EMDR Basic Therapy Training in New Orleans

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Instructor: Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW

Dates: Part 1 – June 28-30, 2023; Part 2 – July 26-28, 2023

Venue: LSU Health New Orleans, Medical Education Building (MEB) located at 1901 Perdido Street,  New Orleans, LA 70112.

Training Description:

We will be teaching EMDR Therapy in the standard model.  This training is tailored for licensed or license-eligible mental health providers  (including graduate students who have completed their core courses) in a clinical setting. It will include some developmentally appropriate adaptations. EMDR Therapy is a client centered therapy and it can be used successfully with all ages.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion of Basic Training in EMDR Therapy which will allow for the provision of EMDR Therapy with a wide range of clients. Participants will also be eligible to join EMDRIA, attend further trainings in EMDR Therapy at the advanced level, participate in the EMDR Regional Meetings, and to pursue certification in EMDR Therapy.

Training Includes:

  • 20+ hours of small group supervised practice by highly trained EMDRIA approved consultants
  • 20+ hours of classroom lecture, demonstrations, exercises, and videos
  • PLUS 10 hours of group consultations with EMDRIA approved consultants
  • PLUS Extensive online resource library including videos of advanced training in a variety of topics
APA LogoContinuing Education Credit

40 APA Continuing Education Credits, sponsored by the CE-Company.  The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The CE Company has co-sponsored this program to provide continuing education (CE) credit for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Professional Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists in the most states. Participants should always check with their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of APA CE credits. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed above, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine program eligibility. Partial credit for attendance of individual sessions is not available.


If you have already been trained in EMDR Basic Training, but you just can’t get enough and want to audit the didactic competent, we are now offering 20 CEs to participate. The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • 20+ hours of classroom lecture, demonstrations, exercises, and videos
  • PLUS Extensive resource library including videos of advanced training in a variety of topics
  • To register contact Carol Miles at cmiles@tulane.edu for specifics

Visit Meet the Trainers to learn more about Carol 

Registration Process
Step 1:  Register for training







Step 2:  application checklist

Registration documents by June 14, 2023.

Resume or CV

Copy of professional license (or forms for non-licensed applicants and students)

Participant agreement form

If applying for an agency or student discount: Agency Eligibility and Discount Form OR Graduate Student Eligibility Form

You are not accepted into the course until your forms are processed.  Full refunds will be available if you do not meet criteria. All forms should be emailed to Carol Miles at cmiles@tulane.edu. 

Step 3:  Wait for Confirmation by Email

Once you have completed all the forms, you will hear from us via email that your application has been accepted.  At that time, you will be provided with further instructions via email about books you will need and the activities you will need to complete before the first day of training via our online Canvas learning platform.

Registration fees include:
  • Training Parts 1 & II
  • 10 Hours of Small Group Consultation for case review and support
  • Access to Canvas with Training Manual and Handouts for one year
  • Support of a highly experienced EMDRIA approved consultants for practice sessions every day
  • 40 CEs (see below)
  • EMDRIA-Approved Certificate of Completion issued upon requirements.

Training Schedule
Day One

Day One begins with some information regarding the basics of trauma and the nervous system. We also discuss the history, research, and the clinical populations treated, the mechanism, model and methodology are explained. Then client selection criteria is explained as well as various strategies to enhance resources. This day is a basic Introduction to EMDR therapy with an emphasis on Phase 1 and 2.


  1. Identify clinical problems treatable with EMDR Therapy.
  2. Discuss 3 important EMDR research studies.
  3. Discuss various strategies that enhance resources.
  4. Describe goals & procedures for Phases 1.
  5. Describe goals & procedures for Phases 2.
  6. Discuss the mechanism of EMDR Therapy.
  7. Discuss the model of EMDR therapy.
  8. Discuss the methods used in EMDR therapy.
Day Two

Day Two begins with a review of Phases 1 & 2 and then covers the three-prong protocol, and how to select a target memory. The emphasis is on Phases 3-7, components of memory, negative & positive cognitions, abreactions, & blocking beliefs. how to handle abreactions, and blocked processing is discussed. Closing completed and closing incomplete sessions are described.


