This page offers in-depth training details including certification requirements, fees, schedule overview, curriculum, learning objectives, elgibility, and training requirements.

Basic Training

EMDR Training for Clinicians

The EMDR Center of Canada offers a comprehensive Basic Training in EMDR Therapy that includes:

  • advanced EMDR protocols and concepts
  • all ten hours of required consultation
  • four, two-day training sessions over 12 weeks
  • small class sizes
  • one all-inclusive fee
  • one comprehensive program

 

Activity Overview

Four, two-day training sessions are spread over a twelve-week period. Each training session is spaced three to five weeks apart to provide time to practice new skills and study course readings.

Spacing out the training helps with reinforcing and integrating learning. Clinicians have the opportunity to utilize what is being learned and then receive feedback on procedural skills to ensure they are being applied correctly.                

 

Other trainings typically compress the Basic Training into two sessions.

Research on learning and training shows that "After two days of training, your ability to retain new information drops quickly."

Therefore, dividing the training into four, two-day training sessions allows for optimal learning and development.

 

EMDRIA requires a minimum of 10 hours of consultation, 20 hours of lecture, and 20 hours of practice.  

 

Our training program exceeds EMDRIA's requirements.

8 Full Days of Training include:

  • 10.5 hours of consultation

  • 25.5 hours of lecture

  • 22 hours of practice

 

Fee Schedule


Payment Type
Early Registration:

Licensed/Registered Clinicians
Early Registration:

Student/Agency/Reviewer Discount
Standard Registration:

Licensed/Registered Clinicians
Standard Registration:

Student/Agency/Reviewer Discount
Credit Card Installment Plan 3 Installments of $766
Total $2,298
3 Installments of $714
Total $2,142
3 Installments of $804
Total $2,412
3 Installments of $752
Total $2,256
Tuition in advance by e-Transfer Deposit $500
Total $2,244
Deposit $500
Total $2,088
Deposit $500
Total $2,358
Deposit $500
Total $2,202

All prices are in Canadian Funds
Course Fee includes 8 full days of training; all required hours of consultation; 364-page course manual; access to online forum with scholarly resources; lunch, snacks, and refreshments for all training days; GST.

 

Schedule Overview

Session 1

Day 1

Lecture 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Lecture 4.25 hours
Practice 3.0 hours

Day 2

Lecture 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Lecture 4.25 hours
Practice 3.0 hours

Session 2

Day 3

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Consultation 1.5 hours

Lecture 3.0 hours
Practice 2.75 hours

Day 4

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Consultation 1.5 hours

Lecture 3.0 hours
Practice 2.75 hours

Session 3

Day 5

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Consultation 1.5 hours
Lecture 3.0 hours
Practice 2.75 hours

Day 6

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Consultation 1.5 hours
Lecture 3.0 hours
Practice 2.75 hours

Session 4

Day 7

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Practice 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Consultation 1.5 hours
Lecture 3.0 hours
Practice 2.75 hours

Day 8

Consultation 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lecture 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Practice 1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Consultation 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Consultation 1.5 hours
Lecture 2.0 hours
Practice 2.25 hours
Consultation 1.5 hours

Curriculum Overview

Training Session 1  

Day 1

  1. The foundations of working with trauma and dissociation
  2. The foundation of human adaptation and development is in attachment to the Primary Caregivers
  3. An overview of the model of Structural Dissociation
  4. Standardized assessment of dissociative symptoms and disorders
  5. Methods of stabilization
  6. Theoretical Models for empirically supported behavioural and cognitive behavioural methods of treatment for PTSD
  7. Current status of research on empirically supported methods of the treatment of PTSD
  8. History and Overview of EMDR Therapy                                           

Day 2

  1. Model: Adaptive information processing (AIP)
  2. Method
  3. The primary effects of bilateral eye movements
  4. Mechanism
  5. Overview of the eight phases of EMDR Therapy
  6. Phase 1
  7. Principles and approaches to history taking in ASD, PTSD, Complex PTSD, and OSDD / DID
  8. Develop a case formulation and targeting sequence
  9. Assessing readiness for reprocessing
  10. Prepration: Phase 2
  11. Didactic training and demonstration of methods of stabilization                                                            

Training Session 2

Day 3

  1. Review: Balanced approach to history taking and targeting sequence
  2. Case examples of history taking and targeting sequence
  3. Phase 3: assessment of the target to be reprocessed
  4. Introduction to basic elements of Phases 4, 5, 6, and 7

Day 4

  1. Review: The assessment phase
  2. Desensitization: Phase 4
  3. Installation: Phase 5
  4. Body Scan: Phase 6
  5. Closure:Phase 7
  6. Video demonstrating Phases 3-7
  7. Selecting clients for initial clinical application of EMDR reprocessing
  8. Standards for scope of practice during and after Basic Training in EMDR Therapy

Training Session 3

Day 5

  1. Case conceptualization and target sequencing in the AIP model
  2. Review of principles and procedures of Phases 4, 5, 6, and 7
  3. Phase 8: Re-evaluation
  4. Introduction to using EMDR Therapy with children and adolescents
  5. Introduction to maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing

Day 6

  1. Treating unconsolidated memories with the "Recent Events" protocol
  2. Working with combat trauma and military culture
  3. Advanced topics in maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing

Training Session 4

Day 7

  1. Treating somatic disorders and chronic pain with EMDR
  2. Treating specific phobias with EMDR
  3. Treating panic attacks with and without agoraphobia
  4. Treating obsessive compulsive disorder
  5. Treating substance abuse and compulsive behaviours

Day 8

  1. Working with survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and early neglect
  2. Issues in working with severe DDNOS and DID
  3. Completing the treatment plan in cases of PTSD
  4. The EMDR Community
  5. The need for ongoing continuing education in EMDR Therapy and consultation
  6. Systems issues (insurance reimbursement, adjunctive use of EMDR Therapy, EMDRIA member code of conduct)        

 

Learning Objectives

Participants will describe key principles of the Adaptive Information Processing Model and the elements of Shapiro’s (2018) and Leeds’s (2016) models of maladaptive memory networks.

