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EMDRIA Approved EMDR Therapy Trainings




EMDR Therapy Training



The EMDR Therapy Training, comprised of Part 1 and Part 2, is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat clients in a clinical setting (See Qualifications Section below). EMDR is a complex approach to psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to upsetting past traumatic events and present life conditions. This approach has been empirically tested with clients evincing a considerable range of presenting complaints, including, loss of a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, combat veterans and natural disaster. As a therapeutic treatment model that has been developed with an understanding of human behavior, EMDR addresses clinical issues relevant to behavior in the social environment.



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


Francine Shapiro, PhD, the founder of this technique developed a protocol that has been empirically tested and has shown significant effectiveness for clients improved mental health; therefore, this training follows Dr. Shapiro’s format directly by the protocol taught by her since 1990. The training will consist of lecture, experiential demonstrations and supervised practice for participants. EMDR is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training facilitator Heather Boynton, LCSW is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR and is also an Approved Consultant/Approved Trainer. She is one of the only Approved Trainers in the state. The training’s goals are to provide comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR. The facilitator adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards.



  Physiological overview

 Specialized history-taking to identify focal patterns and beliefs 

  Desensitization of traumatic memories and present anxieties

  Installation of positive belief structures

  Applications to natural disasters and recent events

  Applications to family and couples therapy

  Applications to PTSD and military

  Applications to addictions, grief and somatic disorders

  Applications to children and adult survivors of abuse

  Personal use for therapist to process vicarious overflow from traumatized patients


Certificate of Completion Requirements

  Completion of EMDR Therapy Training Part 1 and Part 2 trainings will provide participant 50 total credits

  Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001)

  10 hours of case consultation with an EMDRIA Approved Consultant or a Consultant in Training

  5 hours of consultation are required prior to Part 2; and 5 hours after Part 2


Please note: Certificate of Completion will be given for 50 EMDRIA hours after Part 2 and 10 hours of consultation. 



  10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training


  5 hours required prior to attending Part 2 and 5 hours post Part 2 


Qualifications for Attending


A clinical background is necessary for the effective application of EMDR. Attendance at the trainings is limited to all levels of social workers and mental health professionals who have a master’s 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 is 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.




Identify 3 components of the EMDR Approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients

Describe 3 important existing research studies

Name the 8 phases of EMDR for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clients

Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR to safely and effectively implement EMDR with clients

Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning

List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR

Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases

Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR



Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR

Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions

Describe 3 resources to use with difficult or resistant clients

Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment

Describe strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses

Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias

Describe strategies to treat more complex trauma-related disorders 





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