Participant Agreement

In addition to the Registration Application, we ask that you please read the Participant Agreement carefully and in its entirety. At the end of the page, please provide your electronic signature.

Once the Registration Application and Participant Agreement are received, we will send you a confirmation email within 3 business days.


Participant Agreement - Basic Training

  • Each Basic Training participant must thoroughly and carefully read, understand, and agree to the following:

    1. EMDR Therapy is widely recognized as an empirically supported treatment for PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder. Its safety and efficacy for other clinical applications have yet to be adequately evaluated by controlled research. The cautions described in the published literature, and in the EETC Basic Training, are based primarily on anecdotal reports by trained clinicians.

    2. All participants must be licensed to independently practice psychotherapy in a discipline recognized by EMDRIA. Or, if not licensed, participants must: have completed masters level coursework in a mental health or related discipline recognized by EMDRIA; currently be in a licensing track; and be supervised by a licensed clinician who endorses 1) their participation in the EMDR Training, and 2) integration of EMDR Therapy into their clinical practice.

    3. All participants must have a current, active psychotherapy caseload. This training is designed to help participants integrate the use of EMDR Therapy in their current clinical setting. This training program is not intended for managers and researchers who do not carry an active psychotherapy caseload.

    4. A significant component of the training involves clinicians practicing EMDR Therapy and related procedures in small groups and under the supervision of the instructor or a qualified staff member. These practice experiences are for training purposes only and not for personal therapy. All participants should be prepared to address disturbing real-life experiences as part of this training program in order to appreciate the subjective experience of EMDR Therapy as a client would, as well as to provide valid training experiences for other participants. It is not unusual for a target memory to be linked to other, unexpected, disturbing memories, or material which might surface during or after the practice sessions. Trauma-related case material presented didactically, in consultation sessions, or on video may be disturbing to those with unresolved personal issues. In submitting an application for training, participants affirm that they have developed appropriate self-soothing and affect/arousal management skills to cope with exposure to this type of material, and will be able to employ these skills as necessary during and following EMDR Therapy training, practicum, and consultation sessions.

    5. Further, and with reference to number four above:

    a. Clinicians presently engaged in personal therapy and/or psychiatric treatment should inform their therapist and/or psychiatrist about all aspects of this training, including the experiential component, and secure their therapist and/or psychiatrist’s support to participate prior to beginning this training.

    b. Those with limiting or special medical conditions (high risk pregnancy, heart condition, ocular difficulties, etc.) should consult appropriate medical professionals before participating in this training, and should discuss such condition(s) with the training director in advance of submitting their application to participate in the training.

    c. Those who have presently, or previously, been diagnosed with a dissociative disorder, acute or chronic PTSD, panic disorder, a personality disorder, or affective disorder should not participate without special arrangements being made with the training director as part of the application for registration. Failure to advise the training director of such issues in advance could place you at risk, negatively impact other participants, and result in dismissal from the training without refund.

    d. The reprocessing of targeted incidents during practicum sessions may lead to the emergence of other disturbing memories during and after the practicum. It is the responsibility of the participant to seek, obtain, and pay for appropriate professional assistance if needed. Providing such assistance is not part of the training, and will not be provided by the EETC Training Director or staff. Clinicians who elect to do personal EMDR Therapy work can find lists of EMDR trained clinicians at

    e. With reference to items 4 and 5, the participant acknowledges, understands, and knowingly assumes the forgoing risks and requirements of participating in the training, and hereby releases and holds harmless EMDR Education and Training Center, each instructor, each other participant, and their respective affiliates, from and against any and all liability, costs, and injury that may arise or result from participating in the training.

    6. Participants are expected to maintain a spirit of cooperation and mutual support for all members of the training. Participants who are disruptive to the training will be given one warning by the instructor or staff, and will be dismissed without refund if there is a recurrence. Splitting and conflict-generating behavior will not be tolerated. The instructor or staff has the right to dismiss anyone who is disruptive from the training at any time and without refund.

    7. This experiential training is intended to prepare clinicians to apply EMDR Therapy for clinical purposes only, and will not qualify the participant to train others in EMDR Therapy. Attempts to train others in EMDR Therapy without meeting the standards as defined by the EMDR International Association would represent a violation of professional ethics and standards.

    8. In order to assure confidentiality of personal and clinical information, under no circumstances may any portion of this training be recorded or distributed. It is expected that all participants shall maintain the highest ethical standards of confidentiality regarding all personal and clinical information shared by others in this training. Failure to maintain confidentiality shall be treated as a professional ethics issue and may result in immediate dismissal from the training program without refund. Confidentiality shall apply to all consultation sessions and practicum experiences; specifics may be discussed only with members of the immediate consultation or practice group, the participant’s group consultant, practicum supervisor, and trainer(s). Outside the training, a participant may share his or her own personal emerging material with anyone.

    9. Participants agree to avoid disclosure of a client’s name and/or other identifying information when making verbal presentations, as well as when sharing written documentation of client sessions during case consultation and any other portion of the training.

    10. Participants agree to read, in their entirety, the following two texts: 1) Shapiro, F.. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (latest edition.). New York: The Guilford Press; and 2) Leeds, A. M. (2016). A Guide to the Standard EMDR Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants. New York: Springer Publishing. Participants must pay for these study materials in addition to the course registration fee.

    11. Participants will be provided with a downloadable PDF version of the manual contained in the Canvas Classroom Management System (CMS). If a participant wishes to have a hardcopy manual, they have permission to create one on their own and at their own cost.

    12. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all participants who satisfactorily complete the entire training; complete the assigned readings; and demonstrate, through group discussion, practice exercises, and consultation, an understanding of the EMDR treatment approach. For consultation sessions, participants are required to: 1) prepare a written summary about their actual clinical use of specific procedures; and 2) complete and discuss structured self-evaluation forms about their actual clinical experiences. Participants are expected to participate actively and to work diligently.

    13. Attendance policy: In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, participants must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions. Those who attend this workshop in full, and complete all the appropriate evaluation forms, are eligible to receive CE credits, purchased separately. Those who join the training more than 15 minutes after the start time, or leave more than 15 minutes before the workshop is completed, will not be considered eligible to receive CE credits.

    14. Refund policy: tuition is refundable upon written request up to 45 days before the first day of training, less a $75 administration fee. Within 45 days of the training, a refund will be made only if the vacancy can be filled from the waiting list. If the vacancy can be filled, there will be a $150 administration fee. After the beginning of the training, no accommodations, refunds, or credits will be made for changes in personal, family, or business situations, including medical events. We do not fill vacancies that take place after the beginning of the training. Should you need to withdraw after the start of the training for which you have registered, you may request a transfer to the next training cycle by submitting a request in writing, along with the $150 transfer fee. At the next training cycle, you can elect to repeat the portions previously completed, or merely those portions not yet completed. A transfer is not a new registration; as such, your original tuition is not refundable should you be unable to attend the next training cycle.

    (Tip: to engage the virtual pen, click and hold while signing your name.)