EMDR Part One (Introductory) Training

“EMDR Australia affirms that the content and presentation of these trainings meets the curriculum requirements published by EMDRIA.”

Presented by Associate Professor Chris Lee, Logan Harvey, or Larissa Meysner.
CPD points: 21 hours consists of 14 hours for the face-to-face  plus 7 hours pre-workshop preparation. The pre-workshop material can be accessed here. Only trained mental health clinicians can take the training. To find out the Australian requirements of who can take the EMDR Training click here.

Workshop Fee: Early bird $880, for payments received 3 weeks before workshop date. Otherwise $930.
Early bird discount is not available for  Adelaide workshop.


Workshop runs 9am-5pm and includes seven hours of preworkshop material followed by 2 day attendance at the venue.

Perth June 20-21 2024
Fremantle Sailing Club
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

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Melbourne June 25- 26 2024
Treacy Conference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Perth June 26-27 2024
Fremantle Sailing Club
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

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Sydney June 27-28 2024
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney
17 Bourke Road, Mascott

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Perth July 16-17 2024
Fremantle Sailing Club
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

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Sydney August 6-7 2024
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown

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Melbourne August 8-9 2024
Treacy Conference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Adelaide August 29-30 2024
Adina Apartment Hotel Treasury
Flinders Street, Adelaide

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Brisbane September 3-4 2024
Venue to be determined

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EMDR Background

The focus of EMDR treatment is the resolution of emotional distress arising from incidents such as automobile accidents, assault, natural disasters, and combat trauma. In addition to PTSD, it is also being used as a treatment for disorders where earlier emotionally traumatic experiences are etiologically related to the person’s current distress. Hence it can be used as a component in the treatment of phobias, panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, complicated grief and personality disorder. EMDR works more rapidly and is less distressing to patients compared with exposure based therapy. The scientific evidence supporting EMDR as a treatment for traumatic memories is now substantial.  Since 2013 the World Health Organisation and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Phoenix Australia) both endorsed EMDR as evidence based treatment for PTSD. EMDR was also endorsed as evidence-based practise by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies in 2019. Bessell van der Kolk stated in a key note address to a combined Australian and New Zealand Psychological Society Conference “if you work with trauma you owe it to yourself and to your clients to know EMDR”.

About this workshop

What you will learn in the part one training

  • Review the development of EMDR from its beginnings to the present day
  • Link EMDR with mainstream theory and findings in Information Processing and the Psychobiology of Trauma
  • Observe and practice the eight steps of EMDR treatment
  • Observe and practice strategies to deal with abreactions
  • Observe and practice ways to help clients develop more adaptive and positive beliefs about themselves
  • A wide range of strategies to work with more emotionally vulnerable clients
  • Experience key elements of EMDR as both a client and therapist in 10 hours of closely supervised practicum exercises
  • Receive a detailed (70+ pages) training manual and drop box link with additional assessment questionnaires, handouts, clinicians guides and research papers

In this EMDR training, emphasis is placed on the need for a detailed client assessment, and client preparation. Strategies to enhance client safety are covered to assist preparing clients who are more emotionally vulnerable. Much of the workshop will involve you in supervised structured small group exercises. The trainee / supervisor ratio is not greater than nine to one, and additional clinicians with extensive EMDR experience are employed to supervise the practicum. For these reasons, the fee for the workshop is somewhat higher than typical training workshops.

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