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Training requirements


Please review the following five program requirements for the SonomaPTI basic training in EMDR therapy.
These requirements are also described in the participant’s agreement on the registration forms page.
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  • 1 Attendance
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    You must attend all training days and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions in order to earn CE credits and receive documentation of completion for this training.
    Those who attend this workshop in full and complete all the appropriate evaluation forms will receive CE credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving more than 15 minutes before the training is completed will not receive CE credits.
  • 2 Study
    You must plan to read in their entirety and thoroughly study portions of both

    Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press and

    Leeds, A. M. (2016). A Guide to the Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants, 2nd edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

    The pre-training reading list is available on the Registration Forms page.
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  • 3 Homework
    Consultation sessions require participants:
    1. to prepare written summaries about their actual clinical use of specific procedures, which are taught and practiced in the training; and
    2. to complete and discuss structured self-evaluation forms about their actual clinical experiences.
  • 4 Readiness for experiential practice
    This training includes extensive experiential practice.

    You must be prepared to work on personal issues in these practice sessions. However the experiential practice portion of the training is for training purposes and is not personal psychotherapy.

    Participants who are not willing or able to participate in experiential work on stressful life experiences should not apply. If due to trauma, illness, or other life stressors, you are not emotionally or medically stable, you should not take the training at this time.

    If you have any uncertainty or doubts about these training requirements, please contact the Training Director prior to submitting your registration application.

    In addition, as disturbing material can emerge during practice sessions, you should be prepared to seek private treatment at your own expense if the need arises.

    These issues are also clearly stated in the participant’s agreement on the registration forms page. Please carefully read this agreement before signing it and submitting your registration materials.
  • 5 Opportunities for clinical practice
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    This training is focused on the application of EMDR to the treatment of disorders related to trauma and neglect. Participants will be required to discuss their clinical experiences in applying what they learn over the course of the training program.

    Please make sure your CV or resume reflects your clinical experience. You may enclose a letter if you wish to explain your clinical experience and current practice setting.

    The goal is to ensure that all participants have sufficient education and clinical experience to begin applying EMDR over the course of the training and have access to a clinical setting where the use of EMDR would be appropriate and possible.

    Clinicians with few opportunities to use EMDR in their clinical setting over the course of the training program will not derive much benefit from this training. With the small group format for practice exercises, such lack of practice might negatively impact the learning experience of others. Please consider this when you make application for this training. You should have at least two or more clinical cases available to you with whom you can apply EMDR during the course of this training.




Special needs

The training facility is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are disabled or have special needs you must inform SPTI at the time you submit your application so that we can review and discuss any needs for accommodations.
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