EMDR Training Outline

 

A complete Accredited EMDR Training consists of three components, Introductory workshop, Advanced workshop, 10 hours Consultation.  This training significantly exceeds the EMDR Association of Australia Curriculum in terms of didactic content and practicum (experiential) learning requirements.   Consultation (supervision) is covered in the course fee, not an additional extra as is the case with all other Australian trainings. 

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 trainings until November 2020 ( at this stage) will be on-line. The groups are smaller, and feedback from trainees is that the online format allows for a closer connection with both the trainer and the trainees with whom they are linked to for the small group exercises.  Compared to the face-to-face trainings there are more live demonstrations and small group (N = 2 or 3) exercises.  These activities comprise the majority of the time in training – see the detailed outline below. 

You can register for the online training with one or two other colleagues, and attend as a team with all you in the same physical room, or you can register as an individual and be paired with other trainees for the small group exercises.  We use Zoom as our training platform, which allows the creation of “virtual rooms” in which two or three trainees meet to do the experiential exercises.  As with a face-to-face workshop, trainees can call the Trainer to come to their “room” or the trainer can join your room at any time.  This is exactly the same as in face-to-face trainings.  

Pre-training preparation

All the training materials are sent to you upon registration.  These include a 350 file resource library, a 130+ page full text Reference Manual, and an extensive library of videos that have been produced specifically for the online training.   A workbook guides you through the required material for your pre-training preparation.  It covers the underlying theory, principles and mechanisms of action, and also includes extensive resources on assessment and case conceptualisation.  The Resource Library provides you with a wealth of additional information for those of you who want to dig deeper.

The exercises in Day One require that you have done the required preparation.  You need to allow 15 hours for this, and you cannot attend the training unless this preparation is completed.  Without preparation you will not have the necessary foundation of knowledge for the practical skills covered, and you would be letting your training partners down by not being adequately prepared. 

 Day One outline

 9.00        Trainer introduction and brief outline of the day.

9.10        Mapping a memory network.

                                Demonstration by the trainer           20 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     40 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

10.30      Morning break

10.45      Future targets

                                Demonstration by the trainer           15 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     40 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

11.50      Phase 3: Negative and Positive Beliefs

                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     30 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

12.30      Lunch break

1.00        Calm Place

                                Demonstration by the trainer           10 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     20 minutes

1.30        Resource Development (same structure as Calm Place)

                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     20 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

 

2.00        External Resources (Nurturance, Protection, Wisdom)

                                Demonstration by the trainer           10 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     30 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

2.50        Vertical Eye Movement

                                Demonstration by the trainer           5 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     15 minutes

3.10        Afternoon break

3.25        Containing unprocessed material

                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     30 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

4.05        Lightstream grounding technique

                                Group exercise led by trainer            15 minutes

4.20        Review the required clinical experience you need to do with clients between now and Days 2/3.  See Workbook

4.40        Questions

5.00        Finish

 

Four – Six Weeks later …..

Days Two and Three are held on consecutive days.  Between Days One and Two / Three trainees view lectures, read notes and scripts of all phases, read notes on recognising and screening for dissociation, watch video demonstrations of all skills to be practised at training, and answer Workbook questions.  Allow 6 hours.

During this period trainees are required to do the following with clients, and log this in their Workbook:

                Map memory networks on two clients, with at least one client having a complex or longstanding history.
                Assess client readiness for EMDR with two clients, using checklist.
                Conduct assessment with two clients including Adverse Childhood Experiences, Attachment, 10 best/ worst memories.
                Build a memory network around a Positive Belief (Stacking the Deck) with two clients.
                Use some resourcing strategies with two clients (from Calm Place, Resource Development, External Resources, Container, Lightstream).

