EMDR Therapy Training

Stillwater, OK, In-Person
Part I-January 27-29, 2023, Part II-April 28-30, 2023
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Kara Niccum, M.S., LMFT, LADC is an Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM) Adjunct Faculty; ICM is an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) approved provider of EMDR therapy training. ICM’s curriculum is designed by master EMDR clinician and author Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT.

Upon successful completion of Part I and Part II trainings as well as 10 hours of consultation, you will have completed EMDR therapy training. You can then practice EMDR therapy with your clients (within your scope of practice, of course).

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EMDR Therapy Training

Part I-January 27-29, 2023

Part I includes three days of lecture and practicum (21 hours total). It covers the basics of trauma, the Adaptive Information Processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, mechanisms of action in EMDR therapy, and methodology; including the three prongs and eight phases. Following Part I, you will be encouraged to begin using EMDR with select clients.

Five of your 10 hours of consultation are recommended between Part I and Part II trainings. Consultation may be done individually or in a group with an ICM approved consultant. Scheduling and paying for consultation is the responsibility of the trainee.        

Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation must be completed before a certificate of training will be issued. Per EMDRIA standards for in-person training, trainees have 24 months to complete Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation.

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EMDR Therapy Training

Part II-April 28-30, 2023

Part II includes three days of lecture and practicum (21 hours total). It covers advanced EMDR therapy skills, best practices for working with select populations, and honing the art of case conceptualization. Part II focuses on utilizing EMDR therapy within complex clinical presentations. Ethical considerations will be woven into both Part I and Part II trainings.

Five of your 10 hours of consultation are recommended following Part II. Consultation may be done individually or in a group with an ICM approved consultant. Scheduling and paying for consultation is the responsibility of the trainee.

Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation must be completed before a certificate of training will be issued. Per EMDRIA standards for in-person training, trainees have 24 months to complete Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation.

What trainees are saying

"Kara is a top notch facilitator-kind, knowledgeable, and approachable. The training was engaging from beginning to end. This is easily some of the best money I’ve spent on training. Kara did an excellent job building camaraderie amongst our training cohort. I made new friends, built professional connections, and learned a therapy model that has been astonishingly impactful. I would highly recommend EMDR training with Kara. I only wish I would have done it earlier in my career!"

Melissa Oliver, M.S., LMFT

Stillwater Counseling Center

Pink Flower

"EMDR Therapy Training with Kara Niccum was one of the best trainings I have attended. Not only is Kara excellent in guiding you through all eight phases of EMDR with clarity and precision, her calming presence provides an ideal atmosphere in which to learn. Kara is able to encourage and challenge new learners in a gentle way. I highly recommend Kara as a trainer if you are interested in learning how to incorporate EMDR into your practice." 

Jessica Hunt, M.Ed., J.D., LPC

Hunt Counseling & Consulting, LLC

 Make the most of your EMDR therapy training!

  • As you select an EMDR training, consider how you learn best. Does in-person or virtual learning suit you? Do you learn at a more relaxed or intensive pace? I offer trainings in-person at a more relaxed pace. This training is split into two three-day segments separated by approximately three months to allow for learning, practice, and integration.
     

  • Prior to training, survey your case load and identify a client who may benefit from EMDR therapy. The ideal first client has a strong working relationship with you, is well versed at using healthy coping skills, and has a single incident trauma (or as close as you can get to single incident). Let them know you’re attending EMDR therapy training, that it’s a bit different from traditional talk therapy, and could be helpful. Ask them if they’re up for trying something new.
     

  • During training you will complete practicum where you will be in the role of therapist and client. Give yourself permission to be messy in the role of therapist and to go wherever your brain and body lead in the role of client. As the client, know that you may select a target memory you believe is not super intense, but it may connect to things that are more intense. Remember, it’s all connected! Allow yourself to “go with that” and do as much work as much as you can. Know though that you can put the brakes on if needed.  
     

  • Connect with fellow trainees and other EMDR therapists. Encouraging texts, chats over lunch with local colleagues, and even informal consultation groups can provide valuable support.   
     

  • During training, keep your evening plans simple. Make this time about your growth; for which self-care is a necessary ingredient! 

  • Within two weeks following Part I, use EMDR therapy with at least one client and schedule your first consultation. Move through phases one and two. You may need a gentle or more solid nudge to move into phases three through eight, but get there. This is the heart of healing in EMDR! The more you don’t do EMDR, the more you don’t do EMDR. Get in there and do the dang thing! Before long, you won't want to stop doing EMDR.

  • Consider completing a portion of your 10 consultation hours individually. Though this is a more expensive option than group, it’s well worth it. You’ve already invested in the training; consultation is where EMDR will come alive in your clinical practice.  
     

  • Set aside time post-Part I training to read Shapiro's text. It is a treasure trove of information. It will answer many of your questions. Learn standard protocol well before you venture into specialty protocols.   
     

