EMDR Therapy Training
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is an evidence based, treatment modality for trauma. Healing TREE facilitates EMDRIA approved 52 hour trainings (including post-training supervision) done by an internationally recognized training team in this modality which is highly effective but often cost-prohibitive. We currently provide these trainings for therapists working at social service agencies serving youth in the foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice systems, 95% of whom are below the poverty level. Our trainings are available for clinicians serving any community, anywhere in the country, with groups as small as 12. Adjustments may potentially be made to accommodate smaller groups. Research on EMDR can be found here.
Why we need to train clinicians in EMDR
Traditional modalities like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), or talk therapy, don’t engage the part of the brain that is injured during trauma. EMDR is a leading, evidence-based, brain-body focused trauma treatment modality recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), American Psychological Association (APA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Yet many clinicians are not trained in EMDR therapy due to it being cost prohibitive. This is especially true for clinicians outside of private practice who serve those in great need which leaves the most marginalized populations without this quality of care.
Transforming the lives of youth in the foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice systems
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study shows that childhood trauma is often the root cause of later in life mental and physical illness, addiction, and other leading causes of death and dysfunction. Our program ensures that youth in the foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice systems have access to trauma-focused treatment – going beyond treating just the symptoms and addressing the root issue of their trauma – which helps them break cycles of abuse, poverty and poor mental and physical health.
About Our Training Program
Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of human distress connected to trauma. Completing our full training approved by EMDRIA is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:
- Part I Training (3 Days = 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): Covers the basics of trauma, the adaptive information processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, and the basic methodology and mechanisms of action used in EMDR Therapy. You will be able to practice EMDR Therapy with certain clients after completion of Part I.
- Part II Training (3 Days = 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): Enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the complex scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology is also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization.
- 10 Hours of Consultation: Spread out into two segments of 5 hours following each part of the training, working with an EMDRIA-approved consultant either in an individual or group format is essential to your practical skill building as an EMDR therapist. Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy may be awarded.
Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of the foundational training program in EMDR Therapy, and allows you to practice EMDR Therapy within your clinical scope of practice. Earning the EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist distinction requires additional training and consultation you may complete with us or another party if you wish to go on for this distinction.
The cost for the 52 hour training is $1,950 per clinician, all inclusive, with a minimum of 12 clinicians being trained at a time. Adjustments may potentially be made to accommodate smaller groups.
The curriculum has been designed by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, RMT and trainings are led by Amber Stiles-Bodnar, MSEd, LPCC-S, LCDC III, an affiliate of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.
(a) Masters or doctoral degree in a clinical mental health-related field (e.g., counseling, marriage & family therapy, social, psychology) required. Although it is not required, it is strongly preferred that you are in active clinical practice and working with clients;
(b) Master’s level students may be permitted to take the course if our trainer receives a letter of recommendation from a faculty member ahead of time;
(c) Medical professionals (e.g. nurses, physicians) may also be eligible to take the course if they possess a clinical master’s or doctorate degree and if their primary specialty is within mental health. In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from the trainer;
(d) Chemical dependency professionals with a master’s degree or higher may also be eligible to take the course. Pastoral / Christian counselors, art / music / dance therapists may also be eligible if they can show sufficient clinical content on their Master’s level transcripts. In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from the trainer;
(e) In the cases of all of these special circumstances, all cases must be made in writing with supporting documentation directly to the trainer.
You can sponsor clinicians on our waitlist to get EMDR Therapy Training. $1,950 covers the 52 hour training for 1 clinician.
Bring EMDR to Your Organization
Contact Healing TREE to discuss training for your organization. We can also provide information to help your organization get funding to bring EMDR Therapy Training to your clinicians.
“I truly had no expectations from this EMDR training. I am an anti-‘woo-woo’ kind of person. After learning about the biology / anatomy behind this therapy, I quickly realized EMDR is a “kill switch” to all those verbal things our clients get hung up on during processing issues/trauma problems. You cannot make progress when the defense mechanisms will not come down.”
“Before I stared EMDR training I felt like I was at a loss as therapist, I was burnt out and asked myself why do I continue to do therapy and all of my clients are still stuck. Doing this training and getting the opportunity to see a different way to therapy has been life changing for not only myself but for my clients. … EVERY therapist should be trained in EMDR.”
~ Macie G.
“… I was skeptical of EMDR. However, I tried it with clients and was amazed at the process and client feedback. One client shared at the beginning it was as if a tornado was in the back of their head. When they cleared they shared that the tornado was gone. I plan to continue with EMDR and help my clients – one tornado at a time.”
~ Ashley B.
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See the Difference Your Donation Makes
Our program has seen record breaking results due to our generous donors, grantors and sponsors. We have currently provided an estimated 14,500 youth in the foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice systems access to EMDR therapy. There has been a reduction in their hospital bills, need for medication and self-injurious behavior and, because of this, some do not even qualify for their same level of care anymore. Your gift will have a similar impact on individuals needing trauma focused therapy, transforming their lives, families, communities, and ultimately, our society.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Healing TREE works closely with businesses, charitable trusts, public bodies and individuals to form mutually beneficial partnerships that have a real impact. Your support, no matter the size, is important in sustaining our life saving programs. In appreciation of your gift, you will receive a comprehensive collection of carefully selected benefits designed and easily customizable depending on your needs. If you have any questions about donor benefits, please contact us at [email protected] or (502) 743-2733.
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