EMDR Therapy Basic Training

Embark on a journey with us as we delve into the complexities of the human mind,
allowing you to gain deeper insights and expertise to enhance your clinical practice.

Course Description

Infinite Learning offers a comprehensive basic training program in EMDR therapy, which includes:

  • All ten hours of required consultation
  • Four, two-day training weekend sessions
  • Spread over a period of three months
  • An all-inclusive, affordable fee

Our Basic Training in EMDR is approved by the EMDR International Association. Graduates of our program are eligible to become members of EMDRIA and to pursue EMDRIA Certification. Our training combines adherence to Shapiro’s model, and utilizes curriculum licensed from Dr. Andrew Leeds and Sonoma PTI, with the latest developments in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, trauma, complex traumatization, polyvagal theory, and more. We strive to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of these subjects.

Pre-licensed and graduate students are eligible to enroll
Infinite Learning offers a discounted rate for pre-licensed clinicians enrolling in our EMDR therapy training. Both pre-grads and graduates can enroll by submitting a letter of support from their clinical supervisor and following the Pre-Licensed Applicant Instructions and Student Eligibility and Discount form on our registration page.


Diversity Statement
This is an equal opportunity training that offers you a supportive and inclusive space to learn. Everyone, no matter their age, gender or nationality can be successful in this course. People like you are joining from all over the world and we value this diversity. If you face economic barriers to enrolling, please contact us about a diversity scholarship.

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Next Training- Fall 2024 Dates:

Embark on a journey with us as we delve into the complexities of the human mind, allowing you to gain deeper insights and expertise to enhance your clinical practice.

Overview of Activities:
Our training program consists of four two-day modules spaced over a twelve-week period. Each module is scheduled three to four weeks apart, allowing participants ample time to practice new skills and review course materials.

The training sessions include focused segments of lecture, practice, and consultation to optimize learning outcomes. Morning and afternoon breaks are provided for 15 minutes each, while lunch breaks extend to 75 minutes to accommodate participants’ needs.

  • Participants will learn about the key principles of the Adaptive Information Processing Model and the elements of Shapiro’s (2018) and Leeds’s (2016) models of maladaptive memory networks.
  • Participants will be able to determine if clients meet the standardized criteria for readiness for EMDR reprocessing or if they require extended preparation.
  • Participants will use standardized assessment tools or structured interviews to screen all potential clients for dissociative disorders before using any bilateral stimulation procedures.
  • Participants will learn how to develop a framework for case conceptualization and organize and implement a planned sequence of targets for EMDR reprocessing.
  • Participants will understand the purpose of each step in the Assessment Phase (Three) and the Reprocessing Phases (Four, Five, and Six) of the standard EMDR procedural steps and carry them out with adequate fidelity.
  • Participants will be able to provide effective stabilization and manualized EMDR therapy to individuals suffering from civilian and combat PTSD, panic attacks, and specific phobias of traumatic origin.
  • Participants will learn when to offer an interweave selected from the themes of Responsibility, Safety, and Choice, and when to “stay out of the way.”

Curriculum Overview

I. The Foundations Of Working With Trauma And Dissociation.

  • An overview of psychotraumatology.
  • An overview of the model Structural Dissociation.
  • Differential diagnosis and standardized assessment tools for trauma related disorders.
  • Phase oriented model of treatment for PTSD and Complex PTSD.
  • Methods of stabilization.

II. Standardized assessment of symptoms.
III. Standardized assessment of dissociative symptoms and disorders.
IV. History and Overview of EMDR.
V. Overview of the eight phases of EMDR.
VI. Model, Method and Mechanism.

  • Model – Adaptive Information Processing (AIP).
  • Method – Standard EMDR Protocol for PTSD.
  • Possible mechanisms underlying the empirically supported treatment effects of EMDR.

VII. How to conduct EMDR therapy via teletherapy.

I. Case formulation — Attachment theory as a foundation for EMDR treatment planning.
II. Principles and approaches to history taking in ASD, PTSD, Complex PTSD and DDNOS/DID.
III. Assessing Readiness for Reprocessing.
IV. Preparation phase

  • The therapeutic alliance.
  • Psychoeducation on diagnosis and treatment of PTSD with EMDR
  • Issues and methods of informed consent to treatment with EMDR.
  • Introducing mechanics of bilateral eye movements and alternative BLS.

V. Didactic training and demonstration of methods of stabilization.

  • Breathing Exercises and Coherence training.
  • Calm place exercise.
  • Resource development and installation (RDI)

I. Review: history taking and targeting sequence.
II. Case examples of history taking and targeting sequence.
III. Phase three – assessment of the target to be reprocessed.

  • Purposes of the assessment phase.
  • Rationale for order of steps in the assessment phase.
  • Procedural steps for the assessment phase.

1. Image
2. Negative Cognition
3. Positive Cognition
4. Validity of Cognition
5. Emotion
6. SUD
7. Location

  • Video demonstrating the Assessment Phase.

IV. Introduction to basic elements of phases four, five, six and seven.

I. Review: The assessment phase
II. Desensitization – Phase 4
III. Installation – Phase 5
IV. Body Scan – Phase 6
V. Closure – Phase 7
VI. Selecting clients for initial clinical application of EMDR reprocessing
VII. Standards for scope of practice during and after basic training in EMDR.
VIII. Video demonstrating Phases 3-7

I. Review of principles and procedures in phases four, five, six and seven.
II. Phase eight re-evaluation

  • Video demonstrating Re-evaluation.

