Institute of Mind Body Integration​​​
Educate  •  Facilitate  •  Consult  •  Transform

Basic 1 & 2
Hosted by
Rachel Erwin, MFT
EMDR Institute Regional Trainer:​


EMDR Therapy is for use by licensed mental health practitioners or students who are in a licensable tract.  EMDR Therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that is based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model. 

EMDR Therapy Basic Training is a two part training, consisting of two- three day training periods

10 hours of consultation are required as part of the EMDR Therapy Training.  Weekend 1 and Weekend 2, and the 10 hours of consultation completed within a 24 month period.

   EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that provides rapid and profound treatment for a wide range of issues related to disturbing events and current life conditions.  

This interactional, standardized psychotherapy approach has been researched in over 45 randomized controlled studies of trauma treatment. 

Required reading: by Francine Shapiro, PhD,
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures Guilford Press, NY, 2nd Edition, 2001. 

Community Mental Health 

About the trainer's experience with EMDR 

When Rachel Erwin, MA, MFT heard Francine Shapiro’s personal story of how Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program was created- she was inspired. Trauma Recovery/HAP’s effort and mission aligned with her passion for providing treatment to underserved populations. After she attended her first EMDR therapy training, she joined Trauma Recovery/EMDRHAP as a volunteer in 2005.  

Rachel through her association with Trauma Reocvery EMDRHAP has trained over 1500 therapists in EMDR and has provided over 40 trainings to community mental health workers nationally and internationally.

Rachel as a regional trainer for the EMDR Institute is now offering small trainings at "The Center" in Berkeley, California for eight therapists looking to train in EMDR

In 2009, Rachel became the Clinical Director of the SAGE Project in San Francisco, an innovative and
groundbreaking non-profit agency dedicated to healing and transforming the lives of individuals who were survivors of sexual exploitation. Rachel's passion for EMDR therapy blended well with her work at SAGE.

She designed a twelve-week pilot project where resourcing and skill building was provided within a group context. Each participant received individual EMDR therapy sessions, NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) auricular acupuncture treatment after reprocessing sessions and biweekly network chiropractic treatments with intensive trauma informed case management to ensure stability. The transformation that resulted was noteworthy: all eight individuals were able to maintain sobriety, leave abusive and exploitive relationships and enroll in a community college program to become community mental health advocates. Many of these clients are now implementing effective trauma-informed treatment within the community mental health system.

Rachel along with other members of the Karuna Project, a group of human rights advocates, joined
Mediators Beyond Borders on a project to train paraprofessionals in trauma-informed mediation on the
Rwandan/Congo border - a place where there is ongoing tension and lingering effects of the 21-year
genocide that occurred. Rachel was able to treat many genocide survivors with EMDR therapy and witnessed
deep healing within the community of providers as well as the individuals and families they served.

A year later,
Rachel returned to Rwanda and trained eighteen paraprofessionals in traumatology, and connected with other providers from Africa, including an Executive Director of a community based organization from Nigeria who sought EMDR therapy training from the US. 

Rachel’s work resulted in an invitation to take her pilot project to military veterans who were incarcerated in the San Francisco County Jail. She then became involved in another project brought to the forefront by a documentary,  “The Invisible War”, which exposed the issue of military sexual trauma.
The project, “Artemis Rising” was designed by Rachel and other collaborators to provide fourteen individual sessions of EMDR therapy to participants over a fifteen-day period. In addition to EMDR therapy, the sessions also included other integrative treatments proven to be effective for the physiological effects of trauma. The retreats were held in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, at Boulder Crest Retreat, the nation's first privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat veterans and their families.

Rachel has successfully trained a group of therapists/ psychiatrists from local Vet Centers, Walter Reed and NICOE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) in EMDR therapy.

What began as an inspiration has now come full circle as Rachel’s work with EMDR therapy continues to inspire therapists and provide relief for many who work through the trauma’s they have survived.


Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:
WEEKEND 1 LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 10 hours of didactic presentation and 10 hours of supervised practice
Participants will be able to:
  •  identify three components of the EMDR approach designed to provide effective treatment with clients.
  •  describe Three-Pronged Protocol of EMDR therapy.
  •  list three important existing research studies.
  •  list three types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy.
  •  identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with   clients.
  •  describe three aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning.
  •  name the Eight phases of EMDR therapy for comprehensive treatment. 
  •  describe three criteria for client selection
  •  describe three safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy.
  •  Identify when to apply the Future Template.
  •  distinguish between direct questioning and the Floatback technique.
  •  distinguish between state change and trait change in EMDR therapy.
  •  identify the purpose of the Assessment Phase of EMDR therapy
  •  understand the purpose of utilizing the SUD scale. 
  •  understand the purpose of the VOC scale. 
  •  identify the reprocessing phases involved in memory reprocessing.
  •  describe one purpose for Safe/Calm Place utilization.
  •  identify when the Recent Events Protocol would be appropriate as an intervention.
  •  distinguish the difference between avoidance and hypoarousal.
  •  identify three differences in applying EMDR therapy to working with children.

  • WEEKEND 2 LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 10 hours of didactic presentation and 10 hours of supervised practice
  •  describe three strategies to identify and effectively resolve clinical problem areas in the utilization of EMDR therapy.
  •  identify two internal and external resources for clients.
  •  identify two clinical situations where EMD would be appropriate as an intervention.
  •  distinguish between EMD and the EMDR Therapy standard protocol.
  •  distinguish between adult-onset trauma and developmental trauma.
  •  identify when to target an adult-onset trauma versus applying the standard protocol.
  •  describe two clinical symptoms that may indicate the need to assess for dissociation.
  • describe the three different categories of resources.
  • describe three examples of specific resources to use with  clients in need of resources.
  •  describe the procedural steps for closing down incomplete sessions.
  •  describe the protocol to initiate an incomplete session for processing to resolution.
  •  describe one therapy interfering behavior that may need to be addressed in order for treatment to proceed.
  •  describe a treatment plan to choose and prioritize targets appropriate for EMDR treatment.
  •  describe three strategies for dealing with strong emotion responses.
  •  describe three strategies for dealing with dissociative symptoms.
  •  distinguish between a simple phobia and a process phobia.
  •  describe three cautions for using EMDR therapy with addictions and compulsions.
  •  identify one category of memory appropriate for targeting with combat veterans.
  •  describe three strategies to treat complex trauma-related disorders.
  • describe three ways that EMDR therapy demonstrates cultural competence as an approach.