EMDR Therapy Training

This training meets curriculum standards set forth by the EMDR International Association for EMDR therapy training: A minimum of 20 hours of in-person instructional learning, 20 hours of supervised practice, and 10 hours of consultation focused on integration and development of EMDR therapy skills (for a total of 50 hours of learning).

This training exceeds the minimum standards, as follows: 47 hours of instructional learning (in both online live interactive and in-person formats), 21 hours of supervised practice, and 12 hours of consultation focused on integration and development of EMDR therapy skills (for a total of 80 hours of learning).

Please note this training is currently only available for participants located in North America.

Upcoming Trainings
Check here for registration information and dates of upcoming ISSTD EMDR Trainings.

Although Modules II and IV are currently moving forward in-person participation (in November 2020 and April 2021, respectively), we are offering virtual participation in these modules for those unable to participate in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. We strongly encourage any who is able to participate in person to do so.

Training Description

View the Training Syllabus for learning objectives and detailed timed content outline

Since the development of EMDR therapy in the early 1990s, a large body of research has shown that it is efficacious for treating PTSD. Clinicians and researchers have also found positive treatment effects beyond PTSD for more complicated conditions. However, clinicians discovered early on that EMDR seemed to move complex trauma patients into dysregulated states rather than towards the expected, adaptive resolution when targeting traumatic memories. Stories of uncontrolled abreactions, the unanticipated emergence of dissociated self-states, and subsequent destabilization leading to major setbacks or harm prompted some clinicians to dismiss EMDR as a viable treatment option for persons with dissociative features. Although some advanced EMDR therapy trainings and publications address these complexities, initial EMDR therapy training historically has not. 

This training was developed to bridge this long-standing gap between EMDR therapy training in its standard form and the sensitive and responsive treatment of persons with dissociation and dissociative disorders. It is offered by members of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), approved by the Board of ISSTD, and accredited by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Consisting of four modules and a total of 80 didactic, practicum, and consultation hours, this training will teach the responsible application of EMDR therapy by helping trainees to become attuned to the presence and forms of simple trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, participants will learn how to discern when (and how), at this stage in their learning, they can use EMDR therapy methods for trauma resolution to resolve a person’s presenting issues.

Still, this training is the beginning of a learning journey in the practice of EMDR therapy to resolve unprocessed life experiences and resultant symptomatic disturbances. Over the course of the four modules of this training, learners will be presented with the skills necessary to work with persons dealing with the ‘simpler’ trauma-related presentations in an EMDR therapy frame alongside basic and intermediate foundations in assessment and treatment of pathological dissociation.

To aid different learning styles, the training will follow three fictitious, composite clients experiencing different severities of trauma and dissociation to illustrate the procedures of treatment with EMDR therapy. Francine Shapiro (2018, Chapter 4 and Appendices A and E) notes that some clients may not yet be ready, or may be inappropriate candidates, for EMDR therapy. Accordingly, both the standard ‘red flags’ for each of these composite clients and additional indications to proceed with caution will be highlighted. 

At the conclusion of all four training modules and the required consultation hours that comprise this training, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be “EMDR therapy trained” clinicians.  Participants will have had the opportunity to learn and practice the skills to determine client suitability and readiness for trauma accessing in general, and the use of EMDR therapy methods for containment, stabilization and trauma resolution for clients with simple and moderately complex trauma presentations, within their established area(s) of expertise.

The content for this training is at the beginner and intermediate level.

Training & Consultation Faculty

Jennifer A Madere, LPC-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant practices in Cedar Park, Texas. Having worked with child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing since 2003, she sought basic training in EMDR Therapy in 2010, and is now an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. Jennifer uses EMDR therapy and psychodynamic approaches in treatment of anxiety, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders in individual children, adolescents, and adults. She has written and presented on best practices for EMDR-focused consultation, and the formation of clinicians as persons and professionals. 

Jennifer began presenting the MID to EMDR clinicians in 2014. Since then, she has collaborated with D. Michael Coy and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation developer Paul F. Dell, PhD, to make the MID more accessible to clinicians, and is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 3rd Edition. Jennifer co-chaired the EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created this training.

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

D. Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, is a Seattle-based therapist whose focus in the integrative treatment of persons who have struggled with the effects of pre-verbal and attachment trauma, addictions/compulsions, and complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Michael is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has intermediate training in clinical hypnosis through ASCH, and is Level I trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. He served on the Standards & Training committee of the EMDR International Association from 2014 to 2017. In 2020, he was appointed to the EMDR Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Therapy Project, Clinical Practice Working Group.

Since 2016, Michael has collaborated with Jennifer Madere and Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation developer Paul F. Dell, PhD, to make the MID more accessible to clinicians, and is co-author of the Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation Analysis, 3rd Edition. Additionally, he manages the MID Analysis, which is the calculation program that generates MID results and is currently in version 5.0, and the MID website.

Michael currently serves as Treasurer, and in 2019 was named a Fellow, of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Michael co-chaired the EMDR Therapy Training Task Group, which created this training.

