The DeTUR Protocol

EMDR with Addictions
Saturday, September 24, 2022

Stephen Ammann LCSW, CSAT

Stephen is a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. He is the founder and clinical director at Northwest Wellness Center where they take an integrated holistic approach to emotional, physical and spiritual health. Stephen provides individual, couple, and group counseling using a unique approach. First and foremost, he is a trauma therapist that specializes in pornography and sexual addiction. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). He had the distinct honor to be mentored by the master, AJ, as they co-presented the DeTUR trainings throughout the United States and Canada for 4 years. 

Developed by
Dr. AJ Popky

Arnold (AJ) Popky was instrumental in the founding of the EMDR Institute, was certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis and was a Master Practitioner of NLP.  Dr. Popky specialized in PTSD and addiction. He developed the DeTUR Protocol, which he presented in workshops internationally.  His work can be found in “EMDR Solutions” by Robin Shapiro, PhD and in “Scripted Protocols” by Marilyn Luber, PhD.  He also worked at camps with our wounded warriors.  He had a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA and trained and consulted to DOD therapists at Military Bases around the globe along with several drug rehabilitation centers.  

The DeTUR Model


Desensitizing Triggers and Urge Reprocessing (DeTUR) is an accelerated approach, based on the adaptive information processing model of EMDR and is used with EMDR as an integral part of a comprehensive plan for the treatment of addictions and dysfunctional behaviors. By targeting the triggers that bring out the urge to use and then desensitizing these urges, the individual gains ego strength and learns to replace the dysfunctional behavior with a more positive and functional lifestyle.

Underlying Core Trauma & Relapse Prevention

Once the core traumatic issues have been reprocessed and dealt with, the triggers are no longer able to generate the anxiety that is attached to the urge-to-use and relapse becomes less likely.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and demonstrate each step of the DeTUR protocol.
  • Show how the DeTUR protocol interfaces with EMDR AIP model.
  • Define where to begin treatment with either DeTUR or EMDR.
  • Demonstrate how the DeTUR protocol interfaces with EMDR AIP model.
  • Show how “Resource Accessing” empowers clients.
  • Practice “Resource Accessing” during practicum.
  • Learn how to help client identify triggers and urges.
  • Learn to develop cognitive interweaves from information in the preparation phase.
  • Demonstrate the use of Interweaves to speed the healing process.

Issues Treated

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Legal Drugs
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gambling
  • Shoplifting
  • Sex
  • Domestic Violence
  • Picking
  • Cutting

Other Important Information

     Crossroads Community Church
     Venue Building
     4286 E Amity Rd
     Nampa, Idaho 83687
     Saturday, September 24, 2022 (9AM – 5PM)

Get in Touch

Northwest Wellness Center Inc.
158 McClure Ave.
Nampa, ID 83651
(833) 692-3637

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