Path of the Wounded Healer with EMDR Therapy
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WHI is affiliated with Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM), who are an EMDRIA approved training program, under the tutelage of Jamie Marich, PhD. WHI EMDRIA Approved Educational Credits Provider # is: 23046 

This training is EMDRIA Approved: SEE EMDRIA LISTING HERE #23046-01

In this program is broken into two 3-day weekends and has 10-consultation hours to successfully complete. Participants will learn Addiction as Dissociation Model (ADM), Path of the Wounded Healer (PWH), and Meeting Area Screening and Assessment (MASA) (which includes Two Containers and Photo Album, within the framework of the Adaptive Information Model (AIP)This offering is a condensed version of PWH-1 and PWH-2 and supportive consultations are required. This training is specifically for trauma providers who are fully trained in EMDR Therapy, as a variety of scripts are taught and the 8-Phase protocol of EMDR Therapy is utilized. PWH builds upon the Phase 1 (History, Screening, and Assessment) and Phase 2 of EMDR with resourcing, preparation, and psychedelic integration approaches to help you navigate trauma, dissociation, and addiction presentations to offer providers a research informed way of supporting your clients long-term healing and recovery. 

Participants will learn MASA and a variety of other helpful and relevant dissociation and addiction-informed skills and concepts, which were developed to support paraprofessionals and clinicians (and clients!) identify with their dissociative and addictive profile, obtain unconscious informed consent, check unconscious biases, and lower treatment resistance. We developed the MASA script and qualitative setup for assessing and screening for dissociation and addictions. The combination of ADM and MASA help provide a clear line between what is normal and what is pathology. PWH is a phase model of care that gives guidance on how and when trauma resolution methods should be done, with all populations because these conditions are transdiagnostic. Our research suggests that pathology is sustained dysregulation (dissociative/addictive) and that the absence of unconscious informed consent is what contributes to low treatment outcomes and care resistance. We teach participants how to find the line between normative and pathological presentations and allow your healer’s path to unfold. We feel that this is invaluable information to all healers and clients. 


  • Participants will learn the Path of the Wounded Healer (PWH), Meeting Area Screening and Assessment (MASA), and Mindful Dissociation.
  • Path of the Wounded Healer is a phase model of care and offers a research-informed approach.
  • As a part of MASA, participants will learn Two Containers, Photo Album, and Resetting Emotions.
  • Participants will learn Bulk Blink, Shame Shape and Color, Intention Resourcing, Journeying Resourcing, utilizing breath and Integration Resourcing.
  • Aspects of Recovery, Psychedelic Integration, and Posttraumtic Growth are further explored in depth.

ADM was developed by Dr. Adam O’Brien and Dr. Jamie Marich and provides a theoretical basis for this training. ADM is a unifying theory of addiction that explores how the inner-play between trauma and dissociation produce pathological states of addiction. 

PWH highlights the universal spiritual path that we all must take to resolve our dissociative and addictive desires before we die. PWH offers ways for paraprofessionals, medical and psychological professionals, and the recovery community to learn about dissociated states of healing and to help solidify their right to be called healers. PWH-1 offers learning ADM, PWH, and MASA. PWH-2 offers learning Addressing Toxic with Shame Shape and Color and posttraumatic growth stages of care. In PWH-3 we further explore addressing addiction memory and how the use of psychedelics can support healing but to enhance your learning experience, exploring dissociative of healing will help you grow as a healer.

MASA is a hybrid of the Dissociative Table and common coping skills (Container and Calm Place) that are found in many different approaches and therapies. As a part of MASA, we teach our Two Containers, Photo Album, and Bulk Blink within AIP framework. These skills are performed in a particular order to help screen and assess for current dissociative and addictive dynamics. MASA is how we obtain unconscious informed consent before doing ANY treatments, providing any care, or taking any medicines (particularly psychedelics). We feel that MASA is the best humanistic and qualitative screening and assessment tool for dissociative and addictive presentations; it provides everyone involved with an opportunity to become more self-aware of where psychological material resides and how to navigate it.



PWH 1 and 2 = 1,000


2024 Training Dates: 

Class 1: 10/11/24-10/13/24 – 3/14/25-3/16/25 PWH 1-2


*minimum of 10 participants are need for the training to run.

* This program qualifies for ICM’s Advanced Dissociation Certificate: HERE


*To become certified in PWH, participants must apply to WHI (application fee is waived for participants who successfully complete of this training (PWH-1 and PWH-2) and are trained in EMDR), successfully complete PWH-3, 6 hours of individual, 10 hours of group (a total of 30 hours of consultation), have and complete the rest of requirements outlined in the admissions process.


Required 10-hours of Consultations (not included in the cost of training): 

Dates: 3/27/24 ; 4/24/24 ; 5/29/24 ; 6/26/24 ; 7/31/24 ; 8/28/24 ; 9/25/24 ; 10/30/24 ; 11/27/24

Time: 12-2EST

Costs: $50.00 (2-Hour Consultation)


Intensive 4-hour Consultation:

Dates: 8/13/24 and 10/17/24 

Time: 5-9EST

Costs: $100.00 (4-Hour Consultation)




6-Day Outline

Day 1: ADM and PWH (6/7/24-6/9/24 PWH-1 (Part 1))

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will learn about the historical context of trauma-informed care, psychology, and social justice.

·      Participants will increase their knowledge of the clinical framework and assessment and screening (phase 2) of dissociation and addiction.

·      Participants will explore current trends in trauma-focused care and the AIP Model.

·      Participants will learn ADM, PWH and MASA.

