EMDRIA Certification

EMDRIA Certification

Consultation is one of the best ‘next steps’ for clinicians who have completed Basic Training in EMDR Therapy. It is through the consultation relationship that newly trained EMDR Therapists expand their practical knowledge and strengthen their clinical skills.

At EETC, we offer consultation toward EMDRIA Certification for EMDR Therapists who want to develop their capacity to effectively organize and put into practice all that they learned during their training program, as well as grow in their knowledge and skill sets.

Consultees who work with us gain an increased understanding and confidence in:

  • Standard 8-phase EMDR Protocol
  • Alternative and auxiliary EMDR procedures
  • The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model
  • Case Formulation and Treatment Planning
  • Resourcing and Preparation for Reprocessing

Consultation Formats

At EMDR Education and Training Center, we strive to offer a variety of Consultation formats that are both flexible and economical. If you don’t see something that works for you, please reach out to us directly. We love to get creative!

Individual Consultation

Individual Consultation is a favorite option of many EMDR Therapists because it allows for the greatest degree of flexibility of scheduling AND direct focus on your specific caseload.

  • Remote: consultation takes place over the phone or Zoom, and with the use of a secure, online document sharing platform.
  • Scheduling: contact our office directly to schedule consultation in a way that works best for your schedule and clinical needs. Weekly, biweekly, and monthly sessions are available.
  • Rates: individual consultation is $175 for the 60-minute session.

Group Consultation

Group Consultation is a rich educational experience, as it affords participants the opportunity to present their individual case work, as well as learn from the case presentations of their peers.

  • Remote: consultation takes place over Zoom and with the use of a secure, online document sharing platform.
  • Scheduling: group consultation is scheduled in two hour increments and held on a biweekly or monthly basis.
  • Rates: group consultation is purchased as a five meeting package for $500.


       January through May, 2024 – Full

      • Dates: January 10th, February 7th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, 2024
      • Times:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)


       May through September, 2024 – Full

      • Dates: May 29, June 26, July 24, August 28, & September 25, 2024
      • Times by zone:
        • 11:00am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)
        • 12:00pm – 2:00 pm (Mountain Time Zone)
        • 1:00pm – 3:00 pm (Central Time Zone)
        • 2:00pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

      June through October, 2024 – SPACE AVAILABLE

      • Dates: June 5, July 3, July 31, September 1, October 23, 2024
      • Times by zone:
        • 1:00pm – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)
        • 2:00pm – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time Zone)
        • 3:00pm – 5:00 pm (Central Time Zone)
        • 4:00pm – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

    Want to know more about Individual consultation?

    Interested in joining an upcominng group?

    Contact us directly or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

    Certification Prerequisites

    Prior to beginning Consultation toward Certification, EMDRIA requires that Consultees meet the following criteria:

    •  Successful completion of an EMDRIA approved Basic Training in EMDR Therapy
    • Independent licensure, or intern status, as a Mental Health Professional in the state in which you practice
    • A minimum of two years experience practicing in the field of mental health

    Certification Achievements

    During the course of consultation, Consultees will complete the following Certification requirements:

    •  Conduct a minimum of 50 EMDR sessions with at least 25 different clients
    • Receive 20 hours of Consultation: a minimum of 10 hours of Individual EMDR Consultation, and the remaining 10 hours may be obtained through small group Consultation.

    Certification Learning Objectives

    The following is a comprehensive list of learning objectives that we strive to develop in our Consultees, as they move toward a mastery of EMDR Therapy.

    Theory/Model Overview

    Theory/Model Overview

    • You can explain the AIP theory to a client or another professional in a confident manner.
    • You can name the eight phases.
    • You can explain the purpose of each phase.
    • You can list the procedures of each phase.
    • You can explain the three prong approach.
    • You can define the common terms within the EMDR model.

    Phase I – Client History

    Phase I – Client History

    • You can complete a psychosocial history.
    • You complete a timeline of life events, both negative and positive.
    • You do an attachment interview or other procedure to identify attachment styles.
    • You are familiar with screening tools used to screen for structural dissociation.
    • You can explain your method of case conceptualization.
    • You can demonstrate EMDR specific history taking and treatment planning: identify cognitions and symptoms that correlate with a target sequence plan, including the three prongs.
    • You can explain a simple (single target) treatment plan.
    • You can explain a complex (multiple targets) treatment plan.
    • You can discuss client selection criteria and readiness for EMDR therapy.

