EMDR therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 20 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR therapy effects. EMDR Therapy strengthens your ability to  work with your clients whether they are ready for EMDR reprocessing or not. Transform your clinical skills and begin your EMDR practice


2020  EMDR Basic Trainings

Carol Miles MSW, LCSW LLC An EMDRIA Approved Trainer,

is proud to offer EMDR Therapy Trainings in New Orleans and Lafayette.



New Orleans Trainings

Co-sponsored by the LSUHSC Center for Evidence to Practice


Upcoming scheduled trainings 2020

Trainer: Carol Miles MSW, LCSW



To be held downtown New Orleans at the LSU School of Public Health


Part 1 March  9-11, 2020 and Part 2 May 20-22, 2020


Part 1 July 29-31, 2020 and Part 2 September 28-30, 2020

Contact Carol Miles for information cmiles@tulane.edu


Carol Miles MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker specializing in individual, family and group psychotherapy, maintains a private practice in Covington and New Orleans, LA with a broad spectrum of clients, and also provides consultation for therapists developing skills in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Carol, a graduate of LSU School of Social Work specializing in clinical social work, has over 30 years experience as a social worker in clinical, administration, and marketing with the public and private sectors. Among her areas of expertise are working with clients who have eating disorders and trauma.  Carol has often presented at state wide conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from eating disorders, assertiveness, EMDR, DBT and developing a private practice. She is a certified EMDR Therapist, and an EMDRIA approved consultant and trainer. She is currently President of EMDRIA, the EMDR Therapy professional association for the US. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Social Work since 1998.





Announcing Lafayette, LA  2020 Training

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Charlene Spears, MSW, LCSW, BCD, an EMDRIA approved consultant, selected by Carol Miles MSW, LCSW LLC to provide the thorough information necessary for relevant client selection and the effective use of EMDR therapy. 

Charlene B. Spears, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Lafayette, La. graduating from Tulane University Graduate School of Social Work with her MSW in 1983. She has worked with adult and adolescent populations in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and CD settings. She has been in private practice for 23 years, the last 10 years working exclusively with adults in both individual, group and couples therapy. She also provides Practice Management Consultation Services for clinicians in private practice, clinical supervision for social workers and EMDR consultation for clinicians and EMDR Consultants in Training.
Charlene is a certified EMDR therapist, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, an EMDR-HAP Approved Consultant and Facilitator. She serves as the Consultant for the LA. Trauma Recovery Network and has had extensive training and experience in Critical Incident Stress Management. She provides EMDR Therapy under the guidance of the Adaptive Information Processing Theory, incorporating strategies from several therapeutic models to meet a client’s needs.
Her scope of practice encompasses assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, mood disorders, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, bereavement, dual diagnosis and other problems for which underlying traumas may cause, contribute to the development of or exacerbate a psychiatric condition.

The format of this workshop has been designed

by Carol Miles MSW, LCSW LLC, and approved by EMDRIA

Part 1 March 20-22, 2020 and Part 2 June 5-7, 2020

Location: 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd, Suite D3

Contact Charlene Spears

at 337-886-6154 or charlene@cbslcsw.com 




All Trainings 



Learning objectives for the course:

  1. Learn the underlying Adaptive Information Processing theory of EMDR therapy and other theoretical brain functioning and research issues;
  2. Learn to assess the appropriateness of using EMDR therapy with your patients;
  3. Learn to integrate EMDR therapy in to a comprehensive treatment plan; 
  4. Develop skills in using all eight phases of EMDR therapy; and
  5. Develop skills with complex cases with co-occurring conditions.

Days One through Three:

  1. Identify 3 components of the EMDR Approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  2. Describe 3 important existing research studies
  3. Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clients
  4. Identify the criteria with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  5. Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  6. Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases

Days Four through Six:

  1. Describe 3 resources to help clients stay within the window of tolerance
  2. Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions
  3. Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR
  4. Describe strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  5. Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  6. Describe strategies to treat more complex trauma-related disorders


Registration Information and Fees

Training Costs**:

 1. Graduate student or Non-profit employee (minimum 30 hours per week employment) –  $1200

      + 10 hours of group consultation  – $250****

Total cost $1450

2. For-profit setting) $1400

      + 10 hours group consultation – $500****

Total cost $1900

Participants may receive up to 40 total CEU hours. Social Work, and LPC CEUs have been applied for.

****  Four hours of consultation will be required after Part One to attend Part Two of the Basic Training. An additional 6 hours after Part Two will be required to receive the EMDR Basic Training Certificate of Completion.  (EMDRIA Approved Consultants or Consultants-in-training will be provided to participants. Consultation will be provided either face to face or by video conferencing)

**Required reading (not included in fees): Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy-Third Edition by Francine Shapiro

This EMDR Therapy training is available for therapists working in the non-profit sector, public sector agencies, for-profit agencies and those in private practice, as well as for graduate students enrolled in a Master’s or Doctorate level programs in the mental health field. These EMDR Basic Trainings have 3 separate training components;  Part 1 and Part 2 are each three days in length, plus 10 hours of group consultation ***(held usually  in 2 hours groups making a total of 5 groups). This core training in EMDR Therapy trains mental health clinicians in the standardized protocol for EMDR treatment and will meet all EMDR International Association’s (EMDRIA) requirements for basic training.

Tuition may be refunded, less a $100 administrative fee, for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the first day of training. After two-weeks  prior to the start of training, and after beginning the training, no refunds will be made. Registrants that partially attend the training, or do not complete the training will not receive a refund . 

Registration forms for New Orleans trainings are available by emailing my assistant at  tcourtney@alumni.lsu.edu.  Payments can be made by PayPal (cmileslcsw@icloud.com) or check  or money order (payable to Carol Miles MSW, LCSW LLC). Registration is not complete until all forms have been submitted and payment has been made. You will receive confirmation of admission to the course. 

Payment plans may be made based on individual need.  Please contact Carol Miles at  cmiles@tulane.edu or 985.893.1248. Admission to the program requires an initial payment.  Payment must be received prior to admission. Full payment must be made prior to the final weekend. All consultation fees are separate from the training fees and paid directly to your consultant. Your trainer will schedule you with your consultant.


Prerequisite readings: To familiarize yourself with the Adaptive Information Processing Model prior to your training it is recommended that you read the chapters 2- 11 of Francine Shapiro’s book of Francine Shapiro’s book: “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, 3rd Edition” and read Francine Shapiro’s book “Getting past your past”. Please read chapters 1-9 prior to Part 1of EMDR Basic Principles and then complete the text after Part One.

EMDR Certification: This training is the beginning of the requirement for becoming EMDR Certified. Completing an EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapy basic training is the first requirement toward becoming EMDR Certified by EMDRIA, the EMDR professional organization. After completing an EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR therapy you will receive a documentation of completion: a ‘Certificate of Completion.’ However, completing the Basic Training does not make the clinician certified in EMDR therapy.  EMDRIA does offer a credential for therapist to become an EMDR Certified Therapist. Ask your trainer for more information to begin the path to certification and see www.emdria.org.




For more information on EMDR Therapy Training, contact Carol Miles cmiles@tulane.edu 

or call 985-893-1248

or register for a New Orleans training,  please request a registration packet by emailing my assistant at tcourtney@alumni.lsu.edu