Basic Training

At EMDR Education and Training Center (EETC), we are proud to deliver a Basic Training program in EMDR Therapy that is in-depth, rigorous, and comprehensive.

Based on the 8-phase protocol developed by Francine Shapiro, our comprehensive curriculum provides clinicians with:

  • The knowledge and skills necessary to utilize EMDR Therapy 
  • A thorough understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • An ability to confidently integrate EMDR Therapy into clinical practice

At EMDR Education and Training Center, our Basic Training in EMDR Therapy includes the following important elements:

  • A full 8 days of training: two-day training weekends held once a month for four months.
  • A comprehensive curriculum that uniquely integrates all required hours of consultation into the training sessions.
  • A program total of 57.5 hours: 25.5 instruction, 21.5 supervised practicum, and 10.5 consultation hours.
  • An all-inclusive, affordable program fee, with discounts for non-profits and prelicensed clinicians.

Our Basic Training program was created by Andrew Leeds, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in EMDR training and research; is based on the work of Francine Shapiro, the original developer of EMDR Therapy; and is approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), which means that graduates are eligible to become EMDRIA members and pursue Certification in EMDR Therapy.

Dates & Locations

EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR Therapy

 

Spring 2021: Live Online Webinar — Registration Now!

Fall 2020: Live Online Webinar — Registration Closed.

 

For both the Fall 2020 training & Spring 2021 training, we will be delivering our program as a live webinar via the Zoom and Canvas platforms.  All elements that make our training exceptional (lecture, consultation, and dyadic practicum) will be available to you from the comfort of your home.      

Days & Times

Saturday and Sunday

8:30am — 5:30pm

Fall 2020 Dates – Online Training

September 26 & 27, 2020

October 17 & 18, 2020

November 14 & 15, 2020

December 12 & 13, 2020

Instructor

Kara Nossardi, LMFT

EMDRIA Approved Trainer and Consultant

Spring 2021 Dates – Online Training

February 20 & 21, 2021

March 20 & 21, 2021

April 17 & 18, 2021

May 15 & 16, 2021

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2021 ONLINE TRAINING IS OPEN!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

Schedule

Schedule Overview

Four, 2-day training modules are held once a month for four months. Modules occur approximately once every four weeks to allow participants adequate time to study course materials and integrate new skills into their clinical practice.

Daily Schedule

Module 1: Day 1 & Day 2 (same each day)

Lecture 8:30am — 12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm — 1:45pm

Lecture 1:45pm — 2:30pm

Practicum 2:30pm — 5:30pm

Module 2: Day 3 & Day 4 (same each day)

Consultation 8:30am — 10:00am

Lecture 10:15am — 12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm — 1:45pm

Lecture 1:45pm — 2:30pm

Practicum 2:30pm — 5:30pm

Module 3: Day 5 & Day 6 (same each day)

Consultation 8:30am — 10:00am

Lecture 10:15am — 12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm — 1:45pm

Lecture 1:45pm — 2:30pm

Practicum 2:30pm — 5:30pm

Module 4: Day 7

Consultation 8:30am — 10:00am

Lecture 10:15am — 12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm — 1:45pm

Lecture 1:45pm — 2:30pm

Practicum 2:30pm — 5:30pm

Module 4: Day 8

Consultation 8:30am — 10:00am

Lecture 10:15am — 12:15pm

Lunch 12:15pm — 1:30pm

Practicum 1:30pm — 3:45pm

Consultation 4:00pm — 5:30pm

Attendance & Eligibility

Attendance

Participants must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions in order to earn CE credits and receive documentation indicating completion of this training. To understand your options for completing the training should you elect to withdraw prior to completion, please reference the Transfer Agreement.

Eligibility

Licensed

To be accepted to EETC’s Basic Training program in EMDR Therapy, you must be licensed for independent practice as a mental health clinician or meet alternate EMDR International Association eligibility criteria.