Training Fees

Registrants receive the following as part of the training fee:

  • Two, two-day, live online training modules (24 hours total)
  • Two, three-day, live in-person training modules (44 hours total)
  • 12 hours of group consultation
  • 207-page training manual
  • A complimentary, one-year, ISSTD membership (regardless of current ISSTD membership)

All fees are listed in USD

Early Registration (30 days or more prior to first training date):

  • Fully-licensed clinicians in private or business setting: $1,995.00
  • Students, provisionally licensed clinicians, and emerging professionals* (documentation required at registration): $1,795.00

Regular Registration (less than 30 days prior to first training date):

  • Fully-licensed clinicians in private or business setting: $2,095.00
  • Students, provisionally licensed clinicians, and emerging professionals* (documentation required at registration): $1,895.00

*ISSTD defines “emerging professional” as a fully-licensed clinician who has been practicing less than three (3) years post-licensure

Payment plans may be available upon request (50% of fee upfront, 50% 30 days before start of training). For more information email info@isst-d.org

Individuals who have previously completed EMDR training are eligible to audit the training. Fees for auditing the training are 50% of the registration fee and do not include participation in the practicum.

Registration is complete when your registration has been submitted, all supporting documentation is received, and full payment has been made.

This training will be limited to 18 full first-time participants as EMDRIA requires a trainee/staff ratio no more than 9:1. A maximum of 10 additional participants auditing the training may be allowed.

Continuing Education Requirements

CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event. Fees for this training include continuing education (CE) credits. Participants will be required to complete an online evaluation for each module and an overall evaluation to receive credits.

American Psychological Association (APA)
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This training is eligible for 68 APA continuing education credits pending approval.

Additional continuing education approvals are expected to to be added over the coming months.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must meet the following criteria to complete registration for EMDR therapy training. Please be prepared to provide documentation to show meeting these criteria upon request:

  • Have completed and received a diploma for a Masters or Doctoral degree in a mental health related field (social work, counseling, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, etc), and be licensed and in good standing to practice as a mental health professional by their local licensing board.
  • If a potential participant has completed a graduate degree in a mental health discipline, but are not licensed to practice independently, then they must be working toward licensure, submit documentation of working under the supervision of a qualified, fully-licensed professional, and provide a letter from the licensing supervisor voicing support of EMDR therapy training and practice in their current practice setting.
  • If potential participants are currently enrolled in a graduate program, they must have completed their core coursework, be working under a licensed supervisor in an internship/practicum setting, and provide a letter from the licensing supervisor voicing support of EMDR therapy training and practice in their current practice setting. First-year graduate students are not eligible to participate in this training.
EMDRIA Requirements

Registrants will understand and agree to the following terms and requirements of this training:

  • EMDR therapy training requires supervised practice of EMDR therapy, addressing real personal issues in the roles of client, practitioner, and observer.
  • EMDR therapy training requires training participants to complete a minimum of 10 hours of consultation on the application and use of EMDR therapy. ISSTD’s EMDR therapy training requires 12 hours of consultation on these topics. Training participants must be able to apply EMDR therapy in their practice setting, and present clinical work on real cases in consultation.
  • EMDRIA requires that the EMDR therapy training process be completed within two years of the first date of training. This includes all four modules and the 12 hours of consultation.
  • Dates/times of upcoming group consultation will be publicized at each training module. A variety of times/days will be offered, and trainees will register for their choice of available options. These consultation groups are in addition to the in-person training modules, and full attendance and participation is required to complete this training. Consultations cancelled or not attended by the trainee will be made up at their own expense in order to complete all training requirements.
  • Personal information shared within demonstrations and practicum experiences will be held confidential, and will not be recorded or otherwise shared outside of the training context without written permission of the trainee in the client role, unless applicable legal/ethical codes require otherwise.
  • The dignity of all administrative and training staff and participants will be honored at all times. As an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider, we must not engage in or allow discriminatory behavior or bias, and we will hold trainees to the same standard.
  • Please contact ISSTD at info@isst-d.org to arrange accommodations for all disability needs or life-threatening allergies at the time of registration.
Training Policies

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations with a full refund minus a $75 processing fee will be accepted thirty (30) days or more prior to commencement of the first training module.

No refund is available for cancellations received fewer than thirty (30) days prior to the first training. Attendee substitutions can be made until five (5) days prior to commencement of the first training module.

In the event that a trainee is unable to complete the full training due to a verified life-threatening emergency, they will be notified of upcoming trainings and given the opportunity to make up missed training days as training space allows.

All materials used for this course are subject to copyright laws and are not for duplication or distribution by course participants. Fees must be submitted with registration, and must be submitted in US dollars.

Disability Policy (ADA)
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please contact ISSTD Headquarters via email at professionaltraining@isst-d.org or via phone at 202-803-6332 for assistance.

Grievance Policy
ISSTD is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformation with the APA, EMDRIA, and ASWB grievance procedures.

During a course, instructors will address any concerns that arise. Every effort will be made to address the concerns during the course when possible. If the course instructor(s) are unable to address the participant’s concerns, the complaints and grievances shall be presented in writing to ISSTD Headquarters at professionaltraining@isst-d.org. These will be forwarded on for review by the ISSTD Executive Committee.

Social Workers: Should social workers have a specific grievance, these grievances will be addressed by D. Michael Coy, LICSW. In situations where the social worker would have a conflict of interest, then, Christine Forner, MSW will review the grievance.

ISSTD strives to resolve grievances in a manner that is in the best interest of the participant. All complaints and grievances are reviewed within five working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and emailed as directed above and will be responded to within 15 business days.

Awarding of Certificate of CE Credit
Certificates of continuing education credit are awarded within 30 days of completion of the evaluation for the training. Participants will be sent a link to complete evaluations and will be able to download a pdf of their certificate after all evaluations are complete.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, ISSTD Staff is working remotely at this time. Phone lines will be open from 1:00–4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time Monday through Friday. Email is being monitored during normal business hours.