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EMDR Book Learning Program


EMDR Within A Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment

Book Learning Program


Based on the (included) book: Greenwald, R. (2007). EMDR within a phase model of trauma-informed treatment. New York: Haworth.

Description: Eye movement desensitization/reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective and efficient method of treating traumatic memories. This program is designed to help participants learn when and how to use EMDR, and to gain competency with EMDR. The book is an accessible, straightforward guide to learning and using EMDR. The book teaches a clear rationale and a systematic approach to trauma-informed treatment. The content and methods are research-supported and proven effective. The book takes the reader step by step through the treatment process, using scripted exercises to teach hands-on skills.

Note: Gaining competency in EMDR requires formal supervised training. However, any mental health professional can benefit from this program, which teaches about EMDR, emphasizes the overall trauma-informed treatment approach, and teaches many skills which will be immediately applicable, even without EMDR training.


Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Understanding Trauma
  • Chapter 2: The Structure of Trauma-informed Treatment
  • Chapter 3: The Role of EMDR
Section II: Phase 1 – Client History and Treatment Planning
  • Chapter 4: The Initial Interview: From “Hello” to History
  • Chapter 5: Taking a Trauma History
  • Chapter 6: Trauma-informed Case Formulation
  • Chapter 7: Making a Treatment Contract
Section III: Phase 2 – Client Preparation
  • Chapter 8: Safety and Stabilization
  • Chapter 9: Resource Development and Installation
  • Chapter 10: Self-management Training
  • Chapter 11: Precautions for EMDR
  • Chapter 12: Final Preparations for EMDR
Section IV: Phases 3-8 – Trauma Resolution
  • Chapter 13: Phase 3 – Assessment, or “Setting up the Target”
  • Chapter 14: Phase 4 – 5 – Desensitization and Installation
  • Chapter 15: Phases 6 – 7: Body Scan, and Closure
  • Chapter 16: Phase 8: Re-evaluation and Consolidation of Gains


Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Describe EMDR methodology and procedures.
  • Explain ways that EMDR can be used with a wide range of clients.

Participants already trained in EMDR will additionally be able to:

  • Prepare clients for EMDR.
  • Conduct an EMDR session.
  • Problem-solve a difficult session.
  • Use EMDR with a wide range of clients.

Completion Requirements

Attendees must read the book in its entirety. You will be provided with a log-in for our Moodle online training platform. Following completion of the book, you must complete an evaluation as well as get a passing score of at least 90% on a quiz to receive credit. You will be allowed one retake of the quiz.

Certificates will be available after training completion and be sent via provided email in PDF form and on your online Moodle training page within 5 business days of evaluation completion. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our training coordinator at

EMDR Within A Phase Model of Trauma-Informed Treatment Home Study Program


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