Spiritual Trauma & EMDR Therapy – 7 Steps to Help Clients Heal (Book)

EMDRIA-Approved for 6.0 Distance-Learning Credits (#15014)

by Mark Odland – MA, LMFT, MDIV

This Book version of the popular webinar is now available for all Fully-Trained EMDR therapists, and can be purchased by clicking on the button below.  After purchasing, you can pursue one of two routes:

1) With Credits: As you read the book, you’ll be reminded of how to access resources and purchase the Post Test for 6.0 EMDRIA-Approved CEs.  The Post Test ($147.00) is optional, but is necessary if you want to receive credits (unlike the webinar version of this training, the book is not yet available for additional professional credits through CE-Classes.com)

2) Without Credits: Simply read for your own professional development, with the only cost being that of the book itself.  For course graduates, it also serves as a handy reference for down the road.


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Overwhelming Response to the Training!

In April of 2016, this ground-breaking distance-learning course on EMDR and Spiritual Trauma made its debut, and the response was overwhelming.  EMDR therapists from countries around the world registered for the webinar, and the positive reviews began to pour in.  Now in book form, this unique publication offers EMDR therapists yet another way to receive this sought-after training. Here’s what people are saying about Mark’s teachings on Spiritual Trauma:




This information on spiritual trauma should be required learning for all therapists in their diversity trainings. I love how Mark blended in EMDR Therapy and the AIP Model. It felt very organic. Thank you, Mark.

– Susan Arland, MA, LMHC, EMDRIA, Approved Consultant, Des Moines, Iowa


This training was absolutely exceptional, I really enjoyed it and felt relaxed and present after it ended.

– Miriam Rivas de Madrid, LPCC, LPC-S


I have been hugely blessed by this webinar. I loved the way that Mark presented in such a real and practical manner with examples that really helped bring the concepts home. I definitely have learnt much that I can use in my counseling practice. Thanks again.

– Preethi Jacob, India


The course was was very well done and helpful for increasing my understanding of how to incorporate spirituality in my treatment with clients. I look forward to future presentations by Mark.

– Linda Richnofsky, LMFT, White Bear Lake, MN


Thank you, Mark, for the time and effort you put into developing this training. I have been very aware of how trauma can shake spirituality and relationships to the core. I also know that healing is available and that there is always hope. This training gives words and understanding to the dynamics of spiritual trauma and helps to shed light on the possibility of freedom and overcoming. Your training has been a blessing to me and gives me tools to add to my practice, including assessments and resources as well as things to think about and ways to develop curiosity with clients in their therapy process. I believe this will help to continue to shape our ability to be genuine and compassionate with others both in and out of our offices.

– Shelly Teske-Hulan, Registered Psychologist (Alberta, Canada)


Informative and valuable to anyone interested in dealing with spiritual matters. Mark kept my interest throughout the entire online course. Thank you.

– Andy Cassell, LCSW


I found this course extremely helpful in offering validation to clients struggling with trauma associated with spiritual experiences of shame and unworthiness. It gave me increased confidence to pursue these issues in the future. The tools and strategies were interesting and helpful.

– Linda Newbill, LCSW, PIP


Spiritual Trauma & EMDR Therapy – 7 Steps to Help Clients Heal is very therapeutic for both clients and therapists. This is a great course for self-healing from spiritual trauma.

– Jean Desrosier, MSC; RP; ICCDPD; CCAC (Ontario, CA)


Mark offers deep insight into the effective and ethically grounded exploration of meaningful spiritual concepts and questions with trauma clients. He demonstrates a soft but poignant use of EMDR resources and techniques to strengthen and free up clients who experience blocks while processing spiritual trauma. His systemic approach to healing is both organic and scientifically informed and his course is useful on many levels.

– October 2016 Attendee


Thank you so much for sharing your experience and expertise. Very refreshing webinar! I have some more tools in my toolkit and have learned how to use the ones I already had in new ways.

– Maureen Martens, MA, CPC, ICADC, CSAT


As I registered for this course and saw the course duration was wondering how i would be able to sit through these seven hours of the course. The content has been greatly helpful in not only learning new things to use in my therapy but also helped me rethink about myself. The section on not being able to set boundaries with some people because of the fear of losing relationships sounded so true about myself, the course helped me understand more of this and the need to set boundaries as it is better than the situation that it was during the conflict phase. My setting boundaries had created an unrest as people did not expect me to put my foot down or speak up. Felt guilty at times of doing it, but this course reassured the need for doing it. Thank you so much. The content and method of neutral validation and expressing genuine curiosity was also very beneficial to me. Thanks for the learning

– Elizabeth

Great webinar that incorporates strategies to use with EMDR and working with spiritual trauma. 7 steps will be easy to incorporate into my private practice. Thank you.

