EMDR Institute Accredited Basic Training

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. It is a requirement to have practiced EMDR therapy with selected clients and attended 5 hours of supervision/case consultation after the Weekend 1 training and before attending the Weekend 2 training. It is for this reason that you are not able to attend both the Weekend 1 & 2 trainings at the same set of trainings. 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.

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

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Weekend 1 and 2) is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting (See Qualifications Section). EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions.

This interactional, standardised approach has been empirically tested in over 30 randomised controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction.

In preparation for Weekend 1 training, it is advised that prior to attending, participants read the first eight chapters of Francine Shapiro, PhD: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 3rd Edition, 2018.

Goal of the EMDR Therapy Basic Training

This experiential training will familiarise participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations.

Authorised Format

EMDR therapy is a specialised 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 therapy, 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 utilisation of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards.

Participation in the supervised practice will require attendees to work on a minor personal issue.


Integrating EMDR with Other Approaches

As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, experiential and systemic.

Training Highlights
  • Supervised small group practice on each training day
  • Physiological overview of the information processing system
  • Specialized history-taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes
  • Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
  • Stabilization techniques across the attachment spectrum
  • Reduction of overt symptoms and achieving comprehensive mental health
  • Addressing the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
  • Applications to combat trauma and first responders
  • Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and somatic disorders
  • Applications to natural and man-made disasters
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Personal use for therapist to process vicarious traumatization
Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion Requirements:

  • Completion of Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 Trainings within a two year period
  • Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001)
  • 10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant
  • 5 hours are required prior to Weekend 2; 5 hours after Weekend 2

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.

Supervision/Case Consultation
  • 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
  • 5 hours required prior to attending Weekend 2 and 5 hours post Weekend 2
  • Workshop 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 $60 per hour (total of $330 inc GST for 5 hours) per participant. In most cases Case Consultants will be present at trainings and dates for supervision will be agreed upon at the training.
    For Singapore applicants, please visit www.emdr.sg for group supervision dates in Singapore.
Qualifications for Attending - Australia

Applicants for EMDR training programs should possess the following qualifications when registering :

1. Allied Health Professionals
Allied Health Professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Psychology, Mental Health Social Workers, Psychological Medicine, etc) must have full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (or NSW Registration Board if residents of that state).

2. Mental Health Professionals not covered by legislation
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 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.

Qualifications for Attending - International

Applicants from outside of Australia must check with their own country's EMDR Association to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to apply to undertake the trainings. You should only apply to undertake the training if you meet your country's eligibility criteria.


Training Dates and Fees
EMDR Basic Training Weekend 1
EMDR Basic Training Weekend 2