Annual Spring Conference


15th Annual Conference - State of the Art EMDR 2019 banner

Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
Saturday March 30, 2019, 8:30am-5:00pm

Accepting Drop-Ins


Onsite Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks – Jim Helling, LICSW Regional Co-Coordinator

Morning Keynote – Joanne H. Twombly MSW, LICSW
“Overt and Covert Perpetrator Ego States:
Implication for the Practice of EMDR Treatment”

10:30-10:45am  Break

Morning Workshops

Luncheon Buffet (included in fee)

Afternoon Workshops (break from 3:15-3:30pm)

Joanne Twombly’s keynote Case Discussion will feature the ego states that can cause some of the most challenging moments days, or weeks for clients with complex trauma–and their therapists. She will present the range of these ego states/parts whose behavior, feelings, and appearance represent different survival needs of the client’s inner child and/or requirements of the internalized perpetrator(s). EMDR and EMDR adaptations will be discussed in terms of where and how they can be helpful, and when EMDR would be counterproductive. Unraveling reenactments and case specific counter transference will also be discussed.

CHOOSE ONE 90 MINUTE WORKSHOP (10:45 am-12:15 pm):

1. “Case Discussion on Overt and Covert Ego States”
– Joanne Twombly, LICSW

2. “Let’s Talk About Sex: Bringing Sexual Health into Your EMDR Practice”
– Stephanie Baird, LMHC

3. “Gender-Affirming EMDR with Transgender and Gender Non- Conforming Clients”
-Michelle Marchese, LICSW

4. “Treating Nightmares with an EMDR Protocol”
– Ted Olejnik, LICSW, LADC-1

CHOOSE ONE 180-MINUTE WORKSHOP (1:45-5:00 pm):

5. “Strategic Integration of Art Therapy for the Treatment of Complex Trauma”
– Elizabeth Davis, MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT

6. “Trauma Therapy Innovations: Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy & The Flash
– Ricky Greenwald, PsyD

7. “Fighting the Bad Guys Before You Were Born is a multi-modal learning experience geared towards intermediate-to-advanced practitioners who want an introduction to using EMDR to tackle transgenerational memories including historical and structural trauma.”
– Danielle Lenhard, LCSW and Amber Zinni, LCSW

8. “When Everything Goes Wrong, And What We Learn From It”
– Jason Rose Langston, LICSW

Completion of an EMDRIA approved basic EMDR training is required for registration.

6 Continuing Education Credits for EMDRIA

Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers are pending approval. Proceeds to benefit non-profit EMDR therapy training and research efforts. This workshop is held in facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact Joanna Vaughn ( if special accommodations are required.

for Clinicians of Color

Dorothy Carlo, the wife of George Abbott, Ph.D., a WMass EMDRIA member, WMass EMDRIA conference speaker, and EMDR Senior Teacher, passed away in December of 2014. Marilyn Luber, Ph.D., author and EMDR clinician from Philadelphia, made a donation to WMass EMDRIA in Dorothy’s memory. Another local EMDR clinician matched this donation, establishing this scholarship. You, our registrants, continue this funding through your generous donations at time of registration, offering full-funding to 2 clinicians of color to attend the 14th Annual Conference on March 30, 2019. Please apply by 3/1/19 for use of these funds if you are EMDR trained and identify as a clinician of color.


Registration is now closed, however we are accepting drop-ins.


Morning Workshops (10:45 – 12:15 pm):

