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Continuing Education

An EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro, is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

EMDR identifies root causes of psychopathology in the form of disturbing memories and can alleviate symptoms from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or other traumatic experiences that remain unresolved. It encompasses the following goals:

  • Process disturbing memories
  • Reduce the lingering effects of traumatic experiences
  • Develop adaptive coping mechanisms in patients
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Program questions:
Shauna Pacheco, [email protected]

Registration/payment questions:
PACE office, [email protected] | (248) 370-3177
Dates and times:
Please check back for future EMDR dates.

Pricing — two-tiered:
  • General Practitioners: $1,395  includes required 10 hours of group consultation.
  • Non-Profit Individuals or Agencies/Community Mental Health/Student and Interns: $995 — includes required 10 hours of group consultation.

Those qualifying for the reduced rate, please scan email proof of eligibility documentation (i.e. unofficial transcript, letter documenting employment with non-profit agency on official letterhead) to [email protected].

Training includes:

  • All-in-one training manual (Parts 1 and 2)
  • A free downloadable video of the entire training (Parts 1 and 2)
  • 10 hours of group consultation (required as part of the Basic Training Course)
  • Free downloadable audio and/or videos files of additional EMDR presentations
  • Free membership to EMDR Consulting’s internet forum
  • Discounts on EMDR Consulting’s EMDR certification package

After attending the training, participants will be able to:

  • List EMDR’s 8 phase and 3 prongs
  • Discuss the AIP approach to psychotherapy
  • Apply extended resourcing interventions
  • Construct a belief focused targeting plan
  • Describe the application of The Processing Continuum
  • List 5 EMDR specific targeting plan approaches
  • Develop resourcing skills to assist EMDR processing
  • Demonstrate EMDR’s unrestricted processing
  • Discuss the use of clinical interventions during processing
  • Compare and contrast EMDR standard protocols and procedures with the integrative approach

EMDRIA Therapist Certification:
*Please note: According to EMDRIA, this course is a prerequisite and fulfills only one of the necessary components in the process to become certified in EMDR. Further training is required. Certification after the completion of your basic training includes an additional 20 hours of consultation with an Approved Consultant, seeing a minimum of 25 clients for 50 hours, and completing 12 hours of EMDR continuing education credits. Please visit emdria.org for more information.

Licensed Mental Health Professionals:

  • Qualifying mental health clinicians must have a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field (counseling, marriage family therapy, psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, social work) or other related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA.
  • Professionals with a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) must have a psychiatric specialization.
  • License to practice is required. License number will be required for verification.

Interns and Students:

  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in the mental health field (counseling, marriage family therapy, psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, social work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and practicum portion of their graduate program.
  • Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training: unofficial graduate transcript showing completion in a practicum or internship class by the course start date.

EMDRIA reserves the right to refuse those individuals who do not meet the required guidelines for consideration.

Lawrence Wentworth HeadshotLawrence Wentworth, Ph.D., LP, LMSW
President/CEO, Wentworth and Associates

Dr. Wentworth is EMDR Consulting’s trainer for their Approved EMDR Basic Training course. He has been practicing in the tri-county area for over 30 years. He is fully licensed as a psychologist in Michigan and Florida. He is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) — an integrative psychotherapy approach. He is also an EMDRIA Approved Consultant for therapists seeking certification. Dr. Wentworth is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, granted by the American Board of Professional Psychology. This means he has submitted videos and transcripts of his clinical work with clients for review by the board. Dr. Wentworth is humanistic in his approach and believes that the keys to healing lie within each of us. He works to facilitate our innate ability to heal to overcome distressing life events and self-defeating behaviors.

Dr. Wentworth provides phone and teleconference sessions for clients who live or work remotely. Half-day and full-day marathon sessions can be scheduled in advance for those who come in from out of town.

Dr. Wentworth is dedicated not only to helping his clients reach their potential, but also to training. He supervises and trains many on his staff and regularly supervises master’s level and doctoral level interns. He also offers support to two nonprofit suicide prevention organizations — KnowResolve and Kevin's Song — and is an annual sponsor of their “Walk for Awareness” event, as well as their annual benefit concert and dinner.

This course centers on learning the foundations of EMDR and expanding EMDR therapy skills.

Part 1 — Training Objectives: EMDR Therapy Foundations

  • Learn and practice crisis management techniques, including A-TIP™.
  • Describe the adaptive information processing (AIP) model.
  • Name the standard 8 phases and 3 prongs of the EMDR approach.
  • Identify the client’s core belief schema and its appropriate target sequence plan.
  • Identify 4 client stabilization strategies that can be used to stabilize and prepare the client for EMDR processing.
  • Describe the Processing Continuum™ and its application with a variety of client presentations.
  • Understand how to implement the eye movement procedures in acute stress and recent traumatic incidents
  • Discuss how to integrate the EMDR perspective and procedures into one’s clinical practice.
  • Discuss using EMDR therapy interventions with children, couples, professionals and self-use.

Part 2 — Training Objectives: Expanding EMDR Therapy Skills

  • Understand complex case conceptualizations from the adaptive information processing perspective.
  • Describe the extended resourcing strategies used for client stabilization.
  • Discuss the full implementation of EMDR’s standard processing procedures.
  • Identify a variety of clinical interventions designed to facilitate effective, efficient and safe client processing.
  • Discuss using EMDR therapy interventions with special populations such as dissociation, phobias, somatic disorders, grief and pain.

Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
456 Pioneer Dr., MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2018