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EMDR Therapy Basic Training Certificate

A six-day program that is composed of Parts 1 and 2 consists of 20 hours of didactic, 20 hours of small group practice and 10 hours of consultation. Each part of the experiential training weekend consists of 10 hours of didactic (lecture and videotaped demonstrations) and 10 hours of supervised small group practice. Participants have ample opportunity to discuss their cases throughout the course and evaluate how EMDR therapy can be applied.

Small Group Practice: Participants also practice EMDR therapy in small groups with direct observation and constructive feedback from the trainer. This supervised experiential practice is used to reprocess participants’ own life experiences to gain an understanding of how clients experience EMDR therapy.

Case Consultation: Ten hours of case consultation are required. These sessions provide participants an opportunity for continued learning about EMDR therapy and a deeper understanding of how to apply EMDR therapy and integrate it into one’s practice. Participants’ strengths and weaknesses are assessed as a means of improving one’s overall knowledge and skills, setting a solid foundation for the practice of EMDR therapy.These sessions allow participants to discuss their clinical cases in a safe and professional environment.

  1. Individualized instruction and constructive feedback are given in regards to the participants’ real active cases. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Application of the EMDR therapy procedural steps,
    • Case conceptualization and formulation,
    • Develop a structured treatment plan including target selection
    • Assessing client readiness,
    • Specific application of knowledge and skills,
    • Address any difficulties that naturally arise as one begins to use a new therapy,
    • Handling common technical difficulties
    • Integration of EMDR therapy in an overall treatment plan and one’s clinical practice
    • Celebrate successes
  2. The group sessions are conveniently offered via teleconferencing, with minimal office time lost.
  3. The 10 group sessions are scheduled during the in-person Part 1 session and extend beyond the Part 2 session, offering ongoing guidance and support throughout the training experience.
  4. The expectations and objectives for the sessions including case discussion, homework, self-reflection and evaluation which are provided during the Part 1 in-person training weekend.
  5. Individual sessions are available, as necessary for an additional fee.
  6. One make-up group session is allowed. If more are required, the participant is financially responsible for all additional makeup sessions.

Case Consultation now included in the fee. The EMDR Therapy Basic Training Certificate requires five hours post Part 1, and five hours post Part 2. These 10 hours of consultations are included in the fee of the program ($400 value). Instructor  schedules after each lecture part.

This course can be applied to the EMDR Therapy Basic Training Certificate.


Wendy Freitag, PhD

Wendy Freitag, PhD

Wendy Freitag, PhD is an experienced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy clinician trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1994. She is an EMDR Institute regional trainer, facilitator and logistician, as well as an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)-approved consultant. ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

Part 1

  • Identify three components of the EMDR therapy designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  • Describe three important existing research studies
  • Name the eight phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clients
  • Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  • Describe three aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • List six types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases
  • Describe three safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy

Part 2

  • Describe three strategies to identify and effectively resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  • Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions
  • Describe three resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
  • Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
  • Describe strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  • Describe strategies to treat more complex trauma-related disorders

Course Outline/Topics

The focus of the Part 1 Training is the model, method and mechanism of action of EMDR therapy. The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model guides EMDR therapy and a thorough explanation is given. The eight phases of the EMDR therapy method are taught, demonstrated and practiced. This includes a specialized history-taking approach to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes as well as a treatment planning approach to address past events, current triggers and future needs. Stabilization mechanisms are introduced for the safe use of EMDR therapy with all types of clients. Accessing and reprocessing a dysfunctional held memory is explained, demonstrated, and practiced along with the procedures to strengthen the connections to positive self-beliefs and adaptive memory networks in the present and future situations.  EMDR therapy with children is explained and demonstrated, and the processing of a recent traumatic event is described.

Part 2 Training expands the knowledge and application of EMDR therapy taught in the Part 1 Training. Advanced case conceptualization, treatment planning strategies as well as additional resourcing intervention and stabilization techniques are taught. The EMD Protocol and Cognitive Interweaves is described, demonstrated and practiced. The application of these and other clinical choice points is explained. General guidelines on using EMDR therapy with dissociative disorders, phobias, somatic disorders, grief issues and with special populations such as veteran, families and couples are covered.  An explanation of the personal use of EMDR therapy for therapists to process vicarious traumatization isl also be included.

Please Note:  Review the Eligibility Requirements, Course Outline and Completion Criteria when considering the appropriateness of this training.

In addition to the course materials provided and tuition, participants will be required to read two textbooks for purchase at any local or online bookstore or rent from your local library.

