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Transforming Trauma With EMDR

A 7-Day Professional Training

July 18, 2014 – July 25, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Laurel Parnell
Materials Fee:
SM14-3107-671Laurel Parnell,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

This training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Shedding new light on trauma survival—including sexual and physical abuse, accident and surgical trauma, and grief—EMDR is opening the doors of the heart to genuine spiritual transformation.

This training is limited to mental health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment, and mental health interns who are currently being supervised by an EMDR-trained supervisor. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, we learn:

  • Protocols and procedures for using EMDR with a wide range of diagnostic categories
  • Client selection criteria and cautions necessary for safe use of EMDR
  • Techniques for working with blocked processing and abreactions (catharsis)
  • Use of imaginal and cognitive interweaves
  • How to use EMDR with adults traumatized as children
  • Methods for developing inner resources used for interweaves, ego strengthening, and client closure

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be better able to: 

  • Review standard protocol and procedure
  • Describe modified protocol and when to use it
  • Apply techniques for target development
  • Use techniques for resource development and installation
  • Practice the advanced use of interweaves
  • Work more effectively with complex cases


Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors
  • ACCME - Physicians
  • NAADAC - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses
  • APA - Psychologists
  • SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors
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Limited enrollment; register early.

CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. $25 materials fee for manual, include when you register. This course has been approved by the EMDR International Association. In accordance with the new standards for basic EMDR training, participants must complete this course, receive 10 hours of consultation from recommended EMDRIA-approved consultants recommended by the instructor, and then take Laurel Parnell’s Advanced Clinical Workshop & Refresher Course in order to complete the requirements for basic EMDR training. Participants are required to submit licensure documentation before attendance and must bring copies of their professional licenses or certification to the training. Interns must submit a letter from their supervisors stating that they will be supervised. 

Please note that there are submission requirements for this course.  Please send appropriate paperwork to:

Omega Institute
Attn: Registration Department
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
or scan and email to

Attendance is limited to mental health professionals who have a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field and are licensed or certified through a state or national board, which authorizes independent practice.  Applicants should send a copy of their license or certificate.

Intern/graduate student requirements:  Completion of graduate level coursework at an accredited school and on a licensing track under state sanctioned supervision by a licensed clinician is necessary.  Clinical supervisor must be EMDR trained.  Please submit a detailed curriculum vitae/resume and a current supervisor’s letter with his/her degree and license number.

Canadian registration requirements:  A minimum of master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or social work is required.  Applicants should also hold membership in a professional association that has a written code of ethics or standards of conduct and hold professional liability insurance.

Be advised that anyone not submitting the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed entrance into the class.

The reason you can only take this class if you are a licensed professional is because it is a requirement of the EMDR International Association that approves EMDR training.  EMDR is a very profound and complex therapy that builds on the skills and experience of psychotherapists.

Upon completion of this course you will have all the tools necessary for full utilization of EMDR with your clients. You will now need to receive 10 hours of consultation from Dr. Parnell's faculty consultants and then complete Part 3 in order to complete basic EMDR training.

There is required reading for this course:

  • A Therapist's Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment by Laurel Parnell
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures by Francine Shapiro

There is also recommended reading for this course:

  • Transforming Trauma: EMDR: EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused As Children by Laurel Parnell
  • Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation by Laurel Parnell
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma by Laurel Parnell
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.Workshop
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The Children’s Program will not be available during the extended hours of this workshop. The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. Please note that there may be periods of time outside of normal workshop hours when silence will be expected of class participants. The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Laurel Parnell, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, consultant, EMDR trainer, and author of five books, including A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, upon which this training is based, and Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma. Since 1991, Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR and has trained thousands of clinicians in the United States and abroad. A meditation practitioner for more than 30 years, she brings a transpersonal perspective to EMDR. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.