Integrating EMDR into Your Clinical Practice: Five-Day Intensive in Halifax

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Monday, September 19 –
Friday, September 23, 2022
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Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel
250 St Margaret’s Bay Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1J4

8:00 am to 5:30 pm
(see agenda for exact times)

Hear what Bessel van der Kolk has to say about EMDR:

Described as an “indispensable modality of treatment” by Bessel van der Kolk, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) offers your clients a way to safely process traumatic experiences.

Roy Kiessling’s EMDR course is renowned for its flexibility and for providing clinical pearls of wisdom that will allow you to integrate EMDR effectively into your practice immediately.  With an emphasis on attunement, attachment and clinical judgement, this EMDRIA-approved five-day intensive will provide the essentials for implementing EMDR, including an overview on how to customize treatments for children, recent events, couples, grief, pain, phobias, addictions and dissociation.

Drawing a sharp distinction from research-oriented approaches to EMDR training, Roy focuses on the interpersonal aspects of EMDR work.  You will undergo a multimedia learning experience designed to optimize skill acquisition.  Through lecture, videos, and practice opportunities, you will first listen, then observe and then implement new concepts and skills.

This training updates the original procedures developed by Francine Shapiro in 1995 by expanding treatment planning, preparation and processing interventions.  Supplemented with over 43 videos, downloadable training materials and free access to a community-wide listserv, it also provides support before, during and after the course, so that you will be confident every step of the way as you implement EMDR in your clinical practice.


  • Along with the 40 hours lecture/practicum portion of the training provided during your week with Roy, you will also receive 10 hours of consultation after the training with approved consultants via small-group phone/online video conferencing, to help you integrate and fine-tune your understanding and skills
  • Advanced instructional materials upon registration including a pdf of the manual and links to videos to help prepare you for the workshop

Have questions about Roy Kiessling’s EMDR training? He may have already answered them! Click here to see what he has to say!

You will learn —

  • The foundational EMDR concepts and procedures (the Adaptive Information Processing approach, the 8 phases and 3 prongs of standard EMDR treatment)
  • 13 interventions to help prepare your clients for EMDR (through grounding, stabilization and behavioural change)
  • Strategies to prepare your client for processing
  • 7 treatment planning approaches
  • How to customize the pace of treatment through deploying the Processing Continuum
  • About interventions to facilitate safe, effective and efficient processing
  • How to work with children
  • How to treat acute stress:  CIIC (Critical Incident Intervention Continuum)

EMDR treatments with Roy Kiessling

Roy Kiessling, LISW, is an EMDRIA-certified trainer and the founder of EMDR Consulting.  Trained in EMDR in 1995, Roy grew professionally as one of Francine Shapiro’s training facilitators (1997-2001), then as a senior trainer for her humanitarian organization (2001-2013) and finally as a senior trainer for Francine’s EMDR Institute (2006-2013).  Through EMDR Consulting, Roy and his team of trainers and coaches have conducted hundreds of EMDRIA-Approved basic EMDR trainings, educated over 10,000 clinicians in the Belief Focused Neurological Approach to EMDR, and taught innovative approaches including extended resourcing and neurological target planning and processing, using his EMDR Processing Continuum: EMD^, EMDr, EMDR.

Day 1 

  • 7:30–8:00 – Registration 
  • 8:00–8:15 – Introduction 
  • 8:15 – 9:30 am  – Crisis Intervention Desensitization Protocols
  • 9:30 – 9:45 – BREAK 
  • 9:45 – 11:00 – Practice #1: CID & A-TIP (break between roles)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 – AIP 
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch 
  • 12:30 – 1:00 – What is EMDR 
  • 1:00–2:45 – Case Conceptualization 
  • 2:45–3:00 – BREAK 
  • 3:00–3:45 – Preparation 
  • 3:45–5:15 – Practice #2: Phase 2: Preparation 
  • 5:15–5:30 – Day 1 Wrap-up 

Day 2 

  • 8:00–8:15 – Day 1 review 
  • 8:15–10:15 – Belief Focused Target Planning 
  • 10:15–10:30 – BREAK 
  • 10:30–11:30 – Belief Focused Target Planning 
  • 11:30–12:30 – Lunch 
  • 12:30–2:45 – Practice #3: Phase 1: Target Sequence Planning
  • 2:45–3:00 – BREAK 
  • 4:00–5:15 – Resource Strengthening 
  • 5:15–5:30 – Day 2 Wrap-up 

Day 3 

  • 8:00–8:15 – Day 2 Review 
  • 8:15–10:30 – Practice #4: Resource Strengthening
  • 10:30–10:45 – BREAK 
  • 10:45–11:30 – The Processing Continuum: EMD^ 
  • 11:30–12:30 – Lunch 
  • 12:30–3:00 – The Processing Continuum: EMDr, EMDR
  • 3:00–3:15 – BREAK 
  • 3:15–5:15 – Practice #5: Processing 
  • 5:15–5:30 – Day 3 Wrap-up 

Day 4 

  • 8:00–8:15 – Day 3 Review 
  • 8:15–9:15 – Clinical Interventions 
  • 9:15–10:00 – Processing Emotions 
  • 10:00–10:15 – BREAK 
  • 10:15–11:30 – Reevaluation 
  • 11:30–12:30 – Lunch 
  • 1:00–3:00 – Reevaluation 
  • 3:00–3:15 – BREAK 
  • 3:15–5:15 – Practice #6: Reevaluation and Processing
  • 5:15–5:30 – Day 4 Wrap-up