III. Introduction to using EMDR with children and adolescents
IV. Introduction to maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing

I. Treating unconsolidated memories with the “recent events” protocol
II. Working with combat trauma and the military culture
III. Advanced topics in maintaining and restoring effective reprocessing

  • Video demonstrating use of Interweaves during reprocessing.

I. Treating somatic disorders and chronic pain with EMDR
II. Treating traumatic and complex grief with EMDR
III. Treating Specific Phobias with EMDR
IV. Treating panic attacks with and without agoraphobia
V. Protocols for substance abuse and compulsive behaviors

I. Working with survivors of incest, sexual abuse and early neglect.
II. Issues in working with severe DDNOS and DID
III. Completing the treatment plan in cases of PTSD
IV. The EMDR Community
V. The need for ongoing continuing education in EMDR and consultation.
VI. Systems issues
         Insurance reimbursement and acceptance by agency clinical directors.
         Adjunctive use of EMDR
         EMDRIA member code of conduct

Upcoming EMDR Basic Training

How to Register

To register for the training, email us your supporting documentation. Please allow three business days for review and you’ll be notified of acceptance, including suggested reading and study materials. You’ll gain access to our learning management system, EMDR manual, and other resources to enhance your learning experience. If you need assistance, feel free to contact us at:

To avoid 2.15% fees, you can pay by check to Infinite Learning, or by Zelle at payments@infinitelearning.love
Send payments to Infinite Learning, 2563 S. Val Vista Dr. Suite 108, Gilbert, AZ 85295

If you cancel within 48 hours of registration, you’ll receive a full refund. Otherwise, a $100 USD processing fee applies. Cancellations within 15 days of training are non-refundable, but the fee can be transferred to a future training, minus the processing fee. Once training begins, no refunds or transfers are granted, except in extenuating circumstances. We may cancel the training, in which case fees will be refunded or forwarded to a future training.

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Eligibility Licensed
To be accepted for the Infinite Learning basic training in EMDR therapy program, you must be licensed for independent practice as a mental health clinician or meet alternate EMDR International Association eligibility criteria.

Pre-licensed
Graduate students, post-graduate pre-licensed clinicians, and non-licensed clinicians must submit additional documentation with their application. See the “Non-Licensed Applicant Instructions” on the Registration Forms page.

Meet Your Trainer

Hi!
I’m Kelly O’Horo and I’m so glad you’re here! Taking your professional development to the next level is exciting, brave, and challenging. I hope to make it an experience that is rich with honor, patience, and of course, growth! My intention is to bring a compassionate delivery while honoring your learning style. I’m excited you’ve chosen to take this journey with me! It may not only change your clinical practice, it just might transform your life!

Trainee Testimonials

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning and engaging in the process of new concepts. It really helped to see how to proceed based on sessions and helped alleviate my anxiety about this process.”

“Given that this was a virtual workshop, Kelly did an excellent job navigating the challenges of online training exceptionally well, and I would not have changed a thing.”

“Would love to have had more time hearing Kelly’s words of wisdom and some creative interviews and other language that is useful. Having a part two or a 2 day training would be great too. This is one of the best trainings I have been to! Thank you!”

“Amazing job! Thank you! Obtaining the variations was very helpful and setting up the psycho-education was excellent. Well done, thank you”

“Honestly, I found your manner of teaching and supervision to be hugely effective and very helpful…Your professional depth and amazing ability to connect and convey concepts has been invaluable. I have learned so much from you about EMDR and more. You have a gift.”

“Kelly has a great way of relating to us at the level of clinical experience we are at. It was very validating! She also provides such beautiful personal context to where she enters into the work. I felt very supported by her when my group had questions. She did reprocessing with me and I cannot begin to explain (l am still trying to find the words) how transformative that experience was.”

    “I thoroughly enjoyed learning and engaging in the process of new concepts. It really helped to see how to proceed based on sessions and helped alleviate my anxiety about this process.”

      “Given that this was a virtual workshop, Kelly did an excellent job navigating the challenges of online training exceptionally well, and I would not have changed a thing.”

        “Would love to have had more time hearing Kelly’s words of wisdom and some creative interviews and other language that is useful. Having a part two or a 2 day training would be great too. This is one of the best trainings I have been to! Thank you!”

          “Amazing job! Thank you! Obtaining the variations was very helpful and setting up the psycho-education was excellent. Well done, thank you”

            “Honestly, I found your manner of teaching and supervision to be hugely effective and very helpful…Your professional depth and amazing ability to connect and convey concepts has been invaluable. I have learned so much from you about EMDR and more. You have a gift.”

              “Kelly has a great way of relating to us at the level of clinical experience we are at. It was very validating! She also provides such beautiful personal context to where she enters into the work. I felt very supported by her when my group had questions. She did reprocessing with me and I cannot begin to explain (l am still trying to find the words) how transformative that experience was.”

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              $230

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              RTEP/GTEP

              $200

              Facilitated by Julie Russomanno 1 Day Includes 6 EMDRIA Credits September 7th 2024

              From Eye to “I”

              $225

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              To avoid 2.15% fees, you can pay by check to Infinite Learning, or by Zelle at payments@infinitelearning.love

              Send payments to Infinite Learning, 2563 S. Val Vista Dr. Suite 108, Gilbert, AZ 85295

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