Complete Your EMDR Therapy Training Online

with Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Part I: August 23-25, 2024

Part II: November 15-17, 2024

9:00am-5:30pm ET each day of training

Join Suzi Rutti, LISW-S for EMDR Therapy Training Online with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. This training offers the Part 1 & Part 2 curriculum, including all practicum components, in a convenient, online format. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is known for focusing only on the standard EMDR therapy protocol in our initial trainings, with proper attention paid to dynamics like dissociation and complex trauma, for optimal implementation in clinical settings. The mindfulness-informed and trauma-focused thread that runs through all of our instructional offerings makes implementation of standard EMDR therapy with more complex cases possible from the beginning of your EMDR training experience. In this online format, you will experience an unprecedented opportunity to learn adaptations for telehealth, while still being able to get grounded in how to use EMDR therapy for in-office applications. The training components, when combined with an additional ten hours of required consultation and successful completion of a post-test, meet all requirements for completing an EMDRIA-approved training in EMDR therapy. 

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 and adverse life experiences. Whether your goal is to become an EMDR therapist as a specialty, or to integrate EMDR into your existing practice, our mindfulness-infused training program will help you meet your goals. Rutti Counseling & Consultation's EMDR Therapy Training Program is offered through a special license from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM) with a curriculum designed by Dr. Jamie Marich. The ICM curriculum equips you to work with real-world clinical presentations from day one of training, including how to handle complex and developmental trauma, address dissociation, and implement EMDR into your current setting. 

This EMDR Therapy Training curriculum and Suzanne (Suzi) Rutti MSW, LISW-S are approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), the standards of which require that students engage in:

  • 20 hours of lecture
  • 20 hours of practicum
  • 10 hours of consultation*
  • Required reading and completion of an open-book learning assessment

The cost of consultation is not included in the training program. The trainee is responsible for arranging and paying for their 10 hours of supplementary consultation. At the foundational training level, you are required to use ICM's affiliated consultants or consultants-in-training to complete your consultation. Our affiliates' fees vary depending on specialities and geographical location. Please see our FAQ for more information. You will receive more information about booking consultation at your Part I training.

Completing our full training approved by the EMDR International Association is a multi-tiered process of which this three-day training is your first part. 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 cases after completion of Part I. 

Day 1 of the training course covers the foundational material that you will need on trauma, specifically discussed through the adaptive information processing model (AIP), that you will need to competently deliver EMDR Therapy. By the end of the day you will also see a live demonstration in EMDR Therapy. Day 2 of the course takes you into specific study of EMDR Therapy Phases 1-2, generally seen as the phases of foundation and stabilization. By the end of the day you will be practicing these phases in your practicum sessions under supervision. Decision-making about moving into Phases 3-6 is also discussed, and an overview of the remaining Phases of EMDR is presented in lecture. In Day 3 you will practice Phases 3-8 of EMDR Therapy under supervision in your practicum sessions, which compose the bulk of the day. You will also receive introductory instruction for dealing with abreactions in EMDR Therapy, effectively working with dissociation, and discuss the next steps for your training and consultation development in EMDR. 

Day 4 of the training focuses on ethical practice, learning about interweaves, and working with abreaction and dissociation in more complex scenarios. By the end of Day 4, participants will have had a chance to practice supervised implementation of some of these techniques. Day 5 instructs participants on specific protocols/targeting sequences, best practices with special populations and clinical situations, accessing of specialty resources and protocols for variously noted populations, and appropriate use of modifications (according to the EMDRIA definition of EMDR). By the end of Day 5, participants will experience supervised practice of targeting sequences/protocol for identified special populations/situations. In Day 6 participants will review the neurobiology of trauma, present a clinical case study through the EMDR Therapy/AIP framework, complete supervised practice of practice elements, discuss the characteristics of a strong EMDR therapist, and develop a plan for continued consultation.

