Basic Training

EMDR has become invaluable for psychotherapists of all major orientations, including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, somatic, and experiential/gestalt.  It is a psychotherapy approach which is readily integrated into one’s clinical practice and can be learned in a modest period of time.

This two-weekend intensive experiential training will introduce participants to the safe and efficient use of the EMDR approach with a wide range of patients and situations.  This training program is approved by the EMDR International Association, a professional association which has established standards for EMDR practice and training.  This course meets the basic training didactic and practice requirement towards EMDRIA certification.  The instructor, Daniel Merlis, has 40 years of clinical/traumatology experience and has taught and practiced EMDR for 25 years.

We have been training and providing consultation and supervision to clinicians using EMDR for many years and have developed a training format which we believe will optimally prepare clinicians for using EMDR in most clinical practice settings.  Our training is a two-weekend program extended over a period of two months.   Included  during the two-weekend training are four of the EMDRIA-required ten hours of case consultation. This is designed to help clinicians begin to use EMDR with their clients and to address technical difficulties which commonly arise at this stage in the learning process.  We also offer as a bonus, at no additional expense, an optional package of group phone consultations to our trainees for the additional 6 hours of EMDR case consultation required by EMDRIA before issuance of the basic training certificate.  These monthly calls are held following the two weekends of training.

This is an experiential training.  Participants will be using EMDR with each other to reprocess memories of disturbing life experiences in order to gain familiarity with how clients experience EMDR processing effects as well as to acquire and develop the necessary practitioner skills before beginning work with actual clients.  The training groups are limited in size to 10 participants  thus allowing a  more supportive, comfortable, private, and personalized learning environment  not possible in some other EMDR trainings where there might be 50 or more participants.  Trainees will be expected to read and study EMDR literature before and during the training and will begin to implement specialized history-taking and preparation procedures with clients between the two training sessions.  All of this is designed to prepare clinicians for the effective, safe, and confident use of EMDR in their clinical practices.