All Three Rivers Training Center trainers are certified by EMDRIA in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and are EMDRIA-Approved Basic Trainer and Consultant. Our virtual trainings will provide the curriculum required by EMDRIA through the Learning Management System and  will provide a valuable learning experience. Participants in virtual trainings will meet via Zoom and will need reliable and secure access to a computer or tablet device. We will guide you through this process to support a positive training experience. Participants meeting in person will also need access to the computer to access the Learning Management System classroom.

  • To be accepted for this training, you should be a mental health clinician or graduate student who has completed their core curriculum,  you may be licensed for independent practice or on licensure track, and should have some experience in treating traumatized clients.
  • Because this training includes an experiential component, you must be prepared to work on  your own personal issues in practice sessions.
  • You will be expected to begin the use of EMDR Therapy with at least two cases during the course of this training to be given a certificate of completion.

I cannot thank you enough for the training that you have provided and the phenomenal changes that I have witnessed in one of my clients ever since we started doing EMDR. I had this client for about 8 months or so and she was repeatedly stuck on a particular childhood memory. She was unable to move past and hold on to it for quite some time. She looked at the negative, positive cognition sheet and really did feel a gut wrenching response. She immediately picked the one which resonated with her. Aside from EMDR , I am not sure how we could have processed her particular condition any other way. She feels cleared and surprised that she is able to let go.  KT

Carol is a very “real” professional – by admitted her own limitations she was able to develop trust and openness with our group- no on is perfect so lets not set ourselves up to fail. Her humour also helped to establish a positive experience for all  ENVISION 2022

I love seeing the changes that take place in their overall mental health. One of my clients particularly was so hyper focuses on the traumatic death of her son that she ended up addicted to zanax, spent 3 years in jail because of the addiction and lost all ability to feel pleasure with anything in her life. She’s doing well now and is amazed at how much EMDR helped her with the grief. It’s a great feeling to be a part of that process.  CB

About EMDR

EMDR therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. This interactional, standardized approach has been empirically tested in over 20 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions.

EMDR therapy is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model which addresses the unprocessed memories that appear to set the basis for a wide range of dysfunction. A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post treatment EMDR therapy effects. EMDR Therapy strengthens your ability to  work with your clients whether they are ready for EMDR reprocessing or not.

In this comprehensive 50+ hours of training, participants will learn how to bring EMDR Therapy to their clinical practices. EMDR Basic Training prepares you to practice EMDR therapy. Through lecture, demonstrations, case consultation, articles, videos and practice in a supportive environment, trainees will learn:

  • Basic EMDR therapy procedures, protocols and techniques including target development with the 8-phases and 3-Prong Protocol of EMDR Therapy
  • Client selection criteria for the safe use of EMDR Therapy with a wide range of diagnostic categories including PTSD, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. and how to use EMDR therapy to treat problems of daily life such as low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, loneliness, anxiety, depression and addictions
  • Introduction into the full range of applications of EMDR Therapy when working with children, addiction, acute trauma and PTSD to longer-term EMDR therapy for challenging clinical cases like complex trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Techniques for working with blocked processing and intense emotional reactions and effective case conceptualization
Learning Objectives

Part I

  • Apply the underlying Adaptive Information Processing theory of EMDR Therapy and other theoretical, brain functioning, and research issues
  • Assess the appropriateness of using EMDR Therapy with your patients
  • Conceptualize a case from an EMDR Therapy and trauma viewpoint
  • Integrate EMDR Therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Develop skill in using all eight phases of the EMDR Therapy treatment method
  • Apply the target sequencing plan
  • Identify the three stage standard protocol
  • Identify, select, and develop appropriate target issues for use with an EMDR Therapy protocol safeguards
  • Identify soothing and grounding techniques
  • Identify techniques to teach patients to tolerate and modulate affect
  • Apply resource development and installation
  • Apply responses to certain resistances
  • Identify applications of EMDR Therapy to various patient problems
  • Be aware of Identify clinician limitations
  • Make use of on-going supervision and case consultation
  • Between the first and second parts of the course, and in order to continue to the second part, each participant will participate in a total of 4-6 hours of consultation

Part 2

  • Identify special protocols to use with specific patient groups and specific patient problems
  • Identify additional techniques to handle looping, resistance and other problems
  • Identify therapeutic and cognitive interweaves
  • Identify applications of EMDR Therapy to dissociative, Axis II, and other disorders
  • Integrate EMDR Therapy into your current treatment approach
  • Be further cognizant of Identify safety issues
  • Consider legal, ethical issues
  • Identify practitioner problems with the method
  • Further practice with clients
  • Continue to make use of on-going supervision and case consultation with Instructor and with peers
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the EMDR Therapy

“I really got a lot out of her self revealing and her wonderful handouts. She stuck to her handouts as she presented. She added some info, but I could follow and write in whatever extra she said that I wanted. She presented beautifully. She appeared confident, exceptionally competent and thorough. She also demonstrated how much she believes and enjoys her work with EMDR. If I were younger in this profession, I would do her training. She is a great salesperson for EMDR. And her presentation shows how hard she works for her clients and her trainees.”  (2020  “Trauma is Stressful”)

EMDR Certification is NOT awarded with completion of Basic Training

This training is the beginning of the requirement for becoming EMDR Certified. There is some confusion between training and certification in EMDR therapy.  To clarify, EMDR Basic Training and EMDR Certification are not one in the same.  EMDR Certification is a completely different step after completing basic training. It is an important step you may choose as part of your professional development, but this is not required to be a practitioner of EMDR therapy.  We would encourage you to consider EMDR Certification, to help you to further develop your practice and add credibility as an EMDR therapist. After completing an EMDRIA-Approved Basic Training in EMDR therapy you will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion.’

Ask your trainer for more information to begin the path to certification and see

Questions? For more information or to register for an EMDR Therapy Training, visit EMDR Basic Training  or contact Carol Miles at or 985-893-1248.