US Regional EMDR Therapy Basic Training

These 2 courses include Part 1 & 2 PLUS 10 hours (required) of case consultation.

The Regional EMDR Basic Training Courses offer 40 CE Credits
Presenters are EMDR Institute Trainers and EMDRIA Approved Instructors
Trainings are conducted several times a year
Please contact instructor for more information.


This format is designed for clinicians who are interested in learning to integrate EMDR therapy successfully into their clinical practice by developing and applying their skills over an extended period of time. The seminar consists of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations, case studies, supervised practice and ongoing case consultation. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their cases throughout the course and evaluate how EMDR therapy can be applied. Participants will also practice EMDR therapy in small groups with direct observation and feedback from trainers.

The course contains the material necessary to complete the basic EMDR therapy training requirements as set forth by the EMDR International Association.

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, 2nd Edition, 2018.

Course Location

Tucson Instructor: Julie Miller, LPC 520-661-5376
San Diego Instructor: Alicia Avila, LCSW 858-344-9440
San Francisco Instructor: Priscilla Marquis, PhD 415-254-3306
Stamford Instructor: Karen Alter-Reid, PhD 203-329-2701
Stratford Instructor: Judy Cabeceiras, LMFT 860-693-1708
Fort Collins Instructor: Janet Wright, LCSW 970-224-2207
Amherst Instructor: Mark Nickerson, LICSW 413-256-0550
Albuquerque Instructor: Peggy Moore, LISW 505-247-8915
Austin Instructor: Christie Sprowls, PsyD 512-306-0488
Pacific Northwest Gig Harbor Instructor: Rosalie Thomas, PhD 253-720-1620
Milwaukee Instructor: Wendy Freitag, PhD 414-777-1757
Instructor: Jan Schaad, LCSW 307-630-4688
Danny Henry, LCSW-S 210-268-6125

Training Highlights

Supervised small group practice on each training day

Physiological overview of trauma and the information processing system

Specialized history-taking to identify relevant experiences

Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs

Stabilization, preparation and resource development interventions

Addressing trauma, adversity, and other disturbing life events

How to work with simple and complex cases

Applications to combat trauma and first responders

Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, and emotional reactions to illness and injury

Applications to recent events including 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

  • Name 2 websites that list research relevant to EMDR therapy

  • List 3 types of client’s presenting issues that have been successfully treated with EMDR therapy

  • Name 3 proposed mechanisms of action in EMDR therapy

  • Describe an important premise of the Adaptive Information Processing model

  • List the components of memory

  • Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy

  • Identify the prongs of the Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR therapy

  • Describe 3 criteria on the Client Readiness Checklist

  • Distinguish between Direct Questioning and the Floatback technique during Phase 1 History Taking and Treatment Planning

  • List the informational plateaus

  • Distinguish between state change and trait change in EMDR therapy

  • Describe one purpose for Safe/Calm State utilization

  • Identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy

  • Identify the purpose of utilizing the SUD scale and what it stands for

  • Describe when to return to target in Phase 4 Desensitization

  • Identify the purpose of the VOC scale and what it stands for

  • Describe how to conduct the Phase 6 Body Scan

  • Describe three strategies for assisting a client to stay within the window of tolerance

  • Describe how to resume reprocessing following an incomplete target memory.

  • Describe when you would apply the Future Template

Weekend 2
Learning Objectives

10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

  • Distinguish between a client’s presenting problems and underlying issues

  • Describe 3 strategies to treat complex trauma-related disorders

  • Identify 2 internal and external resources that clients need to have in place to do reprocessing

  • Describe 3 client factors that indicate the need for additional stabilization and resourcing

  • Describe the 3 different types of resources used in Resource Development and Installation

  • Distinguish between EMD, restricted reprocessing and the EMDR standard protocol

  • Identify 2 clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention

  • Distinguish between a recent traumatic experience and developmental trauma

  • Identify when you would initially target a recent past experience versus a touchstone memory

  • Describe a process to select and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment

  • Describe how to offer a cognitive interweave when the client’s reprocessing is blocked

  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses

  • Describe 3 ways that EMDR therapy facilitates cultural responsiveness

  • Name 3 adverse cultural experiences that can contribute to maladaptive memory networks

  • Distinguish when to use memory reprocessing versus psychological first aid with grief related issues

  • Distinguish between a simple phobia and a process phobia

  • Describe 2 clinical symptoms that may indicate the presence of dissociation during a session

  • Describe 3 strategies for working with dissociative responses during reprocessing

  • Identify three clinical choices (past/present/future) for where to start reprocessing with addictions and compulsions

  • Identify one category of experiences appropriate for reprocessing with combat veterans

Integrating EMDR Therapy with Other Approaches

EMDR therapy has become invaluable for psychotherapists of all major orientations including psychoanalysis/psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, experiential and Gestalt. It is a method which is readily integrated into one’s clinical practice and can be learned in a very modest period of time.

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.

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 detailed curriculum vitae/resume and a current supervisor’s letter with his/her degree and license number.

These workshops are for clinical purposes only and will not qualify the participant to train others in the EMDR approach.