Basic Training – Intern/Psychology Assistant/Associate Participant Resources

This page serves is a resource for those who have enrolled in Basic Training with EMDR Professional Training as a Intern/Psychology Assistant/Associate.  We are excited to work with you and want to provide you with more information about the upcoming training.

Dates & Times of Training

Weekend 1: 

Friday January 11       11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday January 12    8:15 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday January 13      8:15 am – 6:00 pm

Weekend 2: 

Friday February 15       11:45 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday February 16    8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday February 17      8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Weekend 3:

Friday March 8              11:45 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday March 9          8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday March 10          8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Training Location

Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Check-in will take place in the rotunda area in the Heath Academic Center.  Please refer to #26 on the Vanguard campus map.


Parking is $2.00 per day for each day of the training.  Parking passes can be purchased at any of the parking kiosks on campus. You can park as follows:

Friday       Any open lot, except those marked for Faculty/Staff
Saturday   Any open lot, including those marked for Faculty/Staff
Sunday     Any open lot, including those marked for Faculty/Staff

Note that parking will be more crowded on Sundays due to the various church groups on campus, but there will still be plenty of parking.

Note:  Vanguard asks that we not park in any stalls marked “NMC,” which are strictly reserved for Newport Mesa Church.


There are many hotels in the Vanguard University area, two of which we have listed below.

Ayres offers discounts to people attending conferences at Vanguard:

Ayres Hotel & Suites

Distance from Vanguard: 1.6 miles
325 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Guest Services: Complimentary wi-fi, parking, and shuttle service within a 3-mile radius.


Crowne Plaza Hotel

Distance from Vanguard: 2.1 miles
3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Guest Services: Complimentary breakfast for one person, wi-fi, and parking. Shuttle service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) and within a 5-mile radius.



Snacks and beverages will be provided on each of the training days. However, lunch will be on your own.  Please refer to this PDF for a list of local eateries.

Approval Needed

As an Intern, Psychology Assistant/Associate, your Supervisor’s approval is necessary to participate in the training.  Please send this form link to your instructor/supervisor to confirm your status. (copy the link and send to your instructor/supervisor in an email letting them know that you require it to attend EMDR Professional Training Basic Training).

This is required prior to to attending class.

We will let you know once the instructor/supervisor has provided the necessary information or if we have not received it within 2 weeks.

Training Manuals

EMDR Professional Training’s manuals are available online and can be accessed using the sign-in information you used to register for Basic Training at Please bring the appropriate manual with you to each weekend of training (Weekend 1 manual to Weekend 1, Weekend 2 manual to Weekend 2, etc.).

Required Texts

You are required to purchase these texts prior to Weekend 1 of the training:

Required Reading

Before Weekend 1, please read:

  • Chapters 1-6: Shapiro: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Complete Text: Shapiro: Getting past your past

Before Weekend 2, please read:

  • Remaining Chapters: Shapiro:  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Articles and links in Manual 1 & 2, including hyperlinks

Before Weekend 3, please read:

  • Articles and links in Manual 3
  • Any recommended text/article in Special Population of Interest listed in Manual
  • Review material from previous weekends

If you have any questions, please contact us here.