This EMDR International Association-Approved Training is held over two 3-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and an additional Saturday session right before each training weekend from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm). Additionally, a total of 10 hours of group consultation is required to assist in the integration of the training material into practice. These 10 hours are included in the overall Training.

Basic 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.

Twenty (20) CEU’s are given for each weekend. Rick Levinson, LCSW is an approved CEU Provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Workers and Professional Counselors.

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 and get credit for consultation sessions without having work to present. Utilizing the learned skills and completion of the required consultation sessions following Weekend 1 is required to attend Weekend 2 and the same requirement extends following Weekend 2 in order to complete this EMDR Therapy Training.

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

Fees For Training

Fees cover the full training including Weekends 1 and 2 and the required 10 hours of provided group consultation.

  • $1490 – Standard Registration if received 30 days or more before the training
  • $1650 – Standard Registration if received less than 30 days prior to the training
  • $1150 – Students/interns and full time employees of non-profits and government agencies (must be approved) if received 30 days or more before the training
  • $1275 – Students/interns and full time employees of non-profits and government agencies (must be approved) if received less than 30 days prior to the training

We offer the option of paying the course fee out in three installments.

  • Payment 1 is due at registration (unless special arrangements have been made in writing).
  • A $50 administrative fee is added to the course fee when choosing this option.

Consultation Requirements:
10 hours of individual or group consultation is required to complete the Basic EMDR Therapy Training.
The training staff provides consultation in small group settings following Weekend 1 and continuing in the months following Weekend 2. Participants choose from groups held on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings. For those participants outside the training location area, group consultation is provided via teleconferencing.

Training Goals:


Participants will learn the basic EMDR Protocol in order to begin to utilize EMDR in clinical practice within recommended limits.

Topics include:

  • History of the EMDR approach
  • Overview of EMDR research
  • Neurophysiology of information processing and trauma
  • Range of applications of EMDR therapy
  • 8 phases of EMDR treatment
  • Stabilization and self control techniques
  • Recommended limits for beginning utilization


Participants will learn the use of EMDR in more complex clinical presentations as well as broaden their understanding of the basic EMDR protocol.

Topics Include:

  • Treatment planning using the EMDR approach
  • Parameters surrounding client selection
  • Tools for development of client resources
  • Using EMDR in treating children, adult survivors of trauma, and recent traumatic events
  • Overview of the utilization of EMDR in the treatment of addiction, pain management and peak performance.

Training Schedule

Registration is open 

Refund Policy

  • More than 30 days prior to training date, refunds are given for the amount paid minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • 15-30 days prior to the training, refunds are given for the amount paid minus a $150 administrative fee.
  • Less than 15 days to training, no refunds are given. A transfer of payment to the next training is available plus a $50 administrative fee.


Attendance in a Basic EMDR Therapy Training is limited to licensed mental health professionals, students in an accredited graduate program, and interns on a state licensing track.  Students and interns must receive approval for attendance. For information on eligibility requirements, click following link to the EMDRIA website.