Trainings and Presentations

Dr. Arielle Schwartz Presenting

PESI 2-Day Complex PTSD Training

PESI Complex PTSD Training

Complex PTSD 2-Day Clinical Workshop: A Comprehensive Approach to Accurately Assess and Effectively Treat Clients with Chronic, Repeated and/or Developmental Trauma

Upcoming Dates and Locations: 

  • Plainview, NY: September 4-5, 2018
  • Manhattan, NY: September 6-7, 2018
  • Portland, Or: October 23-24, 2018
  • Live Webcast October 23-24, 2018.

Many clinicians are trained in the treatment of single traumatic events, but are not fully equipped to treat Complex PTSD. The traditional approaches to the treatment of PTSD can fall short when working with clients with Complex PTSD. Attend this workshop to learn how you can adapt your therapeutic approach to help clients diagnosed with Complex PTSD achieve more successful outcomes.

The most common question asked when treating Complex PTSD is, “where do I start?”. In this training, you will develop confidence in your ability to successfully organize and prioritize your client’s treatment goals. You will learn how to compassionately and effectively work with clients who have experienced multiple traumatic events and prolonged trauma exposure.

Successful treatment requires a compassionate therapeutic relationship and effective, research-based interventions. After this two-day workshop you will learn how to:

  • Help clients move out of crisis by building stabilizing resources
  • Prepare clients to work through traumatic memories without becoming Overwhelmed
  • Develop an integrative trauma treatment plan that includes CBT, DBT, EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Parts Work Therapy, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Join Dr. Arielle Schwartz in this engaging and interactive seminar to learn valuable strategies that will allow you to successfully address the dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany Complex PTSD. You will leave this seminar with practical tools that facilitate a strength-based approach to trauma recovery and increased resilience in clients.

CE Credits: 12.5 hours

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Maiberger Institute EMDR Therapy Advanced Workshop

EMDR Therapy Tools with Somatic Interventions

Upcoming Dates and Locations: July 21-22, 2018 Maiberger Institute, Boulder, CO and tentatively scheduled for March 2-3, 2019.

With Maiberger Institute: This two-day EMDRIA Approved EMDR Advanced Training is an introduction to Somatic Psychology and how it interfaces with the 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy. Somatic Psychology studies the relationship between the body and psychological states by highlighting physiological patterns as a primary foundation of human behavior. Therapists will learn the history of somatic psychology and the basic principles that are the foundations of body centered therapies. This course will review the physiology of the nervous system and how somatic interventions directly influence nervous system regulation and therapy. These somatic interventions will be explored didactically and experientially through practices including body awareness, non-verbal communications, exploration of body posturing, as well as habitual stress responses. The weekend will include time for case discussion and application.


  • Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Licensed Psychologist
  • Barb Maiberger, LPC

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize a basic understanding of Somatic Psychology in relationship to EMDR Therapy
  • Demonstrate at least one somatic intervention that can be applied to the 8 Phases of the EMDR Therapy
  • Recognize how self – awareness of nonverbal communication increases therapist’s trustworthiness and facilitates therapeutic alliance.
  • Exhibit how Somatic interventions facilitate client’s ability to self regulate.

EMDRIA Credits: 12 CEU

NBCC Credits: 12 CE hours (1.2 CEU)

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EMDR Therapy Tools for Chronic Pain and Illness

Upcoming Dates and Locations: October 27-28, 2018 Maiberger Institute, Boulder, CO

With Maiberger Institute: This two-day EMDRIA Approved EMDR Advanced Training applies the 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy to working with Chronic Pain and Illness. Therapists will learn about the relationship between childhood trauma and chronic illness (ACE study) and how to assess for related EMDR targets with clients. This course will review the neuroscience that underlies stress, chronic PTSD and illness. Experiential exercises will be explored for building affect tolerance through resource development installation and desensitizing targets related to pain and illness. Therapists will be introduced to body centered interventions including trauma sensitive yoga as integrated with EMDR Therapy. The weekend will include time for case discussion and application.


  • Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Licensed Psychologist
  • Barb Maiberger, LPC

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the basic understanding of the neuroscience that underlies the connection between stress, chronic PTSD and illness
  • Demonstrate at least one RDI for working with chronic pain and/or illness
  • Describe how to build affect tolerance in preparation for desensitization
  • Identify how to build a target related to chronic pain and illness

EMDRIA Credits: 12 CEU

NBCC Credits: 12 CE hours (1.2 CEU)

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EMDR Therapy Tools for Attachment Trauma

Upcoming Dates and Locations: Tentatively scheduled for July 27-28, 2019 at Maiberger Institute, Boulder, CO

With Maiberger Institute: This two-day advanced EMDR training applies EMDR Therapy to Attachment Trauma for working with adults. Lectures include the neurobiology of Attachment. Questionnaires and tools will be taught and practiced to help assess client attachment wounding. The 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy in relationship to Attachment wounding will be discussed. History taking will assess specific cognitions and possible targets for the early developmental period of attachment. RDI will be used to stabilize the client in preparation for EMDR Therapy.  During desensitization blocked processing and shame will be discussed with specific ways to manage affect regulation with body-based interventions to keep the client processing. There will be didactic and experiential exercises for therapists to apply this work to their practice and opportunity for in depth case discussion.


  • Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Licensed Psychologist
  • Barb Maiberger, LPC

EMDRIA Credits: 12 CEU

NBCC Credits: 12 CE hours (1.2 CEU)

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Online Courses:

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Resilience Strategies for Grief and Loss

In collaboration with Healbright, this course provides support for anyone who has faced a loss. This course aims to introduce you to the strategies that have been shown to help people grow through adversity. These strategies will help manage the pain associated with grief and loss. We all have the capacity to grow when facing challenge so long as we have sufficient resources. Information is a powerful healing tool.

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Navigating Trauma

In this course, trauma expert Dr. Arielle Schwartz discusses the effects of PTSD on the mind and body, as well as some helpful tips in finding treatment and alleviating symptoms in daily life. At the end of the course is a collection of audio “grounding practices” designed to help people in a triggered state relax their nervous system and find peace.

This course is offered for free by Dr. Schwartz and Healbright as a community offering. Both Healbright and Dr. Schwartz are dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental health treatment and to making effective solutions more widely available. Please feel free to share this course with any individual or organization that could benefit from learning more about working with trauma and PTSD.

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Past Trainings/Presentations

  • EMDR Therapy and Complex PTSD
  • EMDR and Dissociation: Reflections, Considerations, and Cases
  • EMDR Therapy Tools for Attachment Trauma (Wichita, Kansas-April 2016, McKenzie & Associates)
  • Play Therapy and EMDR for Children
  • Embodied Culture: A Somatic Approach to Diversity Awareness in EMDR (Dr. Arielle Schwartz and Barb Maiberger presented this at the 2014 EMDRIA Conference)
  • Resilience Psychology:  A Strength-Based Approach to Trauma Recovery