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EMDR Therapy Basic Training - Late Fall 2024

Bring a new dimension of healing to your work with this EMDRIA-approved EMDR Therapy Basic Training offered in three parts. You will be guided, step-by-step, through the theory and practice of EMDR as a comprehensive psychotherapy. You will 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, and you will practice what you learn through supervised work in dyads. Case consultation is included providing support as you start using EMDR with your own clients.
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Training Program Schedule
Part 1: September 20 - 22, 2024
Part 2: October 18 - 20, 2024
Part 3: November 15 - 16, 2024
—Begins at 10:30am ET—
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Trainer / Trainers
Mary French, LCSW-C
Featuring Deany Laliotis, LICSW for Part 3
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 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 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 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?

If you are a mental health clinician, licensed for independent practice with a Master’s degree in the mental health field, and want to use EMDR with your clients, YOU ARE!  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.

Meet Your Trainers

Mary French, LCSW-C

Mary French

Mary French, BSN, MSW, LCSW-C, is both a nurse and licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years’ experience operating a private practice in Baltimore County, MD working with adults and adolescents. Mary integrates traditional and holistic approaches to treat the whole individual—mind, body and spirit. She has trained extensively with Deany Laliotis for over 15 years and specializes in Relational EMDR Therapy℠.  Mary has trained and assisted in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy level 1 and 2. She is also a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor having trained under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. Mary is a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the past president of Pain Connection, Inc., a nonprofit group helping those coping with chronic pain.

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.

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