Basic Training Overview

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Weekend 1 and 2) is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting (See Qualifications Section). EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 30 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR effects.Participants will be required to read the textbook by Francine Shapiro, PhD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 3rd Edition, 2018.

AGENDA:
Friday-8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday-8:00am-5:00pm
Sunday-8:00am-5:00pm

PLEASE NOTE:
For In-Person Trainings: 
Participants must complete the entire training (including 10 hours of case consultation) within 24 months from the initial start date.

For Virtual Online Zoom Trainings:  Participants must complete the entire training (including 10 hours of case consultation within 12 months from the initial start date.

ALL Weekend 1 and 2 Trainings will be offered through the interactive Zoom format through 2021!

AUTHORIZED FORMAT

EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDRtherapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards

INTEGRATING EMDR THERAPY WITH OTHER APPROACHES

As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential and systemic.

GOAL OF THE EMDR THERAPY BASIC TRAINING

This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations. Special attention will be given to the therapeutic needs of clients.

TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Supervised small group practice on each training day
  • Physiological overview of the information processing system
  • Specialized history-taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes
  • Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
  • Stabilization techniques across the attachment spectrum
  • Reduction of overt symptoms and achieving comprehensive mental health
  • Addressing the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
  • Applications to combat trauma and first responders
  • Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and somatic disorders
  • Applications to natural and man-made disasters
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Personal use for therapist to process vicarious traumatization

WEEKEND 1
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

  • Identify 3 components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  • Identify the Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR therapy
  • List 3 important existing research studies
  • List 3 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  • Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment
  • Describe 3 criteria for client selection
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
  • Identify when you would apply the Future Template
  • Distinguish between direct questioning and the Floatback technique
  • Distinguish between state change and trait change in EMDR therapy
  • Identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy
  • Identify the purpose of utilizing the SUD scale and what it stands for
  • Identify the purpose of the VOC scale and what it stands for
  • Identify the reprocessing phases involved in memory reprocessing
  • Describe one purpose for Safe/Calm Place utilization
  • Identify when the Recent Events Protocol would be appropriate as an intervention
  • Distinguish the difference between avoidance and hypo-activity
  • Identify 3 differences in applying EMDR therapy to working with children

WEEKEND 2
LEARNING OBJECTIVES

10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice
  • Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve clinical problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  • Identify 2 internal and external resources that clients need to have in place
  • Identify 2 clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention
  • Distinguish between EMDR and the EMDR standard protocol
  • Distinguish between adult-onset trauma and developmental trauma
  • Identify when you would target an adult-onset trauma versus applying the standard protocol
  • Describe 2 clinical symptoms that may indicate the need to assess for dissociation
  • Describe the 3 different categories of resources
  • Describe 3 examples of specific resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
  • Describe the procedural steps for closing down incomplete sessions
  • Describe the protocol to initiate an incomplete session for processing to resolution
  • Describe one therapy-interfering behavior that may need to be addressed in order for treatment to proceed
  • Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms
  • Distinguish between a simple phobia and a process phobia
  • Describe 3 cautions for using EMDR therapy with addictions and compulsions
  • Identify one category of memory appropriate for targeting with combat veterans
  • Describe 3 strategies to treat complex trauma-related disorders
  • Describe 3 ways that EMDR therapy demonstrates cultural competence as an intervention

EMDR INSTITUTE PARCHMENT CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Certificate of Completion Requirements:

  • Completion of Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 Trainings
  • Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2018)
  • 10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant (5 hours are required prior to Weekend 2; 5 hours after Weekend 2)

PLEASE NOTE: A CE certificate for 20 credits will be issued upon completion of Weekend 1 and 20 credits upon completion of Weekend 2.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must complete the entire in person training  (including 10 hours of case consultation) within 24 months from the initial start date.

VIRTUAL TRAINING FORMAT: Participants who attend the virtual format must complete the entire training (including 10 hours of case consultation) within 9 months from the initial start date.

CASE CONSULTATION

  • 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
    (5 hours required prior to attending Weekend 2 and 5 hours post Weekend 2)
  • A list of EMDR Institute Approved Consultants will be given at each training
  • Workshop fees do not include case consultation

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ATTENDING

A clinical background is necessary for the effective application of EMDR therapy. Attendance at the workshop is limited to all levels of social workers and mental health professionals who have a masters degree or higher in the mental health field and are licensed or certified through a state or national board which authorizes independent practice.

Canadian Registration Requirements

Minimum of a master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or social work. Membership in a professional association that has a written code of ethics or standards of conduct. Professional liability insurance.

Intern/Graduate Student Requirements

Completion of graduate level coursework at an accredited school and be on a licensing track under state sanctioned supervision by a licensed clinician. Please submit a current supervisor’s letter with his/her degree and license number.

PLEASE NOTE:
• If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references or content evaluation, contact inst@emdr.com.
• If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities or course administration, contact registration@emdr.com
• Registrants’ Contact information will be shared with the EMDR International Association

WORKSHOP AGENDA

Workshop Agenda Coffee/Registration Session
Friday 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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