ONLINE EMDR Therapy Training with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness

Part I Training

August 23-25, 2024

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



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 (not included in the cost of training*)
  • Required reading and completion of an open-book learner assessment


Description: EMDR Therapy Foundational Training Part I

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 adaptative information processing model (AIP), that you will need to competently deliver EMDR Therapy. By the end of the day you will also see a  video demonstration of 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 composes 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. 

For full description and objectives see our website.

Course only available as part of the complete EMDR Therapy Training Online Bundle.

*Trainees are responsible for arranging and paying for their 10 hours of supplementary consultation. At the foundational training level you are required to use one of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness consultants or consultants-in-training to complete your consultation. Our team members' fees vary depending on their specialties and geographical location. Please see the consultation section of our FAQs for more information. To complete EMDR therapy training, all consultation hours can be met through group consultations. You will receive more information on booking consultations at the Part I training.

 Email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Instructor(s)

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 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.

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 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.

National Board for Certified Counselors

Rutti Counseling & Consultation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7546. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Rutti Counseling & Consultation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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.



Course curriculum

    1. Your ONLINE EMDR Therapy Part I Training

    2. Informed Consent & Code of Conduct

    3. Tips for a Successful Online Training

    4. Course Description & Objectives

    5. Required and Recommended Reading & Resources

    6. Zoom Information and Closed Captioning

    7. Land Acknowledgment

    8. Presenter and Assistant Presenter Information

    9. Training Agenda

    1. 10th Edition Part I Manual (10B2023)

    2. EMDR Therapy Worksheets

    3. Spanish Resources

    4. EMDRIA Learner Assessment Study Guide

    5. Dissociation Infographic

    6. Window of Tolerance Infographic

    7. Community Forum Options

    8. Oppressive Cognition List

    9. Phase 1 History Taking Resource

    1. Standard Phases 1-8

    2. Mini Demo

    3. Phase 1 Client History Telehealth

    4. Calm Safe Place Telehealth

    5. Container Telehealth

    6. Testing out DAS Telehealth

    7. Phase 3-7 Telehealth

    8. Explaining DAS

    9. Phase 8 Future Template Telehealth

    10. When "Calm Place" Goes Bad

    1. Day One Video One

    1. What's Next... Important Follow Up Information

    2. EMDR Consultation for Completing Your Training

    1. Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving Your CE Certificate

    2. Course Evaluation

    3. EMDRIA Training Survey

About this course

  • Free
  • 34 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content