Day 5 

  • 8:00–9:00 – Training review: Days 1-4 
  • 9:00–10:15 – Practice #7: Reevaluation and Closure
  • 10:15–10:30 – BREAK 
  • 10:30–11:30 – Additional Client Presentations 
  • 11:30–12:30 – Lunch 
  • 12:30–3:00 – Additional Client Presentations 
  • 3:00–3:15 – BREAK 
  • 3:15–4:30 – Additional Client Presentations 
  • 4:30–5:15 – What’s next 
  • 5:15–5:30 – Wrap-up; Evaluations


In order to take part in this training, all participants must have —

  1. Academic credentials: either a completed master’s degree or higher in an established mental health discipline or proof of current enrollment in a post-graduate program leading to a master’s degree or higher in an established mental health discipline
  2. Membership in a College or professional regulatory body that oversees practice of psychotherapy. Click here to download a list of designations and regulatory bodies recognized by EMDR Canada.
  3. Professional liability insurance
  4. If you meet these requirements, complete THIS FORM


Have you previously taken an EMDR training but would like a refresher course to boost your skills and confidence?

A limited number of spaces are available for participants who have completed previous EMDR training and need a refresher course. The refresher fee will be CAD$1,500 before the EarlyBird deadline and $1,600 after. The Refresher Fee rate includes advance training materials and 40 hours of lecture/practicum but does not include the 10 hours of consultation. If you would like to receive 10 hours of consultation to support your EMDR practice after the training, there is an additional fee of CAD$355.

To apply for an EMDR refresher place in Roy’s training, please complete THIS FORM and note in the bottom comment that you are applying as a fresher and please send a scan of proof of completion of your previous EMDR training. Questions? Email


Interested in taking this EMDR training but do not yet meet the requirements?

A limited number of spaces are available for Student EMDR Trainees. This is ideal for students who are currently enrolled in a Master’s level program with at least 2 years’ focus on a mental health discipline and have completed all course work in the program and will be enrolled in the practicum portion of your training by the time the EMDR training begins. The student fee will be CAD$1,855 before the EarlyBird deadline and $1,955 after. The student rate includes advance training materials, 40 hours of lecture/practicum AND 10 hours of consultation.

As a student you will also need to have a signed MOU between yourself and a designated supervisor who will agree to oversee your EMDR practice during the duration of the training. See a sample MOU here. Note: the designated supervisor does not need to be trained in EMDR

To apply for an Student EMDR place in Roy’s training, please complete THIS FORM (answer N/A to any mandatory questions that are not applicable) and note in the bottom comment that you are applying as a student. Questions? Email

This EMDR training will take place at:

Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel
250 St Margaret’s Bay Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3N 1J4

Leading Edge Seminars is proud to offer a rate of CAD$159/night/single or double occupancy* for the duration of this training.

Rates include:

  • daily hot breakfast buffet
  • complimentary parking
  • high-speed Wi Fi internet
  • Swimming pool and fitness club
  • Local phone calls
  • all rooms equipped with a mini-fridge

*third and fourth adult occupants rate is an additional $20/guest/nightthese services may be limited due to covid regulations

To reserve a room at these rates, please province your check in, check out dates and group room block name: Leading Edge Seminars

Phone: 902-477-5611 x 1

For more information on the hotel, click here. (opens in a new tab)

Earlybird Rate*: CAD$2,500** / USD1912.50
Regular Rate: CAD$2,600** / USD$1991

Rate for refresher course participants: CAD$1,500** / USD$1194 (note: 10 hours of post-training consultation sessions are not included in the refresher course rate. If you would like to participate in the 10 hours of consultation sessions, please add CAD$355** / USD$304

Rate for Students including 10 hours of post consultation: CAD$1,855** / USD$1588.50

Payment by monthly installments is available at no extra charge. After you have completed the form, we will be in touch about payment.

Our standard schedule is as follows:

  • Upon registration: $625 plus applicable taxes
  • 2nd payment (the month following the deposit): $625 plus applicable taxes
  • 3rd payment (the month following the 2nd payment): $625 plus applicable taxes
  • 4th payment (the month following the 3rd payment): $625 plus applicable taxes

* Earlybird Deadline is August 19, 2022
**Applicable HST tax depending on your Canadian province or Territory. No tax for attendees outside of Canada.

(Note: if the above schedule does not work, we are also happy to accommodate smaller payments across a longer period of time as long as the full amount is cleared by the end of 2022.)

To apply for registration, please complete and submit THIS FORM. Payment will be set up after we receive and confirm your form. Questions? email

To estimate webinar rate before taxes in your local currency, click here.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Halifax. Last summer we held a successful training in Vancouver which provided the highest safety standards for an event at that time.

Being fully vaccinated is highly recommended. We will follow all provincial guidelines about physical distancing and mask wearing for those unvaccinated. Unvaccinated participants may also be asked to provide a negative COVID test upon arrival for the first day of training. 

If the situation changes and we need to cancel or postpone, full refunds will be available.

The theory of how EMDR works

August 2018 participants' review

Esta Porter - EMDR coach

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