  • Remember, you came into EMDR therapy training with a clinical degree, knowledge, and experience. All the things you know about being a good therapist still apply! Over time you will merge the technical aspects of EMDR with who you are as a therapist; this is the art of EMDR therapy.

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By registering for this EMDR therapy training, you agree to the following regarding eligibility, fees, attendance, professionalism, cancellation, and informed consent:

Eligibility 
Per EMDR International Association (EMDRIA):
A) A master’s or doctoral degree in a clinical mental health-related field (e.g., marriage and family therapy, counseling, social work, psychology, etc.) is required. Although not a requirement, it is preferred that you are active in clinical practice.
B) Master’s level students may be permitted to take the course if ICM receives a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
C) Medical professionals (e.g., nurses and physicians) are eligible to take the course if they possess a clinical master’s or doctorate degree and their primary specialty is mental health.
D) Chemical dependency professionals with a master’s or doctoral degree may be eligible to take the course. Pastoral/Christian counselors and art/music/dance therapists may also be eligible if they can show sufficient clinical content on their master’s level transcripts.

  • In scenarios B, C, and D, prior approval is required from ICM. Requests and supporting documentation can be sent to beck@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com. Your registration is not complete until approval is granted and payment is received.

Training Fees
Part I and Part II trainings are $650 per part. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Lunch is on your own for all days of training.   

Consultation Fees
At the level of EMDR therapy training, trainees must complete 10 hours of consultation with an ICM approved consultant. These hours may be completed individually or in a group. Scheduling and paying for consultation is the responsibility of the trainee. Consultation is not included in the price of training. This allows trainees to select consultants based on area of expertise, geographic location, availability, teleconferencing options, and/or cost. Click here for full list of ICM Approved Consultants.

Attendance and Professionalism
To meet EMDRIA standards for EMDR therapy training, you must complete 20 hours of lecture, 20 hours of practicum, and 10 hours of consultation. All lecture and practicum sessions must be attended. Partial attendance is not permitted. Trainees must arrive on time and may not leave early. Trainees are expected to be fully present and to conduct themselves in a professional manner. No alcohol or illicit drug use will be permitted. Staff reserve the right to remove a trainee at any time if trainee creates and unsafe or unprofessional environment at staff’s sole discretion. Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation must be completed before a certificate of EMDR therapy training will be issued. Per EMDRIA standards for in-person training, trainees have 24 months to complete Part I, Part II, and 10 hours of consultation. If misplaced, replacement certificates of completion and verification of CE Credit Hours are available. A $10 per document administrative fee will be assessed.

 

Cancellation 
Training size is limited, and spots generally fill quickly. A 10:1 ratio of participants to trainers is maintained to maximize learning. Payment is required at the time of registration to secure a spot. A wait-list will be available if training is closed.

  • If cancelling prior to two weeks before a scheduled event, trainees are entitled to a full refund less a 5% processing fee, or the option to apply the dollar amount paid towards a future training with ICM.

  • If cancelling less than two weeks before a scheduled event, trainees are entitled to a 50% refund, or the option to apply the dollar amount paid toward a future training with ICM.

  • In the case of inclement weather, should we cancel the training, your registration would simply be moved to our rescheduled date. If the rescheduled date isn’t available for you, we can offer you another date or issue a refund.

  • Attendance at the entire training is required per EMDRIA standards. If you terminate your training or need to leave it early for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund. No-shows are not eligible for a refund.

  • Only medically documented reasons or family deaths are considered as an exception to this policy.

Informed Consent and Confidentiality
During practicum, trainees will be in the role of therapist and client. In the role of client, you will be expected to do a piece of your own authentic clinical work. You are responsible for your own grounding and self-care throughout the training. If you are currently under the care of a mental health care provider, it is recommended that you alert them to your participation in this training. You acknowledge you are taking part in this training and practicum at your own risk. If a concern arises, you agree to alert staff right away. Most trainees are new to EMDR, therefore a collegial atmosphere that is as safe as possible for everyone is encouraged. In this training setting, confidentiality does not rise to the level present in the therapist-client relationship, but you are expected to respect the confidentiality of trainees.  

CE Credit Hours

CE Credit Hours are available for Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselors and Oklahoma Licensed Marital and Family Therapists. ICM is an approved training provider for EMDRIA, APA, NBCC, and ASWB. Click here for more information on ICM CE approvals.  

Required Reading

Per EMDRIA, Shapiro’s text is required reading for EMDR therapy training. 

  • Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, 3rd ed. New York: The Guilford Press.  

   

EMDR Therapy Training Versus Certification

Upon successful completion of Part I and Part II trainings as well as 10 hours of consultation, you will have completed EMDR therapy training. You can then practice EMDR with clients within your scope of practice. If you desire to further your knowledge, EMDRIA certification may be for you. EMDRIA certification denotes deeper understanding and greater clinical skill. Certification requires additional consultation, continuing education, letters of recommendation, etc. Click here for full list of certification requirements. Click here for information on consultation with Kara Niccum.