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EMDR Institute Basic Training Details

Accredited Trainings

Trainings offered in New Zealand are EMDR Institute accredited.  The EMDR Institute is the international training body.  The Institute trainings across the world are identical and recognised by all participating countries. EMDR Institute trainings have been accredited by EMDRNZ. As the trainings are identical, it is possible to complete your Basic Training with different Institute Trainers for each Part.

The EMDR Institute web site ( gives more information about Institute trainings as well as general information about EMDR therapy.

The Institute Basic training consists essentially of 4 parts, the two workshops each being followed up by a minimum of 5 hours Case Consultation with an EMDR Institute accredited consultant. Participants optimise their exposure to the practice of EMDR during each of the training days with separate practicum sessions. The six days are broken into two, 3-day trainings named Part 1 (historically referred to as Weekend 1) and Part 2 (Weekend 2).  Each three-day training is followed by a minimum of five-hours case consultation. The term case consultation is used by the Institute to differentiate between the routine supervision that all therapists should be having regularly, and the accredited EMDR case consultation that assists in consolidating what has been taught in the workshop. It is a requirement to have practiced EMDR therapy (approximately 30-35 hours minimum) with clients and to have attended a minimum of 5 hours of case consultation after the Part 1 training before being eligible to attend the Part 2 training. It is for this reason that you are not able to attend both the Part 1 & 2 trainings at the same set of trainings. The case consultation that follows the trainings is provided by case consultants who have been given additional EMDR Institute Training and have committed to ongoing training.


Basic Training Overview

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 (Qualifications required for attending training). 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.


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

Goal of the EMDR Therapy Basic Training

This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range of clients and situations.

Authorised Format

EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lectures, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of the training has been authorised by the EMDR Institute. Workshop trainers have attended “train the trainers” workshops and passed competency based examinations before being certified to conduct trainings. The EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of regulatory bodies of Mental Health Clinicians in NZ.

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.

Training Highlights

  • Supervised small group practice on each training day
  • Physiological overview of the Adaptive Information Processing model
  • Specialized history-taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes
  • Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
  • Stabilization techniques
  • Reduction of overt symptoms to move towards better mental health
  • Addressing the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
  • Applications to combat trauma and first responders
  • Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and somatic disorders
  • Applications to natural and man-made disasters
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Personal use for therapist to process vicarious traumatization


Learning Objectives

Part 1
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

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

Part 2
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice

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


Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion Requirements:

  • Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 Trainings
  • Reading the textbook, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (3rd Edition) Shapiro. 2018. Guildford Press, NY.
  • 10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant. 
  • 5 hours are required prior to Part 2; 5 hours after Part 2
  • Signed copy of completed Evaluation and Consultation Sign off Form
  • Log of recommended 30-35 clinical hours of EMDR Therapy is required. 

Case Consultation

  • 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
  • 5 hours required prior to attending Part 2 and 5 hours post Part 2
  • Workshop fees do not include case consultation
  • Group case consultation of up to eight participants are frequently offered by Case Consultants. In most cases Case Consultants will be present at trainings. Group case consultation training dates are posted  on this website here or at 


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