·      Participants will increase their understanding of our dissociation model to help clients coping with dissociation in addiction care.


Day 1: Schedule:

9-10am –  Greetings and ADM/PWH Orientation

10:15-12pm – Dissociation-Informed Care and Addiction-Informed Care

12-1 – Break

1-2pm – ADM

2-3pm – PWH Phase Model (Neurodynamic Neutrality/Therapeutic Dissociation/Dual Attention)

3:15-5pm – PWH Demo/Debriefing


Day 2: Ego State Meeting Area

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will increase their knowledge of dissociative Meeting Area.

·      Participants will observe Ego State Meeting Area with dissociative/addicted population

·      Participants will have increased knowledge on assessing dissociation (Phase 2).

·      Participants will be able to identify 3 ways to build resources relating to attachment and resourcing model.

·      Participants will be educated on the variety of ways attachment dissociation presents in the addicted population.

·      Participants will be educated on the variety of ways dissociation presents in the dissociated/addicted population.

 Day 2: Schedule:

9-10am –  Small Groups Check-ins and Review

10:15-12pm – Ego State Meeting Area setup and Resourcing (Two Container, safe/calm place)

12-1 – Break

1-2pm – Memory Reconsolidation

2-3pm – Altered States of Consciousness

3:15-5pm – PWH Applications and Interventions (Meeting Area Practicum)


Day 3: MASA

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will increase their knowledge of dissociation, shame, and attachment or developmental trauma.

·      Participants will practice creating an ego state meeting area.

·      Participants will learn MASA.

·      Participants will integrate material observed from practicum in their small groups.

·      Participants will have increased knowledge on assessing and screening for dissociation.

·      Participants will be helping clients address attachment wounds with ego state interventions.

Day 3: Schedule:

9-10am –  Small Groups Check-ins and Review

10:15-12pm – MASA Orientation and script

12-1 – Break

1-2pm – MASA

2-3pm – PWH Applications

3:15-5pm PWH Interventions (PTG Practicum)


10/4/24-10/6/24 PWH-2 (Part 2)

Day 4: Bulk Blink

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will increase their knowledge of memory reconsolidation and EMDR Therapy.

·      Participants will learn the skill of Bulk Blink and Photo Album.

·      Participants will integrate material observed from practicum in their small groups.

·      Participants will have increased knowledge of tending to addiction as dissociation.

·      Participants will be educated on the variety of ways that addiction presents in dissociative states.

·      Participants will review knowledge base of memory reconsolidation and ego state intervention.

·      Participants will engage with the ego state meeting area with resetting emotions (Phase 3-5) practicum.


Day 4: Schedule:

9-10am –  Small Groups Check-ins

10:15-12pm – MASA Script Review

12-1 – Break

1-2pm – Bulk Blink/Photo Album

2-3pm – Parts Work Orientation/Resetting Emotions

3:15-5pm – PWH Applications and Interventions (PTG Practicum)


Day 5: Working with Toxic Shame

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will integrate material observed from practicum in their small groups.

·      Participants will be able to build resources against shame.

·      Participants will tend to shame with the addicted and dissociated population.

·      Participants will work with Toxic Shame.

·      Participants will be able to identify 3 ways to build resources against addiction memory.

Day 5: Schedule:

9-10am –  Small Groups Check-ins and Review

10:15-12pm – Imaginal Exposure Interventions and PWH Script/ Developmental/Attachment trauma, normative addiction, universal addictions

12-1 – Break

1-3pm – Working with Toxic Shame (Demo)

3:15-5pm – PWH Applications and Interventions (Toxic Shame Practicum)


Day 6: Recovery and Positive Psychology

Educational Goals:

·      Participants will integrate material observed from practicum in their small groups.

·      Participants will increase their knowledge of memory expansion with positive memory networks and healthy shame.

·      Participants will explore recovery and positive psychology and how to support posttraumatic growth.

Day 6: Schedule:

9-10am –  Small Groups Check-ins

10:15-12pm – Working with Healthy Shame and Memory Resolution

12-1 – Break

1-2pm – Recovery Principles

2-3pm – Recovery-Informed Care and Positive Psychology

3:15-5pm – PWH Applications and Interventions (PTG/Recovery Practicum)


*DISCLAIMER: In this offering, we invite participants to explore their dissociative profiles to better understand dissociation, addiction, and spiritual states of healing. Wounded Healers Institute (WHI) provides state-dependent learning to help providers become knowledgeable in learning from and working with therapeutic dissociation, altered states of consciousness, normative to clinical dissociation, and universal addictions. As we define in our foundational literature (ADM) (O’Brien, 2023), these states of consciousness are readily accessible for clinicians to support and develop their use of therapeutic dissociation. Our research points toward dissociation making us more grounded, inducing endogenous states of healing, and creating a foundational for supporting our ongoing physical and mental health. 

Adam O’Brien, PhD, LMHC, CASAC is a Certified in EMDR and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and is presenting on his research and his research informed model. He is located in Chatham (Albany/Hudson area) where he maintains a private practice and now the Wounded Healers Institute. Adam specializes in addiction (chemical and behavioral), dissociation, complex trauma, preverbal, intergenerational, historical, medical, spiritual and religious abuse, psychedelic integration, and harm reduction. He also has excellent experience with 12-steps, recovery, integrative medicine, loss, and anger. He is well-versed in Ego State Therapy, Psychedelic Care and Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Progressive Counting (PC), Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR), Certified in Brainspotting and Approved Brainspotting Consultant, practices Neurofeedback, and is a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist.