EMDR Therapy 

Training

pART i & PART ii 

Courses

Amber Stiles-Bodnar is a senior faculty member, trainer and Approved Consultant with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.  As of August 1, 2015, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is listed as a provider of trainings in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  You may view our listing on the EMDRIA website as an official training provider by clicking here. Completion of our full training program is a first step in eligibility toward becoming a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA.  Read further to learn more about the EMDR foundational training and the overall process.

 

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is an approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  

 

About Our Training Program

Curriculum designed by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT

Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of human distress connected to trauma.  Completing our full training approved by EMDRIA is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:

  • Part I Training (3 Days=21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum):  Covers the basics of trauma, the adaptive information processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, and the basic methodology and mechanisms of action used in EMDR Therapy.  You will be able to practice EMDR Therapy with certain clients after completion of Part I.

  • Part II Training (3 Days=21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum):  Enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the complex scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology is also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization. 

  • 10 Hours of Consultation:  Spread out into two segments of 5 hours following each part of the training, working with an EMDRIA-approved consultant either in an individual or group format is essential to your practical skill building as an EMDR therapist.  Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy may be awarded.

 

Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of the foundational training program in EMDR Therapy, and allows you to practice EMDR Therapy within your clinical scope of practice.  Earning the EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist distinction requires additional training and consultation you may complete with us or another party if you wish to go on for this distinction.

Costs, Fees, Logistics,

Eligibility & informed consent

  • Training fees: Please refer to our schedule for the posted fees for each training.  The costs of each session differ depending on location and part of training.  At this time, we are not able to offer combined discounts for registering for both parts at one time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Lunch is on your own for all days of the training.

  • Payments accepted: major credit cards, checks.  Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

  • Consultation fees:  The trainee is responsible for arranging and paying for their 10 hours of supplementary consultation.  At the initial training level you are required to use one our consultants to complete your consultation. Our team members' fees vary depending on their availability and geographical location. At the initial training level, all consultation hours may be met through group consultations.  You will receive more information on booking consultation at the Part I training. Teleconferencing is available for trainees and all consultation hours may be completed via teleconferencing.

  • Spaces for each training are very limited since we have to maintain a low attendee-to-faculty ratio (10:1 for practicum).  Thus, payment is required at the time of registration to confirm your spot.  We will keep a waitlist if the training is closed.   Only medical documented reasons or family deaths are considered as an exception to this policy.  No-shows are not eligible for a refund. As of January 1, 2017, you will have 24 months to complete both parts of the training and the required consultation (For In-Person trainings). Exceptions may be granted based on circumstance.  If you do not complete in this time frame specified by EMDRIA, you may be required to complete Part I again before continuing.

  • Eligibility to take the training:  (a) Masters or doctoral degree in a clinical mental health-related field (e.g., counseling, marriage & family therapy, social, psychology) required.  Although it is not required, it is strongly preferred that you are in active clinical practice and working with clients; (b) Master's level students may be permitted to take the course if Amber Stiles-Bodnar receives a letter of recommendation from a faculty member ahead of time; (c) Medical professionals (e.g. nurses, physicians) may also be eligible to take the course if they possess a clinical master's or doctorate degree and if their primary specialty is within mental health.  In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from Amber Stiles-Bodnar; (d) Chemical dependency professionals with a master's degree or higher may also be eligible to take the course.  Pastoral/Christian counselors, art/music/dance therapists may also be eligible if they can show sufficient clinical content on their Master's level transcripts.  In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from Amber Stiles-Bodnar; (e) in the cases of all of these special circumstances, all cases must be made in writing with supporting documentation directly to Amber Stiles-Bodnar.  

  • You can send your request to:  ambersb102@gmail.com.

  • Your registration is not considered complete/confirmed until approval is granted.

  •  Professionalism: You will show up on time and be fully present for each session, acting in a professional manner. You will reach out to your faculty member or any assistants if any unexpected problems arise. You recognize that you will be doing your own work during the practicum portion of the course, and you agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of grounding and self-care during the training. You agree to refrain from all alcohol and illicit drug use during the training and agree to speak with your faculty member or any assistant if you anticipate that your impairment due to prescribed medications might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees.

  • Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of clinical confidentiality in this training setting; however, you are expected to respect the confidentiality of other trainees in the group, and your trainer will explain the importance of confidentiality. Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are expected to bring the problem to the lead trainer or other training staff. Similarly, if a staff member observes an issue with professionalism, they reserve the right to discuss that issue with the lead trainer.

