Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your EMDR therapy training program different from other providers?
We are the only EMDRIA-approved training program that teaches EMDR therapy through the lens of mindfulness. The mindful elements of EMDR therapy were more implicit than explicit when Dr. Francine Shapiro, a student of mind-body medicine, first introduced the therapy. Our curriculum makes the mindful elements explicit. We are now able to train people from the ground up in how to implement mindfulness strategies within the framework of the basic, 8-phase standard protocol. We have found that this approach resonates for people with previous mindfulness training and helps those without previous mindfulness training to understand, to adapt, and to implement EMDR therapy effectively from day one.
We deliver the fundamentals of basic training which, for many in the past, has been a gateway to practicing with single-incident trauma clients. Our trainees find that they are more quickly able to apply EMDR therapy to clients with complex PTSD, dissociative issues, and other complicated diagnoses. They also develop the necessary strategies for addressing developmental trauma and healing attachment wounds within a mindful framework. All of our faculty members are mentored by our founder Dr. Jamie Marich, an individual in active, open recovery from a dissociative disorder, to normalize and clarify working with dissociation respectfully throughout the training and treatment process. You can listen to Dr. Jamie’s interview about our training program HERE.
We recognize the fear that many new trainees have in learning and adapting to a new paradigm like EMDR therapy. Much like the client-centered approach to our therapeutic practices embraced by our faculty and other team members, our trainee-centered approach in consultation promotes a non-shaming, open, and inclusive platform for continued learning.
I am interested in EMDR therapy but I'm not sure it's for me. How can I learn more about it and see if your training style is for me?
Do you offer scholarships or payment plans for your training programs?
While I am not able to offer scholarship at this time, I am happy to work with you on a payment plan. Reach out to me directly to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do trainings have different prices?
I offer two pricing options for the 6 days of training:
1. $1600. (Includes 21 continuing education units for psychologists, social workers and counselors.) This does not include the 10-consultation hours required for completion of the EMDR Therapy Training.
2. $2000. (Includes 21 continuing education units for psychologists, social workers and counselors, plus the 10-consultation hours required for completion of the EMDR Therapy Training. This remote consultation will be in small groups and have a perinatal/MIMH emphasis.
Will I be able to do EMDR therapy with clients after Part I of the training?
Yes, with certain clients. I will help you determine which clients will be the best fit for starting EMDR Therapy. It is a common misconception that you aren’t able to use EMDR until the whole training is completed!
Is finishing EMDR therapy basic training the same as being certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Training after successful completion of Parts I & II and your required consultation. At that point, you may refer to yourself as “fully trained in EMDR Therapy.” If you complete only Part I, you may cite that you have “partial training” or “some training” in EMDR Therapy. Many competent EMDR therapists practice EMDR Therapy with only the certificate of training. This is completely acceptable and generally ethical. In our view, the best ethical safeguard is to make sure that some of your continuing education for the rest of your career is directly connected to EMDR Therapy if you’re going to continue to use it. After completion of our EMDR Therapy Training Program, you are eligible to begin the optional process for applying to be a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association. For more information on that process, click HERE.
What do you suggest that I do in preparation for the training?
If you are interested in getting some preliminary reading done before the training, we’ve prepared a guideline to the books we recommend as part of our training, including notes on when best to read each resource. There are several that are useful for you to read in preparation for the training and others that you will be able to best comprehend after the various phases of your training. To visit our recommended reading page, click HERE.
What is your refund policy?
Full refunds for training fees are only available for cancellations submitted in writing 30-days or more prior to the training. If you cancel up to 3 weeks before the training, you will be refunded half of your tuition. Only medically documented illness or family deaths are considered as exceptions to this policy. No-shows are not eligible for refunds.
I took a Part I EMDR training with another provider. Can I finish Part II with your program?
I evaluate these situations on a case by case basis. Please reach out to me directly if you are interested in taking Part II with me and you have completed Part I with a different instructor:
If I take Part I in your program can I finish Part II and consultation in another approved program?
We currently ask that attendees register for the training as a whole. If you were to take Part II with another instructor, this would be the decision of the other program in question. We cannot make any guarantees.
Can I complete my supplementary consultation hours with any EMDRIA-approved consultant?
While you have the option to complete consultation hours with a practitioner other than me, please note that the Institute for Creative Mindfulness requires that you complete your supplementary consultation with one of their approved consultants.
Do I have to complete consultation between Part I & Part II or can it wait until both trainings are over?
We recommend that you take 4-6 hours of consultation (available in groups or individually) between your Parts I & II training to ensure getting the most out of the Part II. If for some reason you are not able to complete any consultation between Part I & Part II you are still allowed to take the Part II. Please note that there will be more catch-up work to be completed afterwards and you may not receive full benefit from the Part II training.
I am traveling from out of town to take the training. What airport do I fly into and where can I stay?
I now lead trainings all over the country so hotel and flight details will vary. If you are not familiar with using travel sites for booking, please contact my assistant for help in the process: