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It is recommended that clinicians plan on completing all four parts of the training.

Between each part trainees are expected to practice what they have learned by using EMDR under supervision on suitable clients. During training, practical work takes place in groups of 10-12 trainees with the assistance of an experienced facilitator. Trainees are expected to practice the protocol by working on old traumatic memories, phobias, pain or current anxiety in dyads as both the client and clinician.

Part one training will take place over 3 days. Part two training will take place over two days and Part three training will take place over one day. The Part three training takes place the day before the Part four training, which is also of one day’s duration. It is worth mentioning that Part 4 is a Supervision & Revision┬áday which is essential if you are to apply for Accreditation. Anybody who has completed the rest of the training can attend Part 4.

Part One

This module of the training involves an overview of the background and development of EMDR, the Adaptive Information Processing Theory and the current evidence base for EMDR. Part 1 prepares trainees for using and understanding the use of the eight phase EMDR protocol by reviewing psychological trauma and its consequences as well as the role of dissociation in psychological trauma. Once trainees feel comfortable with the basic protocol, the next stage is to learn about strategies to use when processing blocks. This includes the cognitive interweave. In order to process phobias and current anxieties, the “Floatback” or “touchstone memory” technique is also taught in Part one.

The eight phase protocol is comprehensively taught. The desensitisation (4th) phase will be used to process attendees own minor traumas or life events in groups of two under the supervision of a trained facilitator. There will also be an introduction to psychological trauma, dissociation and abreactions in preparation for working with more complex cases. Finally, the theory of the touchstone memory will be explained in preparation for Part 2. Apart from theoretical work, there will also be role plays, film material and clinical practice.

Part Two

It is expected of all trainees to work with at least two clients during Part one and two, so as to present them during the supervision slot in Part two. Both clients must be at least in or having completed the desensitisation phase. Practising work learnt in Part one is obviously of considerable advantage in making use of new material in Part two.

Part two commences with the phobia protocol; using EMDR for phobias and current anxieties. The touchstone memory learnt in Part one will be applied when trainees work on their own phobias or current anxieties during the training in groups of two. As with all EMDR, it is not only important to consider the past if this is relevant, but also current problems and where the person would like to be in the future. Part two will therefore include the future template, resource installations and using EMDR for anticipatory anxiety. Further strategies to assist emotional regulation are introduced.

Towards the end of Part two an introduction to complex trauma and sexual abuse will take place to fit in with specific EMDR approaches when dealing with these client groups as trained in Part three. Between Part two and Part three every trainee is required to treat two additional clients beyond the desensitisation phase and in one instance through the eight phases of the protocol, using the proscribed supervision form.

Part Three

(Over two days if you trained in the previous format where Part 1 lasted two days, and over one day with Part 4 the following day if you completed the new format Part 1 over three days)

This Part is dedicated to complex trauma, further information about dissociation and also sexual abuse and grief. There will be a summary presentation on working with children. Practical work will exist of trying out strategies (in role plays) when clients become overwhelmed by emotion, they don’t present with any emotion at all or when they dissociate. The last part of the day will consist of a summary of the first three Parts of the training and opportunities for questions in small groups with facilitators

Part Four (one day)

The last day of the training which is the day following Part three is predominantly a supervision and revision day. This day is not only a completion of the training, it is also a day to prepare trainees for accreditation. Once supervision has been completed, trainees in groups of three of four are requested to resolve clinical questions after which their thoughts are discussed in the larger group. The Blind To Therapist Protocol (Blore and Holmshaw, 2009) is explained for use by those clinicians who work with clients with extreme shame, individuals whose professions require of them not to share information with outsiders, people with speech disorders and a host of other applications that make EMDR accessible to a wider group of clients.

On completion of all parts, you will be trained to a level which is recognised throughout Europe and you will receive the EMDR Europe certificate of completion. You can then start the accreditation process as an EMDR UK and Ireland Association and EMDR Europe Association practitioner. Useful information about this will be provided.

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