  1. Case Discussion on Overt and Covert Ego States
    Perpetrator ego states cause some of the most challenging moments in treatment of traumatized patients. This space-limited workshop will involve brief case consultation involving these ego states, and some participants will receive feedback on their treatment.
  2. Let’s Talk About Sex: Bringing Sexual Health into Your EMDR Practice
    EMDR therapists guide survivors in healing from sexual trauma on a daily basis; however, many therapists wrap up their work once PTSD symptoms have abated. This workshop will provide information on 3 sexual health models, helping clients move towards empowered sexual health, addressing “Present” and “Future” targets, not just the “Past.”
  3. Gender-Affirming EMDR with Transgender and Gender Non- Conforming Clients
    This 90 minute introductory workshop will provide practical tools, exercises, education, and time for your questions to help you affirmatively facilitate EMDR with clients who are transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC).
  4. Treating Nightmares with an EMDR Protocol
    Patients diagnosed with PTSD reveal that they often do not experience a normal sleep cycle. Besides difficulty going to sleep their sleep is often interrupted by traumatic nightmares. The treatment consists of focusing on reducing nightmare distress and frequency by imagery rehearsal with future templates and addressing all EMDR phases.3-hour Afternoon Workshop (1:45-5:00 pm):
  5. Strategic Integration of Art Therapy for the Treatment of Complex Trauma
    When treating complex trauma in clients with EMDR therapy careful consideration to the window of tolerance must be maintained for effective therapy. Used in a strategic way, art therapy can help clients through the eight phases with more options for educating, resourcing, effectively containing, and processing through trauma memories.
  6. Trauma Therapy Innovations: Intensive Trauma-Focused Therapy & The Flash Technique
    This workshop will outline the potential benefits and pitfalls of intensive trauma-focused therapy, review the research, and explain, in detail, how to do it. The focus is not on a specific intervention such as EMDR or PC, and no modifications of those treatment protocols are proposed. Rather, the focus is on how to sequence the various types of interventions that are normally done over the course of trauma-informed treatment, how to manage certain types of clinical issues, and how to manage the business aspect. Flash is a recently developed technique that involves having the client at least partially resolve a traumatic memory without consciously engaging it. In this workshop, Flash will be taught and practiced, for intended use as a brief intervention to reduce memory-related distress so that clients will be more willing and able to face and process the memory using standard trauma resolution procedures such as EMDR or PC.
  7. Fighting the Bad Guys Before You Were Born is a multi-modal learning experience geared towards intermediate-to-advanced practitioners who want an introduction to using EMDR to tackle transgenerational memories including historical and structural trauma.
    This method comes out of clients who were getting stuck in the processing of very early memories, and thus “floated back” to earlier times when similar or related things happened to parents, grandparents, and older generations. By targeting the ancestor’s memory and the ancestor’s perceived feelings, the client is able to open the “file” of the memory and help to make sense of this piece of their own history. In viewing historical trauma with EMDR, clients can put these generational memories into the larger context of their lives. Processing historical trauma is especially useful for clients whose families have been touched by war, traumatic deaths, losses, systemic oppression (ie. racism, ethnic or religious oppression, classism, heterosexism, mysogyny, etc.) and for clients with complex developmental trauma.
  8. When Everything Goes Wrong, and What We Learn from It
    Sometimes our greatest failures are our greatest teachers. In this workshop we will explore when things go wrong in EMDR treatment. What leads to mistakes, setbacks, and ineffective treatment? What are the common patterns of problems and why do they occur? And most importantly, what we can we learn from the times that things go wrong and how does that make us grow and develop as EMDR practitioners? Case examples, process analysis, and a review of the guiding principles of EMDR therapy will be presented. Case presentations and group discussion will be utilized to give participants the opportunity to explore their own work. The goal of this workshop is to learn how we can develop adaptive understanding and insight, so we can continue our growth as EMDR practitioners.


Stephanie Baird, M.S., LMHC (she/her) is EMDRIA certified and a consultant. Since 1999, Stephanie has provided therapy, assessment, and educational talks and programs on trauma, self-care, and stress reduction, in various mental health settings. Her private practice specialties include EMDR therapy, trauma, sexuality, and treating mental health professionals. She became an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in 2016 and runs consultation groups in Worcester and Lee. Stephanie joined the WMass EMDRIA Steering Committee in 2012, serving as Treasurer and Regional Co-Coordinator until late 2018. She has also been attending a Sex Therapy Consultation Group at the Northampton Sex Therapy Associates (N.S.T.A.) since September 2016 and became an O.W.L. (Our Whole Lives) certified sex educator in April 2018, for grades 7 through 12.

