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 Dr Sarah Schubert.
CPD points: 14 hours for the face-to-face training plus 7 hours Pre-workshop Preparation.
Australian Workshops: Find out the Australian requirements and who can take the EMDR Training here.

Workshop Fee: Early bird $665 if you book up to 3 weeks before workshop date. Thereafter fee $725.
Discount for full time students $100. Contact us for a discount code BEFORE registering.

COVID-19: The workshops listed below are planned with a face-to-face practicum. We do not believe that you can learn all the level I skills without this. Therefore the trainings listed below can only occur provided restrictions pertaining to COVID_19 permit. Restrictions in place as of April 8 2020 would not permit these trainings.  We have online versions of our advanced trainings here.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops run 9am – 5pm

Canberra November 23-24 2020
Venue: Novotel Canberra
65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

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Brisbane November 25-26 2020
Venue: tba

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Sydney September 8-9 2020
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown

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Sydney September 10-11 2020
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown

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Sydney October 14-15 2020
Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown

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Melbourne October 16-17 2020
Treacy Cenference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Perth October 20-21 2020
Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard, Floreat

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Melbourne October 26-27 2020
Treacy Cenference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Melbourne October 28-29 2020
Treacy Cenference Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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About this workshop

The Workshop consists of two days of face to face training and approximately 6 -7 hours of Pre-worskhop Preparation, which can be found here – Essential Pre-workshop Preparation.

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 (80+ pages) training manual and CD 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.

All workshops conducted in accord with our Terms and Conditions of Service.

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.  In 2013 the World Health Organisation and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (Phoenix Australia) both endorsed EMDR as evidence based treatment for PTSD. 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”.