 

Days Two outline

9.00        Q&A                                                                       15 minutes

9.15        Phase 2: Procedural Preparation

Trainee exercise in pairs.                                                   40 minutes
Debrief                                                                                  5 minutes

10.00      Phase 3: Review Target Memory, Positive & Negative Beliefs and Activate

                                Review elements of Target Memory
                                Illustrate differences between Restricted, Contained and Standard EMDR protocol  10 minutes

Trainee Exercise: Activate for standard EMDR protocol                             20 minutes
                                Activate for Contained EMDR protocol
                                Activate for Restricted EMDR protocol

10.30      Morning break

10.45      Phase 4
                                Trainer demonstrates differences between protocols                                                 5 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs: Standard, Contained and Restricted protocol                  20 minutes
                                Debrief                                                                                                                                  5 minutes

11.15      Phase 5                  Demonstration by the trainer                           5 minutes
                                                Trainee exercise from scripts                            15 minutes

11.35      Phase 6                  Demonstration by the trainer                           5 minutes
                                                Trainee exercise from scripts                            15 minutes

11.55      Phase 7                  Trainee exercise from scripts                            20 minutes

12.15      Lunch

12.45      Phase 3 – 7           Trainee exercise from scripts (all protocols)  90 minutes

2.15        Phase 8                  Demonstration by the trainer                           10 minutes
                                                Trainee exercise in pairs                                     30 minutes

2.55        Abreactions          Trainer reviews and demonstrates                   15 minutes
                                                Trainee exercise in pairs                                     20 minutes
                                                Debrief                                                                  10 minutes

3.30        Afternoon break

3.45        Blocked processing: Demonstration of each strategy, trainees practice in pairs                    30 minutes

                                Adding Pressure / Tension
                                Unspoken words / actions
                                Physically move
                                Perceptual change – group exercise led by trainer
                                Fast forwards
                                Pixelation

4.15        Incomplete Sessions           Review of Container and Lightstream (Day One)

                                Trainee exercise in pairs, scripted clients                       30 minutes

4.45        Questions

5.00        Finish

 

Day Three Outline

9.00        Questions

9.20        Flash Technique

                                Demonstration by the trainer           10 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     40 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

10.20      Morning break

10.35      CIPOS

                                Demonstration by the trainer           15 minutes
                                Trainee exercise in pairs                     30 minutes
                                Debrief                                                  10 minutes

11.30      Preparation for personal Practicum                 60 minutes

12.30      Lunch

1.00        Preparation for personal Practicum, continued.                           60 minutes

2.00        Detailed analysis of videoed EMDR processing sessions,
                includes several small group exercises.                                                   150 minutes.

Note: For Face to Face trainings the Personal Practicum is held from 2.00 – 5.00.   At this stage we anticipate being able to provide this component for Face to Face registrants by November 2020. 

4.30        Questions (Online) 

5.00        Finish (Online) 

On line training

The live demonstration and personal practicum will be scheduled at a place and time when trainees can meet face-to-face.  It is not realistic to conduct the personal practicum in an online environment unless all trainees in one team can be present in the same room, in which case the practicum can be done online.  All personal practicums are closely supervised by the Trainer and Accredited Consultants.  We anticipate at this stage we will be able to schedule dates in November 2020 for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Perth, but this will depend on where we are with COVID-19.   

 

After Days One – Two – Three

After the first three days of training, you are expected to begin using all phases of EMDR with suitable clients, and keep a log of your experience in your Workbook.  When you have conducted 10 sessions where processing has occurred (Phases 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) you will have had sufficient experience to attend the Advanced training.  Most trainees manage this in two – three months.  During this time you will need to attend some online Case Consultation sessions and keep a record of these in your Case Consultation log.  Session dates and times can be found on the Therapist Training website. 

Trainees are also required to complete the pre—advanced training preparation which includes readings and video demonstrations of interweaves, CIPOS, Flash, Avoidant clients, Working with “parts”, Fraser’s Table. 

 

Advanced Training (Online)     Once  you have conducted 10-12 processing sessions and had some Case Consultation you will be ready to attend the Advanced Training.  This training covers advanced topics including Interweaves , working with emotionally avoidant clients,  dissociation-prone clients, EMDR and schemas (personality disorder clients), Extended EMDR, Imagery and EMDR, specialised protocols, Fraser’s Table, and the latest developments in EMDR.  

As with the Introductory Training, there are many small group exercises

 

Case consultation

Trainees can access on-line small group consultation prior to either workshop to ask questions arising from the preworkshop material.  After each workshop trainees have access to online supervision sessions.  The fee for this service is included in your workshop registration.  Trainees who register for either the Introductory or Advanced workshops as a standalone training can access these sessions for 6 weeks after each workshop.

Trainees who register for the Comprehensive package have unlimited access for 12 months.  This provides ample opportunity for trainees to move to the next level of EMDR proficiency, Accredited Practitioner.  See EMDR Australia website for more details.  www.emdraa.org