Pre-licensed

Graduate students and post-graduate pre-licensed clinicians are eligible to participate in the training; however, they are required to submit additional documentation with their application. Please reference the Pre-Licensed Applicant Instructions.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will describe key principles of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model and the elements of Shapiro’s (2018) and Leeds’s (2016) models of maladaptive memory networks.

 

  • Participants will determine whether clients meet standardized criteria for readiness for EMDR reprocessing or require extended preparation.

 

  • Participants will utilize standardized assessment tools and/or structured interviews to screen all prospective clients for dissociative disorders before using any bilateral stimulation procedures.

 

  • Participants will identify a framework for case conceptualization and will organize and implement a planned sequence of targets for EMDR reprocessing.

 

  • Participants will summarize the purpose and carry out with adequate fidelity each of the steps in the 8-phases of the standard EMDR protocol.

 

  • Participants will provide effective stabilization and EMDR therapy to individuals suffering from PTSD, panic attacks, and specific phobias of traumatic origin.

 

  • Participants will recognize when it is appropriate to offer an interweave selected from the themes of Responsibility, Safety and Choice.

Curriculum Overview

Module 1

Lecture (4.5 hours)

  • The foundations of working with trauma and dissociation
  • Attachment Theory and attachment classification impact on EMDR Therapy
  • An overview of the model of Structural Dissociation
  • Standardized assessment of dissociative symptoms and disorders
  • Methods of stabilization
  • Theoretical models for empirically supported behavioral and cognitive behavioral methods of treatment for PTSD
  • Current status of research on treatments of PTSD
  • History and overview of EMDR Therapy
  • The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model
  • EMDR Therapy and Telehealth
  • Mechanisms underlying the effects of EMDR Therapy

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Stabilization practice exercises: breathing; container; remote control; back of the head scale; presentification and grounding; structured tension exercises; passing the object; light stream; inner advisor; and remote bls

Module 2

Lecture (4.5 hours)

  • The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model
  • The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) method
  • Primary effects of bilateral eye movements
  • Overview of the eight phases of EMDR Therapy
  • Phase one: history taking, case formulation, and treatment planning
  • Principles and approaches to history taking in ASD, PTSD, Complex PTSD, and OSDD/DID
  • Development of case formulation and target sequencing
  • Assessing readiness for reprocessing
  • Phase two: preparation
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Psychoeducation
  • Consent for treatment with EMDR Therapy
  • Introduction of bilateral stimulation (BLS)
  • Calm place exercise
  • Resource development and installation (RDI)

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Preparation practice exercises: informed consent; introduction to BLS; Calm Place; stability and readiness worksheet; resource development and installation

Module 3

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Review of history taking and target sequencing
  • The affect, somatic, and defensive urge bridge techniques
  • Symptom informed treatment plan case  xample
  • Phase three: assessment of the target
  • Introduction to basic elements of phases four, five, six, and seven

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Practice exercises: history taking; treatment planning; selecting the negative and positive cognitions; assessment phase practice

Consultation (1.5 hours)

Module 4

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Review of the assessment phase
  • Phase four: desensitization
  • Phase five: installation
  • Phase six: body scan
  • Phase seven: closure
  • Video demonstration of phases three through seven
  • Selecting clients for initial application of EMDR reprocessing
  • Standards for scope of practice during and after basic training in EMDR Therapy

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Practice exercises: standard clinical responses during reprocessing; reprocessing (phases 3-7) of earliest memory from treatment plan

Consultation (1.5 hours)

Module 5

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Case conceptualization and target sequencing in the Adaptive Information Processing model — the elements of treatment planning in EMDR Therapy
  • Review of principles and procedures in phases four, five, six, and seven
  • Phase eight: re-evaluation
  • The three-pronged approach
  • EMDR Therapy with children and adolescents
  • Introduction to maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Re-evaluation and reprocessing practice exercises

Consultation (1.5 hours)

Module 6

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Advanced topics in maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing
  • Treating unconsolidated memories with the recent events protocol
  • Treating somatic disorders and chronic pain with EMDR Therapy
  • Working with combat trauma and military culture
  • Treating traumatic and complex grief with EMDR Therapy

Practicum (2.75 hours)

