Frequently Asked Questions

Does your four-part training cover Part 1 and Part 2 of the basic training in EMDR?

In a word, "Yes."

Actually, our EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR Therapy provides more hours of lecture and practice with additional training exercises than in the historic "Part 1" and "Part 2" approach.

EMDRIA does not specifically recognize specific "parts" of basic training such as Part 1 or Part 2 (or Part 3). These basic training segments represent varieties of training models offered by different EMDRIA-approved providers of basic training.

EMDRIA sets minimum standards for amount of lecture (20 hours), practice (20 hours), and consultation (10 hours) and leaves it up to each provider to propose a training model and structure to meet EMDRIA standards. For example, EMDRIA-approved university courses might meet once a week or twice a week for a semester. Some commercial EMDRIA-approved basic trainings in EMDR Therapy are delivered in three weekends, some in two weekends, and some providers offer "intensive" basic trainings.

The EMDR Center of Canada Basic Training in EMDR Therapy is offered as a series of four, "easy-to-digest" two-day training sessions scheduled over a 12-week period. With our training, there is no "Part 1" or "Part 2," just one complete, comprehensive basic training.

With our training, you sign up for one complete training with a specific training schedule. Approximately twelve weeks after you start the training, you will have completed your basic training in EMDR and will be using it in your current clinical setting.

To see a quick overview of our training schedule, visit the Training Page


I completed Part 1 from another EMDR training. What training sessions do I need to complete Part 2?

If you completed "Part 1" from another training provider, it is not possible to register for a "part" of our training to complete "Part 2."  

The EMDR Center of Canada comprehensive basic training in EMDR Therapy is offered as a series of four, two-day training sessions scheduled over a 12-week period. With our training, there is no "Part 1" or "Part 2," just one complete, comprehensive basic training.

Therefore, if you were only partially trained, you will be required to attend all 8 days of our training in order to receive your certificate of completion.


I have a possible scheduling conflict for one or two of the eight days of this training. Can accommodations be made?

Unfortunately, no.

Our comprehensive basic training in EMDR Therapy provided by The EMDR Center of Canada is a sequential learning program which builds progressively on learning experiences over each of the eight days of training.

The program consists of more than 50% of experiential learning activities through supervised group and dyad practice exercises, as well as group consultation sessions. It is not possible to miss one full day or a weekend and make it up via home study or private consultation.

Further, EMDRIA requirements state that participants must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion for the training. Similarly, CE granting organizations require participation and completion of all program activities to earn CEs. Neither CEs nor documentation of program completion may be granted for partial attendance.

We recognize that holding our training over four training sessions may pose scheduling challenges for some. However, we believe that the progressive and sequential model of training provided by The EMDR Center of Canada provides a superior program and learning experience for professional development and EMDR training.

Therefore, you should only plan to register for our training if you can commit to attending all training days and participating fully. For further details, please read the Registration Information Booklet and the Participant Agreement.

To understand your options to complete the training should you elect to withdraw after partially completing the training, you are invited to read the Transfer Request and Agreement Form.


I want to register, but I cannot afford to pay the tuition in full.

The EMDR Center of Canada offers a payment plan with three payments by credit card spread over time. Please read the payment information section in the Registration Information Booklet for more details. If you submit a credit card installment contract, the initial charge will made to your account only upon your acceptance into the training.


I am a student but have not yet started my internship or practicum. Can I still register for the training?

The EMDR International Association requires that students who register for the training be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in the mental health field (Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program by the time the training begins. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician. Unfortunately, first year graduate students are not eligible to take the training.

Therefore, as long as you meet the above criteria and will be starting your internship or practicum before the training takes place, you are eligible to register for the training.


I am an intern who wants to register for the training. Does my supervisor need to be trained in EMDR Therapy?

