Integrating EMDR Into Your Clinical Practice: 5-Day Intensive Training in Thunder Bay with Esta Porter


Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2024
7:30 am – 5:30 pm daily

Esta Porter, PhD


Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada P7B 5E1

Avila Gym


Welcome to an immersive, 5-day, in-person workshop tailored exclusively for mental health professionals like you – counsellors, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychologists.

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

This EMDR 5-day training course is not just about acquiring knowledge; it’s about gaining clinical pearls of wisdom that you can immediately integrate into your practice. Emphasizing attunement, attachment, and clinical judgment, this EMDRIA-approved, 5-day intensive covers the essentials of implementing EMDR. Learn how to customize treatments for diverse scenarios, including children, recent events, couples, grief, pain, phobias, addictions, and dissociation.

Unlike research-oriented approaches to EMDR, this training places a spotlight on the interpersonal aspects of EMDR work. Immerse yourself in a multimedia learning experience, combining lectures, videos, and practice opportunities. Listen, observe, and implement new concepts and skills, ensuring a comprehensive understanding.

This updated EMDR course builds upon the original procedures developed by Francine Shapiro in 1995. Expand your expertise in treatment planning, preparation, and processing interventions. With over 43 videos, downloadable training materials, and access to a community-wide listserv, you’ll receive support before, during, and after the course, ensuring confidence as you integrate EMDR into your clinical practice.

After completing this course, participants will have applied the Adaptive Information Processing theoretical approach to psychotherapy, demonstrated the eight phases of EMDR therapy, and identified how to utilize EMDR with a variety of clinical populations. Special instruction is given on varying applications of bilateral stimulation that uses a client-centered approach to address the unique needs of each client. This course also teaches clinicians how to utilize EMDR in a telehealth environment.

Also included:

All participants receive 10 additional hours of post-training consultation with approved consultants via small-group phone/online video conferencing. This is an excellent opportunity to fine-tune your understanding and skills with personalized guidance.

Join us for this comprehensive and engaging learning experience and empower yourself to make a profound impact on your clients through the transformative power of EMDR.

Once you have completed this EMDR 5-day basic training and the post-training consultation hours, you will be considered an EMDR-trained clinician and will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

  • Summarize Francine Shapiro’s development of EMDR.
  • Describe processing mechanisms (BLS, REM, orienting response, and taxing working memory with DAS).
  • Recognize EMDR as evidence-based practice.
  • Describe the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Approach.
  • Demonstrate stabilization and affect management skills.
  • Demonstrate developing a neural network target sequence plan.
  • Identify ways to explain EMDR to clients.
  • Discuss EMDR client selection criteria.
  • Summarize the use of the Phase 3 Assessment questions before EMDR processing.
  • Demonstrate standard EMDR and adaptations (contained and restricted processing).
  • Recognize the re-evaluation phase as part of treatment integration.
  • Identify three-prong processing (past, present, future).
  • Identify ways to provide EMDR via telehealth.
  • Recognize modifications to utilize EMDR with children.
  • Recognize ways to use EMDR with couples.
  • Identify EMDR options with recent or crisis events.
  • Demonstrate self-use techniques one may teach a client.
  • Recognize the AIP approach to neurobiology with clients with complex presentations.
  • Summarize front-loading additional resources for use with clients with complex presentations.
  • Identify two or more ways to approach target sequence planning in EMDR.
  • Describe the use of cognitive interweaves during processing.
  • Identify clinical processing interventions to assist in managing client emotions during processing.
  • Recognize ways to help client stay within their window of processing tolerance.
  • Describe phase 8, re-evaluation phase of EMDR, and its purpose.
  • Discuss EMDR with first responders.
  • Describe modifications for working with dissociative tendencies.
  • Identify the EMDR approach to treating addictions.
  • Recognize the use of EMDR with grief.
  • Explain an EMDR approach to working with phobias.
  • Describe using EMDR with pain.
  • Summarize how to integrate EMDR into one’s clinical practice.