  • Preparedness for doing your own work: Throughout the training, you will be expected to participate in a working practicum experience in the role of therapist, client, and observer. This means that you will be expected to do a small piece of your own, authentic clinical work. If you are currently in counseling or being treated for a mental health condition, it is recommended that you speak with your provider, alerting them that you are participating in the training. If you have received a major mental health diagnosis (past or present), you acknowledge that you are taking this training and engaging in this practicum at your own risk, and agree to alert faculty or training staff before or during the training if any complications arise. You acknowledge that everyone taking part in the practicum experience is new to EMDR therapy and agree to keep the space as safe as possible for all involved. If any problems arise, you agree to address them with faculty or staff members.

  • Covid-19 Precautions: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas. By registering and attending an in person training you are consenting to receiving in person training services from Amber Stiles-Bodnar Consulting. Amber Stiles-Bodnar Consulting has taken steps to reduce the risk of spreading the Corona Virus within the training space. In addition, you have read the precautions and understand and assume the risk for attending an in person training. For other locations see their additional precautions listed on the registration form.

EFFECTIVE JUNE 2, 2021

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In accordance with Governor DeWine's mandate being lifted:

 

We will no longer require face masks be worn into our office  during trainings for fully vaccinated individuals.

 

​For those not vaccinated, masks are recommended.

*Price change effect 2022*

EMDR Part I & Part II Trainings scheduled for 2022 will be $650.00 

Any Training being held at the Cortland, Ohio location will have an "at home discount" automatically applied for a price of $595.00

Prices may vary as some 2022 trainings were scheduled prior to this change

*Registration Form at Bottom of Page*

2020-2021

 course schedule

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

November 12-14, 2021 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $595.00 *Waitlist only*

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

January 14-16, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

January 27-29, 2022 (Thurs-Sat)
8:30am-5:00pm each day
Location: Favored Wellness Counseling & Consulting
1010 Brodhead Rd. 2nd Floor, Moon Township, PA 15108
(Registration Opens at 8:00am)

Cost: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

February 4-6, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location:
Gupta Wellness 
8304 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

March 4-6, 2022
8:30am-5:00pm each day
Location: Sea Level Counseling & Wellness

2200 Colonial Ave. Suite 12

Norfolk, VA 23517
(Registration Opens at 8:00am)

Cost: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part I:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

March 25-27, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

May 20-22, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part I:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

June 10-12, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

August 26-28, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part I:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

September 16-18, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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EMDR Therapy Training Part II:

in person

Presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar

November 4-6, 2022 (Weekend Format)
8:00am-4:30pm each day
Location: 
Blue Star Family Counseling Services, Inc. 
2996 State Route 5, Suite B, Cortland, OH 44410
(Registration Opens at 7:30am)

Cost: $650-$55 AT HOME DISCOUNT: $595.00

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We are taking precautions to address mandatory and suggested safety guidelines. We will have personal hand sanitizer for every participant, masks available if you choose to wear one, more space in the training room to allow for moderate distancing and smaller training groups. For the Cortland location: We have table shield dividers and a professional cleaning company cleaning our office space. We have installed an IWaveR air purifier to our HVAC system and have individual True HEPA Filter & UV-C Sanitizer purifiers in each room, which are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. We also have control over the entire building so are able to limit those entering the building at all times, including restrooms, kitchen and common areas.

Effective June 2, 2021: In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's mandate being lifted, we will no longer require face masks to be worn by fully vaccinated persons in the office during trainings. 

For those not vaccinated, masks are still recommended.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

The EMDR training was enlightening to learn a way to address trauma in a less intrusive manner for the client & clinician. To work with the body is phenomenal. 

I loved the psychoeducation of the brain and learning the neuroscience of trauma. I felt supported by the trainers and I know this will assist me in helping clients with complex trauma.

This is an invaluable training that has completely changed my perspective on trauma-informed care. 

reading/resource

 list

The following reading and resources are either required or recommended as part of your training and formation in EMDR Therapy. The only book that the EMDR International Association requires as part of the training is Dr. Shapiro's 2001 textbook. We do not recommend that you try to tackle this before the training. In our experience, it makes the most sense to read after your Part I training. We've taken the opportunity to present our reading list, as it appears in our manuals, here on the webpage, using the following symbols to indicate the most ideal time to read each resource:

*     Before the training
+    After Part I
++ After Part II
**   After completion of full training/consultation
   Read at any time depending on your needs 

Required Reading (per EMDRIA):
+ Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, 3rd ed.  New York: The Guilford Press.

Suggested Reading & Resources (Amber Stiles-Bodnar Consulting & ICM):


General Trauma Reading
x Bannit, S.P. (2012). The trauma toolkit: Healing trauma from the inside out. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books. 
x Marich, J. (2014). Trauma made simple: Competencies in assessment, treatment, and working with survivors. PESI Publishing: Eau Claire, WI.
x Scaer, R. (2005). The trauma spectrum: Hidden wounds and human resiliency. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 
x Van Der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Viking. 
x Yalom, I. (2001). The gift of therapy: Reflections on being a therapist. London, England: Piatkus. 