Also be certain to review and submit the necessary registration materials.

This training program is the first and a necessary step towards Certification in EMDR therapy. To learn more about the additional comments, please visit

Required Readings

Participants are required to read:

Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press. In press. **

Shapiro, F. (2012). Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. New York: Rodale Books.

The cost of these study materials is in addition to the course tuition fee and can be purchased at any local or online bookstore. You may also find them at your local library.

** The 3rd edition of the text is due out in the Fall of 2017 and is preferred, even if it becomes available after the Part 1 training.


Eligibility Requirements for EMDR Training

Registrants must meet one of the criteria below in order to attend an EMDR therapy Basic Regional Training. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the UWM Program Manager prior to registration. You are expected to begin the use of EMDR therapy with at least two cases during the course of this training. If this is not possible, please apply at another time.

The EMDR Participant Agreement must be turned in the program manager, Angela Kelber (, prior to attending the course.

Licensed Mental Health Professionals:

  • Qualifying Medical Doctors must have specialist training in Psychiatry and also must be licensed to practice in their state.
  • Qualifying Registered Nurses must have a Master’s Level psychiatric nursing degree and must be licensed to practice in their state.
  • Qualifying mental health clinicians must have completed a Master’s Level or Doctorate Level Graduate Program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA ( AND also must be licensed or certified through their state or national credentialing board.
  • Licensed professional counselors with degrees in the expressive arts or in addiction treatment will need to be reviewed by EMDRIA before acceptance into Basic Training.  Please contact EMDRIAdirectly (1-512-451-5200 or see their website) for review of eligibility before applying to this training.  You may submit the approval documentation (which can be in the form of an approval email from EMDRIA to you) with your application for Basic Training.
  • If you are a registered UNLICENSED therapist/counselor, see the next section.


Interns/Students/Unlicensed Therapist 

  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral level program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program. First year graduate students are not eligible. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician. The internship site must accept the intern using EMDR therapy with their clients.
  • Graduate students who are enrolled in a Master’s program in one of the following fields must submit their graduate course transcript to EMDRIA to determine their eligibility: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy.
  • Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to the program manager, Angela Kelber (, in order to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training.
    • Please have Supervisor complete the Clinical Supervisor Agreement.
    • Please note, although it always helps, it is not required that your Supervisor be trained in EMDR for the supervisor to approve you for this training.
    • We need to receive your letter from your supervisor before you can register for the training.
    • A graduate transcript and verification of practicum or internship hours may be required.

(Approval of a student’s eligibility to take the training will be determined by the trainer Wendy J. Freitag Ph.D. after verification has been received.)




Certificate of Completion:

  1. To obtain a Certificate of Completion of EMDR therapy Basic Training, the participant is required to:
  • Attend in full and actively participate in both lecture and practicum activities of Part 1 training, as offered through UWM-SCE in conjunction with Milwaukee Regional EMDR therapy Basic Training.
  • Attend in full and actively participate in both lecture and practicum activities of Part 2 training, as offered through UWM-SCE in conjunction with Milwaukee Regional EMDR therapy Basic Training.
  • Attend in full and actively participate in 10 hours of Group Consultation work (including required homework, case discussion, self-reflection and evaluation).
  1. UWM-SCE will award the participant with 4.2 CEUs or 42 CEHs after completion.
  2. A Certificate of Completion of Basic Training is provided by Wendy J. Freitag, Ph.D., Regional EMDR Institute Trainer after all 10 hours of the required consultation are completed.
  3. Completion of training is the first and a necessary step to becoming EMDRIA Certified in EMDR therapy. To learn more about Certification in EMDR therapy and the additional comments, please visit

Registration Materials

Click here to review registration materials and complete necessary paperwork prior to registration.

Date: Mar 12-14 & Aug 21-23

Delivery Method: Live Online

Platform: Canvas

Instructor: Wendy Freitag PhD

Fee: $1,800

CEUs: 4.0, CEHs: 40

Enrollment Limit: 36

Program Number: 7750-12598

Note: Attend Mar 12-14 and return Aug 21-23, 2020 to complete the certificate. Attendance at both sessions is required.

Registration Deadline: Mar 5

Registration deadline has passed.

Date: Sept 10-12 & Dec 3-5, 2020

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Wendy Freitag PhD

Fee: $1,800

CEUs: 4.0, CEHs: 40

Enrollment Limit: 12

Program Number: 7750-12871

Note: A link to access the online classroom will be emailed within a few weeks of the start date. Please contact with any questions.

Registration Deadline: Sept 3

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