Basic Training – Learning Objectives and Practicum


Learning Objectives

By the end of Weekend 1, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the history of EMDR and the research supporting its application.
  2. Identify the mechanism by which EMDR therapy is theorized to work.
  3. Describe and articulate the AIP model.
  4. Utilize the 3-pronged, 8-phased EMDR protocol to select clients.
  5. Use screening parameters to identify clients for dissociation.
  6. Create an EMDR Treatment Plan.
  7. Utilize stabilization techniques for a client if necessary.
  8. Utilize and complete the 8 phases of EMDR therapy with appropriate clients.

By the end of Weekend 2, the participant will be able to:

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

By the end of Weekend 3, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify, articulate, and apply standard protocol with increased ease and less reliance on scripts.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and techniques for blocked processing including Cognitive Interweave.
  3. Discuss new questions related to clients with complex case presentations, complex PTSD and dissociation.
  4. Analyze special populations discussed and modify or consider issues in AIP case formulation and application of EMDR therapy.
  5. Identify areas which acquire specialized EMDR training for the individual practitioner’s practice and where to obtain the training.
  6. Identify 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.