Pre-Training Materials (Part 1)

Greetings to you registrants for the upcoming EMDR Basic Training, Part 1. I hope you are looking forward to the training. I am confident you will come away with a powerful new clinical approach and new clinical skills.

Please carefully read this page in advance to prepare for the training. There are a number of action items below.

WEB ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION: Click here to view and acknowledge the EMDR Institute’s Basic Training Virtual Zoom Guidelines.

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT: Please follow this link and acknowledge the required participant agreement as soon as possible.


    • Pre-training meeting via Zoom (date and link TBD) – Attendance at this brief meeting is expected and important to assure you are prepared for the technical aspects of the training.
    • Main Training
      Friday: 8:00 AM Registration – Please arrive at 8:00 to assure zoom access! 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
      Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
      Sunday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Session

ATTENDANCE: Please note that attendance at the entire training is required.


    • Facilitators (TBD)

PREPARING TO LEARN: If you haven’t already, please purchase a copy of Dr. Francine Shapiro’s book EMDR Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. Get the 3rd edition (2017). This is required reading for completion of the overall training and contains details and nuances of the core theory and fundamentals of practice underlying the training. While it is probably too dense to fully absorb before the training, scanning through it and reading parts will help you prepare for the training. You can purchase the book at this link as well as on Amazon and in other locations. We have a limited number to offer at a discount. Please click here to purchase. Another book by Shapiro, Getting Past Your Past, is written for a lay audience and will be useful as you teach your clients about EMDR therapy.

CE Questions – As part of the training and to receive CEs, you will be required to complete a quiz related to the content of the training. At this link, you will find the pdf version of the quiz. We suggest you download and print this so you can prepare your answers during the training. Part 1 EMDR Basic Training: QUIZ WK 1 2.22.21 Manual No Answers 3.10

Consultation: Ten hours of clinical consultation will be provided as part of this training (included in the full training costs). These hours are offered in five 2-hour group consultation sessions beginning after Part 1 of the training and concluding after Part 2. As we get closer to the training, you will receive an email asking you to select your preferences for consultation times.

Please come ready to learn. The morning parts of the training will be didactic presentations of the core concepts and procedures of EMDR therapy. The afternoon component will be held in small groups and will feature practicum experiences which are opportunities to use the EMDR treatment protocols. As part of this practicum learning experience, you will at times be in the role of client, and for this, you will be asked to select a personal issue to work on. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of guidance and support to help you identify an appropriate issue.