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Omni Jacksonville Hotel

245 Water St

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

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EC Hurleu

For mental health professionals who have completed an EMDRIA approved basic training (parts 1 & 2).

Workshop Description

Day 1 - Treating First-Responders and Military Personnel with Acute Stress, PTSD and Complex PTSD using EMDR Therapy

  • Foundations for Effective EMDR Treatment among First-Responders and Military Personnel

  • First-Responders and Soldiers – Understanding their way of life

  • Theoretical basis for effective treatment

  • Treating Acute stress, PTSD and Complex PTSD with EMDR Therapy

  • EMDR Early Intervention Models (EEI)

  • Treating PTSD and Complex PTSD: Clinical Issues

  • EMD, EMD(r), and EMDR approaches

  • Embedded Phase 2 Preparation with Phase 4 (Desensitization)

  • Ego States, Structural Dissociation and Complex Trauma

  • Treating Dissociative Exhibitions across the spectrum with EMDR Therapy

  • Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning for these special populations

Day 2 - Treating First-Responders and Military Suffering with Shame, Guilt and Moral Injury using EMDR Therapy

  • Understanding shame and guilt with clinical presentations and effective EMDR interventions

  • Guilt and shame defined with clinical examples

  • Moral injury: a new definition of old experiences

  • Moral injury: a multi-discipline perspective for first-responders, military, and veterans

  • The ancient Stoics and mental health

  • Psychology’s view of moral issues

  • Augustine’s just war theory and today’s law of modern warfare

  • Moral injury among military personnel

  • Moral injury among first-responders

  • Treating Shame, Guilt and Moral Injury with EMDR therapy

  • Clinical presentations of shame, guilt, and moral injury

  • The pervasiveness of shame in clinical presentation

  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning

  • Effective treatment of shame with EMDR therapy

  • Planning for the future with EMDR therapy’s three-prong approach

Day 3 - First-Responders and Military Personnel: Addressing Dissociative Exhibitions and Suicidality with EMDR Therapy

  • Characteristics of stress-related sensory distortions: Dissociation and Suicidality

  • Treating dissociative exhibitions during EMDR therapy - case examples with video

  • When the meaning of life and death shifts - from dissociation to suicidality

  • The path of negative consequences: shame, depression, dissociation leading to suicidal ideation among first-responders and military personnel

  • Theories of Suicide – what has changed, what has not changed?

  • Suicidality: Assessment and Intervention among First-Responders and Military using

  • EMDR therapy

  • Recognizing the signs

  • Effective intervention strategies

  • Relationships in the midst of psychological injuries

  • Suicidality: Rebuilding hope


Day 1

9am to 10:15 am


First Responders & Military: Understanding their way of life

AIP: Theoretical basis for effective treatment

The Dissociative Spectrum: Acute Stress to C-PTSD

10:15 am -10:35 am


10:35 am - 12 pm

EMDR Intervention Protocols EEI, EMD, EMD(r) & EMDR

Treating PTSD and C-PTSD: Issues

12 pm – 1pm

lunch on your own

1 pm to 2:30 pm

Embedded Preparation:

Dissociation videos with discussion

2:30 pm -2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 5pm

Ego States & Structural Dissociation

Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning

Summary & Wrap-Up

Day 2

9am to 10:30 am

Review and Overview of Today

Defining guilt, shame & moral injury as wounds of violence

The impact of a shame-based life on quality of life

10:30 am - 10:50 am


10:50 am - 12 pm

Moral injury through a multi-disciplinary lens

The impact of a shame-based life on quality of life – Road to Affirmation and Self-Efficacy

12 pm – 1pm

Lunch on your own

1 pm to 2:30 pm

Case conceptualization and treatment planning

Effective treatment of shame, guilt, & moral injury with EMDR.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 5pm

3 categories of treating moral injury with EMDR therapy.

The power of forgiveness.

Summary & Wrap-up

Day 3

9am to 10:20 am


Suicidality & Best Practice Programs

10:20 am - 10:40 am


10:40 am - 12 pm

Suicidality Programs; What works/what to avoid

Suicidality: Religious

Views Objective # 1 video Video – Treating Moral Injury with EMDR

12 pm – 1pm

Lunch on your own

1 pm to 2:30 pm

Moral Injury interact with Suicide

Case Studies: Moral Injury and Suicidality

2:30 pm -2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 5pm

Treatment Planning

Video examples

Summary Discussion


About the Instructor

EC Hurleu

Dr. E. C. Hurley, DMin, PhD, was selected and trained as an EMDR trainer by Francine Shapiro, the developer of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has provided EMDR trainings world-wide, including various locations in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Asia. A licensed psychotherapist since 1980 he has been trained in the major orientations of psychotherapy.

He is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an Approved Consultant and Trainer with the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and the EMDR Institute, as well as a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Society of Ireland.

E. C. was trained in EMDR following 9-11 and within a matter of months, decided to specialize in using EMDR in treatment of acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorders. He built a private practice into a community-based outpatient treatment center specializing in the use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of a broad spectrum of adverse life experiences. Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of persons suffering with complex PTSD across the dissociative spectrum. E. C. is the Founder/CEO of Soldier Center, a treatment and training center near Ft Campbell, KY which specializes in treating military personnel, veterans, first-responders and their families.

Dr. Hurley holds graduate degrees in pastoral counseling, counseling psychology and clinical psychology, with a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and PhD in Clinical Psychology. A retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, his military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the U.S. Army’s Air Assault badge.

He is the author of the chapter "EMDR therapy in the treatment of military sexual trauma" in the book Treating Military Sexual Trauma edited by Katz, L, (2015) and coauthored a chapter on EMDR therapy in the publication PTSD Case Book (2015) published by the American Psychological Association, and his published research Effective Treatment of Veterans With PTSD: Comparison Between Intensive Daily and Weekly EMDR Approaches (Hurley, 2018) comparing EMDR intensive daily treatment with weekly sessions with outcomes measured at one year follow-up. He is a frequent presenter at the EMDR International Association and numerous other professional conferences. Dr. Hurley is currently in contract with Springer Publishing to author the book A Clinicians Guide for Treating Active Military and Veteran Populations with EMDR Therapy to be published later this year. He is frequently an invited pre-conference presenter at EMDRIA's annual conferences.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $549 plus admin fee + taxes (before February 1st, 2020).

REGULAR PRICE: $599 plus admin fee + GST (after February 1st, 2020).

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The workshop may be cancelled or postponed 45 days prior to its date due to under-enrollment or other circumstances. Participants may want to wait before making travel arrangements. The workshop shall be cancelled or postponed if unforeseen circumstances, such as presenter illness and/or a natural disaster (a flood, earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, or other major incident) arises. Participants will be refunded 100%

All grievances must be in writing to, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.


This training is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Continuing education credits

18 CEs offered through Ce-Classes maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at (an additional fee for CEs applies, fee not included as part of the workshop tuition), and entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form. Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. is approved by

The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 18 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021

The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2020.

The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider

Massachusetts Authorization Number: 2189

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021

New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State Education

Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of

continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2020 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.

The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2020.

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