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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're 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
Full Program Schedule
Trainer / Trainers
Erika Tsoukanelis, LCSW
Training Coordinator
Loralee Bowen
Continuing Education Credits
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EMDR Basic Training opens the door to a new level of clinical effectiveness in your work. As an EMDR Therapist, you’ll be able to help clients find lasting relief from symptoms of trauma and live more fully than ever before. This Basic Training prepares you to help your clients permanently resolve persistent problems of daily life that are rooted in complex trauma.

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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 behaviors and filling in emotional and developmental deficits common in complex trauma. It’s also flexible with a variety of responses 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 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 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 dyads and 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 through the work, 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 seven procedural steps to set up a memory for reprocessing.
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cancellation policy?

Tuition is refundable up to 30 days in advance less the application fee. Withdrawals between 14 and 29 days from the start date of the training are refundable less a $250 administrative fee. Withdrawals less than 14 days from the start date are not refundable.  The tuition, less a $350 administrative fee, can be credited towards a future Basic Training at the Standard Rate.  All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to  There are no refunds or credits once the training begins.  No partial CE credit can be earned if you miss any portion of the training.  In case of extenuating circumstances, we may offer a one-time option of enrolling at a future Basic Training again at the reduced rate of $450 if space allows. The Center reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the training at its discretion and will credit one’s tuition towards a future date or offer a full refund.

How long will I have access to the training materials?

Training materials are yours to keep. You can review the video recordings throughout the training after each segment and for 6 months after the Part 3 segment.

What is agency rate for clinicians working in a non-profit setting?

If you work at an agency or non-profit for at least 30 hours a week, you will qualify for the reduced tuition rate. Please email

How do non-licensed professionals and graduate students apply?

Graduate students need to have completed their core coursework before they can apply. Non-licensed clinicians on a licensing track will need to submit a letter from their supervisor to that effect.

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Informational Brochure

Please download the informational brochure for details about the daily schedule, continuing education credit, trainers, finances, 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