Taking Your EMDR Training Journey to the Next Level

So you’ve decided EMDR therapy training might be for you? Good! As you embark on this transformative journey, it’s crucial to ensure that your EMDR training equips you with the necessary tools to become the best therapist for your clients. Here are some additional insights and considerations to enhance your understanding of EMDR therapy training.

Why EMDR Therapy? A Closer Look

EMDR therapy stands out as a highly researched and supported therapeutic approach, offering a departure from traditional

Curt Rouanzoin teaches during Premier Basic Training.
Master Trainer Curt Rouanzoin, PhD, teaches during Premier Basic Training

“talk” therapies. With a proven track record, it’s remarkably efficient and effective at helping clients overcome trauma and maladaptive behaviors. As the demand for EMDR therapy rises, incorporating it into your practice can set you apart as a versatile and in-demand therapist.


Key Elements to Look for in Your EMDR Basic Training:

EMDRIA Approved Training: Seek out a training program approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). This standardizing organization sets specific content requirements, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience. EMDRIA also holds high certification requirements for trainers, facilitators, and consultants, so check for these standards to guarantee top-notch training.

Training Hours: Look for a program that meets or exceeds the base minimum 40 hours of training required by EMDRIA. Practicum and consultation should be integral components of your training, providing practical application and ongoing support. Opt for a training format, whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid, that suits your learning style and client needs.

Expertise:  You should engage in training with experts in the field.  Although EMDR therapy is a relatively new therapy, first developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD, you’ll find a handful of psychotherapists who were trained by Shapiro, have been practicing since its inception, and are training the next generation of mental health professionals with knowledge of the latest research and wisdom from their own clinical experience.

Community Support: A sense of community among clinicians is vital for your professional development. Seek a training program that fosters communication and collaboration between trainees, creating a supportive environment for learning and growth.

Why Choose EMDR Professional Training?

Congratulations! You’ve found EMDR Professional Training, a premier continuing education company offering comprehensive EMDRIA Approved Basic Training programs. Here’s why we train so many clinicians successfully:

Curt Rouanzoin, Michelle Gottlieb, and facilitators
EMDR Facilitators with Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb at Premier Basic Training.

Embark on an unforgettable training experience with EMDR Professional Training, where a supportive professional community awaits. Discover more about their EMDR Basic Training Schedule here and explore the impressive lineup of EMDRIA approved trainers here.

If you are a mental health professional or a graduate student or associate (with supervisor approval) on your way to becoming licensed, your journey towards becoming an exceptional EMDR therapist starts at EMDR Professional Training.  Get started with us today!


DeTUR for EMDR Therapy is now offered as an OnDemand course by EMDR Professional Training.  You can learn DeTUR on your own time now and learn from the legacy of Dr. AJ Popky.

A Wealth of Experience

Learn from the legacy of one of the pioneers of EMDR therapy and understand the components of his trademarked method.

The DeTUR protocol (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing) is an AIP urge protocol for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors, developed by Arnold “A.J.” Popky from years of working with the U.S. Armed Forces.

A United States Marine Corps DIV. 1277 charter member, A.J. worked extensively with our wounded warriors.  As a result of his extensive knowledge, he trained and consulted DoD therapists at military bases around the globe.

PTSD and addictions were Dr. Popky’s specialties.  Because of his years of work with wounded warriors, he has seen the positive outcomes for clients.

What is DeTUR protocol?

Arnold "A.J." Popky, Ph.D.
A pioneer of EMDR therapy, A.J. Popky, PhD, left a legacy of healing through his DeTUR Protocol.

As a protocol of EMDR therapy, the DeTUR method targets the triggers that bring up the uncomfortable feelings leading to urges.  The purpose of the protocol is to uncover the core traumas and reprocess them through to completion. DeTUR phases include client empowerment through resource accessing, installation of positive treatment goals, identification and desensitization of triggers, and techniques of relapse prevention. In achieving reprocessing, triggers no longer stimulate the need to use or act out, and the new response becomes the positive treatment goal of coping and functioning successfully in life.

This OnDemand course for DeTUR is focused on the techniques and methods of DeTUR along with Popky’s original videos and handouts, offering 8 EMDRIA credits.  You’ll find a rich landscape of clinical experience and research from Popky’s advice and demonstrations.  Gain strategies from this advanced course to enhance your practice of EMDR therapy.

What was once thought of as a psychotherapy primarily useful for PTSD, throughout the last 30 years of clinical practice and research, EMDR therapy has been found to do much more for a wide range of diagnoses. While the beginning of EMDR found its main use focused on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder this robust psychotherapy became used more widely with time and research.

