EMDR Basic Training


EMDR Training Course Dates

Our trainings are held online using Zoom and take place in the Central Time Zone. To request accommodations for disabilities, please contact us at 1-800-326-4418.

Now Enrolling Fall 2024 Course

Part I:

September 20th - 22nd
9:00AM—12:30PM CT (Didactic)
1:30PM—5:30PM CT (Practicum)

Part II:

Ocotber 25th - 27th
9:00AM—12:30PM CT (Didactic)
1:30PM—5:30PM CT (Practicum)

*You are not accepted into the course until your forms are processed.  Full refunds will be available if you do not meet criteria requirements.

Meet our Instructors

Dr. Sarah Cairns, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, EMDRIA approved Trainer, Consultant, and Certified Therapist. EMDR therapy is my passion! After the first practicum of EMDR therapy training, I was hooked. Following that weekend, the entire focus of my graduate and professional career has been on the utilization, study, and furthering of EMDR therapy in its many contexts. I believe in EMDR therapy and its ability to create change and bring healing to those experiencing even the greatest of suffering.

I specialize in trauma (first and foremost), PTSD/CPTSD, first responders, ADHD, food/weight/body concerns, and complex/multifaceted presentations. EMDR therapy is amazing in its versatility to be applied with presenting concerns, diagnoses, situations, and desired outcomes. I have been fortunate enough to use EMDR therapy to assist in a variety of nuanced ways and enjoy the creativity involved in finding answers in complex situations.

Currently, I am the owner and clinical director of Cairns Therapy and Nutrition, PLLC; a group practice developed to provide EMDR therapy services for those seeking to heal from trauma and to provide EMDR therapy consultation to professionals. It is my personal philosophy that in order to be an effective therapist and an effective educator, I must show up as my authentic-self, always. For me, that means being passionate and invested in all that I do, finding humor and hope at all times, and fostering connection and relationship with all whom I engage.

Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and EMDRIA approved Trainer, Consultant, and Certified Therapist. I am deeply committed to making a positive impact in the realm of psychotherapy. As an EMDRIA-Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant and Trainer, I have gained a deep love and respect for the intricacies of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and I am passionate about advocating for its integration into therapeutic practice both as an individual and in combination with couples work and psychedelic-assisted therapies. I've had the privilege of sharing insight on platforms such as "Good Morning America", USA Today and various podcasts, fostering greater awareness of the effectiveness of EMDR therapy.

Beyond my clinical practice and speaking engagements, my commitment to advancing mental health care extends through volunteer work on local and national associations. Holding prestigious roles, such as the President of the local Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapists board of directors and the President of the EMDR International Association board of directors, I've championed the interests of mental health professionals and worked to propel the field forward.

As one of the Co-founders of Connected Heart Therapy in Austin, Texas, I've played a pivotal role in delivering transformative care to individuals, couples, and families. Always embracing innovation, I've adopted the cutting-edge approach of integrating EMDR therapy with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. This groundbreaking combination allows me to push the boundaries of healing, offering clients a multidimensional and comprehensive approach to addressing their mental health concerns. As a fervent advocate for mental health professionals and the field at large, my dedication remains unwavering. Through transformative work and innovative contributions, I aim to uplift and inspire both colleagues and clients, contributing to the future of mental health care.

About This Course

Our EMDR Training course will be taught in the standard model and is made specifically for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

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 (required to receive the EMDR Basic Training Certificate of Completion)
• PLUS Extensive online resource library including videos of advanced training in a variety of topics
• 40 APA CE hours

What To Expect

Our EMDR Training is offered through a live online interactive format via Zoom. The intensive course consists of two 3-day parts both including didactic and practicum clinical training, totaling 40+ hours of live instruction and hands-on practice. After each part, you will be able to schedule the hours of required case consultation (4 hours following Part I and 6 hours following Part II). You will actively participate in EMDR Therapy as a client, so you'll know precisely what your clients will experience. At the completion of both parts, you will be prepared to successfully use EMDR working with your clients to help them heal.

Why You Need This Training From Us

Investing in yourself and in your practice is a no-brainer, and choosing EMDR Therapy to invest in will add a powerful tool to your therapeutic toolbox. The Wellness Institute prides itself in the course content we provide to our students and our partnership EMDR course is no different. Our EMDR Course utilizes an EMDRIA-approved curriculum, developed by Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW, of Three Rivers Training Center. Our instructors are Dr. Sarah Cairns, PsyD, and Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT.

Additional Important Info

  • Classes are held mid-week
  • 9:00am to 5:30pm CT (1-hour break for lunch)
  • Learn through doing: 40% lecture and 60% hands-on practice
  • Supervised Practice Sessions with other professionals
  • Apply online tools to in-person therapy
  • Access to learning platform with Training Manual and Handouts for one year
  • Completion of the training results in 40 hours of continuing education.

Have More Questions?
Speak with a Training Coordinator

Objectives For Part I

  • Apply the underlying Adaptive Information Processing theory of EMDR Therapy and other theoretical, brain functioning, and research issues
  • Assess the appropriateness of using EMDR Therapy with your patients
  • Conceptualize a case from an EMDR Therapy and trauma viewpoint
  • Integrate EMDR Therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Develop skill in using all eight phases of EMDR therapy with adults and children
  • Apply the target sequencing plan
  • Identify the three-stage standard protocol
  • Identify, select, and develop appropriate target issues for use with an EMDR Therapy protocol safeguard
  • Identify soothing and grounding techniques
  • Identify techniques to teach patients to tolerate and modulate affect
  • Apply resource development and installation
  • Apply responses to certain resistances
  • Identify applications of EMDR Therapy to various patient problems
  • Be aware of Identify clinician limitations
  • Make use of on-going supervision and case consultation
  • Between the first and second parts of the course, and in order to continue to the second part, each participant will participate in a total of 4-6 hours of consultation

Objectives For Part II

  • Identify special protocols to use with specific patient groups and specific patient problems
  • Identify additional techniques to handle looping, resistance and other problems
  • Identify therapeutic and cognitive interweaves
  • Identify applications of EMDR Therapy to dissociative disorders and other disorders
  • Integrate EMDR Therapy into your current treatment approach
  • Be further cognizant of Identify safety issues
  • Consider legal and ethical issues
  • Identify practitioner problems with the method
  • Further practice with clients
  • Continue to make use of on-going supervision and case consultation with EMDRIA-approved consultation and with peers
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using the EMDR Therapy

EMDRIA Approved

This course is co-sponsored by the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS). The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*Course is approved by EMDRIA