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Session 312: Online EMDR Group Psychotherapy


Moderator: Viviana Urdaneta, LCSW
Discussant: Viviana Triana, LCSW-S

The flexibility of EMDR Therapy allows for not only individual, but group interventions, with in-person interactions in post-catastrophe settings. It also shows promising prospects with continuous on-line group psychotherapy. In this presentation, the idea of a systemic AIP inspires an expansion of options for the reprocessing and integration of emotional adversities at a collective level. The 8 Phases of the standard protocol are adjusted to encompass the dynamics of this EMDR modality. Excerpts of actual sessions illustrate how this pilot intervention brings new possibilities to EMDR therapists. During these isolating pandemic times, the demand for telehealth psychotherapy has increased sharply, overwhelming many colleagues. Group work may provide an alternative to certain clients who want a more interactive kind of treatment, fostering a sense of connection and belonging. Collective interweaves provide additional tools to clinicians address interactional conflicts or expand the collective awareness of participants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 items that should compose an objective contract and a subjective agreement to join the group.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the expansion of AIP, viewed as a systemic expression of the brain, considered as a social organ.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and incorporate the use of collective interweaves.


Topic: Therapeutic Alliance / Relationships


CE Hours: 1.5


  • Andre Monteiro, Ph.D.

    Dr. André Maurício Monteiro has been in private practice for over 35 years. He holds a Doctorate degree in Psychology. He took EMDR Basic Training (2000/01), becoming later on an EMDR Institute Trainer, an EMDR Institute Trainer of Trainers (2011), Alianza EMDR LatinoAmérica y Caribe trainer, and an EMDR-Europe Trainer, accredited by EMDR Portugal. He co-founded and was 1st President of the Brazilian EMDR Association. He also teaches workshops on the transgenerational transmission of trauma and EMDR. He is a psychodrama and action methods Supervisor and Trainer (1991). He coordinates, with online courses on EMDR, and psychotherapy in general. 

  • Viviana Triana, LCSW

    Viviana Triana, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor in Texas and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR trainer. Viviana was born in Colombia, South America and specializes in working with Latinx families who have experienced complex trauma in settings such as rape and domestic violence centers. Viviana works with children, teens, adults, and families who have experienced trauma. Currently she works at the Clinical Director for Youth180 an organization that provides Mental Health and Substance Misuse support for youth and their families. Viviana has experience utilizing EMDR group protocols (ASSYST, IGTP), virtually and in-person, to support survivors of trauma.

September 17, 2022
Sat 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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