Master Certification

Master Certificate in Relational EMDR Therapy℠

The Master Certificate program in Relational EMDR Therapy℠ offers an integrated approach to treating complex developmental trauma in the 21st century that emphasizes the trifecta of evidence-based practice:  The person of the therapist, the person of the client, and best practices according to the latest available research. It has always been Deany's dream to launch a professional training program for EMDR psychotherapists who truly understand that our clients can only go as far as we can accompany them in their journey towards healing.  We are currently taking a limited number of applications for Spring 2024.

The Core Competencies of a Relational EMDR Therapist

The overarching goals of this program are to promote core competencies in these areas:

  1. An Integrative Approach to Practice – Informed by AIP theory, attachment theory, somatic therapies, parts work, interpersonal neurobiology, and affective neurosciences, the R-EMDR therapist will be able to draw upon these knowledge areas and successfully integrate them into a R-EMDR framework.  This framework further defines EMDR’s “client-centered” approach as emphasizing the importance of clinical choice points based on client and clinical variables rather than protocols and procedures.
  2. Primacy of the Therapeutic Relationship.  This powerful and effective methodology in the treatment of complex trauma is only as effective as the strength and integrity of the therapeutic alliance.  This includes both the client and therapist and is implicit in all core competencies. 
  3. Promoting Growth and Change Beyond Symptom Relief.  Clients who present with complex trauma have pervasive difficulties with self-esteem, relationships and self-regulation informed by developmental trauma that is unhealed.  While clients typically seek therapy for symptom relief, they may need more than an abbreviated form of treatment to address the root causes of their difficulties.
  4. Skillful Use of Self of the Therapist. As lifelong learners, we are committed to our own personal and professional growth.  As part of the learning process, the therapist will engage in self-refection and self-evaluation processes. Therapists in the program will participate in annual pre and post self-assessments that they will review with their Consultant. 
  5. Neurobiology and Ethics of Treating Trauma - This coursework  focuses on developing a working understanding of the impact of trauma on the various systems, the generational transmission, the culture of the client, and how their trauma impacts their overall functioning and readiness for therapy.  Further, an overview of typical ethical issues and dilemmas will be reviewed with implications for clinical practice.