The Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM) is listed as a provider of Trainings in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association. Completion of our full training program is a first step in eligibility towards becoming an Certified EMDR Therapist by the EMDR International Association.
Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of human distress connected to trauma and adverse life experiences. Whether your goal is to become an EMDR therapist as a specialty or to integrate EMDR into your existing practice, our mindfulness-infused training program will help you meet your goals.
Our program equips you to work with real-world clinical presentations from day one, including how to handle complex and developmental trauma, addressing dissociation, and implementing EMDR into your current setting. Our training program in EMDR therapy originated in the home of Dr. Jamie Marich, based of Northeast Ohio and is now offered worldwide, incorporating the diverse perspectives of our growing team. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness works on an affiliate model, empowering our collaborator's to take Dr. Jamie's initial work into their own communities.
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Completing our full training program is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:
Part 1 Training (3 Days = 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): In-person training that covers the basics of trauma, the adaptive information processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, and the basic methodology and mechanisms of action used in EMDR Therapy. View Part I agenda and objectives HERE. You will be able to practice EMDR with certain clients after completion of Part I.
Part 2 Training (3 Days = 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): In-person training with enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the complex scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization. View Part II agenda and objectives HERE.
10 Hours of Consultation: 10-Hours of Consultation with an EMDRIA-approved consultant on our team is required. Usually 4-6 hours are completed between the Part 1 and Part 2 trainings, with the remainder done after completing Part 2. All of these hours may be done remote and / or in a group setting. Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Completion in EMDR Therapy Training can be awarded. Upon completion the therapist may refer to themselves as an EMDR therapist or EMDR practitioner.
Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of this EMDR Training Program allows you to practice EMDR Therapy within your clinical scope of practice. Earning the EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist distinction requires additional training and supervision that you can complete with us or another party if you wish to go on for this distinction.
Consultation is both for those in the midst of training AND for those going towards Certification in EMDR.
Consultation for Completion of EMDR Therapy Training: 10-Hours of Consultation with an EMDRIA-approved consultant on our team is required. Usually 4-6 hours are completed between the Part 1 and Part 2 trainings, with the remainder done after completing Part 2. All of these hours may be done in a group setting. Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Completion in EMDR Therapy Training can be awarded. Upon completion the therapist may refer to themselves as an EMDR therapist or EMDR practitioner.
More information about all international ICM consultants and consultants-in-training can be found HERE.
More information about ICM Consultants that are local to Southern California can be found HERE.
Consultation toward EMDRIA Certified Therapist Status: Going beyond initial trainings to attain the EMDRIA Certified Therapist designation requires 20 additional hours of consultation, 10 of which must be individual. Certification level is not required to practice EMDR therapy, but it is important for those who wish to increase their skill level and utilize EMDR as a central component in their practice. I personally recommend that individuals seeking EMDR Therapy work with certified therapists.
Consultation toward EMDRIA Approved Consultant Status: Becoming an EMDRIA Approved Consultant requires 20 hours of Consultation-on-Consultation. If you are at this stage of your EMDR therapy career, please contact me directly to discuss whether I might be a good fit for your consultation hours.
Individual consultation is $125/hour, please contact me to arrange times. Individual consultation can be towards a Certificate of Completion OR towards Certification. There is a 24-hour advanced notice cancellation policy for all Individual Consultation sessions.
Group consultation is offered at a rate of $85 per 2-hour group. These groups are held in person, by video conference, or by conference call. To be added to my mailing list and receive notification of upcoming group consultations please click HERE.
Trainees are responsible for logging their own consultation hours. Your trainer will sign off of these once you have completed your hours. Click HERE to download a consultation hours logging template.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that has been practiced in the United States and around the world for more than 20 years.
EMDR therapy is unique: A trained therapist leads a client in sets of eye movements while the client simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory. During this procedure clients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution that often involves new learning about the self and a new learning about the disturbing event. For instance, a victim of an assault may come to realize that they were not to blame for what happened and that the event is really over, and that they can safely go on with life.
Or, a person who has been abandoned by their spouse may come to realize that they are worthwhile and lovable and that they have undiscovered possibilities for new relationships. The eye movements in EMDR therapy are a form of “bilateral stimulation.” Other forms of bilateral stimulation used by EMDR therapist include alternating bilateral sound, using headphones, and alternating tactile stimulation, administered through tapping or by using a handheld device that vibrates in the client’s hands.
The therapeutic effects of bilateral stimulation were discovered by Francine Shapiro, PhD, who grasped their power as a treatment for people who have suffered disturbing experiences. Dr. Shapiro found, quite by accident in 1987, that emotional and behavioral symptoms resulting from disturbing experiences tend to resolve naturally when a person allows themself to recall various elements of a memory while at the same time engaging in bilateral stimulation.
Dr. Shapiro and early associates developed a number of procedures for coordinating this “dual awareness.” The procedures have been refined and validated through controlled research at several centers around the world. Precise and careful use of these procedures can lead to a safe processing of memories, such that the negative thoughts and emotions disappear.
EMDR therapy is more than a set of procedures. The EMDR therapeutic approach provides a model for understanding how positive human experiences support adaptive living, or psychological health. The model also shows that unprocessed memories of upsetting events can lead to psychological problems that interfere with a person’s ability to meet current and future challenges.
The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model has been constructed from observations of many people in states of psychological health and dysfunction. The model reveals that psychological health is supported by positive and successful experiences that increasingly prepare a person to handle challenges.
However, some experiences can be so upsetting that a person’s brain cannot process them fully. The memory of such an experience can drive psychological symptoms that interfere with daily life. The AIP model guides clinicians use of EMDR therapy procedures so that the person’s own brain can complete the processing of memories. This results in the reduction of suffering and the development of new learning that supports the person’s psychological health.
It is very important that EMDR procedures be implemented by a fully trained EMDR clinician who also holds licensure (or is in the process of being licensed and is being supervised by a licensed clinician) in a mental health discipline. Patients often require special preparation for EMDR processing.
Register for an Institute for Creative Mindfulness EMDR training course with Daniel Doyle today.