EMDR Basic Training

EMDR is a powerful treatment, clinically demonstrated to be effective with several presenting issues. It is an evidence based practice for the treatment of PTSD, though shown to be effective with other common presentations including anxiety, depression, addictions, panic, grief and more. EMDR includes components of cognitive, emotional, somatic and narrative modalities and facilitates adaptive resolution of symptoms.

We strive to create an engaging, inspiring, fun and dynamic training experience. Our team teaches in a trauma informed manner, and focuses heavily on your felt experience through the learning process. We believe in not only teaching you outstanding EMDR, but also in giving you a powerful and inspiring learning experience. We achieve this through a mixture of authenticity, transparency, yoga, humor and magic.

This training is approved by EMDRIA for live and virtual sessions. Attending either training format will prepare clinicians to practice with clients after the first intensive session, will teach clinicians how to faciliate EMDR in person or over tele-health, and meets all requirements for completing EMDR Basic Training.

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About The Training

EMDR Basic Training consists of 50 hours of training.  This includes 20 hours of lecture, 20 hours of practicum and 10 hours of group consultation.  In addition, trainees will have access to an online learning platform to support their learning process.  The online learning platform includes additional resources, a discussion page, videos, and links to learning material.

Our training content covers all required components of EMDR Basic Training. We additionally include education on the Polyvagal Theory, attention to diversity and multicultural considerations as applicable to the clinical work, specialty attention to dissociation, and demonstration videos. Our demonstration videos include in person and virtual sessions, with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Training is organized into 2 sections, Part 1 & Part 2 as well as group consultation.  These sections include lecture style learning in the morning, followed by afternoon practicum.  During practicum, trainees practice skills in small groups as client and therapist.  Practice as client and therapist is important, as it provides rich learning opportunities and vital experiences for integrating the material.  More information about topics and populations covered in Part 1 and 2 can be found below.

In addition to Part 1 and 2 intensives, trainees are required to complete 10 hours of consultation. Consultation is provided in an online group format, and groups are organized at your first training intensive.  Group consultation offers a dynamic and engaging opportunity to staff questions with your consultant and colleagues about clients, treatment planning, techniques, specialty populations, and more.

Upon completion of all training and consultation, participants will receive a certificate of completion. At that time you may pursue Certification in EMDR, if you choose to.  Certification is an advanced level of training beyond the requirements of Basic Training.

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Virtual Training

We are living through a multitude of shared traumatic experiences. Though our personal lived experience in these times will vary based on our identities, our resources, and the personal ramifications we and our loved ones experience, these are trying times for all. As mental health professionals we are called upon to respond to the needs of our clients and communities, and quickly change the way we practice, whether that is to virtual therapy or socially distanced therapy. 

Though this is a steep learning curve, healing is still possible and therapy in a different way is still effective. We also know we need to support one another on this journey. It’s a strange time to be a human, and a very strange time to be a therapist. EMDR training will support you feel up to the challenge through knowledge of theory, skills, and compassionate support. Our training will also offer some answers and solutions to this complicated world of counseling we find ourselves in. 

We are proud to offer EMDR Basic Training over a virtual format.  We are an approved EMDRIA Virtual Training Provider.  Virtual EMDR training will prepare you to practice in person or virtually and allows the clinician to being using skills after the first intensive session. 


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Who is eligible for Training?

Only mental health professionals who are licensed or licensed eligible may register for Basic Training. To learn more about eligibility requirements click on the link above.

Interns and graduate students are eligible to register, however must be in their internship/practicum stage of their program. First year graduate students are not eligible.

If you are not currently licensed. a letter from your licensed supervisor is required for registration. This letter should include approval for your participation in training, acknowledgement and verification of clinical supervision, and recommendation for your participation.

EMDR Basic Training Learning Objectives

Part 1 Learning Objectives:

- Describe the eight phases of EMDR therapy.
- Discuss elements of the AIP Model.
- Utilize criteria for client screening for EMDR therapy.
- Develop an EMDR treatment plan .
- Describe the protocol for closing incomplete sessions.

Part 2 Learning Objectives:

- Assess my use of the 8 phases of EMDR therapy.
- Identify at least 3 strategies to assist with blocked processing.
- Describe at least 2 strategies to use with complex PTSD.
- Describe at least 2 strategies to use with dissociative clients.
- Apply EMDR with present day symptoms.

Specialty Populations Reviewed in Basic Training:

- Children
- Veterans
- Addictions
- Dissociation
- Chronic Pain
- Anxiety Disorders


Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars. 20 CEs are earned for Part 1, and 20 CEs are earned for Part 2. For a list of all states covered by Commonwealth CE Management, click on the Continuing Education header link above.

NBCC credits are not provided for EMDR Basic Trainings, as Basic Training Continuing Education hours are provided by Commonwealth Educational Management Seminars. Commonwealth Educational Seminars covers Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists in most states. If your state is not covered by Commonwealth Educational Seminars, we are happy to provide you with any documentation you may need to individually apply to your state board for CE approval.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Preparing for Training:

Required Text
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy; 3rd Edition. (2018) by Francine Shapiro.


Participants are asked to begin reading the Shapiro text prior to Part 1 and complete the text as they progress through training.


The Importance of Self Care During Training:

The EMDR training experience can be inspiring, invigorating, and fulfilling. It can also be tiring, intense, and triggering.  Therefore, it is important to be fully aware of the process and understand the importance of self care and self efficacy in attending training.
EMDR training consists of three days of trauma training.  Trauma training alone has the potential to be triggering.  In addition, participants spend a considerable amount of time practicing EMDR as therapist and client, which is a required portion of training.  As client, it is expected that you use a real and slightly disturbing experience to work with.  This is vital in order for all to have an authentic, rich, and genuine learning experience.  While you will be deeply supported and always empowered to make choices for yourself, know that these are components of your training.
Due to the nature of training, it is therefore vital that participants have skills to self soothe, regulate, and contain distress.  This is necessary for everyone to have a safe and supportive learning environment.
EMDR training is not recommended if you are currently struggling with acute symptoms or uncontrollable dissociation.  Please take time to care for you before taking EMDR training.
Self care during and after training is strongly encouraged.

Here are some self care tips while completing Basic Training:

  • Eat and stay hydrated. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Avoid stimulating activities after training.  Even a trip to the grocery store can be a bit much.
  • Avoid substances after training.  Your brain will be exhausted and needs time to rest and heal.
  • Plan to get plenty of sleep after training days.
  • It is strongly encouraged, if possible, to take a day or two for self care after training to rest and restore.
  • Plan something soothing and calming to the nervous system after training like a massage, yoga, a bath, a walk, etc.
  • Be gentle with yourself.  Have compassion for your process, AND the process of your colleagues.
  • Seek out your healers if you need additional support.  EMDR training can bring things up, so have their numbers ready.

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