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From Trauma to Triumph: The Journey of Resiliency in the Community of Persons with a Disability

One of the wonderful things about EMDR is that it’s not prejudiced as it knows we all have the same brain and its flexibility makes it truly an accessible psychotherapy for all. Via discussion, lecture and client videos, this workshop will compare the similarities in how we define trauma and disability, review the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) as it relates to persons who have a disability and explore the many ways we can bring phases 3-8 of EMDR to persons in the community of those with a disability. We will round out our time with a client message video and thought share.


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



Participants must have completed an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training Course to attend this event.

This course is EMDRIA approved for 4 CRs.


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe similarities in how we define trauma and disability
  2. Review AIP as it applies to persons with a disability
  3. Utilize the Positive Cultural Experiences Resource
  4. Apply at least 3 ways to make EMDR phases 3-8 more accessible to clients with a disability


11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Defining trauma and disability. Review of Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) and its effects on persons with a disability. What is ableism and examples of ableism? Disability etiquette.

12:15 - 12:30 pm: Break 

12:30 - 2:15 pm: Important questions to ask during phase 1 and will show a client video. Phase 2 building resiliency and client video. Begin discussion of ways to make EMDR more accessible during phases 3-8.

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30 - 4:00 pm:  Continue discussion on phases 3-8 ways to make EMDR accessible and showing client videos. Client message video and thought share.