EMDR Basic Trainings:




I am on the faculty of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, offering:




1. EMDR Basic Training sequence of two, three day trainings.
2. EMDR for Reproductive Trauma (EMDRIA Approved, Approved by Postpartum Support International towards the advanced practice requirement towards certification in perinatal mental health)








EMDR Basic Training with an Emphasis on Perinatal Trauma and Maternal Mental Health




Part I: March 6-8

Part II: July 31, August 1, 2, 2019

Group Consultation Scheduled via Zoom.


Los Angeles:
Part I: August 12-14, 2019 from 9am-5:30pm
Part II: December 9-11 from 9am to 5:30pm

Group Consultation Scheduled via Zoom.


West Hartford, Connecticut:

Part I: November, 24-26, 2019 from 9am-5:30pm
Part II: February 11-13, 2020 from 9am-5:30pm

Group Consultation Scheduled via Zoom.


Dallas, Texas:

Part I: January 12-14, 2020 from 10am-6:30pm
Part II: February 26-28, 2020 from 10am-6:30pm

Group Consultation Scheduled via Zoom.


EMDR therapy is one of the most researched and effective trauma treatments. The community is growing fast and is global. Whether EMDR therapy becomes your primary mode of treatment or if it just becomes part of your tool box or your world view, you will be emboldened by the training to be able to treat your clients more effectively. Basic Training is comprised of 6 full training days, plus 10 hours of consultation during the training process. Once completed, you are considered Trained in EMDR (not Certified) and are encouraged to use EMDR therapy in your practice. If you wanted to pursue Certification, you would go on to do 20 hours more consultation.

Basic Training Classes

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness founder, author and master EMDR clinician Dr. Jamie Marich designed a trauma-informed curriculum that meets EMDRIA-Approved standards for basic training in EMDR Therapy. With the assistance of faculty members Dr. Stephen Dansiger and Amber Stiles-Bodnar, the program is growing and launching in new locations, including Northern and Southern California, New York City, and beyond!

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.

Completing our full training program is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:

  • Part I Training (3 Days= 20 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): 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. You will be able to practice EMDR Therapy with certain cases after completion of Part I.
  • Part II Training (3 Days= 20 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): 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, neurobiology, and case conceptualization.
  • 10 Hours of Consultation with an EMDRIA- approved consultant on our team. Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Basic Training in EMDR Therapy can be awarded.

Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of a Basic Training Program in EMDR, and 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your training program in EMDR therapy 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 with 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 development trauma and healing attachment wounds within a mindful framework.

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

Will I be able to do EMDR therapy with my clients after Part I?
Yes, with certain clients. Your trainer and small group facilitators 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 the basic training in EMDR therapy the same as being certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Basic 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 Basic 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 Basic Training Program in EMDR Therapy, 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.
I took a Part I EMDR training with another provider. Can I finish Part II with your program?
We currently ask that attendees register for the training as a whole. In the future, the option to split the training may be available. At that time, we will evaluate these situations on a case by case basis. Generally the answer is yes as long as you can provide verification of your Part I training with the other provider. We do ask you to complete all 10 of your consultation hours with us, including 4-6 of those hours before your Part II training as a refresher and so that you can get acquainted with our training program and style.
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. In the future, the option to split the training may be available. At that time, the decision to continue training in another program would be the decision of the other program in question. We cannot make any guarantees.
Am I eligible to receive CEUs after the training?

APA: Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved continuing education sponsor by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each part of the EMDR Therapy training program (Part I & Part II) offers 21 CE units.

• In many cases where APA credits are not accepted outright, boards will award continuing education hours for activities that are awarded CEs or CEUs in other states or by national bodies by comparable professions as long as you provide the certificate of the hours and the syllabus. It is your responsibility to find out if this is the case for your state before enrolling in the training if you are expecting CEs/CEUs; a pre or post program approval form may be required.

• Mindful Ohio (affiliated with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness) is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers and marriage/family therapists (#RCS091306). At this time, we are able to offer you a certificate of continuing education from this body after each part of the training (21 hours for each part). No continuing education can be offered for consultation.