Practice exercises: interweaves; re-evaluation of prior session; reprocessing of next memory from treatment plan

Consultation (1.5 hours)

Module 7

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Treating specific phobias with EMDR Therapy
  • Treating panic disorder with and without agoraphobia
  • The inverted protocol
  • CIPOS — constant installation and present orientation and safety
  • EMD for highly reactive clients
  • Treating substance abuse and compulsive behaviors
  • Treating obsessive compulsive disorder

Practicum (2.75 hours)

  • Re-evaluation and reprocessing practice exercises

Consultation (1.5 hours)

Module 8

Lecture (3 hours)

  • Completing the treatment plan in cases of PTSD
  • Working with survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and early neglect
  • Issues in working with sever DDNOS and DID
  • Cultural Competency in EMDR Therapy
  • The EMDR Community
  • Ongoing education and consultation in EMDR Therapy
  • Insurance and agency issues

Practicum (2.25 hours)

  • Practice exercises: re-evaluation of previous target; reprocessing of future template and/or RDI for new identity

Consultation (3.0 hours)

Basic Training Completion & Continuing Education Credits

Please carefully read the following information regarding satisfactory course completion and continuing education credits.

Satisfactory Completion of Basic Training in EMDR Therapy

On the final day of training, participants are eligible to receive an EMDR Education and Training Center Certification of Completion, verifying that they have met all program requirements and are now considered an EMDR trained clinician.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must pay the full tuition fee, sign in and out each day, attend the entire seminar, and complete all daily evaluations. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made, and partial credit is not available.

Continuing Education Credit Option

Basic Training in EMDR Therapy at EETC is approved for 58 continuing education credits through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and R. Cassidy Seminars, which helps facilitate the credit process.

When registering for the Basic Training program, participants may elect to register for CE credits. The cost is $40 for 58 continuing education credits.

For participants who purchase continuing education credits, CE certificates will be available, following satisfactory course completion, at www.ceuregistration.com.

Continuing Education Credit Eligibility

Please carefully review the following continuing education accreditation information for your specific license and location.

Psychologists

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 58 CE hours

Psychoanalysts

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (58) clock hours.

Social Workers

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Social Work boards accept either APA or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes social Workers.

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 58 contact hours live

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (58) clock hours, #RCST110701 Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes MFTS and Counselors.

IL: Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (58) hours.

NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC 0015. (58) contact hours.

NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (58) contact hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (58) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151. 58 CE hours. Creative Arts Therapists

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (58) contact hours. Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (58) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749 06, (58) hours general. Expires 3/31/2020. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297. Educators

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (58) CE Hours. Nurses

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (58) contact hours Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often. While we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Training Fees & Requirements

Fees

Fall 2020 Basic Training in EMDR Therapy

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  • Early registration available through August 25, 2020

Early Registration — Through August 25, 2020 — Licensed

  • Installments: $1530 ($510 initial deposit, plus 2 future installments)
  • Single Payment: $1500

Early Registration — Through August 25, 2020 — Nonprofit or Pre-licensed

  • Installments: $1380 ($460 initial deposit, plus 2 future installments)
  • Single Payment: $1350

Standard Registration — Licensed

  • Installments: $1740 ($580 initial deposit, plus 2 future installments)
  • Single Payment: $1700

Standard Registration — Nonprofit & Pre-Licensed

  • Installments: $1530 ($510 initial deposit, plus 2 future installments)
  • Single Payment: $1500

Reviewer Registration — Already trained in EMDR Therapy? Want to review and train to strengthen your understanding and skills? Perfect! Register for EETC’s Basic Training, pay the nonprofit/pre-licensed discounted rate, and earn 10 hours toward EMDRIA Certification. This offer is open only to licensed mental health professionals who meet eligibility criteria and who provide documentation of having completed an EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR Therapy.