    Phase 2 – Client Preparation

    Phase 2 – Client Preparation

    • You can establish and maintain a relationship that facilitates EMDR processing.
    • You can educate the client about his/her presenting issues and how EMDR can help.
    • You can teach the client how to notice body sensations as they process.
    • You can teach the client how to notice and value emotions as they process.
    • You can establish stabilization/affect tolerance tools with the client, have the client demonstrate them in session to build confidence in the tools, encourage the use of the tools outside of the sessions, and verify effectiveness of tools over time.
    • You can distinguish between clients ready to move into Phases 3-7 from clients who require additional preparation.
    • You can teach the client about the mechanics of BLS.
    • You can teach the client about the components of a disturbing life event: memories are made up of body sensations, emotions, thoughts of self, and thoughts of self and the world.
    • You can teach the client to just notice the process, rather than analyze as they go (train metaphor).
    • You can do RDI with the client and explain the intent – state change vs. trait change.
    • You are familiar with and able to utilize multiple times of RDI.

    Phase 3 – Assessment

    Phase 3 – Assessment

    • You can identify the target to be processed according to the treatment plan.
    • You can identify a clear image or know why they are not using it.
    • You can find appropriate negative and positive cognitions.
    • You can assess the VOC.
    • You can identify the emotions.
    • You can assess the SUD rating.
    • You can identify the body sensations.
    • You can activate the target quickly and smoothly moving right into desensitization.

    Reprocessing Phases

    • In all three reprocessing phases (4-6), you can track the client’s window of tolerance and gear your interventions to help the client remain within the window of tolerance.

    Phase 4 – Desensitization

    Phase 4 – Desensitization

    • You know how long to provide BLS.
    • You know when to stay out of the way of the client’s work.
    • You can explain when to get involved in the client’s processing.
    • You can describe when the client is at the end of a channel.
    • You know when to return to target and when not to.
    • You know when to check a SUD level and when not to.
    • You know how to slow down reprocessing if a client seems to be over activated.
    • You know how to increase activation during reprocessing if a client seems to be under activated.

    Phase 5 – Installation of the positive cognition

    Phase 5 – Installation of the positive cognition

    • You check to see if there is a better positive cognition (verify appropriateness of original PC).
    • You can do installation of a positive cognition.
    • You continue to strengthen the positive cognition as long as it will strengthen.

    Phase 6 – Body Scan

    Phase 6 – Body Scan

    • You can complete a body scan until there is no detected disturbance.
    • If any disturbance appears, you attempt to reprocess it (rather than ignoring/excusing it).

    Phase 7 – Closure & Stabilization

    Phase 7 – Closure & Stabilization

    • You can describe when a target is completely processed versus incomplete.
    • You can close down an incomplete session.
    • You can close down a completed target session appropriately.
    • You stabilize the client at the end of every session.
    • You debrief the client at the end of the session without reactivating the material.
    • You encourage the client to use a log or other feedback methods.

    Phase 8 – Reevaluation

    Phase 8 – Reevaluation

    • You re-evaluate each target the following session and have a re-evaluation process before termination of therapy.
    • If re-evaluation indicates an incomplete processing, you return to the reprocessing efficiently.
    • You have a system to track targets worked on and return to unfinished targets, if necessary.
    • You refer to the client’s treatment plan to determine the next target.

    Cognitive Interweaves

    • You can explain and perform cognitive interweaves simply.
    • You can explain when to use them and to what purpose.



    Your client population will determine which protocols you need to know. If you do not work with a particular population listed here, just an awareness that such protocols exist is sufficient.

    • You can describe the Recent Events Protocol, and how it is different from Standard.
    • You can explain consolidation or lack of consolidation of an experience.
    • Anxiety/Panic Disorder
    • Inverted Protocol for Complex PTSD
    • Phobia
    • Grief
    • Pain
    • Children
    • Addiction
    • Your area of specialty protocol ____________________ 

    Clinician Self Awareness/ Staying up to Date

    Clinician self awareness and staying up to date

    • You can demonstrate an awareness of yourself, as therapist, being triggered and know how to care for yourself during and after the session.
    • You know how/where to learn more about EMDR and have a willingness to continue to do so.


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