6-Day EMDR Training | Nashville, TN (CT)

May 16-18 & June 27-29, 2024 Central Time

The Essentials:


811 Caldwell Lane
Nashville, TN 37204


May 16-18 & June 27-29, 2024 Central Time

The Details:

EMDR Training Includes:

  • One year access to the online training portal
  • Access to our PTI email group
  • Access to the PTI Graduates Facebook page
  • Access to free monthly webinars
  • A path toward becoming an EXPERT through our certification groups and more!

The 6-Day Basic Training with Personal Transformation Institute provides clinicians with an experiential understanding of EMDR therapy so that they may integrate EMDR into their practice. The Basic Training results in you being EMDR Trained and eligible to pursue certification in EMDR Therapy. Personal Transformation Institute is an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Training provider. This training meets and exceeds the requirements set by EMDRIA for initial trainings in EMDR.

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The Basic Trainings meet for a total of 50 hours. Over the course of two three-day sessions, participants meet from 7:50 to 5:10 PM Central Time daily.  There is a scheduled lunch break daily from 12-1. It is required to attend all training hours live to receive credit.  No partial credit given.

Learning will be a mix of individual, lecture, group, consultation and practice.

Description of Training

1. Instruction

Through engaging visual presentation and interactive lecture, participants will be instructed in: a. The history of EMDR, including research and foundational overview b. The model of EMDR: the concept of Adaptive Information Processing c. The methodology of EMDR: the 8 Phases, as well as working with special populations and understanding professional, legal, ethical issues

2. Practice Under the supervision of the PTI Trainer and their Assistant, participants will practice various components of EMDR Therapy in groups of two or three, using their real-life experience as a basis for practicum.

3. 10 Hours of Consultation In the second weekend of training, participants will consult with their PTI Trainer to receive feedback and instruction concerning real cases, specialized topics, and further development of EMDR therapy skills.

This is an In-Person Event! Participants must be live in attendance for all 50 hours of the training to receive credit.

Forum All participants get access to a Forum specific to their group.  This area allows participants to interact with participants and faculty before, during and after the training.

Materials All course materials are delivered digitally except for the required reading of Francine Shaprio’s book

Conflict of Interest: There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop

Learning Objectives

Days One through Three:

  • Identify 3 components of the EMDR Approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients
  • Describe 3 important existing research studies
  • Identify the 8 phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment and how to implement the phases with clients
  • Identify the criteria with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  • Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
  • Distinguish between Direct Questioning and the Floatback technique during Phase 1 History Taking and Treatment Planning
  • Describe one purpose for Safe/Calm State utilization
  • Identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy
  • Describe how to conduct the Phase 6 Body Scan
  • Describe when you would apply the Future Template

Days Four through Six:

  • Describe 3 resources to help clients stay within the window of tolerance
  • Describe protocols for closing down incomplete sessions
  • Describe 3 resources to use with difficult or resistant clients
  • Describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment
  • Describe strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses
  • Describe strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms and phobias
  • Describe strategies to treat more complex trauma-related disorders
  • Distinguish between EMD, restricted reprocessing and the EMDR standard protocol
  • Identify 2 clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention
  • Describe how to offer a cognitive interweave when the client’s reprocessing is blocked
  • Identify three clinical choices (past/present/future) for where to start reprocessing with addictions and compulsions
  • Describe 3 strategies for dealing with highly emotional responses

Early Registration Discount: Register and complete payment 30 days prior to the training to receive $100 off. The discount is automatically included in the cart.

Group Discount: If 4 or more people sign up together each of you get $200 off. This discount can be combined with the Early Registration Discount for a total of $300 off. Please click here to fill out the group discount form.

If you have a group of 20 or more that you would like to have trained together, please contact us at support@personaltransformationinstitute.com.

We do not offer any other discounts at this time. 

EMDRIA approved training programs in EMDR Therapy are open to mental health professionals who are licensed (or certified or registered) by their state or provincial government for independent practice of psychotherapy. Training programs are also open to advanced graduate students, interns, and other mental health professionals on a licensure track, with a letter of support from their supervisor. Clinicians who have completed or who are enrolled in a program in Art Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling must submit detailed information to EMDRIA about their program in order to determine their eligibility. Read more about eligibility here.

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