Training Details

Accredited Trainings

Welcome to Dr Francine Shapiro's own training institute, The EMDR Institute, and the only training program authorised by her available in Australia.

It is truly an international training as it is the only training that is offered in many countries throughout the world, that has been accredited by each country's EMDR association and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Please visit the EMDR Institute web site ( and open up the "faculty List" page where you will find information on 48 faculty members who train in over 23 countries in the world. Each trainer has been selected and trained by Dr Shapiro to maintain high training standards.

An EMDR Institute Basic training is conducted over six days to ensure that the participants may optimise their exposure to the practice of EMDR with six separate practicum sessions.The six days are broken into two, 3-day trainings named Weekend 1 and Weekend 2. Each three day training is followed by a five hour supervision /case consultation component. It is a requirement to have practiced EMDR therapy with selected clients and attended 5 hours of supervision/case consultation after the Weekend 1 training and before attending the Weekend 2 training. It is for this reason that you are not able to attend both the Weekend 1 & 2 trainings at the same set of trainings. The supervision/case consultation that follows the trainings is provided by case consultants who have been given additional training and have committed to ongoing training.

EMDR Basic Training
*Weekend 1 & 2 Training Schedule.

Presented by EMDR Trainers
Selected and Trained by Dr. Shapiro

*PLEASE NOTE: the term Weekend has been used to distinguish the new three day training from the previous two and a half day trainings. The term Weekend does not necessarily infer that the trainings will be held on a weekend.

Basic Training Overview

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training (Weekend 1 and 2) is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting (See Qualifications Section). EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 30 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR effects.
Participants will be required to read the textbook by Francine Shapiro, PhD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 2nd Edition, 2001.

Goal of the EMDR Therapy Basic Training

This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations. Special attention will be given to the therapeutic needs of clients.

Authorised Format

EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDR therapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards,

Integrating EMDR with Other Approaches

As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, experiential and systemic.

Training Highlights
  • Supervised small group practice on each training day
  • Physiological overview of the information processing system
  • Specialized history-taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and causes
  • Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs
  • Stabilization techniques across the attachment spectrum
  • Reduction of overt symptoms and achieving comprehensive mental health
  • Addressing the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events
  • Applications to combat trauma and first responders
  • Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and somatic disorders
  • Applications to natural and man-made disasters
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Personal use for therapist to process vicarious traumatization


PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that clinicians practice the skills learned in Weekend 1 with selected clients for a minimum of 20-30 sessions before attending Weekend 2.
Learning Objectives
Weekend 1
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice
  • Identify 3 components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  • Describe 3 important existing research studies
  • Name the 8 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 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
Weekend 2
10 hours of didactic + 10 hours of supervised practice
  • Describe 3 strategies to identify and effectively resolve problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy
  • Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions
  • Describe 3 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

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion Requirements:

  • Completion of Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 Trainings within a two year period
  • Reading the textbook, EMDR: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro 2001)
  • 10 hours of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Consultant
  • 5 hours are required prior to Weekend 2; 5 hours after Weekend 2

Supervision/Case Consultation
  • 10 hours of case consultation are required to complete the EMDR Basic Training
  • 5 hours required prior to attending Weekend 2 and 5 hours post Weekend 2
  • Workshop fees do not include case consultation
  • As there are now Case Consultants listed for many Australian states, Sigmund will only provide group supervision on a limited basis. Groups of ten participants will be charged at $60 per hour (total of $330 inc GST for 5 hours) per participant. In most cases Case Consultants will be present at trainings and dates for supervision will be agreed upon at the training.
    For Singapore applicants, please visit for group supervision dates in Singapore.


Qualifications for Attending


Applicants for EMDR training programs should possess the following qualifications when registering :

1. Allied Health Professionals
Allied Health Professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Psychology, Mental Health Social Workers, Psychological Medicine, etc) must have full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (or NSW Registration Board if residents of that state).

2. Mental Health Professionals not covered by legislation
Social Workers must also belong to AASW. Counsellors and psychotherapists must be registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 3 or 4 member.

3. Interns/Students
Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) who are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.

International Applicants

Applicants from outside of Australia must check with their own country's EMDR Association to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to apply to undertake the trainings. You should only apply to undertake the training if you meet your country's eligibility criteria.

Workshop Timetable For Weekend 1 & 2

First Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Second Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Third Day 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The closing times are only approximate only as practicums often take longer than anticipated and at times have not finished until 5.30 pm or as late as 6.00 pm. Trainees must be present to complete the practicums and attendance certificates cannot be provided unless these requirements are met. Travel arrangements need to be organised with the view that there needs to be an allowance for some flexibility in the stated time schedule.

NOTE: Minimum numbers are required before trainings will proceed. Applicants should defer making travel arrangements until it is confirmed that the training will proceed. This is usually done shortly after the earlybird payment date.

Participants are required to read the newly edited textbook by Francine Shapiro, Phd,
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures."
Guildford Press, NY, 2nd Edition, 2001

Weekend 1:


Weekend 2:

    Earlybird*: $900 plus GST ($990 total)       Earlybird*: $900 plus GST ($990 total)
    Standard: $1000 plus GST ($1100 total)       Standard: $1000 plus GST ($1100 total)

*Earlybird cut-off date is 4 weeks prior to start of course.
These fees apply from 1 Jan 2019.


Returning Participants

If you have already completed an EMDR Institute training and wish to repeat the training with that same trainer, then you may be eligible for a reduced fee of $ 550 (incl.GST). This applies to persons who apply within 3 years of completing the training. If it has been more than three years since you did your training then the full fee applies. Applications need to be completed for the reduced fee prior to the early bird closing dates for that training within a two year period.

Venue Disability Access

Training venues provide facilities and access for those suffering a disability. Further enquiries should be fowared to:


Fees include morning and afternoon tea, workshop manual, EMDR Institute Registration.
(Lunch will be at participants own expense.)
Fees presented on the web site are for tuition only and fees for supervision/case consultation are additional to those noted on the web site.

Overseas Applicants/Trainings (including NZ, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia):
Registrations for the trainings will be via this web site. Go to the training registration page to register.
Early bird fee AUD990.00 , Standard Fee AUD1,100.00
The early bird date has been set at four weeks prior to start of course.
Minimum numbers are required and a full refund, less any bank fees, will be given if the training does not go ahead.
Definately no refunds for cancellation within 28 days of a booked training. Payment may not be used for credit for a later training but bookings are transferable.

Weekend 2 participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of EMDR Basic Training.
This will occur when they have completed both trainings and the required case consultation/supervision.

Refunds involve a $50 plus GST ($55) cancellation fee.
Definitely no refunds for cancellation within 7 days of a booked training. Payment may not be used for a credit for a later training but bookings are transferable.