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 incorporate education on Polyvagal Theory and pay close attention to diversity and multicultural considerations as applicable to the clinical work. 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.
What you will learn during your Part 1 training
Participants will learn the history, theoretical model, and 8 phases of EMDR Therapy in Part 1. First, you will learn the adaptive information processing model, which is the cornerstone for case conceptualization, along with core principles of Polyvagal Theory as they apply to EMDR therapy. Next, clinicians will learn tools to prepare clients for EMDR reprocessing and how to assess client readiness for target desensitization. Then you will learn how to develop an EMDR treatment plan, how to successfully reprocess an EMDR target, and how to re-evaluate client EMDR goals. Lastly, we will also review modifications to apply the EMDR protocol with children. In addition, participants will be able to begin practicing, virtually or in person, with clients after part 1.
What you will learn during Part 2 Training
For Part 2, we will spend a half-day refreshing your knowledge of the 8 phases of EMDR. First, participants will learn how to assess for blocked processing and advanced techniques for working with stuck points in reprocessing phases. After that, you will learn how to assess a client’s attachment history and how to assess for dissociation. Clinicians will learn how to develop treatment plans with complex trauma presentations, and how to target preverbal memories. In addition, we will review methods for working with presenting symptoms to promote client stabilization. Finally, advanced clinical approaches for working with addictions, veterans, and chronic pain will be reviewed.
What to expect in Consultation
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. EMDRIA has certain requirements to meet this criteria, view them here.
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Registration closes 24 hours prior to Training