EMDR Basic Training Overview
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an empirically validated treatment approach with a range of client issues (particularly trauma related). It incorporates somatic, emotional, cognitive and narrative elements, and facilitates accelerated change of client dysfunctional patterns.
EMDR Basic Training includes Level I and II three day training sessions, 10 hours of consultation on EMDR with an EMDRIA approved consultant (see FAQ), and reading an EMDR reference book by Francine Shapiro (see FAQ). This training is EMDRIA approved (see FAQ). In Colorado, this training qualifies for all 40 hours of DORA continuing education (see FAQ).
Level I Training covers the development of EMDR, the Adaptive Information Processing Model, the 8 Phase EMDR treatment approach, the 11 step standard EMDR protocol, and Resource Development and Installation (RDI).
Level II Training follows about 4-6 months later, after clinicians have used EMDR and received consultation from an EMDRIA-approved consultant. Level II training reviews the 8 phase EMDR treatment approach and RDI. Then more complex issues with EMDR are covered: Developmental Approach, Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, Chronic Pain/Illness, and Children & Adolescents. Tools for strengthening Affect Tolerance, Ego Strength and Somatic Awareness are also covered.
The trainings include lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, demonstration of an EMDR session, and small group practice with the protocols (as therapist and client). The entire Basic Training (Level I & II) includes 20 hours of instruction and 20 hours of practicum. EMDR Basic Training is not complete until after Level II and 10 hours of consultation, at which point a certificate of completion (40 hours CEUs) is given to participants. EMDR Basic Training prepares clinicians to use EMDR with clients, however it is not EMDR Certification (see FAQ).
Quotes From Participants
"The training was fabulous and helped me develop valuable skills that I will definitely be able to use.
"Julie is an amazing teacher - so focused, peaceful, and able to keep class connected to resources."
"Training was well paced and comprehensive. Feel very prepared."
"Julie is an exceptional teacher. I love her warm style, intellect, expertise and humor."
"Great training. I feel amazed how powerful this training was."