Elizabeth Davis MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT (she/her) is a board certified, state licensed art therapist with 20 years’ experience working in the field of creative arts therapy and trauma. Elizabeth has conducted workshops and presentations that offer practical and creative approaches to engaging and treating clients who present with complex trauma. Her approach integrates the modalities of Art Therapy, EMDR therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, mindfulness and play therapy. Elizabeth serves as Director of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute Satellite in the Buffalo New York. TI & CTI’s parent location is in Northampton Massachusetts, under the founder and executive directorship of Ricky Greenwald, PsyD. In her capacity as Director, Elizabeth is in involved with training and consultation, outcome studies, and conducts intensive trauma therapy. Elizabeth is EMDR certified and a consultant/trainer through EMDRIA, a certified consultant through the Trauma Learning Center, level one Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, with extensive training in play therapy.

Ricky Greenwald, PsyD (he/him) is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Greenwald is an EMDR pioneer, the author of numerous professional articles and several books, and the developer of Trauma Institute’s intensive therapy model.

Danielle Lenhard, LCSW (she/her) facilitates intensive multi-day personal therapy retreats using EMDR and Progressive Counting at the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute in Northampton, MA. She specializes in addressing transgenerational transmission of trauma and works with clients chronologically from the earliest ancestor trauma. She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2016, and was Project Director for the Professional Fellows Program in Tolerance and Conflict Resolution at Smith College in 2016-2017. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism and worked previously as a professor of art history at CCBC Catonsville, Dowling College, and Stony Brook University.

Michelle Marchese, LICSW (she/her) is a clinical social worker who received her MSW and Certificate in Clinical Supervision from Smith School for Social Work. She works primarily at the Smith College Counseling Service, and also runs a small trauma-focused private practice in Northampton focusing on supervision, consultation, and weekend trauma -processing intensives. She is EMDRIA certified and a Consultant-In-Training; as well as trained in Progressive Counting and Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, and advanced dialogic and narrative practices. She also currently is on the Wmass EMDRIA Board and previously active in community and arts organizing.

Theodore (Ted) Olejnik, LICSW, LADC-I (he/him) is a licensed clinical social worker, addiction counselor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and TRN/HAP Trainer who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma, most notably combat trauma. He has over 38 years of experience working in civilian mental health and addiction treatment settings and as a 24-year active duty military service member provided services to individuals with histories of chronic addiction and complex PTSD while in the military service. He is has led advanced workshops nationally and internationally on the use of EMDR Therapy with combat veterans and First Responders. Mr. Olejnik currently has a small private practice in Easthampton, MA, where he practices therapy with individuals and provides EMDR consultation nationally and internationally to clinicians working in private and community settings. He also provides bi-monthly pro bone EMDR consultation to clinicians who work with veterans.

Jason Rose-Langston’s, LICSW (he/him) private practice specialties include trauma, adolescents, and gender therapy. He was the longest serving member of the WMass EMDRIA Steering Committee from 2006 to 2016. He has practiced EMDR therapy since 2005 and has been an EMDR Consultant since 2013 offering individual and group consultation. He also runs seminars, groups, and CEU workshops for clinicians on EMDR, trauma theory and practice, general mental health, and the art of self-care.

Joanne H. Twombly, MSW, LICSW (she/her) is in private practice in Waltham, MA where she works extensively with people with complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. She also provides trainings and consultation in EMDR and IFS. She has had several book chapters published on EMDR, EMDR and Internal Family Systems, and on working with Perpetrator Introjects. Her commitment to providing the optimal space for healing has resulted in her becoming an EMDR Trauma Recovery HAP Facilitator, a certified consultant in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Certified, and an American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Consultant. She is the past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation and served on various committees and the board of the International Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation where she received their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010.