– October 2016 Attendee


I was edified both personally and professionally. Excellent presentation dude!

– October 2016 Attendee


This was not only a very innovative type of webinar but also allowed for an in depth learning about trauma, spirituality and EMDR. Mark’s style, knowledge and wisdom made this seminar a “Pearl of EMDR training.” I am looking forward to more of his teachings.

– Elena Coello-Jemmali, Psy.D. (Miami, FL)


I found this seminar to be very helpful. In a time where spirituality is seen as a taboo subject, Mark presented and shared how beneficial and healing ones faith can be.

– Jennifer Knapp, LPCC – Perrysburg, OH


In my own private practice as an EMDR therapist I frequently observe clients struggling with the impact of trauma on their belief system. While some of my clients come to see me because of our common beliefs and values, other clients have been afraid at first to share personal spiritual experiences or beliefs because of fear of being judged as “crazy.” I have tried to work with each of them in exploring and healing their heart wounds. Much to my chagrin, in peer supervision I have been told more than once that “religion is the problem” and encouraged to suggest to my clients that they “let go of their religious traditions.” For me, suggesting that a client relinquish their faith or belief system is a violation of my code of ethics. I find Mark’s course so helpful because it provides a framework and interventions that help a therapist set clear boundaries around their own biases while supporting clients in examining their existential questions. Mark’s training and perspective can help any therapist to examine their own beliefs and honor the beliefs of others. I think any therapist can benefit from this webinar and highly recommend it.

– Terry L. Chapman, MSW, LICSW (Fairmont, WV)


This course provided practical ways to address spiritual trauma, which is often overlooked, in an engaging and meaningful way.

– Deborah Moyer, MA, LMFT (San Diego, CA)


Mark presented this course with a strong knowledge base on both EMDR therapy and spirituality. His examples for Cognitive Interweaves were excellent and very useful. He integrated new concepts with already established beliefs about religion and spirituality that caused you to rethink these concepts. Truly a valuable and enjoyable experience!

– Wanda K. Holloway, PsyD, LPC, LCSW (Springfield, MO)


I particularly appreciated the information about Epistemology. It is a concept that somehow I had forgotten about. I am now using it in EMDR again. Thanks.

– Karen Massey, PhD, Counselling Psychologist, Alberta, Canada


Mr. Odland’s presentation gave testimony to the importance of including the client’s own spiritual background as an important tool in the overall healing process and providing the tools to make such an intervention accessible even for the layperson. I believe this can be a very valuable addition to my therapeutic arsenal.

– Sandra Lowen, PhD, LCSW – (Graham, WA)


This seminar provided me with the knowledge, insight, and tools to effectively incorporate spirituality as a healing modality into EMDR treatment. Thank you!

– Lorena Abarr, LMHC, CADC (Amherst, MA)


An important and well organized introduction to a deep and possibly under assessed area of trauma.

Wendy Krauss MS, LMHC, CAS (Leesburg, FL)


What a fair and sensitive presentation of this important subject!

– Michael Govan, MA LLP, LPC (Troy, MI)


Mark’s presentation answered many questions for me as to how to proceed with my EMDR clients who have suffered through and with spiritual trauma. I feel armed with the expertise he offered and more ready to serve those clients. I really appreciate Mark sharing. I intend to take more of his webinars and fully use his approach in my practice. Thanks again for your service as a minister and as an EMDR therapist. EMDR rocks, it changed my life and I know it will help countless others.

– Jonnie Mae MiddletonLotte, MS., PPS., EMDR., LPC. (Springfield, MO, USA – And a Happy Face!)


Thank you! I definitely feel more comfortable in exploring and addressing my clients’ spiritual trauma. I feel freer to help my clients to work through this area. I think our general training to be neutral actually results in us avoiding this area due to lack of comfort…I love the connection made between EMDR and healing spiritual trauma. I appreciate you investing so much to help so many of us all across the country grow in this needed area and equip ourselves. Our clients will certainly benefit!

– April 2016 attendee


I very much admire Mr. Odland’s comfort with spiritual topics. He has pulled together thoughts about the spiritual in a very unique and useful way.

– April 2016 attendee


This was an informative and thoughtful webinar that addresses spirituality and its role in EMDR processing and in the therapeutic relationship. Mark is an engaging presenter who is highly qualified in this topic area.

