This is a locally based EMDR Basic Training, led by an experienced, highly rated trainer, Julie Miller.  Julie was personally trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the developer of EMDR therapy, to provide these trainings.

This EMDR Institute Regional Basic Training meets the standards set by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and utilizes the materials of the EMDR Institute. Your EMDR training must be approved by EMDRIA if you would like to pursue certification as an EMDR therapist or if you wish to attend any advanced EMDR training.  Make sure your EMDR therapy training counts!

Training Format:

EMDR Institute Basic Training, as required by EMDRIA guidelines, includes 20 hours of lecture, 20 hours of practicum and 10 hours of consultation. The EMDR Development Center uses the EMDR Institute training materials and is a six-day, three-session program extended over approximately eight weeks, and is equivalent to the more traditional Weekends 1 and 2 of EMDR training, with the addition of the 10 hours of required consultation.

Three to four weeks separate the training weekends. This will allow participants to practice what they are learning and begin integrating this model into work with clients.  You only miss three Fridays from work.

Ten (10) hours of consultation is required for completion of EMDR basic training, and supports the participants’ use of EMDR therapy with clients. The required consultation is provided as part of the training, with no additional cost. Some of the consultation takes place during the training weekends with the remainder held in person or by phone with the trainer or facilitator, and is scheduled as convenient for the training and each group of trainees.

Attendance at all classes and consultation is required for completion of EMDR Basic Training. There are no opportunities to make up for missed lectures or practice. Any missed consultation sessions must be made up at the participant’s extra expense.

The training group is limited in size to allow for comfortable and personalized learning. Participants will be expected to be prepared for the training by completing the required reading before and during the training.  Participants may have homework assignments between training sessions to begin to implement the eight phases of EMDR therapy.  This is designed to prepare clinicians for the effective, safe and confident use of EMDR therapy in the clinical setting.


Prior to first day of training, participants are required to read the entirety of the following books:

  • Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro (2013)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, 3rd Edition, by Francine Shapiro (2017)


As noted above, ten (10) hours of consultation is required for completion of EMDR basic training, and supports the participants’ use of EMDR therapy with clients.

Four (4) hours of the required ten (10) hours of consultation will be conducted during the training hours.  The remaining six (6) hours of consultation will be provided after the training, scheduled at the convenience of the trainer and participants.  Any prescheduled consultation missed by the participant must be made up at the participant’s own expense.

Basic EMDR training is not complete until all ten (10) hours of consultation are complete.


The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) allowed a limited time to complete your EMDR Basic 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. This applies to trainees who begin their EMDR training after January 1, 2017.


40 Clinical Continuing Education Credits. This training is affiliated with the EMDR Institute and uses the EMDR Institute materials, continually developed and approved by Dr. Shapiro and EMDRIA.  They are also approved by NBCC as an approved ACE Provider, ACEP #5558. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The EMDR Institute is responsible for the program materials.

APA: EMDR Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists.  EMDR Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.

: EMDR Institute, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #9755 for 20 contact hours/weekend

SW: EMDR Institute, provider #1206, is an approved provider for SW continuing education by the Association of SW Boards (, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. EMDR Institute maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 8/10/17-8/10/20. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for ce credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 40 clinical social work CE clock hours.

NYSW: EMDR Institute is recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0125. 40 contact hours.

EMDRIA: This basic training has been approved by the EMDR International Association as an approved EMDR Basic Training (see


This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations. Special attention will be given to the therapeutic needs of clients.


  • Describe the history of EMDR therapy
  • Identify the three prongs and eight phases of EMDR therapy
  • List 3 important EMDR research studies
  • List 3 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe 3 criteria for client selection
  • Describe the AIP Model
  • Identify how and why to screen for dissociation
  • Describe client assessment and readiness criteria for EMDR therapy
  • Identify the steps for reprocessing a chosen memory
  • Describe how to re-evaluate reprocessing and complete the treatment plan
  • Identify 3 differences in applying EMDR therapy to working with children
  • Identify when the Recent Events Protocol is an appropriate intervention
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with blocked processing
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses