EMDR Therapy Basic Training

Since 1995 I have gratefully served as a Facilitator and Logician for the EMDR Institute, which gave me the opportunity to be involved in training mental health professionals locally and around the world. It has been a wonderful learning experience helping hone my own EMDR therapy knowledge and skills.  In 2017, I achieved one of my own professional goals and became a Regional Trainer for the EMDR Institute.  To further my professional goals,  I became an EMDR Institute Senior Trainer in 2018. It has been an extremely satisfying experience to train professionals in this powerful and effective treatment approach and shepherd them as they hone and perfect their own EMDR therapy skills.  

EMDR Institute Regional Training

Weekend 1: January 28 – 30, 2022
Weekend 2: March 25 – 27, 2022

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My Regional EMDR therapy Basic Training is designed for those interested in learning how to conduct EMDR therapy  and successfully use it in their clinical practice.  It offers a safe, comfortable and personalized training environment consisting of lecture and videotaped demonstrations, case studies, supervised practice and ongoing case consultation. 

This Two-Part EMDR Institute Basic Training curriculum is inspired and approved by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., the originator of EMDR therapy.  Unlike other EMDR therapy training opportunities available, the Institute’s training curriculum is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ that has been time-tested for years and provides the most updated information about EMDR therapy.  This two-part, experiential training is approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  EMDRIA sets the standards for EMDR training, workshops and professional credentialing levels.

Part 1 Objectives:

  • Describe the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model for effective history taking, case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Describe the client selection and readiness criteria for safe and effective use of EMDR therapy.
  • Learn to implement the 8 phases and 3-pronged approach of EMDR therapy for full comprehensive treatment with clients.
  • List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy

Part 2 Objectives

  • Describe 3 resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
  • Learn to implement cognitive interweaves as strategies to identify and effectively resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  • Describe the EMD protocol and identify the clinical presentations when it is an appropriate intervention
  • Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
  • Identify when you would target an adult-onset trauma versus applying the standard protocol
  • Learn how to identify and manage dissociative symptoms during EMDR therapy treatment
  • Describe strategies for dealing with anxiety, phobias, grief, somatic disorders, and military personnel, first responders and frontline workers. 

Course Outline

The full course consists of 20 hours of didactic, 20 hours of small group practice and 10 hours of consultation.  Each part of the experiential training weekend will consist of 10 hours of didactic (lecture and videotaped demonstrations) and 10 hours of supervised small group practice.  Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their cases throughout the course and evaluate how EMDR therapy can be applied.

Small Group Practice:

Participants will also practice EMDR therapy in small groups with direct observation and constructive feedback from the trainer.  During the experiential group practice participants will be practicing EMDR therapy with each other in order to gain familiarity with how clients experience EMDR therapy.  The experience of being both clinician and client is a required part of the training.

Case Consultation:

Ten hours of case consultation are required.  These sessions will provide participants an opportunity for continued learning about EMDR therapy and a deeper understanding of how to apply EMDR therapy and integrate it into one’s practice.  These sessions will allow participants to discuss their clinical cases in a safe and professional environment.

  1. Individualized instruction and constructive feedback regarding the participant’s real active cases will be given. Topics include, but not limited to:
  • Application of the EMDR therapy procedural steps,
  • Case conceptualization and formulation,
  • Develop a structured treatment plan including target selection
  • Assessing client readiness,
  • Address any difficulties that naturally arise as one begins to use a new therapy,
  • Integration of EMDR therapy in an overall treatment plan and one’s clinical practice
  • Celebrate successes
  1. The group sessions are conveniently offered via videoconferencing, with minimal office time lost.
  2. The expectations and objectives for the sessions including case discussion, homework, self-reflection and evaluation will be provided during the Part 1 in-person training weekend.

Required Readings:

Participants are required to read:

Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

Shapiro, F. (2012). Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. New York: Rodale Books.

Please Note:  Review the Eligibility Requirements, Course Outline and Completion Criteria when considering the appropriateness of this training. 

2022 Schedule:

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Weekend 1: January 28 – 30, 2022
Weekend 2: March 25 – 27, 2022

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University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

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