States other than Ohio: Please check to ensure that your board in your state accepts continuing education approved by an APA provider (we can verify this is the case for the major clinical licenses in Pennsylvania and California). In Minnesota, Licensed Psychologists are covered under this APA approval for CEs. Separate approval is granted for counselors (LPC/LPCCs) and MFTs (pending for social workers). In North Carolina, our existing approvals and contents meet requirements set forth by the psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy board. For counselors, continuing education credits (NBCC) will be made available through our co-sponsor, CELearning Systems. Full approval credits for counselors are currently pending. In Montana, both parts of the training are fully approved for 21 CEU credits for social workers, MFTs, LCPCs, and LACs (SWP/MFT/LAC/LCPC 0115-2018; SWP/MFT/LAC/LCPC-0001-2019) by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

CEUS are available in Illinois for Social Work, Counselors, and Psychologists.

Can I complete my supplementary consultation requirement with any EMDRIA-approved consultant?
No. During your basic training we require that you complete your supplementary consultation with one of our approved consultants on the Institute for Creative Mindfulness team.
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, a guideline has been prepared of books we recommend as part of our training, including notes on when best to read each resources. 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. Click HERE to access the list.

How is your EMDR Basic Training for Perinatal Mental Health Care Providers Unique?

Upwards of 30% of women describe their birth experience as traumatizing. This figure does not include trauma that occurs in the effort to becoming pregnant (infertility treatment), during the course of pregnancy itself (high-risk pregnancy, bedrest, premature delivery, and pregnancy/fetal complications), or complications in the newborn period itself (NICU admission, medical complications in the mother or newborn). While these events are common, women often minimize their impact, and family members and physicians may not recognize their repercussions, making them potentially challenging to identify, clinically. Additionally, 1 in 7 women experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, impacting their sense of self, of identity as a mother, and disrupting their most important relationships.

This Basic Training in EMDR is geared to therapists who work with this population. While adhering to the EMDRIA and Institute for Creative Mindfulness curriculum requirements, it will also provide a forum for these specialists to learn to identify traumatic elements of the wide range of events that can occur in the reproductive period, teach them to identify characteristics of those events that induce trauma, and to recognize the common clinical presentations of patients suffering in the aftermath of traumatizing perinatal events. Attendees will learn to appropriately implement EMDR for parents during and after a traumatic disruption during the perinatal period.

This Basic Training offers the option to bundle specialized EMDR Consultation for Basic Training with a Perinatal Health Care emphasis (with your trainer, Dr. Mara Tesler Stein) or to seek consultation with other consultants at The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.

Where to stay

Skokie and Evanston both have hotels a short drive from the training venue. There are abundant Air BNBs in both neighborhoods that allow easy access as well.

Evanston surrounds Northwestern University and abuts Lake Michigan. It is a pretty area to walk around in and has lots of shops and restaurants reachable on foot. Skokie is more suburban with big box stores and a less personal feel.  

Here’s a map with the training venue (Wifi Building) and some nearby hotels.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness will refund any training fees, less a $100 administrative processing fee for Basic Trainings and $50 for Advanced Practice Trainings, if you cancel two weeks prior to the training. Cancellations within two weeks of the training will be eligible for a 50% refund, and the remaining balance can be applied toward a future training with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Only medically documented reasons or family deaths are considered as an exception to this policy. No-shows are not eligible for a refund. In the case of inclement weather, or insufficient registration, should we cancel the training, your registration would simply be moved to our rescheduled date. If the rescheduled date isn’t available for you we can offer you another date or entertain your request for a refund. If you terminate your training or need to leave it early for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund. Attendance at the entire training is required for our program to remain compliant with EMDRIA standards. Please see us with any questions on this policy or for questions about how you can make up missed segments of the training. All other situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

Trainings may be cancelled 45-days prior to the date of training if they don’t reach minimum enrollment. For Basic Training, outside the Chicago area, 20 trainees (15 in Chicago), and for Advanced Practice Seminars, 20 trainees in Chicago and 25 outside the Chicago metro area.