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Apr 1,2022 - Apr 3,2022    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: EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians


Weekend 1: April 1-3, 2022
Weekend 2: June 17-19, 2022

    • Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
      Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Session
      Sunday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Session
The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Parts 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 client difficulties and self-esteem issues related to disturbing past events and present life conditions. EMDR therapy is practiced throughout the world. This interactional, standardized treatment approach has been empirically validated in over 40 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating effectiveness with a considerable range of presenting complaints, including PTSD, 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 current dysfunction. A number of neuro-physiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR effects. The training is based upon the textbook by EMDR originator Francine Shapiro, PhD Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 3rd Edition, 2017.

Training Highlights
    • 20 hours of didactic presentation + 20 hours of supervised practice
      Supervised small group practice on each training day
      Overview of the human information processing system
      Treatment approaches for a full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
      Methods to reduce acute symptoms and to achieve comprehensive mental health
      Specialized history-taking to identify presenting problems and underlying issues
      Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
      Stabilization techniques and strength-based resource development
      Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, coping with physical health issues
      Applications to combat trauma and first responders
      Strategies for managing dissociation
      Cultural adaptations and treating culturally based trauma and adversity
Part 1 of the EMDR therapy training is a 20-hour training divided over three days. Each day is divided into three sections: during which participants practice while rotating in the role of therapist, clinician and observer. Clinical vignettes and video examples of EMDR procedures enhance the training. With regard to didactic content, Day 1 begins with a review of the development of EMDR therapy, the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory which informs clinical assessment and intervention planning, research related support, and Treatment Guidelines recommendations. Participants are introduced to the mechanisms, model, and methodology of EMDR therapy including the Eight Phases of EMDR and the 3-prong protocol. Participants then learn details of Phase I History Taking and Treatment Planning and Phase 2 Preparation and Stabilization. Clients are advised in the use of the DES-II and other assessment tools. Participants learn the types of clinical complaints/diagnosis treatable with EMDR therapy. Participants are reminded of the importance of culturally responsive considerations and adaptations on Day 1 and throughout the training.

Afternoon small group exercises discuss case conceptualization and treatment planning. During practicum sessions, when in the role of therapist, participants use scripted protocols and complete Phases 1 and 2 to identify a treatment issue for the participant in the role of client and prepare them for reprocessing of related memories to be conducted on Days 2 and 3. A trained facilitator monitors three groups of typically three participants throughout all days of the training to provide oversight and guidance during the practicums.

Day 2 of the training begins with Q&A related to the prior days content and practicum experiences. New content reviews Phases 3-6 which are those most closely related to memory reprocessing. Participants also learn procedures for Phase 7 Closure. This knowledge provides instruction as to the goals and procedures central to EMDR therapy reprocessing. Afternoon small groups review the specific scripts for the afternoon practicum. Participants practice Phases 3-7. Day 3 begins with Q&A related to the prior days content and practicum experiences. New content includes managing client affect including hyper and hypo arousal. Participants learn multiple strategies to build client capacity for reprocessing including additional resourcing and stabilization techniques. Phase 8 Reevaluation is taught along with clinical approaches to present triggers and a protocol of the Future Template. Content also includes and EMDR protocol for recent events and key considerations in working with children and adolescents. Afternoon practice sessions continue client reprocessing of identified material.

    • 1. Identify 3 components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
      2. Identify the Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR therapy
      3. List 3 important existing research studies
      4. List 3 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
      5. Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
      6. Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
      7. Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment
      8. Describe 3 criteria for client selection
      9. Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
      10. Identify when you would apply the Future Template
      11. Distinguish between direct questioning and the Floatback technique
      12. Distinguish between state change and trait change in EMDR therapy
      13. Identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy
      14. Identify the purpose of utilizing the SUD scale and what it stands for
      15. Identify the purpose of the VOC scale and what it stands for
      16. Identify the reprocessing phases involved in memory reprocessing
      17. Describe one purpose for Safe/Calm Place utilization
      18. Identify when the Recent Events Protocol would be appropriate as an intervention
      19. Distinguish the difference between avoidance and hypo-activity
      20. Identify 3 differences in applying EMDR therapy to working with children
Part 2 of the EMDR training consists of the same format and time allotment associated with morning didactic lecture; early afternoon small group content related discussion; and practice sessions. The practicum sessions with experiences as therapist, client and observer follow the same format as in Part 1 and offer participants additional supervised practice experiences with new partners working on newly identified issues. The morning didactic session of Day 1 (Part 2) begins with a presentation of applications and procedures when using EMDR therapy with more complex clinical presentation which are more likely to include diagnosis of C-PTSD, addictions, high levels of dissociation and dissociative disorders, attachment related issues, major acute stressors, and more. Participants learn related assessment strategies including distinguishing adult-onset trauma from developmental trauma. Additional resource development skills are taught including the Resource Development and Installation protocol. Participants are taught a process to move from clinical assessment to case conceptualization to treatment planning. Participants learn multiple principles for consideration in determining client readiness for various EMDR procedures. Participants are taught EMD to address specific stressors and triggers and are taught more nuanced considerations in memory target selection. Afternoon small groups reinforce clinical case conceptualization tools.