Not Just for PTSD

Although a therapy used now for a variety of reasons compared to its original focus, some skepticism still exists because the results may seem too good to be true. But if you recognize that the body has many mechanisms that allow it to heal itself, it’s not too far-fetched.  Curt Rouanzoin, co-president of EMDR Professional Training explains the work of EMDR therapy this way:

“We have to recognize that the body is capable of healing itself.  For example, when you suffer a cut on your arm, you may place a bandage on that cut to make sure there’s no infection and that conditions are right for healing, but it’s your own body that actually repairs itself and heals until, eventually, you can’t even see where the cut was.”

He goes on, “It is the same with the brain.  When the conditions are right, the brain can, in fact, heal itself from past traumas. And that’s where EMDR therapy comes in.  It helps create the right conditions, so that the brain can do its work.”

Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy

Thus, EMDR therapy has proven its effectiveness, viewing the client’s situation differently than other traditional therapies have.   Within the trauma-informed paradigm, for example, the use of the ACE study, clinical work and research has revealed much regarding symptomatology and implications for the uses of EMDR therapy.

Find out More!

Find out more about the effective uses of EMDR therapy in our EMDR Chat Podcast with Curt and Michelle, Episode #6 where Curt Rouanzoin and Michelle Gottlieb explain how EMDR therapy has expanded in its use and noted for its efficacy.


If you are interested in EMDR therapy education, you may be wondering what the difference is between EMDR Basic Training and EMDR Certification.  In basic terms,

EMDR Basic Training prepares you to practice EMDR therapy whereas EMDR Certification is a professional credential renewable every two years.

Unfortunately, some confusion exists regarding the differences between the two because some entities use the term certification to describe training.  We’re setting the record straight and answering your questions, so you can make informed decisions about EMDR Basic Training and EMDR Certification.

What is EMDR Basic Training?

EMDR Basic Training prepares you to practice EMDR therapy

From the early days of research and work in trauma-informed EMDR therapy, theorized by Francine Shapiro, PhD, EMDR Basic Training has referred to the training spanning several days involving lecture, practicums and consultations.  Basic training includes:

What should I look for when considering an EMDR Basic Training program?

Here are a few important things to look for as you consider an EMDR therapy training program.

  1. An EMDRIA approved program. The EMDR International Association holds EMDR Basic Training programs to a high standard, requiring rigorous adherence to program objectives.
  2. Highly trained and qualified instructors. Again, EMDRIA is the standard bearer of qualifications for EMDR trainers.  Look for EMDRIA approved trainers and facilitators.
  3. Attention to the original, research-supported principles of EMDR therapy, not a watered down or altered version. Any program offering full training in only 15 hours, for example, is not a full EMDR Basic Training program.  The minimum number of training hours for EMDRIA approval is at least 40 hours of instruction and practicum.
  4. Instruction on complex cases and a variety of special populations, enhancing your ability to use EMDR therapy with your clients.
  5. Choices for in-person, hybrid, and virtual training. Depending on the work you do, and if you practice in tele-health or mostly in-person, consider how you would like to train in EMDR therapy.
  6. Choices for large and small group training. Some participants enjoy a large gathering for lecture with smaller facilitation and consultation groups.  Others prefer small group training where the trainer also acts as the facilitator and consultant.


Consider EMDR Professional Training as your first choice for EMDR therapy Basic Training.  Our 57-hour Basic Training program is EMDRIA approved, and all instructors are EMDRIA approved trainers and consultants.  Find out more about our EMDR therapy programs on our Basic Training page and learn about our EMDR trainers on our training provider page.

When can I start using EMDR therapy with my clients?

 We encourage our participants to start practicing EMDR therapy right away, as soon as they’ve completed their first weekend, Part 1, of training in most situations.  However, practicing EMDR therapy right away will depend upon confidence level and clients.  As you complete Basic Training, your confidence will increase, and you’ll be ready to work with simple cases.  Completion of EMDR Basic Training, consultation, and experience will improve your effectiveness as a practitioner.  Your trainers, facilitators, and consultants will work with you to determine your level of readiness as well.

Am I EMDR Certified once I’ve completed EMDR Basic Training?

This is where some confusion lies in the process of training and certification in EMDR therapy.  To clarify, EMDR Basic Training and EMDR Certification are not one in the same.  You are not, however, EMDR Certified at that point.  EMDR Certification is a completely different step after completing basic training.

Do I need to be EMDR certified to use EMDR therapy with my clients?

