Our Fall 2020 Basic Training is now full.

Please contact [email protected] for
information about 2021 training programs.

Online EMDR Basic Training 

Given the need to adhere to social distancing guidelines to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, the Fall 2020 EMDR Basic Training Program will offered on-line. Dr. Amanda Bell’s program is fully approved as meeting the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) standards for delivering virtual EMDR training.

Over the course to two, three-day training weekends, all the required lectures, practice opportunities and consultation session will be offered by Zoom, integrated with “Thinkific”, an on-line learning platform.

Fall 2020 Basic Training Dates:

Part – 1 Training Days: September 11-13, 2020 (9:00am – 5:00pm each day)
Part – 2 Training Days: November 13-15, 2020 (9:00am – 5:00pm each day)


Fall 2020 Consultation Dates:

Morning Consultation Groups
Thursday, October 1, 2020 (9:00am-12:00pm)
Thursday, November 12, 2020 (9:00am-12:30pm)
Thursday, December 10, 2020 (9:00am-12:30pm)


Evening Consultation Groups
Thursday, October 1, 2020 (4:00pm – 7:00pm)
Thursday, November 12, 2020 (4:00pm – 7:30pm)
Thursday, December 10, 2020 (4:00pm – 7:30pm)

Trainees are asked to choose either a morning or early evening consultation group attending a total of 10 hours of group consultation.

To Register:

Please email [email protected]. Dr. Bell will send you an electronic registration form that is uploaded directly to Dr. Amanda Bell & Associate’s secure server.


A Unique Training Program:

The 48-hour EMDRIA approved curriculum assures participants the highest standard of training and includes 10 hours of group consultation. Both Part 1 and 2 of the training involve lectures, videotaped practice demonstrations and individual supervised practice.

Upon completion of both Part 1 & 2 and 10 hours of consultation, participants receive an EMDR Therapy Basic Training Certificate recognized by EMDRIA. Virtual EMDR Therapy Basic Training programs are for clinical purposes only and do not qualify participants to train others in EMDR.


Given Dr. Amanda Bell and her clinical team’s extensive experience working with children, youth and adults with complex trauma, participants will learn how to help clients of any age understand how they may benefit from EMDR and how to provide EMDR in developmentally attuned manner. Participants will gain confidence in how to recognize contraindicators for EMDR reprocessing and when to strengthen client stability and safety using EMDR resourcing strategies.


Technical Requirements to Participate:
To participate in the Fall 2020 training you will need to have reliable broadband internet, a computer or tablet device, and a private room to attend the training sessions. If you wish to have paper copies of the electronic slides, EMDR scripts and other aspects of the extensive participant manual, you will need access to a copy center. We will hold pre-training orientation sessions to make sure all participants can successfully access our Zoom meetings and our “Thinkific” online learning platform.

Assessing Student Learning Needs:

To strengthen integration of EMDR theory and practice skills, EMDRIA is now requiring Learner Assessments in EMDR basic training. Trainees will be asked to complete several short quizzes, evenly spaced throughout the training program. Quizzes will be based on lectures and the required course text and students will receive ongoing feedback and support to ensure success.  Participants will access essential learning materials, resources, discussion boards, and quiz questions through our “Thinkific” online learning platform. Trainees will have opportunity to ask questions and express their learning needs in real time throughout the entire virtual training program.


The Trainer:  

Dr. Amanda Bell, RSW, is the Clinical Director/Owner of private practice group in London ON, and has been in clinical practice since 1995, specializing in treatment, research and training in child and adult sexual abuse and trauma.  Amanda became a Certified EMDR Practitioner in January 2011 and Certified EMDR Consultant July 2013, and is a CAPT Certified Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Amanda is passionate about integrating creative approaches and advanced EMDR protocols to address the needs of children and adults with complex trauma and dissociation; while maintaining fidelity to the Standard Protocol. She provides ongoing EMDR consultation to several children’s mental health agencies and individual clinicians. Amanda completed her doctoral degree in social work in 2012.

Program Eligibility: 

The program is open to anyone with a minimum Masters level degree working in the mental health profession. A clinical background is a prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR Therapy treatment. Applicants must belong to a professional organization with a code of ethics. Private practice therapists must be licensed or certified with their professional organization. If a student, applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctorate level program in the mental health field and currently involved in the practicum and/or internship portion of their program (first year students not eligible) and on a licensing track working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health professional.


Fee Schedule:

Full Course: Part 1 & Part 2, including 10 hours mandatory consultation – $1921.00 ($1700.00 + $221.00 HST) when paid-in-full by Early Bird date (noted below) or $2034.00 ($1800.00 + $234.00 HST) thereafter.

Deposit Required: Given limited number of participants for this high-demand EMDR Basic Training Program, a $400.00 deposit is required to reserve a program spot. The deposit is directly applied to the course fee when all fees are paid by the Early Bird date.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $200 cancellation fee up to 21 days prior to the course. After that time, the balance of your fee can be transferred to an alternate EMDR Therapy Basic Training course pending availability. If full payment is not received by the Early Bird date, the trainee will forfeit their guaranteed spot. If the course becomes filled after the Early Bird date and prior to full payment of fees, $200.00 of the deposit will be lost and the remaining $200.00 can be applied to a future training program.  Trainees who interrupt their training due to circumstances beyond their control must complete the training within a 2-year frame.

Course fees include: The EMDRIA approved Basic Training program, a comprehensive training manual and 10 hours of mandatory group consultation outside of the training weekends.

Completion Requirements: In order to receive a certificate of completion in Basic EMDR Therapy registrants must provide evidence they have completed Part 1 & Part 2 plus 10 hours of consultation. EMDRIA requires trainees to complete the program within 9 months.


Payment Information:

Credit card payments: can be made online by clicking this link  https://www.amandabell.ca/payment

E-transfers: can be sent to [email protected], password – EMDRtraining