EMDR Phase One Now On Demand

Case Conceptualization Using EMDR

EMDR Webinar Phase One Now On Demand

Case Conceptualization Using EMDR

Phase One: How to Complete an Effective Assessment for The Purpose of Developing Target Sequence Plans, Including Symptom Informed Plans to Treat PTSD For First Responders and Military.

For the purpose of case conceptualization using EMDR, phase one is an important phase of EMDR. Without a thorough and complete assessment, target sequence planning can be confusing and even overwhelming. This presentation will explore how an assessment can be used to organize targets using the three prongs of past, present, and future while paying special attention to the client’s goals. In this presentation both chronological and symptom informed target sequence plans will be explored. This will include how symptom informed target sequence plans can be used to effectively eliminate PTSD symptoms for first responders and the military.

EMDRIA Credits 2.0

Goals and Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to complete a thorough assessment for the purpose of case conceptualization using EMDR.
  • Participants will learn about the Adverse Childhood Events Study and how this can inform treatment planning
  • Participants will learn how to organize a target sequence plan using chronological or symptom informed target sequence plans
  • Participants will learn how to organize a symptom informed target sequence plan for Military and First Responders.


Crystal graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master’s degree in social work specializing in trauma. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and a registered clinical counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Crystal is a certified EMDR therapist and an Approved EMDR consultant.

She has over twenty-five years of experience working with youth, families, and adults within the private and the mental health continuum for public health care. She has a strong background in addiction treatment, prevention, and has worked as a clinician, team leader, and educator for mental health. Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD using EMDR.

She has worked on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, and has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit. She has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psycho-educational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The group’s success led to over 100 graduates in three years.

Crystal is also an educator and has facilitated workshops about Trauma-Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. She was a guest speaker at St Paul’s Psychiatric Rounds Department, UBC School of Social Work, as well as primary care clinics in Vancouver Coastal Health.

She recently spoke at the EMDR Canada Conference using intensive EMDR for First Responders ( RCMP and Military).

She worked as an EMDR therapist at the BCOSI clinic treating PTSI for military and Emergency Responders as well as working with families and couples within the Veteran and police population. Here she used an intensive EMDR template (Four days of three-hour sessions) for successfully treating the post-traumatic injury with First Responders and Military.

She currently provides EMDR consulting for EMDR therapists as well as facilitates EMDR practicum for students of EMDR therapy through the BC school of psychology.