EMDR Institute Basic Training


Eligibility to Attend EMDR Therapy Training. 

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Part 1 and 2) is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting. EMDR is a complex therapy requiring academic training to Postgraduate diploma level in relevant mental health fields and supervised experience in psychological therapies. To check whether you meet eligibility criteria, click here.

Basic Training Overview

The substantially updated textbook by Francine Shapiro, PhD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. Guildford Press, NY, 3rd Edition, 2018 is an excellent resource.

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. The interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 29 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating 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 dysfunctions. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR effects.

Integrating EMDR with Other Approaches

As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, experiential and systemic therapeutic modalities.

Case Consultation

  • 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
  • 5 hours required after attending the Part 1 workshop and 5 hours after attending the Part 2 workshop
  • Workshop fees do not include case consultation
  • Group case consultation training dates are posted on this website here or at www.emdr.org.nz 

Estimated Costs for Case Consultation

Dr Flewett charges $250 (incl GST) per person for a 5 hour group case consultation. Individual sessions cost $175 (incl GST) per hour. Please check with the other case consultants for their fees. 

Zoom Case Consultation is more often used in the era of COVID-19.

See Case Consultation for more information.


Learning Objectives: Part 1

10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

  1. Identify 3 components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  2. Describe 3 important existing research studies
  3. Name the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clientsIdentify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  4. Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  5. List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  6. Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases
  7. Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy

Learning Objectives: Part 2

10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

  1. Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  2. Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions
  3. Describe 3 resources for enhancing stability
  4. Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets for EMDR therapy
  5. Describe strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  6. Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  7. Describe strategies to treat more complex trauma-related disorders

Cancellations and Refunds

Minimum numbers are required and a full refund for the training will be given if the training does not go ahead.

Participants may wish to consider purchasing cancellation insurance when making travel and accommodation arrangements. This is increasingly important in the era of COVID-19.

In the unlikely event that a training is cancelled, for example due to the trainer becoming seriously ill, or in the event of a natural disaster, a full refund for the training will be given. 

The training program has, as an integral component, practicums in which participants practice the techniques of EMDR Therapy in pairs or threes. This involves close proximity to other trainees. Should you be suffering from an infection which is easily transmitted, thought should be given as to whether to cancel out of consideration for others.

Refunds for cancellation within 7 days of a booked training will be offered if accompanied by a medical certificate.