48. EMDRIA's Innovation Journey

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Whether we like it or not, the past two years have challenged us to design more innovative ways to run our practices and deliver mental health services. Perhaps you've been curious how EMDRIA has had to roll with the punches, too.

I got to sit down with former EMDRIA President, current EMDRIA Board Member, and EMDR Trainer, Carol Miles, to get the inside scoop. 

Listen as Carol shares insight about EMDRIA's standardization process for virtual trainings since the start of the pandemic, details about how The Council of Scholars impacts the curriculum used for EMDRIA basic trainings, and EMDRIA's articulation of community values in response to cultural and social climates. 

Following in the likeness of Francine Shapiro, EMDRIA strives to be a place where innovation is welcomed, not only in the name of research, but also in the name of serving the populations that need psychotherapy the most. 

If we want to keep serving our clients, our community, and ourselves, we need to be building practices that function based on what's happening now, not what was happening then. 

You won't want to miss our latest podcast episode to get the inside scoop on EMDRIA's journey with innovation.


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Learn more about today’s spotlight guest: 

Carol Miles MSW, LCSW, a clinical social worker specializing in individual psychotherapy, maintains a private practice with adolescent and adult clients. She also provides EMDR training and consultation under her Three Rivers Training Center. She currently specializes in offering intensive EMDR therapy to address trauma and healing.

A graduate of LSU School of Social Work, Carol specializes in Clinical Social Work, with over 30 years of experience as a social worker in clinical, administration, and marketing with the public and private sectors. Among her areas of expertise are working with clients who have eating disorders and trauma. Carol has often presented at statewide conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from Eating Disorders, Assertiveness, EMDR Therapy, DBT, and developing a private practice. She taught as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Social Work from 1998-2018.

Carol is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist, and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer. She's been a member of EMDRIA since 2008, shortly after being trained in EMDR Therapy in New Orleans. As a volunteer for EMDRIA, she served as a member and co-chair of the Conference Committee and chair of the University Special Interest Group. She founded and is the Regional Co-Coordinator of the South Louisiana EMDR Network, stepping down in 2022. In 2017, she was elected to serve on the EMDRIA Board of Directors, 2017-2021. She served a 2-year term as the President of EMDRIA, 2019-2020. She currently serves as the Past-President of EMDRIA, 2021. She was appointed to fulfill a one-year term 2022.

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