EMDR Basic Training Quantico, VA May/July 2023

From $ 1250 usd
+ available add-ons
Fri, May 5, 2023, 9:00 AM EDT – Sun, Jul 23, 2023, 6:00 PM EDT
The Clubs at Quantico & Crossroads Event Center, 3017 Russell Road, Quantico, VA, US Map
Dates Breakdown
Fri, May 5, 2023, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Sat, May 6, 2023, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Sun, May 7, 2023, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Fri, Jul 21, 2023, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Sat, Jul 22, 2023, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Sun, Jul 23, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM EDT
EMDR Basic Training Quantico, VA May/July 2023

EMDRIA- Approved EMDR Basic Training at: The Clubs at Quantico & Crossroads Event Center, Quantico, VA

Weekend One: May 5-7, 2023 Friday-Sunday

Weekend Two: July 21-23, 2023 Friday-Sunday

Fridays & Saturdays 9 AM - 6 PM Eastern Time, Sundays 9 AM - 5:15 PM Eastern Time

EMDRIA-Approved Trainer: Bill Brislin, MA, LMHC, NCC

About This Course

Full Training Package Includes:
20 Hours Lecture
20 Hours Small Group Practicum
10 Hours Consultation
40 Optional CEs (see detailed CE information below)

Also Included:

  • Printed Training Manual (300+ pages)
  • Access to online learning management system with additional resources:
  • Downloadable/printable forms, scripts, and handouts
  • Discussion Board for communicating with your training cohort
  • Bonus videos to view and review at your leisure

EMDR Therapy is a powerful, evidence-based treatment for children, teens, and adults. More than 30 positive controlled research studies support the benefits of EMDR Therapy for treatment of depression, trauma, and more. EMDR Therapy can dramatically reduce or eliminate disturbing symptoms, distressing emotions, and unwanted behaviors while fostering positive new perspectives and increased resilience.

Throughout our Basic Training, we emphasize appropriate client selection, preparation, and stabilization for diverse levels of client complexity and clinical expertise. With ongoing Consultation built right into the training package, you will get the guidance you need to start using these new skills safely and effectively right away.

In addition to the core material we’ll share best practices for delivering EMDR Therapy via telehealth with great fidelity to the research validated model for optimal results.

Personalized attention, thoughtful feedback, and a warm spirit of hospitality are hallmarks of all Connect trainings. Our highly experienced training team provides dynamic energy and strong support throughout the two intensive three-day weekends. We are deeply invested in your growth and can’t wait to welcome you to our vibrant community of effective, trauma-informed therapists!

Seats are limited to ensure an optimal learning environment for each participant.

Who is Eligible to Attend?

EMDRIA Sets the Standards for Attendance. Read full eligibility requirements here https://www.emdria.org/emdr-training-education/emdr-training/eligibility-requirements-for-emdr-training/

Registered Interns
Social Workers
Mental Health Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
Psychiatric ARNPs
Graduate Students in Internship with Active Caseloads

Fees: (Includes 10 hours Consultation)

Reduced Rate for Students, Interns, Nonprofit Clinicians, and Military/VA Clinicians: $1,250
For-Profit Clinician Rate: $1,425

Payment Plans are available -- register with $550 deposit and pay the rest later. (select deposit option at checkout)

75.00 optional CEs available for purchase at registration (total of 40 CEs for complete course) See below for full CE information and coverage.

*Non-Profit Clinicians are those working 20+ hours a week in a non-profit setting or graduate students in their final internship/practicum with active clinical cases.

*** We have limited spaces for EMDR therapists who have previously completed a training offered by an EMDRIA accredited provider to retake the course at half-price. This does not include the 10 hours of consultation. Please contact Claire at Claire@ConnectEMDR.com to inquire.


To learn more about Connect's Basic Training including FAQS about the process, visit our Website

Cancellation Policy

Full refund (minus credit card processing fees) for cancellations prior to Friday April 21st.
No refunds given after Friday April 21st.*  

We are committed to providing you with a great staff-to-student ratio and consultant-to-consultee ratio, which means confirming our staff at least two weeks in advance based on registrations. That is why we can’t provide refunds for cancellations made within two weeks of the training.
*in the event of illness due to Covid-19, we will make every effort to schedule you into another Basic Training within the calendar year.

Training Highlights:

Two, Three-Day Training Weekends (Friday - Sunday)

  • Supervised small group practice on each training day.
  • The Full Course (20 hrs didactic, 20 hrs practicum, and 10 hrs consultation) included in fee.
  • EMDRIA-Approved Basic Training setting the stage for EMDRIA Certification
  • Physiological overview of the information processing system.
  • Specialized history taking to identify dysfunctional patterns and their causes.
  • Treatment planning to address past events, current triggers and future needs.
  • Stabilization techniques across the attachment spectrum.
  • Reduction of overt symptoms to achieve comprehensive mental health.
  • Address the full range of trauma and other disturbing life events.
  • Applications to combat trauma and first responders.
  • Applications to addictions, grief, anxiety, depression, and somatic disorders.
  • Applications to natural and man-made disasters.
  • Applications to family and couples therapy
  • Applications to trauma caused by racism and social location

About The Presenter

Originally from Pennsylvania, Bill has been a therapist in Orlando, Florida for over thirty years. He is an EMDRIA-Approved Basic Trainer and Consultant as well as an EMDR Recent & Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP/G-TEP) trainer. Bill has a special interest in complex trauma and dissociation which began during his fifteen years as a therapist in an AIDS support agency. Along with Reg Morrow, he facilitates an advanced complex trauma consultation group which is open to distance learners. Philosophically grounded in the humanistic tradition, Bill utilizes EMDR therapy as his primary modality with great attention to attachment injury and early life trauma.