Whether you are licensed as a psychotherapist or are an intern, you need to be working in a clinical setting where you will be able to practice the knowledge and skills you are learning in the EMDR Therapy basic training. Your supervisor does not need to be trained in EMDR Therapy but must be supportive of you using EMDR Therapy with your clients who have post-traumatic stress and related syndromes such as phobias, panic attacks, and symptoms of complex PTSD (DESNOS). As part of your application package, your supervisor will need to sign a letter indicating he/she is supportive of you taking this training. Please read the Non-Licensed or Non-Registered Applicant Form for detailed guidance on this letter.

As noted, supervisors do not need to be trained in EMDR Therapy to provide supervision for pre-licensed clinicians being trained in EMDR Therapy. Your clinical supervisor should have education and training in the assessment and treatment of those with PTSD, phobias, panic attacks, and complex PTSD (DESNOS). If your clinical supervisor is familiar with any of the evidence-based treatments and the community standards of care for these conditions, there generally should be no barrier to your use of EMDR Therapy for these conditions with your clients.

The EMDR Center of Canada provides written guidelines to assist you and your clinical supervisor in selecting cases suitable for application of EMDR Therapy during the training process. EMDR Therapy follows general principles from consensus models for treating these conditions. Some clinicians have clinical supervisors trained in EMDR Therapy; however, a large portion of our interns have supervisors not yet trained in EMDR Therapy. Some clinical supervisors later decide to get training in EMDR Therapy after witnessing how clinicians trained in EMDR Therapy help their clients improve, and progress as a result of treatment with EMDR Therapy.


I was trained in EMDR Therapy years ago but have seldom used it. Can I review the training?

Yes! For those already trained in EMDR Therapy who want to review the training to strengthen their understanding and skills, the Reviewer's Discount is an excellent value.

In our comprehensive training, we teach basic and advanced protocols and concepts to help prepare you for integrating EMDR Therapy into your clinical practice so you will be using it more regularly.

You can attend our entire basic training at the student discounted rate and earn 10 group hours toward EMDRIA Certification. Upon completion, you will also receive 64 CEs toward your professional development through the Canadian Psychological Association. This offer is only open to licensed mental health professionals who meet eligibility criteria, and who provide documentation of having completed any EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR Therapy.


Is consultation included in the basic training schedule and tuition?

This is a great question and an important issue to consider. The short answer is, “Yes.”

All EMDRIA approved providers of basic training in EMDR Therapy are required to provide at least 10 hours of consultation in developmental increments to extend over the course of the training."

In choosing between different providers of basic training in EMDR Therapy, you should be aware that some providers of basic training do not include the cost of all 10 required hours of consultation in their listed tuition.

Also, most providers do not include these 10 hours in the standard training schedule. Instead, most require participants to attend separately scheduled consultation sessions, or to find a consultant on their own, and then schedule and pay for these sessions privately.

The EMDR Center of Canada takes a different approach:

• First, the cost of all required hours of consultation is included in the listed tuition.
• Equally important is that we integrate 10.5 hours of consultation into the standard training schedule of the second, third, and fourth weekends.
• These 90-minute sessions of consultation are provided in truly developmental increments.

At The EMDR Center of Canada, we also closely support you in your learning process by providing clear and easy-to-use forms and scripts to assist you in practicing and documenting your clinical experiences. This makes it easy for you to present simple work summaries over the course of your EMDR basic training.

With that said, completing your basic training is just the beginning of your professional development with EMDR Therapy. After you complete your Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, we strongly encourage you to continue to obtain consultation on a regular basis from an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and towork toward becoming an EMDRIA Certified Therapist. Lists of additional resources for professional development in EMDR Therapy are provided in your participant manual.


Will I be certified in EMDR once I complete the basic training?

Unfortunately, no. 

Completing an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) approved basic training in EMDR Therapy is the first step.  

After completing the basic training, you are considered trained in EMDR Therapy.  

Licensed mental health professional are eligible for full clinical membership in EMDRIA. Interns are eligible for associate membership and can upgrade to full membership upon licensure.

