Integrating EMDR into Your Clinical Practice: Five-Day Intensive

Led by: Roy Kiessling, LISW

Described as an “indispensable modality of treatment” by Bessel van der Kolk, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) offers your clients a way to safely process traumatic experiences.

Roy Kiessling’s EMDR course is renowned for its flexibility and for providing clinical pearls of wisdom that will allow you to integrate EMDR effectively into your practice immediately. With an emphasis on attunement, attachment, and clinical judgement, this EMDRIA-approved five-day intensive will provide the essentials for implementing EMDR, including an overview on how to customize treatments for children, recent events, couples, grief, pain, phobias, addictions, and dissociation.

Drawing a sharp distinction from research-oriented approaches to EMDR training, Roy focuses on the interpersonal aspects of EMDR work. You will undergo a multimedia learning experience designed to optimize skill acquisition. Through lecture, videos, and practice opportunities, you will first hear, then see, and then implement new concepts and skills.

This training updates the original procedures developed by Francine Shapiro in 1995 by expanding treatment planning, preparation, and processing interventions. Supplemented with over 43 videos, downloadable training materials, and free access to a community-wide listserv, it also provides support before, during, and after the course, so that you will be confident every step of the way in your implementation of EMDR treatments.

Requirement for Canadians: Masters or above in mental health-related fields – social work, psychology, counselling, psychotherapy.
Licensing bodies – answerable to provincial licensing bodies

When completed you may use: “EMDR Clinician”, “EMDR Therapist”, or “Trained in EMDR”. You may not use “Certified” in any marketing.

The 5-day course (and the 10 hrs. of consultation included in the fee) is what is necessary to complete the course.
We issue a “Document of Completion”. (We try to avoid confusion by not stating “certificate”.)

Certification is optional; it is not a standards of practice or ethical issue if not certified.

Completing the course qualifies one to pursue certification — much like graduating from undergraduate studies qualifies you to go to graduate school.

Certification is separate, and the course is a necessary prerequisite.

Once one completes the course (5-day and 10 hrs. of consultation), clinicians are eligible to attended advanced speciality EMDR Courses.

Fees and Registration

Monday, August 27, to Friday, August 31, 2018
Artscape Youngplace

Earlybird Rate
(Up to June 30, 2018)
Regular Rate
(After June 30, 2018)
$2500 + HST $2600 + HST

You will learn —

  • About foundational EMDR concepts and procedures (the Adaptive Information Processing approach, the 8 phases and 3 prongs of standard EMDR treatment)
  • About 13 interventions to help prepare your clients for EMDR (through grounding, stabilization, and behavioural change)
  • Strategies to prepare your client for processing
  • About 7 treatment planning approaches
  • How to customize the pace of treatment through deploying the Processing Continuum
  • About interventions to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient processing
  • How to work with children
  • How to treat acute stress: A-TIP (a crisis intervention strategy)

This workshop may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) by professional organizations in Canada/Ontario serving mental health professionals. Please click here for more information.

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Roy Kiessling, LISW, is an EMDRIA approved trainer and the director of EMDR Consulting and its EMDR Training Course, Integrating EMDR into Your Clinical Practice. In 2012, after having been a senior trainer for Francine Shapiro for over a decade, Roy started working toward becoming an independent trainer with EMDRIA accreditation, and in 2013, Roy’s own approach to EMDR training was approved. Roy’s EMDR training approach incorporates his many years of experience in teaching EMDR, providing the most effective techniques and additional information to assist clinicians in seamlessly integrating the EMDR approach into their practices. For more information, please visit

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