Training Requirements

Please review the following six program requirements for EMDR Education and Training Center’s Basic Training in EMDR Therapy:

  • Attendance: participants must attend all training days in their entirety and actively participate in all practicum and consultation sessions in order to earn CE credit and receive documentation of completion of training.
  • Study: participants must plan to read, in their entirety, the following two texts:

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

Leeds. A.M. (2016). A Guide to Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, supervisors, and Consultants, 2nd edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

The pre-training reading list is available.

  • Homework: consultation sessions require participants to 1) prepare written summaries of their clinical use of the specific procedures taught and practiced in the training; and 2) complete and discuss structured self evaluation forms about their clinical experiences.
  • Experiential Practice: this training includes extensive experiential practice. Participants should be prepared to work on personal issues in the practice sessions; however, the experiential practice portion of the training is for training purposes and is not a replacement for personal psychotherapy. Participants who are not willing or able to participate in experiential work should not apply. If you have any questions about these training requirements, please contact EETC prior to submitting your registration application.
  • Clinical Practice: this training is focused on the application of EMDR Therapy in the treatment of disorders related to trauma and neglect. Participants should have a minimum of two current clinical cases (clients), and be willing to discuss their clinical experiences and application of what they learn over the course of the training program.
  • Special Needs Advanced Notification: the training facility is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have special needs, we ask that you please email us (link) at the time of your registration so that we may have ample time to accommodate your needs.

Why choose EETC?

At EMDR Education and Training Center, our Basic Training program offers you excellence in clinical training and fully prepares you to be an EMDR Therapist by offering:

 

  • A comprehensive 8-day training module, spanning four months to allow participants to integrate skills into work with their actual clients as they proceed through the program.
  • A thorough foundation comprised of 25.5 hours of lecture, 22 hours of practicum, and 10.5 hours of consultation.
  • Eligibility for 58 hours of continuing education credits through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and participating licensing boards.
  • High quality consultation with knowledgable and experienced EMDRIA Approved Consultants.
  • Easy access to the training facility, located in beautiful San Diego, California.
  • A reasonable, all-inclusive program price for licensees, as well as discounts for nonprofits and pre-licensed clinicians.

How to Register

Register for Basic Training in EMDR Therapy with EMDR Education and Training  Center.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need help with registration, please call (510-388-4725) or contact us. We are happy to help!

FAQ

Does the EETC four weekend training cover part 1 & part 2 of the Basic Training in EMDR?

Yes! EETC’s Basic Training in EMDR Therapy is approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and, in actuality, provides more hours of lecture and practice, with additional training exercises, than the historic ‘part 1’ & ‘part 2’ approach.

EMDRIA sets minimum standards for the amount of lecture (20 hours), practice (20 hours), and consultation (10 hours). It is up to each provider to propose a training model and structure to meet EMDRIA standards. At EETC, we exceed standards and offer a comprehensive training experience.

What is the structure of the training schedule?

Basic Training with EMDR Education and Training Center is offered as a series of four, two-day weekends scheduled over a 12-week period. One benefit of this model is that is gives participants adequate time between training weekends to implement what they have learned with their actual clients. Participants then receive consultation on their clinical work at the start of each training weekend. This learn implement-review format greatly enriches learning outcomes and the overall training experience.

For an overview of EETC’s training model, look at the Curriculum Overview (link) portion of this page. If you have additional questions, send us an email or give us a call; we love talking about our training program!

What if I have a scheduling conflict for the 8-day training?

The Basic Training in EMDR Therapy provided by EETC is a sequential process which builds progressively on learning experiences over each of the eight days of training.

The program consists of more than 50% experiential learning activities through supervised group and partner practice exercises and group consultation sessions, making it impossible to miss one full day or a weekend.

Further, EMDRIA requirements state that participants must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion for this training. Similarly, CE granting  organizations require participation and completion of all program activities to earn credit.

We recognize that holding our training over four two-day weekends may pose scheduling challenges for some. However, we believe that the progressive and sequential model of training provided by EETC provides a superior program of professional development and is well worth the investment!

I am an Associate who wants to register. Does my supervisor need to be EMDR Trained?

