EMDR Basic Training

By Kathleen Martin, LCSW

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an empirically validated psychotherapy to treat PTSD and trauma-related disorders. It has been applied to a wide range of presenting problems and self-esteem issues. The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the Department of Veterans Affairs and DOD, The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have listed EMDR therapy as efficacious in the treatment of PTSD. (For more information, go to www.emdr.com/efficacy.htm).

Here are highlights of this 62 hour course:

·      Individualized attention in a small training group: One instructor per 10 students.

·      62 training hours over time to support mastery

·      Ample time for supervised practice with direct observation and feedback

·      Approved by the EMDR International Association, the accrediting and membership agency for EMDR

·      Case consultation to integrate your EMDR skills into your clinical practice

Completion of this course will prepare you to safely and effectively apply EMDR therapy in a variety of clinical applications

Course Description

Course Objective: To prepare mental health clinicians to successfully implement EMDR Therapy with their clients.


Course Method: This 62 hour course has 3 components:

1)    Instructional: 27 hours of lecture, discussion, live demonstrations, video tapes, and Q&A. Points covered will include:

·      EMDR Therapy's history, model, methodology and mechanisms of action

·      EMDR Therapy Case Conceptualization and treatment planning

·      EMDR Therapy 8 Phase Standard Protocol

·      EMDR Therapy's Protocols for specific clinical populations

·      Using EMDR Therapy with complex trauma and dissociation

2)    Supervised Practice: 25 hours of experiential exercises and supervised practice to learn and fine-tune EMDR Therapy skills.

3)    Consultation: 10 case consultation hours of EMDR treatment in your practice.

Upon completion of this course you will:

1)    Be able to incorporate the practice of EMDR Therapy in your work with a range of clients.

2)    Be eligible to:

·      Apply for membership to EMDRIA and EMDR Canada

·      Apply for EMDRIA Certification in EMDR Therapy after completing all necessary requirements (see www.emdria.org)

·      Attend advanced trainings in EMDR Therapy


Eligibility & Expectations For Participation

1.     Master's degree or higher in a field of mental health counseling.

2.     License or certificate as a mental health professional. Residents/interns/ graduate students about to complete a course of study that will lead to full credentials as licensed mental health professionals may participate.*

3.     Attendance at all sessions and participation in all experiential learning.

4.     Read Francine Shapiro's textbook: Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

5.     Read Francine Shapiro's self-help book for EMDR:  Shapiro, F. (2012).  Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.   Rodale Press, NY

6.     Read any other assigned materials.

7.     Successful completion of proficiency requirements.

8.     Apply the EMDR Therapy methodology with clients in your clinical setting throughout the course.

9.     Present at least 2 cases in the Consultation sessions which include EMDR sessions focusing on trauma reprocessing.

10.  Trainees are required to complete the entire program to receive a certificate of completion. Approval of partial program will not be granted.

*For more information regarding these requirements, please go to www.emdria.org and click on Training and Certification/Basic EMDR Therapy Training Eligibility Requirements.


EMDR Therapy Basic Training Schedule

Part One:  September 10-13, 2020

Thursday         September 10:          1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

     Friday             September 11:       9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Saturday          September 12:        9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Sunday            September 13:         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Case Consultation (case consultation will occur over the telephone or online) 

     Thursday        October 8           6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday        November 19     6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday        January 7           6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday        March 25           6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday        April 15             6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Part Two:  February 25-28, 2021

     Thursday         February 25:          1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

     Friday             February 26:       9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Saturday          February 27:        9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Sunday            February 28:         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

A certificate of completion of the EMDR Therapy Basic Training will be given after full participation and completion of the above requirements and training components.


This training will occur online.   You will need a device (phone is not recommend) to connect to the video conferencing system with enough bandwidth to maintain a good connection.   You will also need privacy to maintain confidentiality.   A head set with a microphone is highly recommended as it provides better incoming and outgoing sound and prevents others in your environment to hear the confidential information.    A wired headset is preferable than a Bluetooth headset due to intermittent loss of Bluetooth connections.   After you register all details regarding the online training platform will be provided. 


The cost of this individualized comprehensive training program is $1995 (USD) if paid by August 10, 2020. After August 10, 2020 the cost increases to $2250 (USD). This cost includes the required 10 hours of case consultation. Full payment or a deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your space in the training. If you need a payment installment plan please contact Kathleen Martin. Payment can be made online at time of registration through PayPal or by check or money order (USD) through the land mail system.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the training minus a $100 processing fee. After that, a full refund minus a $100 processing fee will be given if the space can be filled by someone on the waiting list. Requests for refunds must be in writing. Funds may be transferred to another basic training by Kathleen Martin if available.


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For more information, contact Kathleen Martin:

Telephone: 585-473-2119

Email: kmartinlcsw@gmail.com

Completion of this course will prepare you to safely and effectively apply EMDR in a variety of clinical applications