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Creative Protocols for EMDR Therapy:

Protocols for dreams and nightmares, insomnia, sleep issues, physical pain, surgeries, and medical interventions

with Esly Carvalho, Ph.D.


Online Workshop via Zoom
Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!



$125 CAD + tax

$99 USD

Friday, July 12th, 2024

11:00 AM to 3:15 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 8:15 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00 PM - 10:15 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access)




$125 CAD + tax

$99 USD


Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

*Completion of an EMDRIA approved Basic EMDR training is required to attend this workshop.

Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on a collection of creative protocols and clinical strategies developed by Dr. Carvalho. It will enable the EMDR therapist to expand their toolkit and options when working with their clients. Dr. Carvalho taps into her Psychodrama experience and integrates it into the traditional EMDR protocols. 

During this workshop, Dr. Carvalho will present and explain EMDR protocols to target the following:

  1. Processing Dreams and Nightmares: how to reach an adaptive resolution.

  2. EMDR, Insomnia and Metaphors: how the use of Metaphors can help heal sleep issues.

  3. Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body: creative clinical strategies used in the application of EMDR therapy to heal the body.

Dream Protocol:

This protocol is an adaptation of the Recent Events Protocol taught in Basic Training and applied to dream work. Cognitive Interweaves are taught as closure techniques for dreams as well as future templates to help clients reach an adaptive resolution.


EMDR, Insomnia and Metaphors:

Sleep metaphors are presented to clients in order to help them process through EMDR phases 3-7, regarding what keeps them awake during periods of insomnia. The strategies presented are often integrated with the EMDR Adult Drawing Protocol (Carvalho). Included is the use of metaphors and exercises for a future template to improve sleep prognosis, taken from the Dream Protocol (Carvalho).

Two case studies will be presented as illustrations and a video (role-playing demo).

Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body:
Creative clinical strategies used in the application of EMDR therapy to physical pain, surgeries, and medical interventions. It includes suggestions for "antidotes" as resource measures to help deal with diseases, their consequences, treatment and prevention. A short discussion about the ACE study will help make the connection between adverse childhood experiences and adult illnesses, underlining the importance of healing trauma.

The EMDR Adult Drawing Protocol (Carvalho) will show how pictures can be drawn in order to create the pain image/target for desensitization and reprocessing. The Symptom Role-Reversal Protocol (Carvalho) borrows techniques from Psychodrama, more specifically, from J. L. Moreno’s Role Theory. Cognitive interweaves are used as clinical
strategies to elicit further information from the Information Neuro-Networks in role-reversal. Symptoms are "interviewed" by the therapist while the client is in role-reversal as the symptom, a traditional Psychodrama technique. The traditional phases of EMDR therapy are used to heal the maladaptive information stored in the brain so that healthy responses can emerge for that role. Physical pain is often released and resolved using EMDR applied to symptoms in role-reversal. Role-reversal also allows for the touchstone event to be identified and healed with EMDR therapy.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the use of Metaphors Interweaves for appropriate treatment of insomnia and sleep issues.

  2. Use adaptation of the EMDR protocol to process dreams and nightmares.

  3. Demonstrate adaptation of the Recent Events Protocol to dream work.

  4. Use Cognitive Interweaves for appropriate closure to dreams. 

  5. Explain how the future template can improve sleep prognosis.

  6. Use the Dream Protocol as a future template.

  7. Explain how the Adult Drawing Protocol can be used to create the pain image/target for desensitization and reprocessing. 

The Envision Difference

100 % online:  Develop your skills from the comfort of your home or office via Zoom.

Live Q & A:  Ask questions during the live Q & A with the presenter and participants.

60 Days access:  Can't attend live?  Watch later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning. *Exception applies, see CE section below


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Dream Protocol

  • Metaphors Interweaves for appropriate treatment of insomnia and sleep issues

  • Adaptation of the EMDR protocol to processing dreams and nightmares

  • Adaptation of the Recent Events Protocol to dream work

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm


12:45  pm - 1:30 pm

  • Cognitive Interweaves for appropriate closure to dreams

  • The future template to improve sleep prognosis

  • Live Q & A

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Creative clinical strategies using EMDR therapy applied to physical pain, medical interventions, illness, etc.

  • Suggestions for ''antidotes'' as resource measures to help deal with diseases, their consequences, treatment and prevention.

  • introduction to the Adult Drawing Protocol and how it can be used to create the pain image/target for desensitization and reprocessing. 

  • Introduction to the Symptom Role-Reversal Protocol

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Live Q & A 


About Esly Carvalho, Ph.D.

Esly Regina Carvalho, Ph.D., is a Brazilian-American clinical psychologist, whose first training was in Psychodrama. She was approved by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy with distinction as a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner. She trained directly under Dr. Francine Shapiro (1997) and became an experienced Trainer of Trainers in EMDR therapy (EGNw/ISETT). She was part of the EMDR Institute Latin American training faculty for twenty years and helped train new trainers in several Latin American countries.

CE credits

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
4 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information



4 EC Program Approval Number: #18032-114 EMDRIA

Association of Social Work Board (ASWB)  Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., #1895, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/19/2024 – 01/19/2025. Social workers participating in this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits.

National Board for Certified Counselors 

Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not qualify  for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  

CCPA has reviewed and approved the content of this workshop for 4 CEC (pending)

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) 

This workshop is eligible for 4 CE Credits.

Please ensure to check with your individual state boards/regulatory body to verify Continuing Education Credit Hours requirements and if the workshop you are planning to take qualifies. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about a specific course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.





What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Attendees will need to sign in by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the start of the workshop and sign out by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the end of the workshop. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire workshop. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. An evaluation form will be made available to attendees at the end of the live workshop. The link to the evaluation form will be posted in the chat box. Certificates will be available following workshop completion. If participants cannot be present live for the entire workshop, they will have the option to watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation and will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed five (5) business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately five (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire. Please email if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Dr. Carvalho receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

What are the course interaction and system requirements?

This live workshop is fully interactive. Attendees may ask questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions. System requirements: • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible

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