Course Objectives

First part of course:

  • Learn the underlying Adaptive Information Processing theory of EMDR Therapy and other theoretical, brain functioning, and research issues
  • Learn to assess the appropriateness of using EMDR Therapy with your patients
  • Learn to conceptualize a case from an EMDR Therapy and trauma viewpoint
  • Learn to integrate EMDR Therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Develop skill in using all eight phases of the EMDR Therapy treatment method
  • Learn how to apply the target sequencing plan
  • Learn the three stage standard protocol
  • Learn to identify, select, and develop appropriate target issues for use with an EMDR Therapy protocol
  • Learn the safeguards
  • Learn soothing and grounding techniques
  • Learn techniques to teach patients to tolerate and modulate affect
  • Learn resource development and installation
  • Learn responses to certain resistances
  • Learn applications of EMDR Therapy to various patient problems
  • Be aware of clinician limitations
  • Make use of on-going supervision and case consultation

Between the first and second parts of the course, and in order to continue to the second part, each participant will present a case and a recording of one session with a patient for review and consultation.

Second part of course:

  • Learn special protocols to use with specific patient groups and specific patient problems
  • Learn additional techniques to handle looping, resistance and other problems
  • Learn therapeutic and cognitive interweaves
  • Learn applications of EMDR Therapy to dissociative, Axis II, and other disorders
  • Learn to integrate EMDR Therapy into your current treatment approach
  • Be further cognizant of safety issues
  • Consider legal, ethical issues
  • Learn to identify practitioner problems with the method
  • Further practice with clients
  • Continue to make use of on-going supervision and case consultation with Instructor and with peers
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the EMDR Therapy

At the end of the second part of the course, and in order to complete the second part, each participant will present a case and a recording of one session with a patient for review and consultation, demonstrating adequate skills in using the EMDR Therapy method.

Upon completion of the course:

  • Be able to incorporate the practice of EMDR Therapy in your work with a range of clients
  • Be eligible to:
    • Apply for membership in EMDRIA
    • Apply to EMDRIA to be certified in EMDR, after completing the additional requirements:
      • At least 50 EMDR Therapy sessions with at least 25 clients
      • 12 additional hours of EMDR Therapy training (EMDRIA credits)
      • 20 hours of consultation (10 of which must be individual, 10 of which may be in groups of 8 or less) with an Approved Consultant or Consultant-in-training
    • Be listed in the EMDRIA Direcotry and on the EMDRIA web site
    • Attend the annual EMDRIA International Conference