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, or Logan Harvey.
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 $839 if you book up to 3 weeks before workshop date. Thereafter fee $889.
Early bird discount is not available for Canberra and Adelaide workshops.


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

Sydney Nov 30 & Dec 1 2023
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown

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Perth February 8-9 2024
Fremantle Sailing Club
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

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Sydney February 26-27 2024
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road Camperdown

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Melbourne February 28-29 2024
Treacy Conference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Canberra April 8-9 2024
Mercure Canberra
Cnr Ainsle & Limestone Ave, Braddon

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Sydney April 10-11 2024
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central
431-439 Pitt Street, Sydney

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Perth April 22-23 2024
Fremantle Sailing Club
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

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Adelaide May 7-8 2024
Adina Apartment Hotel Treasury
Flinders Street, Adelaide

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Melbourne May 9-10 2024
Treacy Conference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Brisbane May 22-23 2024
Royal on the Park
152 Alice Street, Brisbane

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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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