All EETC program participants need to be working in a clinical setting to be able to practice the skills learned in the EMDR Therapy Basic Training. If you are not yet licensed, your supervisor need not be trained in EMDR Therapy, but must be supportive of your using EMDR Therapy with clients with post-traumatic stress and related syndromes such as phobias, panic attacks and symptoms of complex PTSD. As part of your application package, your supervisor will need to sign a letter to this effect. See the Registration Forms page for detailed guidance on this letter.

I took EMDR Training years ago but have seldom used it. Can I review the training?

Absolutely! If you are already trained in EMDR Therapy and want to review the training to strengthen your understanding and skills, we welcome you!

Participants who qualify as ‘reviewers’, are eligible for the nonprofit & pre-licensed discounted training rate and earn 10 group hours toward EMDRIA Certification. Reviewers can also elect to purchase continuing education credits for the training.

The reviewer track is open to licensed mental health professionals who meet eligibility criteria and who provide documentation of having completed any EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR Therapy.

Is Consultation included in the Basic Training schedule and tuition?

This is a great question and an important issue to consider. The short answer is — Yes!

Consider this: all EMDRIA approved providers of basic training in EMDR Therapy are required to provide at least 10 hours of consultation; however, some providers of basic training do not include the cost of all 10 required hours of consultation in their listed tuition. Furthermore, most providers do not include these 10 hours in the standard training schedule, but instead require participants to attend separately scheduled  consultation sessions or find a consultant on their own, and schedule and pay for their consultation sessions privately.

At EMDR Education and Training Center, we take a more inclusive and effective approach. With us, the cost of all required hours of consultation is included in the tuition, and the 10.5 hours of consultation are integrated into the training schedule on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends.

Will I be Certified in EMDR when I complete the Basic Training?

Completing the Basic Training in EMDR Therapy at EETC is the first step. Upon successful completion of our Basic Training program, participants are considered “trained in EMDR Therapy”. Licensed mental health professionals are eligible for full clinical membership in EMDRIA. Pre licensed Associates are eligible for associate membership and can upgrade to full membership upon licensure.

After completing Basic Training, licensed clinicians can achieve EMDRIA Certification in EMDR Therapy once they meet the following requirements:

  • Have two years experience in the field
  • Conduct at least 50 EMDR sessions with at least 25 clients
  • Receive 20 hours of consultation by an EMDRIA Approved Consultant
  • Complete 12 hours of EMDRIA Continuing Education Credits
  • Provide letter(s) of recommendation from one or more Approved Consultant regarding your use of EMDR Therapy
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Verify adherence to EMRIA’s Professional Code of Conduct

Most of my clients have complex, co-occurring conditions. Can I learn EMDR
Therapy with them?

Yes! The Basic Training at EETC builds the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for participants to integrate EMDR Therapy into their actual day-to-day clinical practice and real world, complex cases.

The Basic Training curriculum at EETC is organized to address the fact that most clinicians see relatively few cases of single incident trauma and, instead, see mostly complex cases with co-occurring conditions.

To address this, the very first weekend of EETC’s Basic Training in EMDR Therapy focuses on the use of methods of stabilization and readiness assessment for EMDR memory reprocessing.

The integrated approach to treatment planning and target sequencing taught in our Basic Training strengthens participants’ ability to organize work with clients, whether they are ready for EMDR reprocessing or not.

In the second and third weekends, participants learn and practice basic and intermediate procedures for EMDR reprocessing suitable for cases of PTSD, partial PTSD and related conditions.

During the fourth weekend, participants are introduced to a number of advanced EMDR Therapy approaches suitable for complex and co-occurring conditions including the treatment of:

  • somatic disorders and chronic pain
  • traumatic and complex grief
  • specific phobias
  • panic attacks, with and without agoraphobia
  • substance abuse and compulsive behaviors
  • incest, sexual abuse and early neglect.
  • DDNOS and DID

Can I enroll if I don’t currently have a caseload?

Because our program is highly experiential, participants need to have a minimum of two clients in their caseload to be able to practice the skills learned in the EMDR Therapy Basic Training. Participants will also be required to discuss their clinical experiences in applying what they learn over the course of the training program.

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