EMDR Basic Training

EMDR Therapy 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 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 in a variety of clinical applications



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 Therapys history, model, methodology and mechanisms of action

      EMDR Therapy Case Conceptualization and treatment planning

      EMDR Therapy 8 Phase Standard Protocol

      EMDR Therapys 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 newly developed 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.     Masters 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 Shapiros textbook: Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

5.     Read Francine Shapiros 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:  April 16-19, 2020

Thursday April 16: 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday April 17: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday April 18: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday April 19: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Case Consultation (most case consultation will occur over the telephone).

Thursday May 21 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday June 25 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday August 20 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Thursday October 8 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 19 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Part Two: 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.

Lunch is on your own for day-long trainings.

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 be held in Windsor, Ontario 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 $1955 (USD) or $2500 (CAD) if paid by April 15, 2020. After April 15, 2020 the cost increases to $2200 (USD) or $2900 (CAD). 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.

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 $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.


Please click here for the payment information and form. In addition, please click here for the online registration form.

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