EMDR Basic Training
EMDRIA-Accredited training in EMDR Therapy -- the complete course, including all parts as well as the required consultation.
45.5 CEs (optional)
This is a hands-on clinical skills training for using EMDR and integrating it with your psychotherapy approach -- with adults as well as children. This research-supported top-of-the-line training program features:
- Exceeds EMDRIA's criteria for training in EMDR Therapy.
- No "Parts" or "Levels" -- this is the whole package, including all required consultation hours.
- Bonus training modules on attachment work and the flash technique.
- 52 contact hours over several months to support mastery.
- Two full pre-EMDR days on trauma treatment approach and interventions.
- Small group size (max of 48, most courses smaller).
- Instructor to participant ratio of at least 1:10.
- Text book and other materials included.
- Competitive cost.
- On-site training option minimizes travel costs for your group.
- Online training option eliminates travel costs.
The training program involves lecture, demonstration, in-class practice, and on-the-job practice with your clients. This is an experiential training, and part of the learning is to practice the interventions with other participants. Because participants are working on their own material during the practice sessions, some individuals have reported that their participation led to facing personal issues; participants are always in charge of what they disclose in class.
Training can be provided at your location. Scheduling is flexible and can be designed to suit the needs of your organization or group. Full documentation can be found here.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify clients who are ready for EMDR; and prepare clients for EMDR.
- Conduct an EMDR session.
- Problem-solve a session that is not going smoothly.
- Utilize EMDR with a wide range of clients whose presenting problems are in some way related to trauma and/or loss.
- Integrate EMDR into a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment approach.
Instructors: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD | Rebecca Chapman, PsyD | Mary L. Froning, PsyD | Annie Monaco, LCSW-R | Judy Greenberg, MEd | Cynthia Arnold, LCMHC | Elizabeth Davis, LCAT | Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R | Lindsay Farrar, LMHC
Greenwald, R. (2007). EMDR Within A Phase Model Of Trauma-Informed Treatment. NY: Haworth. (included with course materials)
Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, 3rd Edition. NY: Guilford.
Who may attend: EMDR training is open to mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers, counselors, couple & family therapists, expressive arts therapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, etc., Masters or doctorate level) who are licensed (or certified or registered) by their state (or province or country) for independent practice. The training is also open to advanced graduate students, interns, and other mental health professionals on a licensure track, with a letter of support from their supervisor. This training is geared to participants at all professional levels. Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute can answer your questions regarding eligibility for training.
Note for international participants: This training is accredited by EMDRIA, which covers USA and Canada. While we welcome qualified participants from other countries, we can't guarantee that you will be recognized as EMDR-trained by your own country's EMDR professional association, which has its own rules and practices.
Time to completion: Normally, you'll complete your EMDR training with your group, as scheduled. However, if you should miss one or more days, you'll have a year from the first class session to make it up (9 months for online trainings). Up to an additional year may be allowed in exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of TI & CTI.
Add-on: EMDR Certification training package: We offer an add-on EMDR Certification training package including all the additional (post-EMDR-training) individual consultation, group consultation, and EMDRIA CEs required to qualify for EMDR Certification. This comes with a $200 discount when purchased up front in conjunction with the EMDR training. (Not available for all programs.)
Continuing education: Review the information regarding continuing education here. It is important to check with your state board to verify your requirements. Continuing education hours are not available for consultation time, reading requirements, or prerequisites.
Fall 2021 (beginning November 30) - Online
Eastern Time. November 30 (11:00-7:00), December 1, (11:00-7:00), December 2 (11:00-3:00), January 12-13, 18-19 (11:00-7:00), March 3-4, (11:00-3:00), April 7-8 (11:00-3:00) Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Instructor: Annie J. Monaco, LCSW-R. Please click here to register off site.
Winter 2022 (beginning January 3) - Online
Eastern Time, Weekdays only. January 3-4, January 31 - February 3, February 28, March 28. All days are 9:00-5:00 Eastern Time. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Instructors: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, and Trauma Institute faculty. Price includes CEs. Social Justice Scholarship eligible training. Payment plan available.
$1725, early bird rate $1525 through December 20. Click to register.
Winter 2022 (beginning February 5) - Online
Central Time, Weekends only. February 5-6, March 5-6, 12-13, April 9, May 14. All days are 9-5 Central Time. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Instructors: Cynthia Arnold, LCMHC, and Rebecca Chapman, PsyD. Price includes CEs. Social Justice Scholarship eligible training. Payment plan available.
$1725, early bird rate $1525 through January 5. Click to register.
Spring 2021 (beginning March 7) - Online
Eastern Time, Weekdays only. March 7-8, April 4-7, May 9, June 7. All days are 9:00-5:00 Eastern Time. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Instructors: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD, and Trauma Institute faculty. Price includes CEs. Social Justice Scholarship eligible training. Payment plan available.
$1725, early bird rate $1525 through February 21. Click to register.
Special Needs: Requests to local sponsor/registrar for special accommodations.
Otherwise, only closed trainings are scheduled (e.g. for an agency or institution). To schedule a training for your group, contact the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute. Individuals may also organize trainings and receive a discount on tuition.
Blog post: How to shop for EMDR training
Blog post: Should I learn EMDR or PC?
A note about the cost of training and why to choose this training: At about $1,600/participant, this training represents a considerable investment. The cost is so high because of the instructor:participant ratio and the number of hours. At some locations a bit is added to cover instructor travel. Even so, the cost is considerably less than comparable programs, while offering more materials, small group size, and the 10 consultation hours that are required for completion of EMDR training. Also, the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute trainings can be offered at your location or online, reducing or eliminating your travel-related costs.
Most importantly, though, this training is designed to maximize your ability to get good at doing EMDR, and at conducting treatment so that EMDR can be used appropriately. EMDR is a complex intervention that takes a lot of training and supervised practice to really master. We pioneered the full-package EMDR training, which has become the standard nationwide. We believe that our program represents an excellent value for your training investment.
When shopping for an EMDR training program, it's important to compare quality, cost, and rates of completion. These all vary quite a bit, and a training program that looks good at first glance may have extensive hidden costs and/or poor completion rates. A "good deal" is not so good if the investment is wasted.
- Quality. We believe our program is of the highest quality, and our training model has been widely emulated. However, there are no data that directly demonstrate the superiority of any EMDR basic training program over another.
- Cost. The cost of our program is all up front and transparent, and includes the text book and all required consultation. This is the full package; there are no additional costs.
- Rates of Completion. Since we started keeping track in 2004, of the 700+ therapists who joined one of our EMDR training programs, 98.4% completed on schedule (typically within 4-8 months) and 99.1% completed within the following year (typically within 18 months), as of 9/2013.
Certification in EMDR: The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) offers a Certification credential for advanced EMDR-trained therapists. Certification requires completion of an EMDRIA-approved training program (such as this one), practice with clients, EMDR-focused consultation, and continuing education approved by EMDRIA. Information about Certification can be found on the EMDRIA web site.
We offer an EMDR Certification package including all required consultation and EMDRIA CE credits. This can be done as an add-on to your basic EMDR Therapy training, or at a later time.