Detailed Course Overview & Learning Objectives

20 hours of didactic, 20 hours of supervised practice, 10 hours of Group Consultation. The supervised practice is gently guided by a facilitator who will assist the participants to apply the model and objectives of the morning lecture. All components must be completed within one year of the start of training.

Weekend One Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the parameters treatable with EMDR therapy to safely and effectively implement EMDR therapy with clients
  • Describe 3 aspects of the AIP Model for effective case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • List 6 types of client complaints treatable with EMDR therapy
  • Describe the criteria for client selection and how to apply to client cases
  • Describe 3 safety measures for effective and safe use of EMDR therapy
  • Apply 3 techniques for identifying targets during history takings
  • Explain the therapeutic process using both adult and child-friendly language
  • Demonstrate application of a state change technique during Preparation Phase
  • Select appropriate targets for memory reprocessing
  • List the 7 questions asked during the Assessment Phase
  • Apply a treatment plan using Standard Protocol
  • Practice all 8 phases of EMDR Therapy
  • Select appropriate opportunities for using the Recent Event Protocol
  • Recognize instances in which memories can be clustered for reprocessing.

Weekend Two Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between simple and complex case presentations.
  • Recognize the impact of developmental abuse and neglect on treatment planning and pace of therapy.
  • Recognize where a client is in relation to their “Window of Tolerance.”
  • Identify 3 common blocking beliefs that hinder progress in therapy.
  • Recognize when to modify EMDR’s Standard Protocol for emergent situations and complex presentations.
  • Demonstrate Preparation Phase interventions for complex cases, including Resource Development and Installation
  • Recognize common signs of dissociation and select appropriate screening tools.
  • Identify 3 strategies to help clients maintain dual attention during intense emotional responses.
  • Distinguish between different types of cognitive interweaves.
  • Apply interweaves as needed to facilitate blocked Processing.
  • Differentiate between EMD and EMDR.
  • Distinguish between two types of phobias.
  • Select present triggers related to “urges to use” in clients with addictions.
  • Recall factors to consider in history taking with military and first responder populations.

Level: Beginner

Schedule for Each Weekend:

All times reflect the Eastern Time Zone.

Part One:

Friday, May 5, 2023

9:00am - 9:15am: Sign-In/Coffee/Networking
9:15am - 1:00pm: Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Afternoon Practicum

Saturday, May 6, 2023

9:00am - 9:15am: Sign-In/Coffee/Networking
9:15am - 1:00pm: Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Afternoon Practicum

Sunday, May 7, 2023

9:00am - 9:15 am: Sign-in/Coffee/Networking

9:15am 12:30pm: Lecture
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 5:15pm: Afternoon Practicum

Part Two

Friday, July 21, 2023

9:00am - 9:15am: Sign-In/Coffee/Networking
9:15am - 1:00pm: Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Afternoon Practicum

Saturday, July 22, 2023

9:00am - 9:15am: Sign-In/Coffee/Networking
9:15am - 1:00pm: Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Afternoon Practicum

Sunday, July 22, 2023

9:00am - 9:15 am: Sign-in/Coffee/Networking

9:15am 12:30pm: Lecture
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 5:15pm: Afternoon Practicum

Attendance Policy

Participants must attend all training days in their entirety and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises and group consultation sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion for this training. Those who purchase optional CEs, attend this workshop in full, and complete all the appropriate evaluation forms are eligible to receive CE credits. All components of Basic Training must be completed within 12 months of the start of training.


Please note that this training will be held at Crossroads on the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, VA. Because it is on base, all attendees are required to go through a simple visitor registration process prior to the training, and will pick up a visitor pass at the visitor center the first morning of the training. Information on how to obtain your Visitor Pass will be provided upon registration for the training, however, were are some facts to be aware of in advance:

  • The screening process requires that visitors provide authorized source documents to prove identity. 
  • Visitors must also pass a criminal history check to ensure they meet access standards (persons with criminal records that do not meet access standards will be denied access). 
  • Visitors can go to the visitor control center up to 14 days in advance of the event to complete the screening process. 
  • Foreign national visitors must be identified in advance (minimum 4 working days) so that additional screening can be conducted. Additionally, foreign national visitors must be escorted by a person with a DoD credential (CAC or Teslin). 
  • To expedite processing time at the visitor control center, visitors can pre-register online. Pre-registration does NOT negate the requirement for visitors to go to the visitor center in person. 

ADA Assistance:

Our in-person trainings are held in facilities that are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Please contact Claire at Claire@ConnectEMDR.com or (407) 970-7915 if accommodation is required for this training.

Statement of Proactive Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity:

Connect welcomes trainees and consultees from all cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all trainees and consultees, including Black People, People of Color, Indigenous People, and LGBTQ People. We pledge to proactively address issues of cultural competence and culturally-based trauma during every phase of professional development.


CE-Classes is the provider of CEs. Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop.  Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

CE-Classes.com is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2025
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0223 Expires 02-2025
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education
    Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.

 Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

This course's APA approval is accepted by social work and counseling boards in most states.


Connect seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to info@ConnectEMDR.com . Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. Connect Training & Consulting in Alliance with The Trauma and Resilience Center Presents:

There is no known conflict of interest nor commercial support for this program.


Bill Brislin


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The Clubs at Quantico & Crossroads Event Center, 3017 Russell Road, Quantico, VA, US


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