This technique is used during the preparation phase of EMDR, and allows clients to reduce the disturbance associated with extremely painful memories without actually feeling the pain.


April 4, 2020 at Oakland’s Preservation Park


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) has been recognized as an effective treatment for trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, and “strongly recommended” by US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. A task force of the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association determined that EMDR was one of three methods empirically supported for the treatment of any post-traumatic stress disorder population. Sixteen randomized controlled (and eight nonrandomized) studies have been conducted on EMDR in the treatment of trauma. This training is fully approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

To receive a Certificate of Completion in Basic EMDR Training, two weekend trainings (Part I and Part II) and 10 hours of group consultation (not more than $45/hr) are required. This requirement of two weekend classes plus 10 consultation hours must be completed within a two-year period.

COVID-19 NOTICE: No face-to-face trainings will be held until the COVID-19 threat has substantially passed. EMDRIA has approved an online EMDR Part II training on May 15-17 for people who have already taken Part 1. Approval to offer on-line Part 1 trainings is under consideration by EMDRIA, but it is likely to be at least until June if approval is granted.

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