This training is ideal for clinicians who respond well to self-directed assignments and can adapt well in an online learning format. Also be advised that as part of EMDR therapy training, you are required to do some of your own personal work in the practicum sections of the course. If you are feeling any trepidation about completing your training in this format, please wait until in-person trainings are possible or widely available again. By registering for this course in this online format, you acknowledge you are aware of this component of the training. Please feel free to direct any questions you have to [email protected] before registering.

ICM team members will assist training as facilitators of practicums.

Click on the individual courses listed below for more information on each training included in this EMDR Therapy Training.

Course only available as part of a bundle (Part I & Part II). Please read the following informed consent prior to registering. After completing this initial registration, you will receive an email from Thinkific to finalize your registration and be given access to preliminary course materials in your personalized dashboard.

By registering for this training, you have acknowledged and agreed to the following:
  • Attendance: Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions, and you are required to keep your camera on at all times. No partial credit can be awarded. Please also note that by taking the training you will be required to take an open-book learner assessment following the second part of the training, per EMDRIA guidelines. 
  • Training Information & Eligibility: You have read our training information page read prior to registering, which includes information on clinical eligibility (e.g., Master's degree in a clinical mental health field or pursuing a Master's degree). The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an EMDRIA-approved provider to serve clinicians in the United States and Canada, only with certain limited exceptions. If you are a clinician living outside of the United States or Canada, we suggest that you contact the Institute for Creative Mindfulness first or check with your regional organization (e.g. EMDR Europe, EMDR Asia, EMDR Australia). A U.S.-based training may not be accepted for formal accreditation in your country. Trainees have ONE YEAR (12 months) from the time that you begin this training to complete all of the requirements, including the 10 hours of supplementary consultation that are required for you to receive your Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy from Rutti Counseling & Consultation in conjunction with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Exceptions can be granted only in extreme circumstances (e.g. a humanitarian crisis, illness or injury).
  • Technological Requirements for Online Training: Attendance at all live sessions on the indicated dates is mandatory for completion of this course. These live lecture and practicum sessions will be hosted by the video conferencing platform Zoom. Links for joining these live sessions via Zoom are included in the course portals. These links will prompt you to download the Zoom software if you have not already done so, and will then connect you to the session. You will need to have a working camera on your computer/device in order to have your video on for all sessions. Please plan on registering several days before the training session starts. Please also plan on logging on a few minutes prior to the start of the session for troubleshooting if you are not already familiar with the platform. For more information on how to join a Zoom meeting, please read through the following article: By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements needed to participate and have taken any necessary tutorials ahead of time as we do not want technology to be a distraction from your training experience. If you require technical assistance, you are required to reach out to your instructor at least one week prior to the start of training.
  • Payment, Refund/Cancellation Policy: Training costs $1300. The first payment is due at registration and can be divided into two or three payments through your registration in Thinkific. Any broken down payments will be withdrawn monthly (30) days after registration. If you are in need of a payment plan, please contact [email protected] directly prior to registration. You have read and agree to Rutti Counseling & Consultation's Organizational Policies which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and complaints.
  • BIPOC Trainees: RCC recognizes the impact of systemic racism on accessibility to training and education specifically for individuals that identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other traditionally underrepresented persons of color (BIPOC). We are proud to offer a discounted rate for training in an effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our training and larger EMDR therapy communities.  Please use the coupon code BIPOC at checkout. For information about our Diversity and Social Justice scholarship, please click here.
  • The ICM Network: Faculty licensees of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM) operate their training independently, and in registering for this training, you are registering with Rutti Counseling & Consultation (RCC), not ICM. If you cancel or need to move this training, please directly reschedule with RCC. If for some reason you want to move your training to another ICM network faculty member, you will need to cancel with RCC and re-register with the other network member.
  • Consultation: The EMDRIA-required 10 consultation hours are not included in the cost of training and must be scheduled on your own time outside of the hours of the training advertised here. We structure our program so that you are able to work with any of our ICM affiliated consultants or consultants-in-training for your consultation hours to supplement the online training. Our consultants represent a wide range of specialties at a variety of price points. In the spirit of ICM's mission, emphasizing trauma-focused care and tailoring the most effective program for our individual trainees, we believe the choice of consultant(s) is important to the overall learning experience. Depending on which consultant(s) and format that you select, you can spend from about $200-$1000 additionally for consultation. Please follow this link to get a sense of our consultants expertise and price points before registering. You will receive more information on booking consultation at the Part I training. You have ONE YEAR (12 months) from the time that you begin this training to complete all of the requirements, including the 10 hours of supplementary consultation that are required for you to receive your Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy from Rutti Counseling & Consultation in conjunction with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Exceptions can be granted only in extreme circumstances (e.g. a humanitarian crisis, illness or injury).
  • 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 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 may pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion. 
  • Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of 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 other trainees 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 won, 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.
  • Accommodations: RCC follows the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We ask that if you are in need of any specific accommodations that will allow you to take our training with us, please contact with us any requests thirty (30) days before the scheduled training date. If, during the training, a need for an accommodation arises, please contact your instructor and/or practicum facilitator immediately and we will discuss the best possible solution to support your learning. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions, concerns, or requests.
  • Correspondence from Training Organization: RCC regularly sends correspondence about the training, including an email confirmation at registration and several emails leading up to each training. The emails presently come from [email protected]. Additionally, RCC may send our emails from [email protected]. If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Please also double check that the email that you registered for the training with is your correct email and that you are checking that inbox. Once you receive your first email, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven (7) days of the training, please reach out to us by email or phone. 

Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Suzanne Rutti

Suzi Rutti, MSW, LISW-S owns and operates the private practice group Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. She is a co-owner of Trauma and Wellness Institute, LLC and the Central Ohio EMDR Connection, LLC. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She is a Clinical Social Worker that works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, and does not have a minimum age requirement. She specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD, dissociation/dissociative disorders, preverbal trauma, sexual violence, childhood abuse, traumatic birth experience, intimate partner violence, and other adverse life experiences. Suzi primarily practices using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness-based practices into her work. Suzi is an affiliate faculty member with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and provides EMDR therapy foundational training and Advanced Training topics. She provides clinical supervision and EMDR therapy consultation as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant to clinicians across the nation. Suzi believes in the importance of making high quality trauma treatment accessible to all communities, and has presented to numerous local and national audiences on a variety of topics relevant to the impact of trauma and how best to support survivors.

Continuing Education

This is an ONLINE training. This is a beginner-level course. Attendance at all sessions, and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all sessions have been completed within this course portal. Upon completing the evaluation, participants will automatically receive their certificate via the email used to create their Thinkific account. If the certificate is not received within 24 hours, please contact [email protected].

CE credit hours for this training are offered in conjunction with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, who licenses the training curriculum. Please refer to ICM's organizational policies for any customer service issues pertaining to CE credit hours. This course is approved for 21 CE credit hours for each course. Both courses in the bundle constitute 42 CE credit hours by the following approval agencies:

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness 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. Approval: #RCS091306

American Psychological Association

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

This course curriculum and trainer is APPROVED by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

EMDRIA is not a provider of continuing education, although they do authorize training providers in EMDR therapy after a rigorous approval process. Completion of Part I & Part II constitutes partial training in EMDR Therapy. Completion of required consultation and the learner assessment is needed to receive a full certificate of training from your trainer the Institute for Creative Mindfulness (EMDRIA # 10002).

A General Note About Approvals

Please also note that APA-approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards within the state of Pennsylvania. In both of these cases, separate paperwork does not need to be filled out. Many state boards also accept out-of-state providers, which is why our Ohio approvals appear on every training. In some states, pre-or post-program approval forms must be sent, and you are responsible for checking into the rules of the licensure board in your state as to what is required. Please let the Institute for Creative Mindfulness know if you need support documentation in any way for these pre or post-program approval applications.

This training is offered in coordination with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and Dr. Jamie Marich, who licensed the curriculum for this training. Rutti Counseling & Consultation maintains responsibility for the operations of the training, including training delivery, registration, and staffing of the training.