Training Details


An EMDR Institute Basic training is conducted over six days to ensure that the participants may optimise their exposure to the practice of EMDR with six separate practicum sessions.The six days are broken into two, 3-day trainings named Weekend 1 and Weekend 2. Each three day training is followed by a five hour supervision /case consultation component. The supervision/case consultation that follows the trainings is provided by case consultants who have been given additional training and have committed to ongoing training.

EMDR Basic Training
*Weekend 1 & 2 Training Schedule.

Presented by EMDR Trainers
Selected and Trained by Dr. Shapiro

*PLEASE NOTE: the term Weekend has been used to distinguish the new three day training from the previous two and a half day trainings. The term Weekend does not necessarily infer that the trainings will be held on a weekend.

Basic Training Overview
EMDR is a complex approach to psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to upsetting past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested with patients evincing a considerable range of presenting complaints, including, loss of a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, Vietnam combat and natural disaster.

Goal Of The EMDR Basic Training
This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR 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. Please note that those attending will be required to work on a minor personal issue in their practicum.

Authorised Format
EMDR is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDR, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990.

Integrating EMDR With Other Approaches
Participants have integrated EMDR into their practice and paradigms as diverse as psychodynamic, behavioral, Gestalt, cognitive, experiential, systemic and Adlerian Life Style Analysis..

Training Highlights
  • Physiological overview
  • Specialized history-taking to identify focal patterns and beliefs
  • Desensitization of traumatic memories and present anxieties
  • Installation of positive belief structures
  • Applications to natural disasters and recent events
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Applications to PTSD and military
  • Applications to addictions, grief and somatic disorders
  • Applications to children and adult survivors of abuse
  • Personal use for therapist to process vicarious overflow from traumatized patients
PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that clinicians practice the skills learned in Weekend 1 with selected clients for a minimum of 20-30 sessions before attending Weekend 2.
Learning Objectives
Weekend 1
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice
  • Identification of parameters treatable with EMDR
  • Use of EMDR Approach as a form of psychotherapy
  • The Adaptive Information Processing Model
  • Components involved in the approved EMDR Approach
  • 8 Phases of EMDR for comprehensive treatment
  • Clinical implications of existing research
  • Criteria for client selection
  • Strategies for effective and safe use of EMDR
  • Treatment planning and case conceptualization
Weekend 2
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice
  • Identification of problem areas
  • Closing down incomplete sessions
  • Working with difficult or resistant clients
  • Integration of self-control techniques
  • Expanded preparation strategies
  • Treatment planning to choose and prioritize targets
  • Dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Overview for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  • Effectively treat more complex trauma-related disorders
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion Requirements:
  • Completion of Weekend 1 and 2 Trainings
  • Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001)
  • 10 hours of case consultation/supervision with an EMDR Institute Approved Case Consultant
  • 5 hours are required prior to Weekend 2; 5 hours after Weekend 2
Supervision/Case Consultation
  • 10 hours of case consultation/supervision are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
  • 5 hours prior to attending Weekend 2 and 5 hours post Weekend 2
  • Case Consultants for each state are listed on the Locate a Practitioner page. Both individual and group supervision may be negotiated with Case Consultants.
  • Training fees do not include case consultation
  • As there are now Case Consultants listed for many Australian states, Sigmund will only provide group supervision on a limited basis. Groups of ten participants will be charged at $50 per hour per participant by him. In most cases Case Consultants will be present at trainings and dates for supervision will be agreed upon at the training.

Qualifications For Attending
A clinical background is necessary for the effective application of EMDR. Attendance at the workshop is limited to mental health professionals who have a minimum of a four year tertiary qualification or higher in the mental health field.

1. Allied Health Professionals covered by State and Territory Legislation
Fully registered allied Health Professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Psychology, Mental Health Social Workers, Psychological Medicine, etc)

2. Mental Health Professionals not covered by legislation
Counsellors, Social Workers, and Psychotherapists who have a Master’s degree or have completed post-graduate qualifications (Hons, Graduate Diploma or higher) in mental health and have worked two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) under supervision in a mental health setting. Social Workers must also belong to AASW. Counsellors and psychotherapists must be registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner, or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 3 or Level 4 member.

3. Interns/Students
Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) who are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional. Students must submit a letter of endorsement from their supervisor with their application for training.

Workshop Timetable For Weekend 1 & 2
First Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Second Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Third Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NOTE: Minimum numbers are required before trainings will proceed. Interstate applicants should defer making travel arrangements until it is confirmed that the training will proceed. This is usually done shortly after the earlybird payment date.

Participants are required to read the newly edited textbook by Francine Shapiro, Phd,
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures."
Guildford Press, NY, 2nd Edition, 2001

Weekend 1:   Weekend 2:
    Earlybird*: $800 plus GST ($880 total)       Earlybird*: $800 plus GST ($880 total)
    Standard: $900 plus GST ($990 total)       Standard: $900 plus GST ($990 total)
*Earlybird cut-off date is 4 weeks prior to start of course.
These fees apply from 1 Mar 2014.

Fees include morning and afternoon tea, workshop manual, EMDR Institute Registration.
(Lunch will be at participants own expense.)
Fees presented on the web site are for tuition only and fees for supervision/case consultation are additional to those noted on the web site.
New Zealand: Participants registering on this site will be charged the above stated fees in Australian dollars.
Singapore: Registrations for the trainings will be via this web site. Go to the training registration page to register. Early bird fee AUD880.00 , Standard Fee AUD990.00
The early bird date has been set at four weeks prior to start of course. Minimum numbers are required and a full refund will be given if the training does not go ahead.

Weekend 2 participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of EMDR Basic Training.
This will occur when they have completed both trainings and the required case consultation/supervision.

Refunds involve a $50 plus GST ($55) cancellation fee.
Definitely no refunds for cancellation within 7 days of a booked training. Payment may not be used for a credit for a later training but bookings are transferable.