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Special Session 3 - EEI Series: EMDR Early Interventions Panel



EMDR Early Interventions are effective mental health protocols and techniques to support those affected by the devastating impact of trauma on individuals, groups, and communities. The global situation with many suffering from fires, earthquakes, war, political and personal violence, and loss emphasizes the need for more discussion and learning about these interventions. This session will highlight the role and importance of EMDR Early interventions, their opportunities, and their current and future applications. It will include a discussion about their unique components featuring a panel of experts who have used EMDR Early Interventions extensively and are pioneers in their applications worldwide. It is a call to action for the therapists to equip themselves with interventions to support those in crises that can be used in different settings. It will advocate for culturally sensitive interventions to provide support, stabilization, and mental health first aid.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the role and importance of EMDR Early Interventions.
  2. Participants will be able to identify differences and commonalities between EMDR Early Interventions and EMDR Standard Protocol.
  3. Participants will be able to describe ways that EMDR Early Interventions can be used in different settings including opportunities and future possibilities.

Topic: Acute Stress Reaction / Early EMDR Interventions

Introductory| Intermediate| Advanced

CE Hours: 1.5


  • Karen Alter-Reid, Ph.D

    Karen Alter-Reid, Ph.D. is a psychologist with specialties in first responder treatment and trans-generational trauma. She is a Regional EMDR Institute Trainer and Senior EMDR Consultant for the Integrative Trauma Program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NYC. She presented at EMDRIA conferences on the impact of trans-generational trauma, “Therapy for Therapists” program, and clinical work following the Sandy Hook shooting. She also co-authored a chapter on The Trans-Generational Impact of Anti-Semitism in Nickerson’s Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma. Karen received EMDRIA’s 2014 Outstanding Contribution & Service Award as well as the 2016 Outstanding Regional Coordinator Award.

  • Gary Quinn, M.D.

    Dr. Gary Quinn is a psychiatrist and Director of The EMDR Institute of Israel. He has conducted EMDR trainings in Israel, Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. He is a Trainer of trainers of the EMDR in Asia and Israel. Dr. Quinn developed Self-Care Procedure for Coronavirus (SCP-C) to use a remote self-healing procedure to stabilize both individual clients and groups who have anxiety, panic, helplessness related to the coronavirus and the financial consequences. Dr. Quinn developed ISP® for EMDR therapists and First Responders to treat victims of trauma within minutes to hours of a traumatic incident.

  • Ignacio Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D.

    Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D., is the world pioneer in the provision of EMDR therapy in a group format in-person and online, AIP-informed Advance Psychosocial Interventions for Trauma-Exposed Populations, and AIP-informed Procedures for in-person and remote treatment. He is a Member of the Council of Scholars for the Future of EMDR Therapy Project. For his humanitarian services around the world, he received the Francine Shapiro Award, the International Crisis Response Leadership Award, and the Psychotrauma Trajectory Award. For his research work with EMDR therapy, he received the EMDRIA Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Jarero is EMDR Institute Senior Trainer of Trainers.

  • Marlene Kenney, LICSW

    Marlene Kenney, MA, LICSW uses both a disaster mental health and EMDR framework to advise and train organizations, municipalities, and schools in the aftermath of potentially traumatizing events. She works with workers who are exposed to high stress in the line of duty. She is an EMDR Institute and EMDR HAP facilitator, EMDRIA Approved consultant and member of the EMDRIA Council of Scholars. She has delivered critical incident care and support in the Philippines and Nationally after large scale and every day events.

  • Elan Shapiro, MA

    Elan Shapiro, Psychologist, attended Francine Shapiro’s first training in 1989, and later served as an EMDR Institute Facilitator. He was a Charter member of EMDRIA and founding member of EMDR Europe and of EMDR Israel. He served two terms as Secretary of the EMDR Europe Executive Committee and Board. He has written and co-written over 20 articles on Early EMDR Intervention topics and received the 2016 David Servan Schreiber Award for his outstanding contribution to EMDR therapy, in the development of the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) together with Brurit Laub, with its application the Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP).

  • Mark Nickerson, LICSW - Moderator

    Mark Nickerson, LICSW, a psychotherapist, clinical consultant, EMDR Institute trainer, and member of the Council of Scholars. He conducts advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including integrating culture and healing culturally based trauma and adversity, treatment for problem behaviors, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016- 2nd edition, 2022 in press) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families. More information at and

September 13, 2022
Tue 2:30 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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