Kight & Kenslow Training and Consulting, LLC 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 V. Kight, 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 Requirement

*Participants will receive the Certificate of Completion  by mail after the required is complete:

Attending Part 1 and Part 2 (40 hours) with required 10 consultation hours.

Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001) 3rd Edition

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  after Part 2 and 10 hours of consultation are completed.


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

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

*Advanced Education Institute (AEI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AEI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 40 hours of CE credit are available for attendees who are present for the entire program.

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 Requirement s

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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