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Mar 5,2021 - Mar 7,2021    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Co-sponsored by the EMDR Institute. Presented by an EMDR trainer selected and trained by EMDR originator Dr. Francine Shapiro

EMDR Therapy Basic Training
Presented by Mark Nickerson, LICSW

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training Courses offer 40 CE Credits

VIRTUAL TRAINING Co-Sponsored by The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio
142 Canal Street
Salem, MA 01970

Weekend 1: December 4-6, 2020
Weekend 2: March 5-7, 2021

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The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Weekend 1 and 2) is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting. EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 20 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating effectiveness with a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neuro-physiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR effects. The training is based upon the textbook by Francine Shapiro, PhD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 3rd Edition, 2018.

Training Highlights
    • Supervised small group practice on each training day
      Physiological overview of the information processing system
      Specialized history-taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes
      Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
      Stabilization techniques across the attachment spectrum
      Reduction of overt symptoms and achieving comprehensive mental health
      Addressing the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
      Applications to combat trauma and first responders
      Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and somatic disorders
      Applications to natural and man-made disasters
      Applications to family and couples therapy
      Personal use for therapist to process vicarious traumatization

    • 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
      8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
    • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
    • 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Session
    • Identify 3 components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
      Identify the Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR therapy
      List 3 important existing research studies
      List 3 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
      Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
      Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
      Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment
      Describe 3 criteria for client selection
      Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
      Identify when you would apply the Future Template
      Distinguish between direct questioning and the Floatback technique
      Distinguish between state change and trait change in EMDR therapy
      Identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy
      Identify the purpose of utilizing the SUD scale and what it stands for
      Identify the purpose of the VOC scale and what it stands for
      Identify the reprocessing phases involved in memory reprocessing
      Describe one purpose for Safe/Calm Place utilization
      Identify when the Recent Events Protocol would be appropriate as an intervention
      Distinguish the difference between avoidance and hypo-activity
      Identify 3 differences in applying EMDR therapy to working with children
    • Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve clinical problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
      Identify 2 internal and external resources that clients need to have in place
      Identify 2 clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention
      Distinguish between EMDR and the EMDR standard protocol
      Distinguish between adult-onset trauma and developmental trauma
      Identify when you would target an adult-onset trauma versus applying the standard protocol
      Describe 2 clinical symptoms that may indicate the need to assess for dissociation
      Describe the 3 different categories of resources
      Describe 3 examples of specific resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
      Describe the procedural steps for closing down incomplete sessions
      Describe the protocol to initiate an incomplete session for processing to resolution
      Describe one therapy-interfering behavior that may need to be addressed in order for treatment to proceed
      Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
      Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
      Describe 3 strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms
      Distinguish between a simple phobia and a process phobia
      Describe 3 cautions for using EMDR therapy with addictions and compulsions
      Identify one category of memory appropriate for targeting with combat veterans
      Describe 3 strategies to treat complex trauma-related disorders
      Describe 3 ways that EMDR therapy demonstrates cultural competence as an intervention
Mark Nickerson, LICSW, is on the EMDR Institute Faculty as a lead Trainer. The EMDR Institute was developed by Francine Shapiro as the first and foremost training in EMDR therapy. Mark has been a psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for 35 years, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, served on the EMDR International Association Board for eight years and was Board President in 2014. He is the Director of EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC.

He conducts a range of advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including cultural competence in EMDR therapy, treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and violence, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict and is the originator of the Cycle Model as an approach to assessing and treating problem behaviors.

He is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally-Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families.

Authorized Format: EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and other mental health boards.

Integrating EMDR Therapy with Other Approaches: As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential and systemic approaches.

Goal of the EMDR Basic Training: This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations. Special attention will be given to the therapeutic needs of clients.

Program Fees (includes 40 CEs)
    • $1495 includes two 3-day of trainings and 10 hours of clinical consultation
      $1295 is a discounted rate for clinicians working for non-profit agencies
      $450 fee for Basic Training Refresher Course (for previously EMDR trained clinicians. Cost covers Part 1 or Part 2 but not additional consultation); $300 for morning didactic only. Participants must send a certificate of completion from their initial training.
Full refunds until a month before the training; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after November 27, 2020.

Qualifications for Attending: A clinical background is necessary for the effective application of EMDR therapy. Participation is welcome for all levels of mental health professionals who have a masters degree or higher in the mental health field and are licensed or certified through a state or national board which authorizes independent practice.

Intern/Graduate Student Requirements: Completion of graduate level coursework at an accredited school and be on a licensing track under state sanctioned supervision by a licensed clinician. Please submit a current supervisor’s letter with his/her degree and license number.

Questions or Concerns: If you have questions or concerns about the course content, references, content evaluation, or logistics, contact Mark Nickerson:

Local sponsor, Madelene Pario:, 978-219-9222

Certificate of Completion Requirements:
    • 10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant (included)
      5 hours are required prior to Weekend 2; 5 hours after Weekend 2
PLEASE NOTE: A CE certificate for 20 credits will be issued upon completion of Weekend 1 and 20 credits upon completion of Weekend 2

Case Consultation: 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training and are included as part of the training; Workshop fees include case consultation.


VIRTUAL (co-sponsor: The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio)
142 Canal Street
Amherst, 01002

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