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EMDR Basic Training

This training is approved by EMDRIA for live and virtual sessions., however only virtual sessions are available at this time. Attending this training will prepare clinicians to practice with clients after the first intensive session.
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.
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. To acheive this, we use a mixture of authenticity, transparency, humor, and magic.

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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.


Training Content

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 Weekends

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


To review pricing and registration info for basic training, click HERE
Registration closes 24 hours prior to Training

Virtual Training

EMDR remote training is effective, and so is EMDR over tele-health! 

Rebecca Kase & CO is proud to offer EMDR Basic Training over a virtual format.  We are an approved EMDRIA Virtual Training Provider.  This training will prepare you to practice in person or virtually. In addition, it allows the clinician to begin using skills after the first intensive session.

Remember, although virtual, this is still a training environment. Please plan to be as present as you would be for a live in-person training. Our afternoon practicum is designed to be a practice therapy space. For this reason, make sure all distractions are kept to a minimum as they would be in a regular therapy 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:

- List the eight phases of EMDR therapy.
- Identify at least 3 techniques to prepare and resource clients for EMDR therapy.
- List at least 3 principles of the AIP Model.
- Describe at least 2 indicators of client readiness for reprocessing.
- Explain the steps for creating an EMDR treatment plan.
- List at least 3 steps for closing incomplete sessions.

Part 2 Learning Objectives:

- Explain what interweaves are and when they may be implemented in EMDR therapy.
- List at least 3 potential interweaves to assist with blocked processing.
- Describe at least 2 strategies to use with complex PTSD.
- Explain at least 2 strategies to apply with dissociative clients.
- Identify at least 2 factors that would indicate use of constricted processing techniques.
- Name at least 3 signs of complex dissociation.

Specialty Populations Reviewed in Basic Training:

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

Continuing Education

NBCC Credits are available to professional counselors. 

Rebecca Kase & CO has been approved by NBCC as an approved continuing education provider. ACEP No. 7033. Programs which do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Rebecca Kae & CO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program qualifies for 40 credit hours.

APA CEs to psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Check with your state board to inquire if they accept APA credits for your specific licensure (most states and boards do). 

Rebecca Kase & CO is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rebecca Kase & CO maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Completion of Basic Training is eligible for 40 CEs total.

You will receive a completion certificate once all portions of training are completed. If you require APA or NBCC CEs, 20 CE’s are available following Part 1, and 20 CEs are available following Part 2. The cost for each CE certificate is $20. 

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. Due to this, it can also be  very 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. This is a required portion of training.  As a client, it is expected that you use a real and slightly disturbing experience to work from.  This is vital in order for all to have an authentic, rich, and genuine learning experience.  You will be deeply supported and always empowered to make choices for yourself. However, do know that these are required components of your training.

Due to the nature of training, it is vital that participants have skills to self soothe, regulate, and contain distress.  It 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.
  • Be present and minimize distractions.
  • Try to 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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