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EMDR Training

The EMDR NZ Association is affiliated with EMDR Asia and the worldwide alliance of national EMDR associations.


EMDR NZ aims to  promote and support EMDR as a treatment modality in New Zealand, provide  standards and guidelines for education, training and  professional practice of EMDR in New Zealand; provide for certification and accreditation of therapists and trainers ; promote public awareness of EMDR and support research into the effectiveness of EMDR.


All Basic trainings listed on the EMDR NZ website meet the standards and requirements of the EMDRNZ, accredited EMDR practitioners and EMDR Case Consultants have met the requirements for accreditation as stated below.

                              Dr. Tom Flewett


                              Dr Tom Flewett is a Generalist Psychiatrist in private practice in New Zealand. He                                            specialises in treating trauma, addictions, and dissociation. Details of his upcoming                                          training can be found at



                              Sigmund Burzynski


                              Sigmund is an Australian based Psychologist who travels to NZ to give his training.  He                                  also conducts trainings in Australia and Asia which New Zealanders are welcome to                                        attend. Details of his training can be found at  Sigmund also organises the                                Masterclass level of training, which can be registered for on his website.



Both are faculty members of the EMDR Institute, the training institute founded and led by Dr. Francine Shapiro. The trainings are identical across the world and recognised by all participating countries.  The EMDR Institute website ( gives more information about their training as well as general information about EMDR therapy.

Overview of Basic Training 

The EMDR Therapy Basic Training  (both Part 1 and 2) is restricted to registered mental health practitioners who treat adults and/or children in a clinical setting (see Training Eligibility).


EMDR is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self esteem issues related to disturbing events and current life issues.   The Basic Training course is a mix of theoretical and experiential training which seeks to familiarise participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications to allow for the comfortable and efficient use of EMDR therapy with a wide range of clients and situations.  Because EMDR is a specialised approach to therapy it requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety.  The training consists of lectures, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practise. Workshop trainers have passed rigorous competency based examinations before being certified to conduct trainings.

Basic Training Process

An EMDR Institute Basic Training comprises 2 training workshops, each of 3 day duration, to ensure that the participants optimise their exposure to the practice of EMDR.   Details of each of the requirements for Basic Training 1 and 2 is outlined below.


Basic Training 1 

  • Basic Training Part 1 takes place over a 3 day period, with each day beginning at 8.30 and finishing at 5pm.

  • The training is intensive and it is recommended that candidates read Francine Shaprio's book prior to attending the training.

  • Basic Training Part 1 focuses on introducing attendees to the Adapted Information Processing Model (AIP), the 8 phases of EMDR therapy and prepares attendees to go back into their workplaces able to conduct EMDR sessions.

  • Attendees must also complete 5 hours of Case Consultation with an Institute Accredited Case Consultant who is also a Facilitator.

  • Attendees must also submit a log of 30 hours completed EMDR client hours to attend Basic Training 2.

Basic Training 2

  • Basic Training Part 2 also takes place over a 3 day period, with each day beginning at 8.30 and finishing at 5pm.

  • Basic Training Part 2 goes back over the AIP and 8 phases of EMDR. It also introduces attendees to more advanced techniques including cognitive interweaves and other tools for working with more complex EMDR cases. 

  • Following the workshop, attendees must complete a further 5 hours of case consultation with an Institute Accredited Case Consultant who is also a Facilitator.

  • Attendees must also submit a log of a recommended 30-35 hours using EMDR client with clients.

Basic Training Certificate of Completion Requirements


To complete the full Basic Training requirements you must have completed the following:

  • Completion of Basic Training Part 1 and Basic Training Part 2, which each consist of a three day course including 10 hrs of didactic and 10 hrs of supervised practice

  • Read the textbook Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Basic Principles, Protocols & Procedures.  3rd edition (Shapiro, 2018)

  • Had a total of 10 hrs of case consultation with an EMDR Institute Approved Case Consultant. This can be in individual or group format with regular group supervision being offered to ensure the supervision requirements can be met in a timely way.

  • Submited 2 logs, each of a recommended 30-35 hours, using EMDR Therapy with clients.