EMDR Basic Training

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Are you looking to be trained in EMDR?


We believe all therapists need to know how to do EMDR. EMDR as a therapy stands alone as a trauma treatment that does this beautiful thing of following the client’s brain to bring about healing. We believe that clients can benefit from this extraordinary therapy when used by a therapist who has been properly trained through Basic Training.

When you are starting out on your EMDR journey, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there. Walking through that journey alone can be difficult, uncomfortable, and intense. In our Basic Training, we strive to not only teach you the elements that you need to know, but come alongside you to guide you so you can emerge from this training feeling comfortable and confident to begin doing EMDR.

While there are many great training options available to you, our unique approach and training style sets us apart from others. Our team approach gives you as much support as possible to learn EMDR well. We have a very relational style of training and really take the time to know our trainees. We will spend our time in discussions as a group, answering your questions and interacting with the material.

We strive to honor the intersectionality of all our trainers and participants and include this lens in our training content and discussion. We actively welcome all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. Our trainers and facilitators are here to help you each step of the way.


We exist for therapists who want to be able to do more with their clients. If you have ever been in a session and felt like you needed more tools or training to be able to actually treat the trauma your clients are experiencing, instead of just talking about it, we know how you feel!


We want to train every therapist to effectively treat trauma in their clients. The need for excellent trauma therapists is only growing. We are passionate about training you to be the best trauma therapist you can be!


Listen to what other trainees have to say about us:

“This was an amazing experience. I really am excited about using this in my practice. Everyone was so kind and helpful!”

Cathy Lelpi (MA, PCP)

“This training was hands-on with nascent skills - the best way to learn - by doing! Excellent training!”

Nancy Atkinson

Our EMDRIA* approved Basic Training includes:


  • 6 days of training, split into 2 separate segments (3 days each)
  • 10 hours of consultation video calls with your training cohort


When you finish training with us, you will have all the required hours and components you need, following EMDRIA’s guidelines. We think that is pretty important!


Right now this training is virtual. You will have 1.5 hours of video material to watch in preparation for the training. 


After that, you will join us virtually on the following schedule:


  • Day 1: 9-5:30 ET
  • Day 2: 9-5:30 ET
  • Day 3: 9-4:30 ET
  • Consultation Groups meet four times between training segments and a fifth time after Day 6**
  • Day 4: 9-5:30 ET
  • Day 5: 9-5:30 ET
  • Day 6: 9-4:30 ET


The training will include didactic teaching segments, discussion segments, practice segments. You will also break out into smaller groups in order to practice the EMDR skills learned. This means that you will experience EMDR as a client, a therapist and an observer. This component is key to learning EMDR effectively and part of the requirements of EMDRIA.


*For continuing education information, see our FAQs.

**Consultation Group Hours do not count towards clinical supervision hours.

In this training you will:

Learn the history, research, and neurobiology of EMDR Therapy.
Be able to apply all 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy with your clients/patients.
Be able to adapt EMDR to special populations, giving consideration to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Learn to apply EMDR with various diagnoses and symptoms.


For a full list of training objectives, see the Frequently Asked Questions.


We are passionate about you learning EMDR Therapy well. We want you to have these skills down to be able to do great work with your clients. Everything we do in this training is designed with your learning in mind, which is why we focus on a relationally based, interactive and experiential training. We can’t wait to get to know you and have you join us! We follow all EMDRIA guidelines for this training.



Upcoming Training Options:


September/November 2024

September 12-14, 2024
November 7-9, 2024


October/December 2024

October 3-5, 2024
December 5-7, 2024


Frequently Asked Questions

EMDR Basic Training


  Trauma Specialists Training Institute welcomes any clinician who is eligible for EMDR Basic Training. Our training environment is geared toward inclusivity and we welcome all ages, abilities, cultures, ethnicities, races, gender identities (including NB), sexual orientations, and religions.


We ask that all trainees prioritize this training and do what they can to limit the need for rescheduling. We do, however, understand that sometimes events arise that require you to change training dates. If you require to be switched to a different training date, you will be charged a $100 administrative fee. For trainings consisting of multiple days, this fee will be applied for each training day that needs to be rescheduled. We cannot guarantee you will be able to be placed in a specific training date due to trainer limitations, so you will be added to a waiting list for the next available opening.


If you have a disability that you feel may impede your ability to participate in this training, please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance of the training in order for us to provide reasonable accommodations. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.


We want to provide equal access to our training. If you are in need of any kind of accommodation to attend this training, please reach out to us so we can work with you to set up any accommodations needed. Contact [email protected].


Confidentiality Statement: All participant identifying information will be kept confidential upon registration of this training. Each participant can choose what name and identifying information to present on their Zoom screen.


Trauma Specialists Training Institute, LLC maintains responsibility for all aspects of this program and its content.


There is no known commercial support for this program.

124 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701 

(877) 780-TSTI | Email: [email protected] | www.traumaspecialiststraining.com

Training the Trauma Specialists of Tomorrow