Day 2 of the training begins with Q&A related to the prior days content and practicum experiences. New content includes discussion of means to identify blocked or inefficient reprocessing. The cognitive interweave procedure is described with multiple examples as well as other strategies to enhance adaptive reprocessing. Video examples of key procedures are reviewed. Core concepts of Phases 3-6 are reviewed. Participants learn how to close down sessions with incomplete targets. Afternoon small group exercises explore the use if the cognitive interweave. Day 3 begins with Q&A related to the prior days content and practicum experiences. New content focuses on the multiple uses of EMDR therapy to address the needs of diverse clinical populations and clinical presentations. These specific EMDR applications are highlighted with key clinically significant considerations and additional resources are cited. Topics include addressing social and culturally based trauma and adversity, psychological reactions to illness and injury, grief and mourning, anxiety and phobias, addictions, dissociation, and treating combat veterans and first responders. Phase 8 is reviewed. Q and A includes discussion of resources and strategies to assist participants as they advance post-training in their understanding and practice of EMDR therapy

    • 1. Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve clinical problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
      2. Identify 2 internal and external resources that clients need to have in place
      3. Identify 2 clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention
      4. Distinguish between EMD and the EMDR standard protocol
      5. Distinguish between adult-onset trauma and developmental trauma
      6. Identify when you would target an adult-onset trauma versus applying the standard protocol
      7. Describe 2 clinical symptoms that may indicate the need to assess for dissociation
      8. Describe the 3 different categories of resources
      9. Describe 3 examples of specific resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
      10. Describe the procedural steps for closing down incomplete sessions
      11. Describe the protocol to initiate an incomplete session for processing to resolution
      12. Describe one therapy-interfering behavior that may need to be addressed in order for treatment to proceed
      13. Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
      14. Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
      15. Describe 3 strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms
      16. Distinguish between a simple phobia and a process phobia
      17. Describe 3 cautions for using EMDR therapy with addictions and compulsions
      18. Identify one category of memory appropriate for targeting with combat veterans
      19. Describe 3 strategies to treat complex trauma-related disorders
      20. Describe 3 ways that EMDR therapy demonstrates cultural competence as an intervention
Mark Nickerson, LICSW is a senior lead trainer for the EMDR Institute Faculty. The EMDR Institute was developed by Francine Shapiro as the first and foremost training in EMDR therapy internationally. Mark has been a psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for over 35 years, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, served on the EMDR International Association Board for eight years and was Board President in 2014, and is Chair of the Clinical Practice Group of the Council of Scholars. He is the Director of EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC:

Mark 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 was been designed by the originator of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. Lead trainer Mark Nickerson, LICSW was selected and trained by Dr. Shapiro to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. Practicum facilitators have 10-20 years experience. This training program was developed and originally taught by Dr. Shapiro beginning in 1990 and has been updated to include current research and developments in EMDR therapy. EMDR Advanced Trainings and the EMDR Institute adhere 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 therapy is compatible with other contemporary treatment paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential and systemic approaches. EMDR methods treat substance and behavioral addiction and support recovery.

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.

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
      $600 fee for Basic Training Refresher Course (for previously EMDR trained clinicians). Cost covers attendance at morning didactic section 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 that.

Qualifications for Attending: A clinical background is necessary for the effective application of EMDR therapy. Qualified participants include 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. LADC licensed professionals must also have a masters level license eligible mental health degree.

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/their 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:

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate authorized by the EMDR Institute and the EMDR International Association verifying that you are trained in EMDR Therapy.

Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy Requirements:
    • Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 3-Day Trainings
      10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant (included)
PLEASE NOTE: A CE certificate for 20 credits will be issued upon completion of both Part 1 and Part 2.

Note: Unlike many EMDR basic trainings, this training registration fee includes the cost of the required 10 hours of small group clinical consultation.

EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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