EMDR-Related Resources 
++ Dworkin, M. (2005). EMDR and the relational imperative: The therapeutic relationship in EMDR treatment. New York: Brunner-Routledge. 
++ Marich, J. (2011). EMDR made simple: Four approaches to using EMDR with every client. PESI Publishing (Premiere): Eau Claire, WI.
++Nickerson, M. (Ed.) (2016). Cultural competence and healing culturally based trauma with EMDR therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company. 
** Parnell, L. (2007). A therapist’s guide to EMDR: Tools and techniques for successful treatment. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
x  Parnell, L. (2008). Tapping in: A step-by-step guide to activating your healing resources through bilateral stimulation. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Books. 
*  Shapiro, F., & Forrest, M. (1997). EMDR: The breakthrough “eye movement” therapy for overcoming stress, anxiety, and trauma. New York: Basic Books. 
*  Shapiro, F. (2013). Getting past your past: Take control of your life with self-help techniques from EMDR therapy.Emmaus, PA: Rodale Books. 

Videos
x Burns, M. (Producer & Director). (2011). EMDR: We transform pain or we transmit it [Documentary]. United States: Michael P. Burns. 
x Curran, L. (Director). (2012). Trauma treatment for the 21st century [Educational Documentary]. United States: Premiere Education & Media. 
x Donovan, F. (Producer), & Nalepinski, B. (Director). (1999). EMDR: Looking through hemispheres [Documentary]. United States: Fran Donovan Productions. 

Websites 
x Trauma Made Simple: The Official Book Website
Complimentary Trauma Stabilization Videos & Recordings
www.traumamadesimple.com

x The West Coast Trauma Project
Resources for Trauma Therapists 
www.westcoasttraumaproject.com 

x International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation
www.isst-d.org

x EMDR in Action


Resources for EMDR Therapists
www.emdrinaction.com 

For CE information click here.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you offer scholarships or payment plans for your training program?


Not at this time. Our decision to not offer scholarships was made so that we can keep the costs as low as possible for everyone. Payment plans are offered on a casy by case basis. Our training program is offered at approximately half the price of other EMDRIA-approved training options currently on the market. Although the Institute for Creative Mindfulness is considered a private training organization, our prices are comparable to the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. Although our training fees do not include consultation, we offer you the option of choosing your consultant, thus choosing how much you spend on the 10 consultation hours required in your training.




Why do your trainings have different prices?


We work to keep our prices as low as possible by working with facilities who will offer us discounted prices. Additionally, travel for our faculty also adds to cost. As a result, we can offer some training at lower prices than others. If you register for a training and choose to transfer to a different date or location that has a lower cost, refunds of the difference are not provided.




I am interested in EMDR Therapy training but I'm not sure that it's for me. Is there somewhere I can listen to Dr. Jamie first to learn a little more about it?


Listen to this COMPLIMENTARY teleseminar recording on EMDR Therapy with Dr. Jamie hosted by our friends at The Breathe Network. You can access the recording by clicking HERE. The Breathe Network also conducted an interview with Dr. Jamie about EMDR which you can access by clicking HERE. Breathe Network - http://www.thebreathenetwork.org/ Recording - http://www.thebreathenetwork.org/emdr-therapy-and-the-healing-of-trauma-teleseminar Interview - http://www.thebreathenetwork.org/integrated-trauma-healing-with-emdr-therapy




Will I be able to do EMDR Therapy with my clients after Part I?


Yes, with certain clients. Your trainer and small group facilitators will help you determine which clients will be the best fit for starting EMDR Therapy. It is a common misconception that you aren't able to use EMDR until the whole training is completed.




Is finishing the foundational training in EMDR Therapy the same as being certified?


No. You will receive a Certificate of Training after successful completion of Parts I & II and your required consultation. At that point, you may refer to yourself as a "EMDR Trained Therapist." If you complete only Part I, you may cite that you have "partial training" or "some training" in EMDR Therapy. Many competent EMDR therapists practice EMDR Therapy with only the Certificate of Training. This is completely acceptable and generally ethical. In our view, the best ethical safeguard is to make sure that some of your continuing education for the rest of your career is directly connected to EMDR Therapy if you're going to continue to use it. After completion of our foundational Training Program in EMDR Therapy, you are eligible to begin the optional process for applying to be a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association. For more information on that process, click HERE.




I registered and then something came up: Am I eligible for a refund?


