Learning Objectives

At the end of Weekend 1 the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the history of EMDR and the research supporting its application
  • Understand the mechanism by which it is theorized to work
  • Understand, apply, and articulate the AIP model
  • Understand, articulate, and apply the 3-pronged, 8-phased EMDR protocol to select clients
  • Screen clients for dissociation
  • Generate an EMDR Treatment Plan
  • Stabilize a client if necessary
  • Complete the 8 phases of EMDR therapy with appropriate clients

At the end of Weekend 2:

  • Understand, articulate and apply Weekend 1 learning — 8 phases, 3 Prong Protocol, safe/calm place, Recent Events protocol, EMD, Treatment Plan
  • Knowledge and academic theory that was new in Weekend 1 has now been experienced and applied leading to a deeper understanding— additional questions, synthesis and levels of insight to be encouraged
  • Understand, know, and apply Cognitive Interweave, its uses and when not to use
  • Further understanding of PTSD, Complex Trauma and dissociation and apply to AIP and EMDR
  • Identify additional clients to utilize EMDR with
  • Develop an AIP informed treatment approach with mutually agreed upon treatment goals based on the client’s presenting complaints
  • Assess Client’s readiness for treatment, modalities to be utilized and external supports
  • Prioritize Client issues, targets, themes
  • Develop comprehensive treatment plan

At the end of Weekend 3:

  • Understand, articulate and apply standard protocol with increased ease and less reliance on scripts
  • Synthesize knowledge and techniques for blocked processing including Cognitive Interweave
  • Integrate, discuss, apply and formulate new questions related to clients with complex case presentations, complex PTSD and dissociation
  • Develop a further understanding of special populations discussed and modify or consider issues in AIP case formulation and application of EMDR therapy
  • Identify areas which require specialized EMDR training for the individual practitioner’s practice and where to obtain the training
  • Understand the process of becoming an EMDR Certified Therapist and becoming an EMDRIA member


EMDR Basic Training involves a Practicum component throughout the three-weekend course. During Practicum, participants will have the opportunity to practice skills they have learned during the lecture portion of the course and become familiar with the mechanics and process of EMDR therapy.

Each participant must take on the practitioner role during practicum in order to receive credit for the course. Participants are encouraged to take on the role of the client in order to understand how the modality is experienced. There are certain situations where it is not advised that participants participate in the practicum in the client role, including first trimester of pregnancy. If a participant wants to complete the EMDR training, is willing to participate in the practicum as a clinician, but has concerns about participating in the client role, please contact before the training begins.