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Will I be certified in EMDR after this class?

You will receive a certificate of completion upon completing all parts of this training. Completing this training is the first step towards certification.  You will be able to begin practicing EMDR immediately after the Level I training.  Certification in EMDR is optional and there are additional requirements to becoming Certified.


How does the practicum work?

The practicum will be done in small groups with a facilitator overseeing your practice, so class size is limited.  As part of the training practicum, clinicians will be placed in triads to practice applying EMDR skills as the “therapist”, to experience EMDR as the “client” and to learn as the “observer” of the practice. Prior to the training, please take the time to carefully select 1-3 memories to process when it is your turn to be the “client”.


Will I have to work on a real life issue?

Yes,  remember that the purpose of being the “client” is to give the “therapist” the opportunity to learn, practice and develop their newly acquired EMDR skills. This often involves the “therapist” pausing to ask questions, consult their notes or speak with the practicum facilitator as the new skill is acquired. 

For this reason we highly recommend selecting a single incident traumatic memory with a definitive beginning, middle and end that had a neutral or positive resolution. The memory should evoke easily manageable discomfort for you as the “client”. If possible, please use a memory that is a minimally relational trauma and does not feel shame-laden. This is especially important for level 1 of the training where basic skills are being learned.  Some good examples would include a sporting accident, a motor vehicle or other transportation incident, a frightening medical procedure, a time where you were afraid or even witnessed an accident. 

If you are currently in treatment with a mental health provider it is a good idea to discuss enrolling for this training with your provider.


What virtual platform will you use?

We will be using Zoom for this class


What technical requirements do I need to meet?

You must have a stable internet connection.  We recommend connecting directly to your internet through an ethernet cable.  Please make sure that you have one available for immediate use if you have connection issues.  Blue tooth/ wireless devices may weaken your connection.  


Do I have to have my camera on the whole time?

Yes, this is a very interactive training and it is important to be present and connected to the trainer, facilitators and your peers.

What if I can not attend all of the dates?

Participation in all of the dates is required for course completion. 

Is my registration refundable if I change my mind?

Refund requests made prior to September 1st, 2021 (for Fall 2021 class) will be made at 100% less a $60 processing fee.  Unfortunately, we can not refund registration after September 1st, 2021 (for Fall 2021 class).  However, we will allow you to transfer your registration (prior to the first class) to another licensed mental health professional.  

What happens if the trainer has technical difficulties?

We have tested the system several times and feel confident this will not happen.  However, the trainer will have a backup wifi hotspot, a technical support person "zoom assistant" available to troubleshoot issues in the zoom meeting.  If the issue continues we may take a break to resolve the problem, and if resolution is unsuccessful we will reschedule the time.


Are there contact hours/CEUs available?

This course has been approved for 45 contact hours for NYS licensed social workers, mental health counselors, and psychologists.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion once requirements are met.  Please check with your state/licensing board for other approval.


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