After completing the basic training, you may wish to pursue EMDRIA Certification. The  requirements for EMDR certification by EMDRIA are described in detail on EMDRIA's website.

Generally, in order to become certified in EMDR Therapy you must:

• have at least two years experience in your field
• have conducted at least 50 EMDR sessions with at least 25 clients
• have received 20 hours of consultation by an Approved Consultant in EMDR Therapy (after completing your Basic Training)
• have completed 12 hours of EMDRIA Credits (continuing education in EMDR)
• provide letter(s) of recommendation from one or more Approved Consultant(s) in EMDR Therapy regarding your use of EMDR Therapy
• provide two letters of recommendation
• verify that you agree to adhere to EMDRIA's Professional Code of Conduct


Many of my clients have complex co-occurring conditions. Can I learn EMDR Therapy and apply it with them?

Yes! Absolutely.

The training curriculum of our basic training in EMDR Therapy is organized to address the fact that most clinicians see relatively few cases of single incident adult or child trauma and instead see mostly complex cases with co-occurring conditions.

In fact, many clinicians often work with highly challenging cases.

Therefore, the first training session of The EMDR Center of Canada's basic training in EMDR Therapy focuses on the use of stabilization methods and assessing readiness for EMDR memory reprocessing. It is not until the second training session that we cover the standard EMDR PTSD protocol and standard EMDR procedural steps. 

In addition, at The EMDR Center of Canada you learn:

• Francine Shapiro's Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model
• an attachment-based approach to case conceptualization
• specific strategies to screen for disorders of structural dissociation

The integrated approach to treatment planning and target sequencing taught in our basic training in EMDR Therapy strengthens your ability to organize your work with your clients whether they are ready for EMDR reprocessing or not.

In the second and third training sessions, you will learn and practice basic and intermediate procedures for EMDR reprocessing suitable for cases of PTSD, partial PTSD, and related conditions.

During the fourth training session, you will be introduced to a number of advanced EMDR Therapy approaches suitable for complex and co-occurring conditions including:

  • Treating somatic disorders and chronic pain with EMDR Therapy
  • Treating traumatic and complex grief with EMDR Therapy
  • Treating Specific Phobias with EMDR Therapy
  • Treating panic attacks with and without agoraphobia
  • The DeTUR protocol for substance abuse and compulsive behaviours
  • Working with survivors of incest, sexual abuse and early neglect
  • Issues in working with severe DDNOS and DID

The EMDR Center of Canada "EMDR Training for Clinicians" builds the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to integrate EMDR Therapy into your actual day-to-day clinical practice with real-world, complex cases.


I am a mental health clinician. I do not have a current caseload nor do I conduct individual psychotherapy with my clients. Am I still eligible to enroll in the training?

You need to have a minimum of two cases in your clinical caseload with whom you can conduct individual psychotherapy in order to practice the skills you are learning in the EMDR Therapy training. This applies both to those in the Reviewer's Track and those in the initial EMDR Therapy training.

If you are interested in pursuing EMDR training, you will be able to enrol in our training once you have a caseload of two or more clients. To this end, you may wish to begin exploring opportunities to begin seeing clients. 

As outlined by EMDRIA, the following requirements are in place:

Opportunities for clinical practice:

This training is focused on the application of EMDR Therapy to the treatment of disorders related to trauma and neglect. Participants will be required to discuss their clinical experiences in applying what they learn over the course of the training program.

The goal is to ensure that all participants have sufficient education and clinical experience to begin applying EMDR Therapy over the course of the training and have access to a clinical setting where the use of EMDR Therapy would be appropriate and possible.

Clinicians with few opportunities to use EMDR Therapy in their clinical setting over the course of the training program will not derive much benefit from this training. With the small group format for practice exercises, such lack of practice might negatively impact the learning experience of others. Please consider this when you make application for this training.

You should have at least two or more clinical cases available to you with whom you can apply EMDR Therapy during the course of this training.



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