Virtual EMDR Basic Training Course

EMDR Training Parts I and II

Intended for mental health therapists, such as psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and LMFTs.

Online Course Description

EMDR Training includes Part I and Part II, each of which are three-day online training sessions, as well as 10 hours of consultation on EMDR Therapy, and reading an EMDR Therapy book by Francine Shapiro. This EMDR training is EMDRIA-Approved.

6-Day Workshop Itinerary



Part I of the EMDR Training covers the development of EMDR Therapy, the Adaptive Information Processing Model, the 8-Phase EMDR therapy approach, and Resource Development and Installation (RDI). Specific learning objectives include:

1. Describe the eight phases of EMDR Therapy
2. Identify three elements of the Adaptive Information Processing Model
3. Utilize the criteria for client screening for EMDR treatment
4. Develop a treatment plan to prioritize targets for EMDR processing
5. Describe the protocol for closing down incomplete sessions

After Part I of the EMDR Training, clinicians will begin using EMDR Therapy with clients and participate in consultation with Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC or another EMDRIA-Approved Consultant or Consultant-in-Training approved by Elizabeth Legg. Participants are responsible for arranging and scheduling consultation. Group consultation options will be provided following the Part I Training. Four hours (of the total 10 hours required) must be completed between Parts I and II.



Part II of the EMDR Training follows about 4-6 months later and addresses EMDR Therapy with Complex PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, Chronic Pain/Illness, Couples, and Children/Adolescents. Specific learning objectives include:

1. Clarify my use of the eight phase EMDR Therapy approach
2. Implement three strategies to assist with blocked processing
3. Describe two strategies to use with complex PTSD clients
4. Provide two strategies to use with dissociative clients
5. Apply EMDR therapy to present day symptoms

After Part II of the EMDR Training, clinicians complete the remaining hours of the 10 required hours of consultation with Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC or another EMDRIA-Approved Consultant or Consultant-in-Training approved by Elizabeth Legg. The entire process of training from beginning Part I to finishing the 10 required hours of consultation must be completed within a 2-year period to qualify for the Certificate of Completion.

EMDR Training (Parts I and II) includes lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, live demonstrations, and small group practice (as both therapist and client). The training has a maximum of 10 participants. Each dyad/triad has a private office space for practicing the trauma protocol. A printed manual is provided at each session.

The entire EMDR Training (Parts I and II) includes 20 hours of instruction, 20 hours of practicum, and 10 hours of consultation, at which point a certificate of completion (40 continuing education contact hours) is given to participants. EMDR Training (Parts I and II) prepares clinicians to use EMDR Therapy with clients. However, this training does not result in EMDR Certification. This is a first step toward EMDR Certification (see for information about EMDR Certification).

Training Objectives

1. Describe the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model based Acute Trauma and Ongoing Traumatic Stress Theoretical Conceptualization (Jarero & Artigas, 2018).

2. Define Early Psychological Interventions, Recent Trauma Clinical Presentations, Prevention of PTSD, and EMDR Based Early Interventions.

3. List and apply the eight phases of the Procedures for Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST) for Individual and Group administration.


4. List and apply the eight phases of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents (EMDR-PRECI) and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS).

5. Describe four population groups that can be treated with the EMDR-Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-IGTP-OTS) based on empirical evidence.


6. Explain the main objectives, benefits, adaptations, key procedures, and clinical treatment strategies for the ASSYST procedures, EMDR-PRECI and EMDR-IGTP-OTS.


7. Describe and apply the clinical and research instruments (e.g., PCL-5, HADS).

8. Prepare and work in worst case scenarios situations.

9. Identify one meta-analysis and over thirty research studies around the world about the EMDR-IGTP-OTS and the EMDR-PRECI.

10. Explain the seven “red flags” that may complicate treatment in a group format.

11. List three important elements to remember when preparing the workplace for the EMDR-IGTP-OTS.

12. List activities of the Emotional Protection Team during the EMDR-IGTP-OTS.

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Starting July 24th, 2020


Training Schedule for EMDR Training (Parts I and II)

Day One: 9am-5pm
Day Two: 9am-5pm
Day Three: 9am-5pm

Details and Fees

(Note: This is a Commercial Workshop)


  • Cost: $1300 (includes $1000 for Part I & II and $300 for consultation)


  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Our intended audience are therapists who have completed an EMDRIA or EMDR Iberoamerica-Approved Basic Training. People only trained in EMDR by PESI are not eligible for the training.



  • This online training is non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credits

Note: Due to pending applications, additional CE's are not available at this time.

Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC (Trainer)

Elizabeth Legg, PhD, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Psychologist, EMDRIA-Approved Training Provider and Consultant, and Certified EMDR Therapist. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, 17 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor and 7 years as a Psychologist. She works fulltime in private practice, The Road Less Traveled Counseling Center in Denver, Colorado. The focus of her practice includes trauma treatment, couples therapy from an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy approach, as well as supervision, consultation, and training. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, where her dissertation focused on EMDR within couples therapy. She also developed the Denver Collaborative Health Center, a network of skilled independent professionals dedicated to providing quality health care services to treat the whole person, including yoga therapy, massage, Rolfing, and psychotherapy.

Kelly Smyth-Dent, LCSW
(Sponsor & Facilitator) 

Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the CEO of Scaling Up. She has conducted trainings on the EMDR-PRECI, EMDR-IGTP and the ASSYST in France, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India and throughout the United States. She is a published researcher and a member of Dr. Jarero's research team in Mexico. In her role as a humanitarian worker, she has partnered with organizations, such as Action Against Hunger, Fortify Rights, and Innovative Humanitarian Solutions, to provide EMDR therapy and advanced trainings to their staff and clients. Kelly was a member of the team that provided rapid response interventions within days after the August 3, 2019 domestic terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas. Her specialty area is populations living with ongoing traumatic stress. When Kelly is not traveling, she sees clients in her private practice in Reno, Nevada.


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