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EMDR Therapy in a Catholic Context – interweaving applications of inner healing prayer. On Demand

Total Credits: 1.5 APA Credit

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Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow |  Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz
1.5 Hours
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Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Pastoral Ministers

Course Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives: 

  • Compare and contrast the ways in which EMDR therapy and inner healing prayer conceptualize the
    relationship between current symptoms and past experience.
  • Describe three interventions within standard EMDR therapy that can be adapted to include elements of inner healing prayer while still maintaining fidelity the EMDR protocol.
  • List three examples of interweaves drawn from the language of inner healing prayer that may be
    applied in Phases IV-VI of EMDR therapy.
  • Identify 3 prerequisites for clinicians to be able to ethically and effectively integrate EMDR and inner healing approaches in psychotherapy.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach for posttraumatic stress disorder and other issues proceeding from adverse and unprocessed or maladaptively processed experience. Culturally-sensitive adaptations of EMDR therapy have been reported to increase the comfort-level for clients and positive treatment outcomes in recent years; similarly, active and attuned adaptations of psychotherapy to fit the religious beliefs of the client have been shown to be highly effective.

Several approaches to inner healing prayer as an avenue to spiritual and psychological healing have gained both popularity and credibility among the Catholic population. The approach offered by the John Paul II Healing Center has been previously illustrated to correspond closely to the steps and elements of the standard protocol of EMDR therapy.

This workshop will offer a conceptual overview of EMDR therapy and inner healing prayer, followed by a discussion of elements, phases, and interventions within EMDR therapy that lend themselves to integration of language and elements of inner healing prayer. Please note: Content included in this workshop presumes that participants have completed an accredited EMDR therapy training. While participants who are not yet trained in EMDR may benefit from the material presented, the presenters advise completion of said training before the contents of this workshop can be ethically employed.

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Catholic Psychotherapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program does not qualify for NBCC credits



Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow's Profile

Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow Related Seminars and Products

Intuitus Group

Jennifer Madere is a LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant/Approved Trainer in private practice. She is a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing and recovery in psychotherapy since 2003.

Jennifer supervises graduate and post-graduate clinicians and consults and offers training and consultation related to treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer also trains fellow clinicians in the ethical integration of faith and spirituality in clinical practice. Jennifer is a past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-teaches the EMDR therapy training offered by ISSTD.

In addition to numerous professional presentations in local, national, and international conferences, Jennifer is the published author of several scholarly works on the topics of consultation and screening, assessment, and differential diagnosis for dissociative disorders.

Since 2015, Jennifer has collaborated with D. Michael Coy, LICSW, and Paul Dell, PhD to update the interpretive manual and associated documents for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) and make the MID documents and training accessible to clinicians and researchers world-wide (see

Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz's Profile

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Intuitus Group Independent Professionals

Elizabeth Heuertz, MA, LPC, is a member of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has provided psychotherapy services for adolescents and adults since 2015.  Elizabeth completed training in prayer ministry in 2016 through the John Paul II Healing Center and has participated in numerous healing retreats through their ministry.  She completed training in EMDR therapy in 2017.  Elizabeth co-presented the poster “Integrating Psychological Healing with Spiritual Healing: Comparing and Contrasting EMDR with Inner Healing Prayer” at the 2019 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference.  She specializes in the integration of healing prayer and EMDR in the treatment of trauma and relational wounds.