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Integrating Neuro Scientific Interventions In Complex Trauma Therapy

Trauma lives in the hind (brainstem) and the mid (Limbic) brain. In order to heal from trauma we have to understand how trauma works and have ways to access these parts of the brain. Sensory based interventions and therapies such as EMDR and PC provide this access and healing. This workshop will examine how we digest experiences, how parts of an experience get stuck and trauma s & s that can occur as a result. We will learn and practice many sensory based interventions that participants can take back to their clients. Interventions increase a client’s ability to practice effective mindfulness, increase sensory based integration and promote Polyvagal stabilization such as breathing techniques, guided visualizations and movement exercises.

This program is for 12.5CE
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.


Lisa Prefontaine, LMHC and Kriss Jarecki, LCSW

Lisa Prefontaine, LMHC

Lisa Prefontaine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in the Mental Health Field for over 17 years. Lisa began working in an inpatient psychiatric setting before returning to graduate school and upon graduating with a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling, worked for 13 years in a Community Behavioral Health Clinic. Most recently, Lisa has been the Clinical Director for Mental Health Services at Horizon Health Services. In this position, Lisa focused on program development, quality of care initiatives, and staff development and training.

Kriss Jarecki, LCSW-R
Harmonyhearth Center for Wisdom

Kriss Jarecki, LCSW-R, has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She is a consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR and an advanced training provider. Kriss currently serves on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors and was a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for four years. She served as a co-regional coordinator for the WNY EMDR Regional Network for 10 years, worked for 7 years as a field instructor for the UB School of Social Work and has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor in the field of chemical dependency. Kriss currently has a private practice serving teens through adults and treats challenges such as PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. She has published articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Traumatology and Counseling and Psychotherapy Research. Kriss also provides several trauma related trainings such as Integrating Neuroscientific Interventions in Trauma Treatment, A Tour of Trauma Sensitive Techniques for the EMDR Practitioner, IFS Meets EMDR and Journey of the LGBTQ+ Community from Trauma to Triumph. Kriss presented “From Trauma to Triumph: Journey to Resiliency in the Community of Those with a Disability at the EMDR Canada 2022 conference and the EMDR International Association 2022 conference. You can email Kriss at harmonyhearth64@gmail.com

Her book, Say That Again: A Smorgasbord of Suggestions, Sayings and Scripts for the EMDR Practitioner was published on August 17, 2022. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/say-that-again


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Nurses, and LMHCs 
Course Content Level - Intermediate


Course Objectives:

-Explain how the brain processes experiences.

-Explain at least three reasons processing can get stuck (maladaptively stored).

-Define at least three symptoms experienced when it does get stuck.

-Integrate several techniques that assist with increased mindfulness, calming of the limbic system and regulating of the poly vagal nervous system.

-List at least three symptoms related to elevated levels and three symptoms related to low levels of cortisol.

-Summarize how sensory based interventions such as EMDR, Brainspotting and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy work.

-Implement the flash technique.

-List the three steps involved in memory reconsolidation.

-Deduce possibilities for what skills are next on your trauma training journey.



Schedule Day 1

9:00-10:30 Traumatology of the brain

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Discussion on neuroscientific treatment protocols and demo

12:15-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:15 Sensory based tracking and assessment strategies

2:15-3:00 Practicum

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 Mindful body awareness and tracking techniques

3:45-4:45 Practicum

4:45-5:00 Q & A

Day 2

9:00-10:45 Biology of trauma, Polyvagal Theory and the mechanism of effect for sensory based therapies

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Demo/video

12:00-1:15 Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:00 Interventions to utilize for safety and stabilization in treatment of complex trauma

2:00-3:00 Practicum

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:00 Practice

4:00-4:45 Summary of resources and trainings /


Cancellation Policy:


  • The course fee includes and exceeds the required 20 hours of didactic presentation, 20 hours of practicum and 10 hours of consultation
  • Prior to 10 days before a course begins: we will refund your payment minus a $150 banking and administrative fee.
  • After 10 days no refund, but welcome you at the next training at 50% off the registration fee. 
  • If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the course, please discuss the problem with the trainer so we can work together to determine a resolution.


  • You are required to attend all days and for the full day in order to receive a certificate from EMDRIA and CEs.