EMDR Basic Training

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 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 as efficacious in the treatment of PTSD.  (For more information, go to www.emdr.com/efficacy.htm). 

Here are some 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

·      Can be applied to the University of Buffalo Trauma Counseling Certificate Program


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


Course Description

Course Objective:  To prepare mental health clinicians to successfully implement EMDR psychotherapy 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’s history, model, methodology and mechanisms of action

·      EMDR Case Conceptualization and treatment planning

·      EMDR 8 Phase Standard Protocol

·      EMDR’s Protocols for specific clinical populations

·      Using EMDR with complex trauma and dissociation

2)    Supervised Practice:  25 hours of experiential exercises and supervised practice to learn and fine-tune newly developed  EMDR 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 in your work with a range of clients.

2)    Be eligible to:

·      Apply for membership to EMDRIA

·      Be listed in the EMDRIA directory and on the EMDRIA website for referrals

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

·      Attend advanced trainings in EMDR

Eligibility & Expectations

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. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. (2nd 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 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 Training Eligibility Requirements. 


Part One:  May 4-7, 2017 

     Thursday         May 4:          1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

     Friday              May 5:          9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Saturday          May 6:          9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Sunday            May 7:          9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Case Consultation (through a telephone conference call system)

     Thursday        June 22               6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday        July 20                6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Tuesday          September 12     6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday         October 12         6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

     Thursday         November 9       6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Two Day Training on Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation (mandatory and included in the price of the Basic Training)

     Friday              September 8          8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

     Saturday          September 9        8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Part Two:  October 30- November 2, 2017

     Monday            October 30:            9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Tuesday            October 31:            9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Wednesday       November 1:          9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

     Thursday           November 2:          9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Advanced Two Day Training on Treating Dissociation (recommended but not mandatory.  A 10% discount will be offered to EMDR Therapy Basic Training Participants)

       Friday             November 3         8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

       Saturday         November 4         8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Lunch is on your own for day-long trainings.


This training will be held in downtown Toronto, Canada in a facility that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.    For the exact location, please contact Kathleen Martin.


The cost of this individualized comprehensive training program is $2150 (USD).    This costs includes the required 10 hours of case consultation and the first 2- day workshop on dissociation. 

A deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your space. The entire fee must be paid by the start of the first training weekend. 

Registration Deadline:  45 days prior to the start of the training (April 9, 2017).  A late registration fee of $100 will be added after these dates.

Refund Policy:  A full refund will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the training.  After that, a full refund minus a $75 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 training if available. 


To Register, please click here to complete the online registration form.  You will then receive a follow-up email with payment options. 

For more information, contact Kathleen Martin:

Telephone:  585-473-2119

Email:  kmartinlcsw@frontiernet.net

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