  1. Describe the 8 phases of the EMDR protocol.
  2. List the components of memory accessed in Phase 3.
  3. Describe the 3-prong protocol of EMDR Therapy.
  4. State how to measure the Validity of Cognition (Voc).
  5. State how to measure the Subjective Units of Disturbance ( SUD).
  6. Discuss strategies to manage the Desensitization Phase.
  7. Identify the 7 questions of the Assessment phase.
  8. Name two blocking beliefs that result in blocked processing.
Day Three

Day Three begins with a review of Phases 3-6. The trainees are introduced to the Recent Events Protocol, and EMD and restricted processing. Some examples of interweaves are provided when processing is blocked. Re-evaluation and how to construct a future template is described. How to modify standard protocol when developmentally appropriate are provided.


  1. Develop a future template.
  2. Describe the application of future templates.
  3. Describe Phase 8 re-evaluation.
  4. Identify appropriate interweaves for various clinical issues.
  5. Discuss treatment planning.
  6. Discuss EMD.
  7. Discuss Recent Events Protocol.
  8. Discuss EMDRr .
Day Four

Day Four begins with a review of Standard Protocol. Then describes complex trauma and dissociation and applies the stages of recovery to the 8 phases of EMDR. Special attention is paid to resource development, blacking beliefs and therapeutic interweaves. Steps in resource development are identified for more complex clients are discussed. Conceptualization and treatment planning guidelines are discussed for those with complex trauma and dissociation.


  1. Apply Adaptive information Processing Theory to case conceptualization for complex trauma.
  2. Describe one other method of assessing dissociation with complex clients.
  3. Describe modifications of the protocol for complex trauma & dissociation.
  4. Describe clinical signs of dissociation.
  5. Describe 3 resources utilized in EMDR Preparation Phase 2 for more complex clients.
  6. Describe 2 tools used when clients abreact.
Day Five

Day Five begins with a look at the interweaves and then moves to the model’s application to special populations, such as compulsive disorders.


  1. Describe 3 types of interweaves.
  2. Describe why and when interweaves are needed.
  3. Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms.
  4. Apply Adaptive Information Processing to the treatment of compulsive disorders.
  5. Describe resources to use with resistant clients.
  6. Apply in the treatment of compulsive disorders.
Day Six

Day Six begins with a review of the 8 phases and the 3-prong protocol, Adaptive Information Processing and application to grief and anxiety.  How to use EMDR with children is covered and modifications are provided when developmentally appropriate.


  1. Discuss variations to the protocol for phobias.
  2. Describe variations to the protocol for illnesses.
  3. Describe variation to the protocol for grief.
  4. Identify one modification of EMDR Therapy as illustrated in the child case.
  5. Describe a group approach to EMDR.
  6. Apply future template to working with children.
Cancellation Policy

In the event you cannot attend, it is important for you to provide notification (before the program begins) either by email (preferred) at cmiles@tulane.edu or via phone at 985-893-1248. Cancellations more than 30 days prior to the event subject to an administrative fee of $100. All cancellations 15 days or less are non-refundable.

Disability Accommodations

All programs are held in facilities that accommodates mobility limitations consistent with ADA guidelines. Requests for  accommodations  for in person or virtual training can be directed to cmiles@tulane.edu. Please submit requests a minimum of 10 working days in advance.

Complaint and Grievance Procedure

The Three Rivers Training Center is committed to providing high quality educational programs to mental health professionals. Participant satisfaction is important to us. Feedback, questions, and concerns can be addressed to Carol Miles at cmiles@tulane.edu or by mail to: Three Rivers Training Center, 110 East 7th Avenue, Covington, LA 70433