Integrating EMDR Into Your Clinical Practice: 5-Day Intensive in Toronto

DATE: Tuesday, June 20 – Saturday, June 24, 2023

Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre
20 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2V5

TIME: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
(see agenda for more details)

EMDR Toronto 5-Day Training

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.

This EMDR training course designed by Roy Kiessling 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, 5-day intensive will provide you with 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, Esta will focus 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 EMDR Toronto training course 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-hour lecture/practicum portion of the training provided during this EMDR Toronto training course, 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 (including a PDF of the manual) and links to videos to help prepare you for this course will be sent to you prior to the beginning of the training.

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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)

Esta PorterEsta Porter, PhD is a Registered Clinical Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Graduate of the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program, Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Approved Consultant, and Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Throughout her 45 years of clinical practice, she has worked in various public and private counseling agencies with adults, adolescents, children, and families. Esta’s background includes teaching at the high school and university levels.

Currently, Esta maintains a private practice providing counseling psychology, life and executive coaching and consulting to business, schools, and organizations. She facilitates trainings locally and internationally. Esta’s holistic approach integrates wellness into a system in a way that brings about lasting, pervasive, and generative changes in people’s lives congruent with their individual and systemic outcomes.

She is the recipient of the 2007 Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Counsellor Practitioner Award. Esta’s office is located in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

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

Esta Porter - EMDR coach

The theory of how EMDR works

August 2018 participants' review


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

  1. 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 the practice of psychotherapy. Download a list of designations and regulatory bodies recognized by EMDR Canada.
  3. Professional liability insurance.

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 Rate including the 10 hours of post-training consultation is CAD$2,100 / USD$1,680 by the Early Bird deadline of May 20, 2023, and CAD$2,200 / USD$1,760 after May 20, 2023. If you would prefer to have just the materials and 40 hours of lecture/practicum, the rate will be CAD$1,500 / USD1,200 before the Early Bird deadline of May 20, 2023, and CAD$1,600 / USD$1,280 after May 20, 2023.

To apply for an Refresher spot, COMPLETE THIS FORM and confirm in the form that you are applying as a ‘Refresher’. Please also send a scan of proof of completion/certificate 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 their training by the time this EMDR training begins. The Student Rate will be CAD$2,100 / USD$1,680 before the Early Bird deadline of May 20, 2023, and CAD$2,200 / USD$1,760 after May 20, 2023. The Student Rate includes advance training materials, 40 hours of lecture/practicum, and 10 hours of post-training consultation.

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

To apply for a Student spot, COMPLETE THIS FORM, answering ‘N/A’ to any mandatory questions that are not applicable) and confirming that you are applying as a ‘Student’.

Questions? Email

This EMDR training will take place at:

Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre
20 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

Hotel accommodation options coming soon….


Early Bird Rate: CAD$2,500 / USD $2,000
Regular Rate: CAD$2,600** / USD$2,080**

Rate for Refresher course participants: CAD$1,500 / USD$1,200** (Note: the 10 hours of post-training consultation sessions are not included in the Refresher rate. If you would like to participate in the 10 hours of post-training consultation sessions, the additional cost is CAD$600 / USD$480.

Student Rate: CAD$2,100 / USD$1,680** (includes 10 hours of post-training consultation)

You can choose to pay in full or in 3 equal installments. (Installments must be completed 30 days prior to the start of your training.)

*Early Bird deadline is May 20, 2023.

**Plus applicable HST tax depending on your Canadian province or territory. No tax for attendees outside of Canada.

To register, please complete steps 1 and 2 outlined below.

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Register for EMDR Toronto

Just 2 easy steps!
  1. Complete your EMDR Registration Payment below. You can choose to pay in full or in 3 equal installments. (Installments must be completed 30 days prior to the start of your training.)
  2. Complete the EMDR Registration Form here

Once you complete steps 1 and 2, we will confirm your registration.
If you are not eligible for this training, we will issue you a complete refund.

Step 1: Complete Your Registration Payment

Step 2: Complete Your Registration Form

Event Detail

June 20, 2023 8:00 am
June 24, 2023 5:30 pm