If you are a therapist, you have undoubtedly heard of the power of EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing). EMDR therapy is comprehensive and includes aspects of multiple psychotherapeutic approaches. A research and evidence based therapy created by Francine Shapiro Ph.D., EMDR therapy is identified as treatment of choice for trauma.
Here is where this EMDR Training is unique.
Ask any of your peers who are already trained in EMDR therapy. EMDR and dissociation is covered in other basic trainings, but not in great detail. If clinicians don't get that information, they can find EMDR therapy significantly more challenging when working with complex trauma clients. As you know, the majority of our clients actually come to us to heal from the effects of complex developmental trauma, as opposed to simple PTSD.
So, as a trauma and dissociation specialist, it was very important to me to not only support clinicians in meeting the standards established by EMDRIA for EMDR Training in Arizona, but also provide specific additional curriculum on working with complex trauma.
Dragonfly International Therapy, LLC reserves the right to refuse those individuals who do not meet EMDRIA's required guidelines. The following Eligibility Requirements are taken directly from EMDRIA Retrieved February 8th, 2016 from http://www.emdria.org/?page=60.
Qualifying Medical Doctors must have a medical specialty in Psychiatry and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
Qualifying Nurses must have a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) with a specialization in psychiatric nursing and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master's or Doctoral degree in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
Mental Health Clinicians who have a Master's degree in one of the following fields must submit their graduate transcript to determine their eligibility for meeting EMDRIA standards: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy. These clinicians will also need to submit a copy of their license to practice in their state or province in order to determine their eligibility.
Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA.
Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program. First year graduate students are not eligible. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician.
Graduate students who are enrolled in a Master's program in one of the following fields must submit their graduate course transcript to determine their eligibility for meeting EMDRIA standards: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy.
Students who would like to take the training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for this EMDR Basic EMDR Training: graduate transcript, practicum or internship hours, curriculum vita, and a letter from their current supervisor which includes the supervisor's degree information, licensure information and license number.
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training Curriculum
The goal of this EMDR Training Course is to provide clinicians with a complete integrated training in EMDR therapy. This program supports clinicians in meeting the minimum standards established by EMDRIA, as well as specific additional curriculum in dissociation. The goal is to provide clinicians with the knowledge and skills to utilize EMDR therapy, a comprehensive understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning, and the ability to integrate EMDR therapy into their clinical practices.
My Phoenix EMDR Training Course is divided into Part One and Part Two. In addition, there are 10 hours of consultation that must be completed.Please note that trainees are not considered EMDR Basic Trained until they have completed all of the aforementioned requirements and will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing the entire course.
The majority of instructional time will be spent teaching EMDR Therapy methods, as well as case conceptualization and treatment planning. The instructional component of this course is highly interactive; trainees will learn via combination of didactic work, videos and live demonstrations.
The goal of the Supervised Practicum is to facilitate the demonstration and practice of the EMDR therapy methodology by trainees as outlined in the Shapiro text, and the EMDRIA Definition of EMDR therapy.
To help apply theory and practice, trainees will receive direct behavioral observation and feedback while they work on real life experiences. To achieve the goals of the Supervised Practicum, practice may be done in dyads or triads. An additional EMDRIA Approved Consultant or Consultant in Training may help to facilitate the practicum under the consultation of myself. The ratio of practicum supervisor to trainees will not exceed 1:10 to allow for direct behavioral observation of each trainee.
Consultation provides an opportunity for the integration of the theory of EMDR therapy along with the development of EMDR therapy 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 therapy into clinical practice.
Consultation hours are accomplished via 4 consultation meetings, in blocks of 2 hours each and are accomplished online via a secured online/teleconference system. In addition, 1 hour of consultation begins immediately after the Part One course, and 1 hour of consultation begins immediately after the Part Two course. The scheduling format for obtaining consultation hours is subject to change to ensure that all attendees can benefit.
Costs do not include these reading materials that must be read prior to attending the course.
Trainees are required to obtain and read the Francine Shapiro's primary text. Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. (2rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
Trainees are also required to read Francine Shapiro's book for clients. Shapiro, F. (2012). Getting Past Your Past. New York: Rodale.
Additional Recommended Reading: Leeds, A.M. (2009). A Guide to the Standard EMDR Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants. Springer Publishing Company, New York.
Part One of the course emphasizes education in the following areas: [read more/less]
Defining Trauma: Non-Complex /Complex
The Historical Evolution of EMDR Therapy
The Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP)
Hypothesized Mechanisms of Action
Neurobiological Aspects of EMDR Therapy
Applications of EMDR Therapy & The AIP Model
Treatment Guidelines / Current EMDR Therapy-Related Research
3 Prongs (Past/Present/Future) & 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy
Part Two of the course emphasizes education in the following areas: [read more/less]
A Review of the AIP Model
A Review of the 3 Prongs (Past/Present/Future) & 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy
A Review of Working With High Levels of Affect/Blocked Processing
The Cognitive Interweave
Advanced Methodology: Protocols and Procedures for Special Situations
An Introduction To Structural Dissociation Theory
Additional Stabilization Skills For Complex Cases
Professional, Legal, Ethical Issues
Navigating the EMDR Practitioner and Organizational Landscape
As an EMDR Therapist for over 15 years, as well as a trauma and dissociation specialist, I have often seen folks get trained in EMDR Therapy, but still leave the training wondering how and what to do when cases don't fit the mold.
Ask any current EMDR therapist, complex clients that don't have simple PTSD are a unique challenge. Newly trained, even seasoned EMDR therapists, can feel stuck, and lose their confidence because dissociation is getting in the way of processing the trauma. It can get overwhelming.
With this in mind, this EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training program supports clinicians in meeting the minimum standards established by EMDRIA, as well as learning additional and extensive curriculum in dissociation. It goes beyond the basic training and gives you more skills in identifying and working with complex cases.
Many EMDR trainings, such as through the EMDR Institute or EMDR HAP charge additional hourly fees for the 10 consultation hours that must be completed alongside the Weekend One and Weekend Two events. In this course, your entire training includes the 10 hours. There are no extra costs. This is a significant savings.
With other trainings you still have to buy the 10 required consultation hours, and possibly from a consultant who didn't even train you. You could easily pay an additional $1,000, or more, depending on the consultant's hourly consultation rate. This would be in addition to what you paid to attend Weekend One and Two.
With this course, you pay for it all in one fell swoop. Your payment includes all of the hours you need to become EMDR Basic trained. Period. It's also all prescheduled, which makes it much easier for you. Also, setting it up this way allows to both folks in profit, or non-profit, to get the same discounted rates.
EMDR training will be held at my Phoenix counseling office, which is convenient for Phoenix area practitioners as it is located near Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe:
3231 S. Country Club Way, Suite 111
Tempe, Arizona 85282
Easily accessed off of the 60, 101, and 202 highways, my office is located at the second driveway on the East side of Country Club Way in Tempe, just north of Southern Ave and east of McClintock. Make sure not to confuse it with Country Club Road, which is much further east. You can also visit Google Maps for more detailed directions.