If you need to cancel and we receive your cancellation in writing (email is fine) 2 weeks prior to the training, you are eligible for a full refund less a $25.00 administrative processing fee. If you no-show, you are not eligible for a refund of any kind unless documentation of medical or similar emergencies can be provided within one week after the training ends. In the case of inclement weather, should we cancel the training, your registration would simply be moved to our reschedule date. If the reschedule date isn't available for you we can offer you another date or entertain your request for a refund. If you decide to cancel your trip due to weather and we are still having the training, the best we can offer is to move your training registration to the next available training. All other situations handled on a case-by-case basis.

NEW POLICY AS OF 7/1/16: Cancellation between two weeks and one week of the training merits a half refund. All refunds, full and partial, are subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. If you cancel within a week of the training the best we can offer is a half credit towards a future training with Amber Stiles-Bodnar. If you terminate your training or need to leave it early for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund. Attendance at the entire training is required for our program to remain compliant with EMDRIA standards. Please see us with any questions on this policy or for questions about how you can make up missed segments of the training.

NEW POLICY AS OF 5/1/20: If you choose to reschedule your training to a later date, we will allow for one transfer. If you are not able to attend the training you rescheduled for, your registration fee will be forfeited and you will be required to pay an additional registration fee if you wish to continue with a future training. Rescheduling requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training. Any requests for rescheduling with less than two weeks notice will be considered a cancelation and the above policy will apply.




I took a Part I EMDR training with another provider. Can I finish Part II with your program?


We evaluate these situations on a case by case basis. Generally the answer is yes as long as you can provide verification of your Part I training with the other provider. We do ask you to complete all 10 of your consultation hours with us, including 4-6 of those hours before your Part II training as a refresher and so that you can get acquainted with our training program and style.




If I take Part I in your program can I finish Part II and consultation in another approved program?


This would be the decision of the other program in question. We cannot make any guarantees.




Can I complete my supplementary consultation requirement with any EMDRIA-approved consultant?


No. During your foundational training we require that you complete your supplementary consultation with one of our approved consultants on the Institute for Creative Mindfulness team.




Do I have to complete consultation between Part 1 & Part 2 or can it wait until both trainings are over?


We recommend that you take 4-6 hours of consultation (available in groups or individually) between your Part 1 & 2 training to ensure getting the most out of the Part 2. If for some reason you are not able to complete any consultation between Part 1 & Part 2 you are still allowed to take the Part 2, there will be more catch-up work to be completed afterwards and you may not receive full benefit from the Part 2 training.




Do you offer continuing education for my profession?


Mindful Ohio (The Institute for Creative Mindfulness' CE Provider Division) is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers and marriage/family therapists (#RCS091306). At this time, we are able to offer you a certificate of continuing education from this body after each part of the training (21 hours for each part). No continuing education can be offered for consultation.

APA: Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved continuing education sponsor by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each part of the EMDR Therapy training program (Part I & Part II) offers 21 CE units.

States other than Ohio: Please check to ensure that your board in your state accepts continuing education approved by an APA provider (we can verify this is the case for the major clinical licenses in Pennsylvania and California).

In many cases where APA credits are not accepted outright, boards will award continuing education hours for activities that are awarded CEs or CEUs in other states or by national bodies by comparable professions as long as you provide the certificate of the hours and the syllabus. It is your responsibility to find out if this is the case for your state before enrolling in the training if you are expecting CEs/CEUs; a pre or post program approval form may be required.




What do you suggest that I do in preparation for the training?


If you are interested in getting some preliminary reading done before the training, we've prepared a guideline to the books we recommend as part of our training, including notes on when best to read each resources. There are several that are useful for you to read in preparation for the training and others that you will be able to best comprehend after the various phases of your training. See our recommended reading list on this page.




I am traveling from out of town to take the training. What airport do I fly into and where can I stay?


Our Cortland, Ohio training location is almost equal distance between the Pittsburgh International Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Either would be a good option. A smaller, non-major airport located near by is The Akron/Canton airport. It appears closer on a map, but is about the same driving distance as the two major airports listed above. Listed below are some hotel accommodations near our Cortland Training facility.

Residence Inn
Hampton Inn
Fairfield Inn
Holiday Inn Express

Avalon Inn & Resort




What do I do if I lose my frameable wall EMDR Therapy Foundational Training certificate.


Replacement documents (certificates of completion, CE verification, wall certificates, etc.) can be replicated in the event they are lost or unavailable. Amber Stiles-Bodnar Consulting reserves the right to charge an administrative fee of $10 per document for replacement if the request is over 30 days from when the document was originally issued. Please email us at ambersb102@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.