Basic Training Information
The British Columbia School of Professional Psychology (BCSPP) presents
Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This
course is approved by the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International
Association (EMDRIA). It follows the EMDRIA's currently recommended curriculum (as of July 1, 2007) and is in 3 parts: two 3-day Sessions including practica, plus 10-hours of Consultation. Registrants must take both Session 1 and Session 2. Consultations may be taken as part on this course, or privately (see the Vancouver page and each Outside Vancouver offering for Registration forms and Fee Schedules).
Qualified applicants will have a minimum of Master's level training
in a mental health discipline and must belong to a professional organization
a code of ethics, or be a graduate student with appropriate supervision.
- to understand the research and theoretical positions on EMDR.
- to use the basic 8-phase EMDR protocol, effectively and safely, and
adapt it to special situations and populations.
- to be familiar with variations on the basic protocol for special populations.
- to understand legal and ethical considerations in the use of EMDR.
of the research on EMDR; discussion of controversy/social psychology of innovation.
- the psychology of trauma and diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
- theoretical explanations for EMDR; accelerated information processing;
alternate explanations; brain research; caveats.
- the 8 phases of EMDR treatment.
- EMDR and special populations.
learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications.
Such use is based on understanding the theoretical basis of EMDR, safety
issues, integration with a treatment plan, and supervised practice.
The course is in two trainings, and consultation components take place after each.
Session 1 is usually sufficient for
work with uncomplicated Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in most clients.
- Class 1:
History, Trauma, Research
- Class 2:
EMDR Basic Protocol
- Class 3: EMDR Basic Protocol
- Class 4: Practicum I
- Class 5:
Re-evaluation, Special Protocols,
Present Anxiety, Abreaction
- Class 6: Practicum II
Session 2 is necessary for working
effectively with more complex cases, special populations and more severe,
longstanding, or complicated
- Class 7 (Didactic):
- Class 8: Practicum III
- Class 9: Children, Dissociation
- Class 10:
Resource Development and Installation
- Class 11: Pain, Addiction
- Class 12: Practicum IV
Consultation includes 10 hours of individual or group consultation with an EMDRIA approved consultant. These may be acquired as part of this course or privately.
Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols and procedures (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Shapiro, F. (2006). New notes on adaptive information processing with case formulation principles, forms, scripts, and worksheets. Hamden, CT: EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.
- lecture, discussion, demonstration, video
- supervised practise
Session 1 and Session 2 are scheduled on two separate weekends approximately two to three
- Friday 9:00am–5:00pm,
- Saturday 9:00am–4:30pm, and
- Sunday 9:00am–4:30pm
Consultations as part of this course take place on three separate occasions at approximately 3-weeks and 8-weeks following Session 1, and 6-weeks following Session 2. Each begins at 6:30pm.
Approved for Continuing Competency by the Canadian Counselling
Ph.D., R. Psych., B.C.E.T.S.
EMDRIA Approved Instructor
For current course offerrings and future possibilities, see both our Vancouver and Outside Vancouver pages .