session results; 7.) strategies for interrupting client abreactions; 8.) assessment techniques (Intensity Scale, SUD Scale and PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5); 9.) rubric for scoring the PCL-5; and 10.) tips for treating phobias, substance abuse and personal failures.
Captioned videotapes of an actual MEMI treatment session with a complex trauma client amplify the instruction provided. Additionally, two case studies are featured along with multiple vignettes of actual client work.
Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized scope of expertise or license of professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.
Additionally, many of the topics being taught would require supervision and/or mentorship is not included in this course.
Credits listed below are for full attendance of the live training. Attendees will sign in upon arrival and after lunch. At the end of the training, attendees will be given an evaluation to complete. After completing the evaluation attendees will receive a certificate of completion for the training.
Arizona Trauma Institute does not issue partial certificates of completion.
NOTE: Credits do not include time for breaks or lunch.
Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
CE Hours Awarded: 12
Please note that you must participate in the Live Webinar on a computer or laptop, NOT a phone. The system keeps track of each person attending the Live Webinar and how long they attended. Your attendance cannot be tracked on a phone, so it will appear that you did not attend, thus, you would not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion. In addition, you must attend for the duration of the Live Webinar to receive your Certificate of Completion.
Mike Deninger hails from Western New York where he was raised in a large working-class family. He holds a BA in English, MS in Education of the Deaf, PhD in Special Education Administration and MA in Mental Health Counseling (in that order). As an administrator in deaf education, Mike rose through the administrative ranks at Gallaudet University until he was appointed Dean of Pre-College Programs. This was arguably the top position in the education of elementary and secondary deaf children in the nation. But all was not right with him. In a 2011 memoir, Mike shared the reasons behind his transition from a top position educating deaf children to his current role of therapist, author and master trainer in mental health.
During this transformation, Mike overcame an alcohol addiction, confronted PTSD stemming from childhood sexual abuse and came out as a gay man. He subsequently established a private practice specializing in trauma and earned trainer certifications in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Eye Movement Integration. As a result of his personal and professional experiences, Mike is keenly aware of the renewal that’s possible when one frees the mind, relaxes the will and allows the body’s neurological systems to heal traumatic wounds. He is a sought after public speaker and trainer, having made hundreds of presentations at national and international conferences. In 2021, his treatment innovations resulted in the publication of Multichannel Eye Movement Integration: The Brain Science Path to Easy and Effective PTSD Treatment. Mike now provides trainings, consultations and mentoring in this simple but effective PTSD approach through Trauma Counseling & Training of Tucson and Arizona Trauma Institute. He can be reached through https://multichanneleyemovementintegration.com.
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