EMDR Basic Training For Practitioners

Helix Healthcare Group is proud to announce and offer this amazing training for  the first time in Toronto. Come Join Helix clinicians and learn EMDR in this basic training program.


OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the EMDR Basic Training is to prepare participating mental health clinicians to become capable of implementing EMDR with their clients successfully.  The EMDR Basic Training is a complete integrated training program that provides the clinician with the knowledge and skills to utilize EMDR, a comprehensive understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning, and the ability to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.  The EMDR Basic Training provides instruction in the current explanatory model, methodology, and underlying mechanisms of EMDR through lecture, practice, and integrated consultation.  Shapiro’s EMDR model including up to date research will be presented.

Course Method

This 62 hour course will include 3 components: Instructional, Supervised Practica and Consultation.  Attendance at all 62 hours is required to receive a certificate of completion.  The 3 components are described below.


There will be 27 hours of lecture, discussion, live demonstrations and questions and answers.  The goal of this intensive 27 hours is to teach the history, overview of the research, and EMDR’s model, methodology and mechanisms of action.  Case conceptualization, treatment planning, and the 8 phases of the EMDR Standard Protocol will be a major focus of this instructional period.  The first training weekend will prepare students to begin implementing EMDR in their clinical practices.  The second training weekend will deepen this knowledge and teach skills on using EMDR with special clinical populations.

Supervised Practicum

A total of 25 hours of supervised practice and experiential exercises are spread throughout the curriculum.  The goal of Supervised Practicum is to facilitate students’ demonstration and practice of the EMDR methodology as outlined in the Shapiro text, and the EMDRIA Definition of EMDR.  A Supervised Practicum occurs in practice groups of 2 or 3 students where the roles of client, therapist and observer are rotated, giving each person the opportunity to practice the skills taught in the course.  Personal material is used in the client role to make the practice authentic.  There will be direct behavioral observation and feedback by instructors.  These Supervised Practica will cover all phases of the EMDR Methodology.


Consultation is required for ethical application of EMDR.  There will be 10 hours of consultation of one’s actual EMDR work with clients.  This will assist trainees to safely and effectively integrate the use of EMDR in their clinical settings.   Consultation helps trainees integrate the EMDR theory and methodology as they develop their EMDR skills.  During consultation, trainees receive individualized feedback and instruction in the areas of case conceptualization, client readiness, target selection, treatment planning, specific application of skills, and the integration of EMDR into clinical practice.

As part of the consultation component of the Basic Training, each participant will be required to present at least 2 cases to demonstrate their use of the EMDR.   Videotapes and/or written descriptions and analyses of the process are encouraged.  You will receive direct feedback on your skills by the instructor.  The full 10 hour requirement must be completed to receive your certificate of completion of the EMDR Basic Training.

  Requirements for and Expectations of Participants

  1. Master’s degree or higher in a field of mental health counseling.
  2. License or certificate as a mental health professional. Residents/interns/ graduate students about to complete a course of study that will lead to full credentials as licensed mental health professionals may participate.
  3. Attendance at all sessions and participation in all experiential learning.
  4. Read Francine Shapiro’s textbook: Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
  5. Read Francine Shapiro’s self-help book for EMDR:  Shapiro, F. (2012).  Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.   Rodale Press, NY
  6. Read any other assigned materials.
  7. Successful completion of proficiency requirements.
  8. Apply the EMDR methodology with clients in your clinical setting throughout the course.
  9. Present at least 2 cases in the Consultation sessions which include EMDR sessions focusing on trauma reprocessing.
  10. Trainees are required to complete the entire program to receive a certificate of completion.  Approval of partial programs will not be granted.


Upon Completion of this course, you will:

  1. Be able to incorporate the practice of EMDR in your work with a range of clients
  2. Be eligible to:
    • Apply for membership to EMDRIA
    • Be listed in the EMDRIA directory and on the EMDRIA website
    • Apply for EMDRIA Certification in EMDR after completing the additional requirements for this Certification (please refer to the EMDRIA website for up-to-date requirements. Currently they include: at least 50 EMDR sessions with at least 25 clients; 12 additional hours of EMDRIA continuing education credits: 20 hours of consultation with an EMDRIA Approved Consultant).


EMDR Basic Training Schedule 

Weekend One:  November 10 – 13, 2016

Thursday         November 10:         1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday              November 11:         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday          November 12:         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday             November 13:         9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

One Day Training on Dissociation

Saturday          November 19        8:30 – 5:00 p.m.**

Case Consultation and Practice*

Tuesday          December 13             6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Two:  February 23 – 26, 2017

Thursday       February 23:              1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday            February 24:               9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday        February 25:               9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday           February 26:               9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Case Consultation and Practice*

Thursday            January 12:                  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday             March 23:                   6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday             April 13:                     6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday              May 6:                        9:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.

*Case Consultation can be done through telephone conference call system

**This training day is an additional component to the Basic Training which will give you theory and skills to work with dissociation and trauma, a necessity for all good EMDR therapists.

A certificate of completion of the EMDR Basic Training will be given after full participation and completion of the above requirements and training components.


Kathleen M. Martin, LCSW, Approved EMDRIA Consultant in EMDR

EMDRIA Trainer and Credit Provider



For payment and registration please contact Kathleen at 585-473-2119 or [email protected]




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *