EMDR Basic Training


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is an empirically validated treatment approach with a range of client issues (particularly trauma related). It incorporates somatic, emotional, cognitive and narrative elements, and facilitates accelerated change of client dysfunctional patterns. See What is EMDR Video for more information about EMDR psychotherapy.

EMDR Basic Training includes Level I and II three day training sessions, 10 hours of consultation on EMDR Therapy with an EMDRIA approved consultant, and reading an EMDR reference book by Francine Shapiro (see FAQ). This training is EMDRIA approved (see FAQ).

Level I Training covers the development of EMDR Therapy, the Adaptive Information Processing Model, the 8 Phase EMDR treatment approach, and Resource Development and Installation (RDI). Specific learning objectives are:
1. Describe the eight phases of EMDR treatment.
2. Identify 3 elements of the Adaptive Information Processing Model.
3. Utilize the criteria for client screening for EMDR treatment.
4. Develop a treatment plan to prioritize targets for EMDR processing.
5. Describe the protocol for closing down incomplete sessions.

After Level I, clincians begin using EMDR therapy with clients, and start consultation with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. Participants are responsible for arranging and scheduling consultation. Group consultation options with affiliated consultants will be provided following the Level I session. Four hours (of the total 10 hours required) must be completed between Level I & II.

Level II Training follows about 4-6 months later, and addresses EMDR Therapy with Complex PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, Chronic Pain/Illness, and Children & Adolescents. Specific learning objectives are:
1. Clarify my use of the 8 phase EMDR therapy approach.
2. Implement 3 strategies to assist with blocked processing.
3. Describe 2 strategies to use with complex PTSD clients.
4. Describe 2 strategies to use with dissociative clients.
5. Apply EMDR with client present day symptoms.

After Level II Training clincians finish the 10 hours of consultation with an EMDRIA approved consultant. The entire process of training from beginning Level I to finishing the 10 hours of consultation must be completed within a 2 year period to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.

The trainings include lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, live demonstrations, and small group practice (as therapist and client). The training has a maximum of 20 participants. Each triad/dyad has a private office space for practicing the trauma protocol, rather than being all in a large conference room. A printed manual is provided at each session.

The entire Basic Training includes 20 hours of instruction, 20 hours of practicum, and 10 hours of consultation, at which point a certificate of completion (40 continuing education contact hours) is given to participants. EMDR Basic Training prepares clinicians to use EMDR Therapy with clients, however it is not EMDR Certification (see FAQ).

Quotes From Participants

“The training was fabulous and helped me develop valuable skills that I will definitely be able to use.”

“Julie is an amazing teacher – so focused, peaceful, and able to keep class connected to resources.”

“Training was well paced and comprehensive. Feel very prepared.”

“Julie is an exceptional teacher. I love her warm style, intellect, expertise and humor.”

“Great training. I feel amazed how powerful this training was.”