City of Austin funded
Basic EMDR Therapy Training

City of Austin funded EMDR Basic Therapy Training

This City of Austin funded training is sponsored by the partnership of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team and APD Victim Services. This effort developed out of the need to train more local therapists in EMDR to increase the accessibility of trauma treatment to survivors of sexual assault as the results from the processing of the backlog of rape kits are made available to those survivors.

The Basic EMDR Therapy Training is a participatory experience both in the guided practicing of the elements of the model within the training weekends and in the active implementation of this work in one’s practice following each weekend (with recommended limits). Below are specifics of this training.

EMDR Therapy Training Overview

Participants will learn via lecture, video, demonstrations, Q and A sessions, role play demonstrations, small group exercises and supervised practice sessions.

Each participant will experience EMDR as both clinician and client through two practice sessions each weekend. These practice sessions are facilitated by members of the training staff.

Between Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 and then over the months following Weekend 2, group consultations sessions will be scheduled to assist in the integration of EMDR into clinical work. It is required that trainees take the skills learned in both weekends and begin to actively use EMDR. That work is then brought to consultation for review and support. Trainees may not participate in consultation sessions without having work to present and completion of the consultation sessions is required to complete this EMDR Therapy Training.

Twenty (20) CEU’s are given for each weekend.

Lead Trainer: Sharon Rollins, LPC


Required Texts

EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, Third Edition by Francine Shapiro, PhD (Guilford Press, 2018)

EMDR Scripted Protocols – Basic and Special Situations by Marilyn Luber

Consultation Hours

In addition to the two weekends, EMDRIA requires 10 hours of consultation (in group or individual settings) as an integral part of the Basic Training*. Consultation provides an important opportunity to integrate the information gained in the weekend trainings into day-to-day practice.

The training staff provides consultation in small group settings beginning in the weeks following Weekend 1 and continuing into the months following Weekend 2.

Participants can choose from a range of 2-hour groups held on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings to complete the 10-hour requirement. Some of these hours will be available in the Austin area and others via teleconference.

Note that this training requires participants to be utilizing EMDR with clients following Weekend 1 (with specified limits) and continuing after Weekend 2. Participation in consultation requires bringing that work into these group sessions for input and assistance.


Weekend 1: June 29-July 1
Hours: All days, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Austin Energy
721 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, 78704

Weekend 2: October 19-21
Hours: All days, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Center for Child Protection (CCP)
8509 FM 969
Austin, Tx 78724


Attendance in any EMDRIA-Approved Basic Training is limited to licensed mental health professionals and interns on a state mental health licensing track. Interns must receive approval for attendance. For information on eligibility requirements see link below to the EMDRIA website.

*All EMDRIA-Approved Basic Trainings are overseen by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) who establishes curriculum requirements and approves trainers.