Amber Zinni, LCSW (she/her) is the 2018-2019 post-graduate clinical fellow at the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute in Northampton, where she facilitates multi-day individual therapy retreats using EMDR and Progressive Counting. She is a 2018 graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. She has a background in intergroup dialogue facilitation and training (with concentrations in race and class) and has an M.Ed in Social Justice Education. Her interests include structural oppression and trauma, the legacy of slavery and slave owning on mental health, and southern United States history.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the The UMass Hotel at the Campus Center for both Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30th at a discounted rate. We reserved 10 rooms for Friday night and 5 rooms for Saturday night.  The cost is $155.00+ per night plus 6%  tax and $1.00 Town of Amherst charge. If you want to stay at the UMass Hotel, please call them at 1 877-822-2110 (toll-free). Their email address is  When you make your reservation, you must tell them the hotel group code, which is WME19C, and the reservations must be made there on or before March 1, 2019 to get the group rate.  After that date, the rooms will be released to be available at the usual price to the general public. Check-in is at 3 PM, and check-out is at 11 AM. You get a complimentary parking pass for the Campus Center Parking Garage, per room, per night, available at check-in.

DIRECTIONS to the UMASS CAMPUS (parking fee)

By Car
Coming from the north, heading South on I-91:  Take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit., Exit #1. Merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. At the your second set of lights (first is a blinking light), make a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. See “All Registrants” below.

Coming from the south, heading North on I-91:  Take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights).(Staples is on your right at this light.) UMass exit , Exit #1, is 1 mile on your right. Merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. At your second set of lights (first is a blinking light) make a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. . See “All Registrants” below.

Coming from the East via Route 2 West (Maine, etc.), Take Route 2 West to Exit 16, Route 202S towards Amherst and Belchertown. Travel about 16-18 miles to Exit for Amherst at a flashing light. Turn right onto Pelham Road. Travel 6 miles. Road becomes Main Street in Amherst. Go to second stop light. Turn right onto S. Pleasant and drive through downtown Amherst. Turn left at second traffic light onto N. Pleasant St. and the U Mass campus. At the light, continue straight on Massachusetts Avenue. Go ½ mile to first light and turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow “All Registrants” below

Coming from the East via the Mass Pike: ( If you are a first time visitor and traveling from the East or West on I-90 (Mass Pike), we do not recommend taking exit 8 off of the Mass Pike, rather follow the directions to exit 4 ) : Take the Mass Pike West to Exit 4 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). UMass exit is 1 mile. Merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. At your second set of lights (first  is a blinking light) make a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow “ALL REGISTRANTS” below.

“All Registrants”, You’re on Commonwealth Avenue. At the next set of lights, make a right on to Campus Center Way, at the signs for the Parking Garage, opposite the Mullins Center on the left. Proceed up the hill (bear left shortly after the right turn onto Campus Center Way), and the entrance to the Parking Garage will be on your right. You enter the Parking Garage at Level 3, and you follow the orange signs to the hotel entrance on Level 2, which is also where you park to enter the Concourse. Enter the Campus Center through the Concourse entrance, which is a walkway that goes from Level 2 of the parking garage into the concourse level of the Campus Center. From that point, there will be clear signs directing you through the Campus Center to get to the Student Union Ballroom, where we are holding the morning registration, breakfast, and Plenary. There will be additional signs once you are there which will direct you back into the Campus Center for the luncheon, the afternoon workshops, and the sign-out, handing in evaluations, and handing out of CEU certificates at 5 PM.
**Conferees who are staying in the Campus Center Hotel will receive free parking for one car per room as part of their room rate. Additional cars are $6/day. Please make arrangements for parking when you check-in at the Campus Center hotel.
**Conferees who are not staying in the Campus Center Hotel will receive a discounted coupon of $6 for the day when they register with conference staff. You will show this coupon to the garage attendant upon exiting the garage.
**** If you have a large vehicle you may not fit in the Campus Center Parking Garage (height limit is 7’ 2”) and will need to park in Lot 25 by the Mullins Center. You can download the Campus map to find Lot 25.

We encourage you to print and bring these directions with you:
Directions to the UMass Campus Center Hotel and Conference Center,  located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003:
Using google directions or a GPSyour end point is the UMass Campus Center, located at One Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003.
For Campus Maps: Can go to this link:
$6.50/day parking vouchers will be available at the conference if you park in the Campus Center Parking Garage. If you want to save the parking fee,  please print out for yourself the Campus Map (link above). You can follow the map to find the lots that are free on the weekends, which would be in green on the map. Closest lots (other than the parking garage) are Lot 25 next to the Mullins Center or Lot 65.