April 2016 attendee


About Book


Spiritual Trauma & EMDR Therapy – 7 Steps to Help Clients Heal, is the long-awaited book version of the popular 1-day distance-learning webinar by the same name, and is approved for 6 CEs through EMDRIA. In this advanced EMDR training, Mark Odland – MA, LMFT, MDIV, will teach you 7 steps, or principles, to help your clients heal from spiritual trauma.  In its broadest sense, all trauma might be considered spiritual, because it forces us to confront those deeper questions of meaning and purpose in our lives. However, due to the constraints of time, this course will provide a particular focus on working with those who have experienced trauma within organized religion.  Often, Mark’s clients come to him full of shame, longing to heal, and hoping to reclaim the best parts of their spirituality in a way that makes sense for them.

The content of this training took years to develop, and reflects the sum-total of Mark’s education and experience as a college religion major, 4-year seminary graduate, ordained pastor, LMFT, EMDRIA-Certified therapist, and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant.  Because of Mark’s background as a pastor, many of his clients seek him out in order to explore their Christian faith as part of therapy.  As a result, the majority of Mark’s stories, metaphors, and case examples will draw largely from his experiences working primarily with Christian clients.  While this focus might may not be broad enough for some therapists, Mark believes that his concepts could be applied to clients from a variety of backgrounds.


After Reading


After Purchasing the Book, you’ll be provided with a link back to our website so you can can access the following…

Post Test for CEUs (1)Credits – After reading the book, you can obtain your 6.0 EMDRIA CE credits by purchasing and passing the Post Test.  The book will provide you with a unique link to gain access to the Post Test and Certificate of Completion.

Future Courses IconFuture CoursesA discount for 15% off 1 Future Course offered by Bilateral Innovations! You’ll be able to download a Discount Certificate and save it for when a new course is released.

Course MaterialsCourse Roadmap – Your Roadmap includes a course outline, key concepts, a study guide, course references, an intervention checklist, copies of the Assessments and Resources mentioned in the training.

ConsultationConsultation Opportunities – as a course graduate, you’ll have a 10% Discount on any Consultation Package… an opportunity to keep the conversation going around spirituality and EMDR, and even get the hours you need for EMDRIA Certification!


In the months to follow, e-mail list subscribers will receive the following…

  • Occasional emails to notify you of Free Bonus Resources and New Course Offerings from Bilateral Innovations.


The Need


  • There is a Huge Need!  Gallup polls confirm that that despite our technological advances, the world remains a very religious place.  Trauma, whether experienced in or outside organized religion, often creates a crisis of purpose and meaning, and as EMDR therapists we have the great privilege and responsibility of helping them to heal.  Because the instructor is an ordained minister and provides EMDR therapy primarily to clients from a Christian background, this workshop naturally has a particular Christian focus.  However, its content has broad-reaching implications for the spectrum of spiritual trauma.
  • The Book will be Engaging! Bilateral Innovations has worked very hard to produce a book that is practical, helpful, and entertaining!  During the book be ready for stories, humor, and time for self-reflection.




Odland, Mark - Photo from Website
Mark Odland – MA, LMFT, MDIV

Mark Odland is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice near Minneapolis, MN. As an Approved Supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, he leads a team of therapists whose mission is to provide quality mental health care to the the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As an LMFT, Mark is qualified to treat a wide range of issues. However, he specializes in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marriage therapy, family therapy, depression, anxiety, spiritual issues, and addiction. Mark is a Certified Therapist with the EMDR International Association, and founder of the EMDRIA group “EMDR Therapy and Spirituality.” He is also an Approved Consultant with both EMDRIA and EMDR HAP (Trauma Recovery), and a HAP Facilitator in Training.

Before earning his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and becoming a licensed therapist, Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Religion, and went on to earn a 4-year Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He served as an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) before moving into counseling full-time. As an EMDR therapist he strives to help each and every one of his clients to feel that they are truly heard, cared for, valued, and respected. He wants them to know that they are not alone, and that healing and hope are possible. As an artist and musician, when appropriate Mark utilizes creativity in both therapy and EMDR consultation. He recently formed “Bilateral Innovations” in hopes of using this creativity to design high-quality continuing education for other EMDR therapists.




After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

      • Identify at least one reason why being “present” is helpful for treating spiritual trauma.
      • Define at least one common experience of spiritual trauma.
      • Identify how each of the “7 Steps” plays a role in treating spiritual trauma.
      • Define at least one intervention for helping clients to heal from spiritual trauma.


*The course has also been approved by EMDRIA for CEs as a Webinar, Book, E-Book.

*Bilateral Innovations maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with the standards of EMDRIA, and all applicable licensing bodies.

*The program is ADA compliant. Please contact Bilateral Innovations if special accommodations are required. Support can be reached by calling (844) 872-8625 or emailing at support@bilateralinnovations.com

If you have any other questions for the presenter of the course, Mark Odland, you can reach him at Bilateral Innovations by calling (844) 872-8625 or by filling out the form below:


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