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Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course

One of the questions that often comes up in EMDR consultation is how to work with grief. Some EMDR therapists avoid working with grief because they fear it might interrupt the natural grieving process, some therapists do not recognize how trauma is related to the grief, and some therapists are missing the intersectional context that keeps clients stuck in pain over generations.

As EMDR therapists learn how to approach grief from a trauma-informed, evidenced-based, somatic approach, they can begin to let go of this fear and embrace helping their clients move “with” and “through” their stuck pain.

In this two-day course, EMDR therapists will learn how to honor grief and loss through a client-centered and intersectional approach. Therapists will gain skills in recognizing and working with stuck grief, how to resource clients in building resiliency, develop effective treatment plans, and learn effective interweaves for stuck processing. Therapists will also explore their own experiences with grief and how to take care of themselves before, during, and after EMDR sessions.

This workshop is taught didactically and experientially so that therapists learn through the embodiment of the skills they will be practicing with their clients. This somatic approach will allow therapists to build their confidence in real-time to enhance their skills immediately.


Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course Learning Objectives


This Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course will help you…

  • Bring more clarity to successfully implementing EMDR therapy protocols to the complexity of working with grief and loss somatically.
  • Allow you to feel more confident in your skills to eliminate self-doubt .
  • Make space for connection and support with your peers to help you gain confidence.
  • Help you keep the fidelity of EMDR therapy while remaining human and creative in its implementation.


Foundational Topics Covered:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of normal grief and loss emotionally, mentally, somatically, psychologically and spiritually.
  • Discover complications that occur in the process of grieving.
  • Gather loss history through an intersectional lens.
  • Develop treatment plans and identify potential targets to reprocess in EMDR therapy.
  • Apply different EMDR therapy protocols to help clients reprocess single losses, recent losses, and complex losses.
  • Discover how attachment wounding can impact a client’s grief response.
  • Practice somatic resourcing that helps clients tap into their innate resiliency as they navigate the complexities of their losses.
  • Learn effective interweaves that are specific to grief and loss for stuck processing during phase 4 (Desensitization).
  • EMDR therapists learning how to take care of themselves before, during, and after sessions when they have matching grief with their clients.


In this live two-day remote course, you will experience:

  • Live didactic lectures that include examples of the instructor’s personal experiences and working with clients to make the material approachable, relatable, and easy to understand.
  • Live demonstrations to exhibit the procedural steps in real-time, bringing the material from theory into reality. Time for processing afterward allows for more specific questions and answers.
  • A detailed manual with scripted protocols to support your learning.
  • Small break-out groups to practice resourcing to bring embodiment to your sessions. Through these small break-out groups, you will have time for personal engagement, discussion, and self-reflection and receive personalized guidance from the instructor.

Eligibility Requirements for Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course

  • You must have completed a standard 50-hour “EMDR therapy basic training” course (aka Remote EMDR Training, EMDR Basic Training, Virtual EMDR Basic Training) to be eligible for this course.
  • You must confirm your eligibility prior to enrollment by submitting a scanned copy/photo of your “Certificate of Completion” from a Maiberger Institute Remote EMDR Training course (or equivalent “EMDR basic training” course) to [email protected]. If you completed a Remote EMDR Training course through the Maiberger Institute, you must contact us using the original email account we have on file when you originally took the training.
  • First name and last name on your “Certificate of Completion” must match the first name and last name on your state mental health license.
  • Please send a scanned copy/photo of Your “Certificate of Completion” to [email protected] prior to enrollment with the Subject Heading: “Eligibility Requirement for Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course – [insert dates of Course]”

Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course Trainers

The Maiberger Institute Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course is a live 12-hour comprehensive two-day program conducted remotely. Course size is limited to 24 participants to ensure that each participant is given opportunity to practice their skills.


This Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course was personally created by Barb Maiberger, the founder and CE Program Administrator for the Maiberger Institute. Barb’s proprietary approach has pioneered the further integration of somatic interventions into EMDR therapy. She is the author of “Remote Together: A Therapist’s Guide to Cultivating a Sustainable Practice,” “EMDR Essentials: A Guide for Clients and Therapists“, and co-author of “EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment.

The Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course is either taught by Barb Maiberger, or by a Maiberger Institute Certified EMDR Trainer/Instructor-in-Training personally trained by Barb Maiberger, all of whom have worked with the Maiberger Institute for years, and have years of experience in EMDR therapy and helping participants integrate this psychotherapeutic modality into their practices. The trainers give individual attention to each participant so that the skills needed to successfully use EMDR therapy can be integrated on an individual basis building on the strengths of each participant. This provides participants with a solid foundation of knowledge in which to grow their skills in EMDR Therapy.

Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC - Maiberger Institute

Barb Maiberger

Susan Dutcher

Susan Dutcher

Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course Materials

  • Participants will be provided with an online copy of the Maiberger Institute’s Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course Packet.
  • Instructions on how to download the Packet are provided shortly before the course start date, and available only for the duration of the course.
  • Participants are required to bring their own Packet to the course.
  • Participants may either bring the Packet .pdf form to view on a laptop or tablet or choose to print the Packet themselves. It is recommended to bring a notebook to write on if using a laptop or tablet.
  • Copies will not be available at the training.
  • Online materials are copyright protected and will only be available for the duration of the training.


Technical Requirements for Participating in Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course

All Participants must have access to a computer, broadband Internet connection, access to email, and meet all of the following technical requirements in order to participate in this Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course.


  • Desktop or mobile computer (tablets and smartphones not recommended)
  • 2GB or more of RAM (4GB dual bank RAM recommended for better performance)
  • 2.5 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5 and higher
  • Microphone and speakers (built-in or USB plug-in, headphones also recommended)
  • Webcam (built-in or USB plug-in)
  • Ethernet cable (direct connection to router/modem recommended)
  • WiFi/Bluetooth not recommended
  • Access to email account (must be same one used for enrollment and eligibility confirmation)

Operating System

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or higher

Broadband Internet Connection

  • 1 Mbps or better (3 Mbps broadband recommended)

Web Browser

  • Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)(recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox (most recent 2 versions)
  • Internet Explorer (most recent 2 versions)
  • Microsoft Edge (most recent 2 versions)
  • Apple Safari (most recent 2 versions)



Instructions on how to access the live Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course are provided shortly before the course start date.

Visit Zoom’s website for more systems requirements, or contact [email protected] for additional questions regarding the technical requirements for the Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course.


Certificate of Completion

Upon completion of all Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course requirements, participants will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from the Maiberger Institute, along with CE Credit Hours. In order to receive a “Certificate of Completion” the participant must attend the entirety of the training (12 hours, two-days). No certificate will be awarded for partial attendance/no-shows.

A Remote EMDR Grief Protocol course “Certificate of Completion” is not the same as a Remote EMDR Training “Certificate of Completion” nor is it the same as being a “Certified EMDR Therapist.” 


Credit Hours for Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course

The Maiberger Institute Remote Grief Protocol Course consists of two consecutive days of live training sessions conducted remotely. 12 CE Credit Hours Total

American Psychological Association - APA Approved Sponsor

The Maiberger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Maiberger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


The Maiberger Institute has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP – Provider #6436. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC CE Hours are clearly identified. Maiberger Institute is solely responsible for all aspect of the programs.

Americans with Disabilities Act

This program is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our policy is to provide equal opportunity for all participants, including those with disabilities. The Maiberger Institute does not discriminate against a qualified participant with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the Training with or without an accommodation.

If, because of a physical or mental disability, you need an accommodation to enable you to participate in the training, please notify contact us prior to registration so that together we can discuss your situation and how we might be able to help. Unless you notify us, we might not know you need an accommodation, so please tell us. The Maiberger is willing to make an accommodation that is reasonable, so long as it does not result in undue hardship to the business.

Participant Agreement for Remote EMDR Grief Protocol Course

All applicants must (i) confirm eligibility requirements as detailed in the Participant Agreement (including state licensing and graduate degree prerequisites), or receive written confirmation of eligibility from the Maiberger Institute, AND (ii) agree to the terms and conditions in the Participant Agreement, prior to registration and providing payment pursuant to the Participant Agreement.


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