 In a word, no, but let’s clarify what happens in basic training.  When you complete your EMDRIA approved basic training program, you are fully equipped to use EMDR therapy with your clients.  For example, with EMDR Professional Training’s program, you complete a total of 57 hours of training including treatment planning, facilitation groups, and consultation.  Our training gives you everything you need to start your practice of EMDR therapy the right way and with a lot of support.

EMDR Certification is another important step you may choose as part of your professional development, but it is not required that you become EMDR certified to be a practitioner of EMDR therapy.  We do, however, encourage you to consider EMDR Certification, as it will help you further develop your practice and add credibility to your role as an EMDR therapy mental health professional.

What is EMDR Certification?

EMDR Certification is a professional credential renewable every two years.

EMDR Basic Training and CertificationEMDR Certification is a professional credential granted by EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association. While EMDRIA is the granting body for certification, several requirements must be fulfilled to obtain certification.  EMDR Professional Training offers a full EMDR certification module where you can connect with our team of EMDR consultants who guide you through the process and provide your needed consultation hours.

EMDR Certification is based on the following criteria:

    1. Completion of an EMDR approved basic training program. You’ll need to provide a final certificate of completion to EMDRIA.
    2. A copy of your current license to practice independently as a mental health professional.
    3. A notarized statement of practice and EMDR experience. In this statement, you confirm the following:
    1. Documentation of 20 hours of consultation by an EMDR Consultant. Up to 10 hours may be completed in group consultation with at least 10 hours of individual, EMDR-focused consultation.  EMDR Professional Training offers both group and individual consultation within our Certification module to help you complete the required consultation hours with qualified EMDR therapy consultants.
    2. Letters of recommendation from one or more EMDR Consultants addressing your utilization of EMDR therapy with clients.
    3. Two letters of recommendation regarding your professional practice from colleagues or peers.
    4. Proof of completion of 12 hours of continuing education in EMDR therapy. These must be courses that provide EMDRIA Credits.  EMDR Professional Training provides many advanced courses to fulfill these hours, all of which are EMDRIA credit courses.  You can choose from both live and OnDemand courses to fulfill your continuing education hours.

Find out more about the requirements of EMDR Certification at:  EMDRIA.org

EMDR Certification renewal is every two years requiring 12 hours of EMDRIA accredited continuing education courses.  See our growing catalog of advanced courses to fulfill this requirement.

In all, training and practicing EMDR therapy is much more than taking a quick course to learn protocols. EMDR therapy is a robust psychotherapy with many opportunities for growth as a clinician and mental health professional.

EMDR Chat with Curt and Michelle Podcast
Listen our EMDR Chat Podcast where Curt and Michelle explain more about EMDR Certification and how this process can enhance your work in EMDR therapy.  Go to our EMDR Chat podcast page or find us at SoundCloud, Spotify, or search EMDR Chat on Apple Podcasts.

Please reach out with further questions at:  info@emdrprofessionaltraining.com or give us a call at: 949-445-6548.  We’re happy to help!

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Build Your Awareness

Awareness is a key factor to successful work with clients who are struggling.  Here are a few quick facts:

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.gov) in the United States:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also adds:

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Help clients and reduce risk with Dr. Silveria's course.
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As a result of this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Recall at least one part of the demographics of suicide.
  2. Identify warning signs for suicide and tools for suicide risk assessment.
  3. Identify at least two major theories of suicide and identify treatments for suicide that the meet the standard of care.
  4. Explain suicidal behaviors from a multi-cultural lens to provide culturally sensitive interventions to suicidal patients.
  5. Compare at least two coping strategies to reduce the emotional impact of working with suicidal clients to prevent vicarious trauma.
  6. Identify at least two strategies to minimize risk of lawsuits/safety planning.
  7. Recall at least one resource for practitioners and suicidal clients.
  8. Identify at least one effective telehealth strategy when working with suicidal clients.
Dr. Deborah Silveria is an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapy trainer and experienced consultant.

Deborah Silveria, Ph.D.

Take this course from one of most experienced clinicians in the field today, Deborah Silveria, Ph.D.  Dr. Silveria is a licensed psychologist and LMFT. She works at the Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, California where she specializes in complex trauma. She has been practicing EMDR since 1996 and has traveled to areas providing EMDR after disasters (Haiti, San Bernardino terrorist attacks).  Dr. Silveria is a Trainer for EMDR Trauma Recovery Network and a facilitator for the EMDR Institute.  She is also an Approved Instructor in Critical Incident Stress Management for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.  She is the EMDR consultant and program coordinator for a week-long retreat for first responders with PTSD.  Learn from the experience and wisdom of Dr. Silveria in this course.

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