American Sign Language Version – Certified Multichannel Eye Movement Integration Practitioner 1 (CMEMIP-1)

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 10.5

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the limbic system’s role in the fight or flight response.
  • Describe and model Autonomic Nervous System regulation.
  • Explain three differences between pathogenic and salutogenic approaches.
  • Summarize DSM-5’s PTSD diagnostic criteria.
  • Explain how the biomedical model, randomized controlled trials and evidence-based practices have affected PTSD research and treatment.
  • Explain MEMI’s theoretical model, presuppositions and hypothesis.
  • Demonstrate how to perform MEMI’s five basic eye movements.
  • Summarize the origins of the first two eye movement therapies.
  • Demonstrate how to perform the four MEMI eye movement sets with imbedded commands.
  • List and describe how to perform the 10 steps in the MEMI protocol.
  • Describe two techniques for interrupting abreactions.
  • Explain the use of the I-Scale, SUD Scale and PCL-5 to assess outcomes.

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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 here.

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