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

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Monday, August 30 – Friday, September 3, 2021

8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily

See Agenda below for full schedule and exact times. View/download the schedule here

This live event will be held at:
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3

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.

EMDR has evolved. Originally designed as a single incident PTSD intervention, EMDR principles and protocols have undergone 3 generations of change to become a sophisticated and versatile form of interpersonal psychotherapy that can be applied across the lifespan of your clients.

This 5-day intensive Basic EMDR training falls into the category of “next-generation EMDR training”. Moving away from the earlier focus on research to the interpersonal aspects of how to implement EMDR in clinical settings, this training offers support and consultation throughout the 40-hour in-class portion as well as after the training so that you can integrate EMDR seamlessly into your practice.

Mentored and trained by EMDR training developer Roy Kiessling, Esta Porter is a senior EMDR trainer who has worked alongside Roy for many years.


“Esta is very knowledgeable, not just about the many applications of the AIP model, but also about other psychotherapeutic approaches and how they can be integrated very well into EMDR therapy, while still maintaining the clear integrity of EMDR therapeutic procedures. She has an intrinsic warmth and an engaging personal style…I’m sure that participants in an EMDR training will very much enjoy and benefit from their educational experience, not just from the information they will acquire through lecture and practicum, but also from being able to directly observe Esta as a very positive role model of a skilled EMDR therapist.”

“Esta is an EMDR Master. Her depth and breadth of knowledge are second to none, and she excels at passing that wisdom on to clinicians straightforwardly and refreshingly.”

“I have nothing but positive things to say about Esta! She is knowledgeable, a great teacher, warm, and compassionate. She is patient, person-centered, and I have learned a tremendous amount from her…I value her professionalism and expertise, and I know anyone receiving training from her would benefit greatly.”

Esta’s approach to EMDR cultivates attunement, awareness of attachment patterns, and clinical judgment. 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.

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-hour lecture/practicum portion of the training provided during your week with Esta, 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 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.

Click here for the complete Agenda.

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 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


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 $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 $375.

To apply for an EMDR refresher place in Roy’s training, please send a scan of proof of completion of previous EMDR training to

This EMDR training will take place at:

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront 
1133 W. Hastings St
Vancouver, BC  V6E 3T3

For guests requiring overnight accommodations, Leading Edge Seminars is proud to offer a rate of $199/night for the duration of this training.

Rates include:

  • high-speed WiFi internet in room
  • use of onsite business centre, indoor pool, and health & fitness club*
  • complimentary in-room coffee & tea.

*These services may be limited due to COVID regulations.

To reserve a room at these rates, please request the “Leading Edge Seminars preferred rate” of $199 per night. Phone: 604-689-9211.

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

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 (contact for eligibility and required documentation): CAD$1,500 / USD$1194 plus CAD$100 / USD$80 for 10 hours of consultation*

Payment by monthly installments is available at no extra charge. Please email to set this up.

Our standard schedule  is as follows:

  • Upon registration: $650 plus applicable taxes
  • 2nd payment (the month following the deposit): $650 plus applicable taxes
  • 3rd payment (the month following the 2nd payment): $650 plus applicable taxes
  • 4th payment (the month following the 3rd payment): $650 plus applicable taxes

**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 2021.)

To apply for registration, download THIS FORM (it will start downloading when you click), then complete and email it to

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

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Vancouver. Last summer Esta Porter led a successful training at the Pinnacle hotel which provided the highest safety standards for an event at that time.

Having two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended. We will follow 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.

    For complete agenda, please click link at top of the page

    Event Detail

    August 30, 2021 8:00 am
    September 3, 2021 5:30 pm