Master Class and Master Class Intensive


A two day Structural Dissociation training is offered immediately prior to the Master Class This training is a mandatory prerequisite for the Master Class and must be attended even though you may have previously attended a one day Structural Dissociation training. A discount applies if you are attending the MasterClass. .

Master Class

This advanced training will teach the Art of EMDR, with a special focus on EMDR with complex trauma, utilizing the framework of Structural Dissociation (van der Hart, Nijenhuis, Steele, 2006). The Adaptive Information Processing model which guides EMDR treatment, views present problems resulting from past experiences which are dysfunctionally stored. The heart of EMDR involves the transmutation of these dysfunctionally stored memories into an adaptive resolution that promotes psychological health. The Art of EMDR is attunement to the client, resonating, and providing optimal bilateral stimulation to maximize processing.

The "Art" of EMDR is expressed in numerous ways: the dance of attunement during bilateral stimulation; knowing when to interweave vs. "stay out of the way"; reading the signs of reprocessing; how to work with phobia of affect/traumatic material; and knowing what to do when the reprocessing isn't moving along as expected. This workshop will teach preparation phase strategies to prepare for the complexities of treating trauma, and then will help participants expand and integrate their knowledge and skills in applying the Standard Protocol through advanced practicums. The workshop is limited to 18 clinicians who have completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR basic training.

The philosophy of this training is the art is learned most effectively through demonstration and practice rather than didactically. There will be life demonstrations by Dr. Solomon to illustrate EMDR, with discussion afterwards to highlight the teaching points. For personal practice, nearly 60% of the workshop is spent in groups of 2 or 3 where you can use personal material as you rotate the roles of client, therapist, and observer. These sessions will be facilitated by workshop instructors who will provide live and immediate feedback to help your fine tune your skills. What you can work on is completely up to you. You can expect approximately 3 hours in the role of client over the course of the 4 days. The workshop instructors are careful to create a safe environment for you to go as deep as you need to go as client. Your therapist is observed and assisted by training instructors to provide you good treatment. The training is 4 days to allow the time to accomplish significant work. While participants are encouraged to work on their own issues personal boundaries will be respected

Advanced Learning Topics Include:
  • Case Conceptualization & Target Selection
  • Preparation phase strategies for complex trauma
  • Resource Development and Installation
  • Negative and Positive Cognition Selection
  • Recognizing Signs of Processing
  • Fine-tuning the Application of Dual Attention Stimulation to Maximize Processing
  • Clinical Containment Issues
  • Knowing when to interweave vs. "stay out of the way"
  • Consolidating Treatment Gains


Master Class Intensive

The Master Class Intensive will be an in-depth, in vivo workshop for veterans of the Master Class. Many participants have requested an opportunity to continue to do meaningful personal work in a retreat setting and get the benefits of a multiday format in a safe environment. Roger thinks of it as the “Kick-ass” “Master Class” because participants will be working very hard at addressing personal issues. Participants will have at least 5-6 sessions over the 3 days. The workshop will mostly consist of demonstrations with Roger, as well as practicums in pairs. The format facilitates an intense learning experience. With the demonstrations and practicums (as both client and therapist), which will be at an advance level, participants will benefit personally and gain experiential knowledge that will increase therapeutic skills and ability.

Training Dates 2017

Sunshine Coast, Australia: 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Mt Maunganui, New Zealand: 7 - 10 Dec 2017

Mt Maunganui, New Zealand: 11 - 13 Dec 2017 (Master Class Intensive)


Training Dates 2018

Phuket, Thailand: 27 Nov - 1 Dec 2018

Phuket, Thailand: 2 - 4 Dec 2018 (Master Class Intensive)


Tuition Fees 2017

Master Class:
AUD $1430 (inc GST) early bird registration, payment must be received by 31 Aug 2017
AUD $1650 (inc GST) if payment received after 31 Aug 2017.

Master Class Intensive:
AUD $1430 (inc GST) early bird registration, payment must be received by 31 August 2017.
AUD $1650 (inc GST) if payment received after 31 Aug 2017

Tuition Fees 2018

Fees for the 2018 trainings are yet to be finalised.

Refunds: A cancellation fee of $55.00 will apply for all cancellations post the early bird closing date. Cancellation within 6 weeks of the training will incur additional fees and cancellation within two weeks of the scheduled training will not be eligible to receive any refund. Payment may not be used for credit for a later training but bookings are transferable to another person.

Venues 2017

Sunshine Coast, Australia: The Master Class and Master Class Intensive will be held at the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, 7 Venning St, Mooloolaba QLD. Reservations 1300 737 111,

Mt Maunganui, New Zealand: The Master Class and the Master Class Intensive will be held at the Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd., Mt Manganui, NZ

Venues 2018

Phuket, Thailand: Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, 14 Kato Noi Road, Karon Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand

Accommodation has been set aside for registrants at the Katathani Resort at reduced rates and will be accessible by clicking a link on this webpage which will be provided late in 2017.


About the instructor:
Roger Solomon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treatment of trauma and grief. He is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR Institute and provides EMDR training internationally. At the present time, he is a consultant to NASA, the US Senate, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and Polizia di Stato (Italy). He has also worked with are the FBI, the Secret Service, US Department of State Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, several national security agencies. Dr. Solomon has authored 33 articles and book chapters on topics of trauma, grief, stress, and EMDR.

NOTE:A minimum of 9 participants is required for training to proceed.