Participants will determine whether clients meet standardized criteria for readiness for EMDR reprocessing or need extended preparation.

Participants will use standardized assessment tools or structured interviews to screen all prospective clients for dissociative disorders before using any bilateral stimulation procedures.

Participants will describe a framework for case conceptualization and will organize and implement a planned sequence of targets for EMDR reprocessing.

Participants will describe the purpose and carry out with adequate fidelity each of the steps in the Assessment Phase (3) and the Reprocessing Phases (4, 5, and 6) of the standard EMDR procedural steps.

Participants will provide effective stabilization and manualized EMDR therapy to individuals suffering from civilian and combat PTSD, panic attacks, and specific phobias of traumatic origin.

Participants will recognize when to offer an interweave selected from the themes of Responsibility, Safety, and Choice and also when to “stay out of the way.”

 

Eligibility

 

Licensed or Registered Clinicians

In order to be accepted for the Basic Training in EMDR, you must hold a minimum of a
master's degree in a mental health discipline. You must also be registered or licensed with a professional organization (with a Code of Ethics) for independent practice as a mental health clinician or meet alternate EMDR International Association eligibility criteria.

Students

Graduate students are eligible to register for the training based upon the following: completion of core academic work, current enrollment in internship or practicum, receiving supervision by a licensed or registered mental health clinician, and current pursuit of professional registration or licensing. Click here for more information.  

 

Training Requirements


There are five program requirements clinicians must meet in order to earn CE credits and to receive a Certificate of Completion for the Basic Training in EMDR.  These requirements are as follows:

 

1. Attendance:

Participants must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions.

In addition, participants who attend the training in full and complete all the appropriate evaluation forms will receive CE credits. Any participant missing more than 15 minutes at any time during the training will not receive CE credits nor a certificate of completion.

To understand your options to complete the training, should you elect to withdraw after partially completing the training, you are invited to read the Transfer Agreement on the Registration Forms page.

 

2. Study:

You must plan to read in their entirety and thoroughly study portions of both: 

Leeds, A.M. (2016). A Guide to the Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors and Consultants. (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

 

 


For the pre-training reading list, please click HERE.

 

3.   Homework:

This is a rigorous, clinically focused, and academic training.  All participants are expected to complete the required readings before each Training Session and allot time to complete homework assignments between each Training Session. All participants must prepare written or typed summaries about their actual clinical use and experiences of specific procedures. Specific procedures are taught and practiced in the training. In addition, participants must complete and discuss structured self-evaluation forms about their actual clinical experiences and must be prepared to present their case material for consultation.

 

4.  Readiness for Experiential Practice:

This training includes extensive experiential practice.

You must be prepared to work on personal issues in these practice sessions. Please note the experiential practice portion of the training is for training purposes and is not meant to replace personal psychotherapy.

Participants who are not willing or able to participate in experiential work on stressful life experiences should not apply.  If you are struggling from illness, trauma, life stressors, or are not emotionally, mentally, or medically stable, you should not take the training at this time.

As disturbing material can emerge during practice sessions, you should be prepared to seek private treatment at your own expense if the need arises.

These issues are also clearly stated in the Participant Agreement Form on the Registration Forms page.  Please read this agreement carefully before signing it and submitting your registration package.

 

5.  Opportunities for Clinical Practice:

This training is focused on the application of EMDR Therapy for the treatment of disorders related to trauma and neglect. Participants will be required to discuss their clinical experiences in applying what they learn over the course of the training program.

Please make sure your Curriculum Vitae reflects your clinical experience. You may enclose a letter if you wish to explain your clinical experience and current practice setting.

Our goal is to ensure all participants have sufficient education and clinical experience to begin applying EMDR Therapy over the course of the training and that they have access to a clinical setting where the use of EMDR Therapy would be appropriate and possible.

Clinicians with few opportunities to use EMDR Therapy in their clinical setting over the course of the training program will not derive much benefit from the training.

With the small group format for practice exercises, such lack of practice within your clinical setting may negatively impact the learning experience of others. Please consider this when you make application for the training.

You should have at least two or more clinical case records available to discuss and to work with during the course of this training.

Beginning January 1, 2017 participants who begin the EMDR training must complete the entire training within 24 months from their initial start date unless there are extraordinary circumstances. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns,
please contact Jasmine Alexander at (604) 477-7447

 

The EMDR Center of Canada is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer 58 continuing education credits for psychologists. The EMDR Center of Canada maintains responsibility for the program.

 

The EMDR Center of Canada

Maple Ridge, BC  (604) 477-7447
training@emdrcenterofcanada.com
Copyright © 2018-2019 Jasmine Alexander MA, RPC, RCC, CCC, CCPCPR

 

Used with permission of Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute, Copyright © 2018-2019 Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D.