EMDR Therapy Basic Training - Late Fall 2023

Bring a new dimension of healing to your work with this three-part, EMDRIA approved Basic EMDR Training. We’ll guide you, step-by-step, through the theory and practice of EMDR as a comprehensive psychotherapy. You’ll learn to employ EMDR for trauma-related disorders and life challenges such as low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, loneliness, grief, anxiety, depression and addictions. Compelling video examples of real clinical sessions illustrate key concepts, processes, and critical clinical decision points. Every day, time is dedicated to supervised hands-on practice of what you are learning.
EMDR Basic Training
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Training Program Schedule
Part One: September 29 - October 1, 2023
Part Two: October 27 - 29, 2023
Part Three: November 17 - 18, 2023
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Trainer / Trainers
Erika Tsoukanelis, LCSW
Featuring Deany Laliotis LICSW
Training Coordinator
Loralee Bowen
Continuing Education Credits
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What Will You Take Away from This Training?

A Rock Solid Foundation for Practicing EMDR Therapy 

EMDRIA is the gold standard for EMDR training and our Basic Training is EMDRIA Approved. With a combination of didactic presentation, clinical videos and hands-on practice, we’ll cover all of EMDR’s cornerstone practices, processes, disciplines and tools in depth.

An Understanding of EMDR Therapy’s Flexibility and Scope

EMDR Therapy is restorative—proven to be effective in resourcing, strengthening positive experiences and filling in emotional and developmental deficits common in complex trauma. It’s also flexible with a variety of ways to stabilize an easily dysregulated client. You’ll learn when to use specialized protocols and how to modify the standard protocol based on what’s best for your client. You will gain a full appreciation of how EMDR is effective for addressing a variety of clients and issues including:

  • couples
  • families and children
  • disaster survivors
  • frontline crisis workers
  • combat veterans
  • complicated grief
  • addictions
  • phobias

Support for Integrating EMDR into Your Practice

You’ll learn how to introduce EMDR to clients, help clients formulate an effective treatment plan, select specific disturbing memories for reprocessing and support clients as they heal, grow and change. Time is set aside for case consultation during small group sessions and 10 hours of additional case consultation are included following your training at no extra cost. The mentoring you receive during consultation will help deepen your understanding of procedures and protocols; refine your practice and move through roadblocks and resistance as you apply EMDR with your clients

Practice Is the Key to EMDR Mastery

Our Basic Training exceeds EMDRIA’s requirements by including more time for hands-on practice of what you learn every day of training. Practicing in triads and discuss cases in small groups, you’ll experience EMDR memory reprocessing firsthand—from the therapist’s, client’s and observer’s point of view. You’ll be mentored by a member of The Center’s Faculty who is also an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Their role is to support you in all the roles, to clarify procedures and practices and to facilitate small group discussions. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the cornerstone elements of EMDR practicing how to:

  • apply the principles of the AIP model to case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • work through the procedural steps to set up and reprocess a memory
  • administer bilateral stimulation (BLS)
  • use interweave strategies during reprocessing
  • bring closure to a reprocessing session and get blocked reprocessing back on track
  • manage intense emotional responses
  • recognize and handle defensive responses and barriers to reprocessing

Who Is Eligible?

You are—if you are a mental health clinician, licensed for independent practice and want to use EMDR with your clients. It's important that you see clients while you are in training so you can apply what you learn and ask for feedback during consultation.

  • If you are not yet licensed, you must be on a licensing track under the guidance of a clinical supervisor.
  • If you are a graduate student, you must have completed your core coursework and currently work in a practice setting. 
  • If you work at a non-profit or government agency and carry a full caseload, ask about our non-profit agency discount.

See FAQ below for more information.

Meet Your Trainers

Erika Tsoukanelis, LCSW

Erika Tsoukanelis

Erika Tsoukanelis, LCSW is an EMDRIA-certified Therapist, Consultant, and teaches the Basic Training in EMDR therapy for The Center. Erika worked in various mental health settings before opening her private practice, Heart of Inquiry in 2011. Erika uses EMDR as a comprehensive and relational therapy and also draws on her work in psychodynamic psychotherapy, structural dissociation theory, Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe) and other specialties. As a certified holistic health counselor and Kripalu yoga teacher, Erika incorporates somatic awareness and mindfulness skills in her work. She is collaborative and ever-respectful of each person’s individuality as a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being. 

Deany Laliotis, LICSW

Deany Laliotis

Deany Laliotis, LICSW, Founder and Director of The Center, has been an evangelist for EMDR since it was introduced. She worked closely with Dr. Francine Shapiro and served as Senior Trainer and Director of Training for the EMDR Institute. Deany is in demand worldwide as a Master Trainer, speaker and leading light in EMDR innovations and refinements. She will be leading Part 3 of this Basic Training. In 2019, Deany launched The Center to realize her vision of training therapists to practice EMDR as a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy at the highest level of excellence. From EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Trainings to Masterclass Retreats, The Center trains therapists in the art as well as the science of EMDR.

Informational Brochure

Please see the training’s informational brochure for details about the daily schedule, continuing education credit, trainers, finances, required reading materials and more!

Here’s What One Colleague Says about This Training

Both personally and professionally, I have benefited so much from Deany’s EMDR Therapy Basic Training. This program was a perfect combination of didactics, videos of real therapy sessions, small group discussions, and, most importantly, the opportunity to practice EMDR therapy with other trainees! I grew immensely from my experiences as the therapist, client, and observer. Plus, I received support for specific questions that came up in my clinical work. I appreciate Deany’s passion, expertise, and comprehensive teaching approach!

Anna Jadanova , Ph.D.

PCT/SATP Psychologist
Roseburg, OR
Anna Jadanova

Frequently Asked Questions

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