Virtual EMDR Basic Training

Given the vital need to adhere to social distancing guidelines to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, Dr. Amanda Bell’s EMDR Basic Training program will be offered virtually and is fully meets the EMDR International Association’s (EMDRIA) virtual training standards. The required classroom lectures, practicum sessions and group consultation sessions will be offered using Zoom, and “Thinkific” on-line learning platform.

A Unique Training Program:

This 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.  Dr. Amanda Bell and her clinical team have extensive experience working with children, youth and adults with complex trauma and will teach participants how to deliver virtually and in-person the EMDR standard protocol in a safe and developmentally sensitive manner. Participants will also gain confidence in how to recognize contraindicators for EMDR reprocessing and how to strengthen client stability, safety and overall functioning using EMDR resourcing strategies.

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.

Program Eligibility:

The program is open to anyone with a minimum Masters degree working in the mental health profession. A clinical background is a prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR Therapy treatment. Applicants must be registered 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.

Technical Requirements to Participate:
To participate in our virtual training programs, students will need reliable broadband internet, a computer or tablet device, and a private room to attend all training and consultation sessions. If you wish to have paper copies of the electronic slides, EMDR scripts and other resources provided within the extensive participant manual, you will need access to a copy center. We will hold a pre-training orientation session 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 an open book final quiz at the end of Part 2. This final quiz 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.

Required Course Text:

Students are required to read the 3rd edition of Francine Shapiro’s 2018 text, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures prior to complete of the basic training program. Students are strongly encouraged to read chapters 1-8 prior to attending the Part 1 training weekend.

Fall 2020 Basic Training

Training Dates:

(this program is now full – we not accepting new registrations)

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

Consultation Dates:

Oct 1/20 (9am-12pm, or 1pm-4pm, or 6-9pm)

Nov 12/20 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Dec 10/20 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

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

Winter 2021 On-line Basic Training

Training Dates:

(this program and the wait list are now full)

Part – 1 Training Days: Jan 8-10, 2021 (9am–5pm each day)

Part – 2 Training Days: Mar 5-7, 2021, 2020 (9am–5pm each day)

Consultation Dates:

Feb 4/21 (9am-12pm, or 1pm-4pm, or 6-9pm)

Mar 4/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Mar 25/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Trainees are asked to choose one consultation time for each day, noted above – attending a total of 10 hours of group consultation.

Spring 2021 On-Line Basic Training

Training Dates:

(this program is now accepting registrations – early registration is strongly encouraged!)

Part – 1 Training Days: April 9-11, 2021 (9am–5pm each day)

Part – 2 Training Days: June 11-13, 2021(9am–5pm each day)

Consultation Dates:

April 29/21 (9am-12pm, or 1pm-4pm, or 6-9pm)

May 20/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

June 24/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Trainees are asked to choose one consultation time for each day, noted above – attending a total of 10 hours of group consultation.

Fall 2021 On-Line Basic Training

Training Dates:

Part – 1 Training Days: Sept 17-19, 2021 (9am–5pm each day)

Part – 2 Training Days: Nov 19-21, 2021, 2020 (9am–5pm each day)

Consultation Dates:

Oct 7/21 (9am-12pm, or 1pm-4pm, or 6-9pm)

Oct 28/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Dec 2/21 (9am-12:30pm, or 1pm-4:30pm or 6-9:30pm)

Trainees are asked to choose one consultation time for each day, noted above – attending a total of 10 hours of group consultation.

To Register: 

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

Fee Schedule:

Full Course: Part 1 & Part 2, including 10 hours mandatory consultation –  $2260.00 ($2000.00 + $260.00 HST) when paid-in-full by Early Bird date (noted below) or $2486.00 ($2200.00 + $286.00 HST) thereafter.

Deposit Required: Given the 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.

Payment Information:

Credit card payments: can be made online by clicking this link

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

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 electronic training manual and additional resources, access to instructional videos for duration of program 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.