To take part in this training, participants meet all of the following requirements:

  1. A completed master’s degree or higher OR proof of current enrollment in a post-graduate program leading to a master’s degree or higher in an established mental health discipline (Counselling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline and be independently licensed to practice through their state board or province. Students currently enrolled in a post-graduate program as noted above must have completed their core academic coursework and be active in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program, working under the supervision of a fully licensed or registered mental health clinician. First year graduate students are not eligible. Students are also required to provide a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them and their designated supervisor who agrees to oversee their EMDR practice throughout the duration of this EMDR training course. The designated supervisor must be an independently licensed supervisor, but does not need to be EMDR-trained. See a sample MOU here.
  2. Membership in a College or professional regulatory body that oversees the practice of psychotherapy. Clinicians who have qualifying status (associate, intern, limited, provisional, temporary, pre-license) with their regulatory body will be required to provide a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them and their supervisor. Download a list of designations and regulatory bodies recognized by EMDR Canada.
  3. Professional Liability insurance.

Once you have registered by paying your initial instalment payment, you will be sent a Confirmation of Eligibility Form to complete and return to Leading Edge Seminars. Submission of this completed eligibility form is mandatory to take this training.

If it is determined that you do not meet the course eligibility requirements, you will be issued a complete and full refund, without penalty, of any registration fees you have paid.

Lakehead University Residence has graciously offered the following options for room accommodations:


  • “Basic” apartments feature four (4) single-sized bedrooms with one shared kitchen, bathroom, and living room.
  • Apartments are open concept and feature air conditioning and are ideal for groups who are happy to share living and bathing quarters.
  • “Fully equipped” apartments are also available as an upgrade. These fully equipped apartments include a television with cable, dishes, cutlery, coffee maker, kettle, cooking supplies & utensils, and an iron & ironing board.
  • There are a limited number of apartments on campus, so availability varies.

Group Rates for Apartments (min. 2-night stay required):

  • Basic Apartment: $200.00/night for one apartment (sleeps 4)
  • Fully Equipped Apartment: $300/night for one apartment (sleeps 4)


  • Dorms feature single private bedrooms on a floor of a dorm house with a shared kitchenette and bathrooms. There are separate male and female bathrooms with showers.
  • There are 11 dorms per dorm floor.
  • All rooms come with a single or double bed, mini fridge, desk, and walk-in closet.
  • Each dorm floor also has a lounge with cable TV access, microwave, kettle, coffee pot, and toaster.
  • Dorms do not have air conditioning.


Group Rates (min. 2-night stay required):

  • $45.00/night per dorm room


Please note that all Lakehead University accommodation styles are subject to availability. No accommodation types are confirmed until you receive a confirmation email directly from Lakehead University. All rates are subject to 4% MAT and 13% HST. Check in is between 2 pm – 11 pm and check out is at 11 am.

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Rates for EMDR Thunder Bay 2024

July 22-26, 2024

REGULAR RATE: CAD $2,600 / USD $2,080
STUDENT RATE1,3: CAD $2,200 / USD 1,760
REFRESHER RATE2,3: CAD $2,200 / USD 1,760

All rates include 10 additional hours of post-training consultation with approved consultants via small-group phone/online video conferencing. This is non-negotiable.

If you have questions, email us here.

1There are a limited number of Student Rate spots available. If you are registering at the Student Rate, please review the Eligibility Requirements tab above. Proof of current student status will be required.

2There are a limited number of Refresher Rate spots available. The Refresher Rate applies to participants who are already EMDR-trained and looking to update their skills and knowledge with the best ways to integrate EMDR with other treatment approaches or the latest applications with which to use EMDR. Proof of previous EMDR training will be required.

3If you register at either the Student Rate or the Refresher Rate and are unable to provide sufficient proof of student/refresher status, you will be required to upgrade to the Regular Rate.

Register for EMDR Thunder Bay 2024

Registration closes June 22

To register for EMDR Thunder Bay 2024, click on the PAY IN FULL button below, after which you will be asked to select your rate: Regular Rate, Student Rate, or Refresher Rate.

Once you have registered, you will be sent a Confirmation of Eligibility Form to complete and return to Leading Edge Seminars. Submission of this completed eligibility form is mandatory to take this training.

Registration closes June 22.

Regular Rate: CAD$ 2,600 / USD$ 2,080
Student Rate: CAD$ 2,200 / USD$ 1,760
Refresher Rate: CAD$ 2,200 / USD$ 1,760

What Bessel van der Kolk says about EMDR

Roy Kiessling on how EMDR works

What participants say

Event Detail

July 22, 2024 7:30 am
July 26, 2024 5:30 pm

Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Counsellors
  • Master's Students in accredited programs in the above fields who have completed their coursework
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors


*As long as noted eligibility criteria is met.