EMDR Therapy Training


Suzanne (Suzi) Rutti is a senior faculty member and Approved Consultant with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.  As of August 1, 2015, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is listed as a provider of EMDR Therapy Trainings by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  You can view our listing on the EMDRIA website as an official training provider by clicking here.  Completion of our full training program is a first step in eligibility toward becoming a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA.  Read further to learn more about EMDR therapy training and the overall process.

About Our Training Program

Curriculum designed by Master EMDR Clinician and Author Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT

Description: EMDR Therapy Training Part I

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. 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.

Description: EMDR Therapy Basic Training Part II

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. Completing our full basic training approved by the EMDR International Association is a multi-tiered process of which this three-day training is your second part. Part II Training (3 days = 21 total hours of lecture and practicum) delivers enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the difficult scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology are also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization. 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.

For a full description of the training program and daily objectives, please click here

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits offered for each training course may vary by each event.  Please click the informational link next to each event listed on our Schedule & Registration page for more information about Continuing Education Approvals. Please also note that APA approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards in the state of Pennsylvania.  You are responsible for filling out any pre- or post- approval forms in your state of licensure and with your board of licensure that may consider APA credits toward your continuing education.

For full training agendas and timing, please click here

Costs, Fees, Logistics & Eligibility

Training fees: Please refer to our schedule for the posted fees for each training.  The costs of each session differ depending on location and part of training.  At this time, we are not able to offer combined discounts for registering for both parts at one time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Lunch is on your own for all days of the training.

All facilities used by Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC are in compliance with ADA standards.  Please send an email to suzanne.rutti@gmail.com if you have any concerns about access to the training.

Payments accepted: major credit cards, checks.  Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Consultation fees:  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 one of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness consultants to complete your consultation.  Our team members' fees vary depending on their availability and geographical location.  See the consultation section below for more information.  To complete EMDR therapy training, all consultation hours can be met through group consultations.  You will receive more information on booking consultation at the Part I training.  Teleconferencing is available for trainees and all consultation hours may be completed via teleconferencing.

Spaces for each training are very limited since we have to maintain a low attendee-to-faculty ratio (10:1 for practicum).  Thus, payment is required at the time of registration to confirm your spot.  We will keep a waitlist if the training is closed.  The Institute for Creative Mindfulness will refund any training fees in full if you cancel two weeks prior to the training minus a 5% processing fee.  If you cancel within two weeks of the training, you will be refunded half of your money OR you have the option to apply that balance to a future training with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.  Only medical documented reasons or family deaths are considered as an exception to this policy.  No-shows are not eligible for a refund.

New policy as of 06/25/2020: If you choose to reschedule your training to a later date, we will allow one transfer.  If you are not able to attend the training you rescheduled for, your registration will be forfeited and you will be required to pay an additional registration fee if you wish to continue with a future date.  Rescheduling requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training.  Any requests for rescheduling with less than two weeks notice will be considered a cancelation and the above policy will apply.

As of January 1, 2017, you IN-PERSON trainees will have 24 months (ONLINE trainees have 12 months) to complete both parts of the training and the required consultation.  Exceptions may be granted based on circumstance.  If you do not complete in this time frame specified by EMDRIA, you may be required to complete Part I again before continuing.  *Please note for online training, you have 12 months to complete both parts of the training and the required consultation.  To submit consultation verification, please visit http://www.suzannerutti.com/consultation.

Documentation replacement fees: Replacement documents (certificates of completion, CE verification, wall certificates, etc.) can be replicated in the event they are lost or unavailable. ICM reserves the right to charge an administrative fee of $10 per document for replacement if the request is over 30 days from when the document was originally issued. Please email us at support@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com with any questions or concerns.

Eligibility to take the training:  (a) Masters or doctoral degree in a clinical mental health-related field (e.g., counseling, marriage & family therapy, social, psychology) required.  Although it is not required, it is strongly preferred that you are in active clinical practice and working with clients; (b) Master's level students may be permitted to take the course if the Institute for Creative Mindfulness receives a letter of recommendation from a faculty member ahead of time; (c) Medical professionals (e.g. nurses, physicians) may also be eligible to take the course if they possess a clinical master's or doctorate degree and if their primary specialty is within mental health.  In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness; (d) Chemical dependency professionals with a master's degree or higher may also be eligible to take the course.  Pastoral/Christian counselors, art/music/dance therapists may also be eligible if they can show sufficient clinical content on their Master's level transcripts.  In these three specialty scenarios, prior approval is required from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness; (e) in the cases of all of these special circumstances, all cases must be made in writing with supporting documentation directly to Suzi Rutti.  You can send your request to:  suzannerutti@rutticounseling.com.  Your registration is not considered complete/confirmed until approval is granted.

Schedule of Trainings

*Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to register for in-person trainings*

For a schedule of advanced topics courses, please click  here


EMDR Therapy Training ONLINE with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness

May 2021/October 2021 Cycle

Part I: May 21-23, 2021

Part II: October 1-3, 2021

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

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Online

Cost: $1350 (2 payments of $675)

Participants will be enrolled for both Part I and Part II trainings

Click here for registration/more information


October 2021/December 2021 Cycle

Part I: October 15-17, 2021

Part II: December 3-5, 2021

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

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Online

Cost: $1350 (2 payments of $675)

Participants will be enrolled for both Part I and Part II trainings

Click here for registration/more information


For current information about Suzi Rutti’s consultation offered at Rutti Counseling and Consultation, LLC, please visit link. You may also complete your required consultation hours with consultants that have been approved by The Institute for Creative Mindfulness.  Click here for updated information and rates.

Reading List

The following reading and resources are either required or recommended as part of your training and formation in EMDR Therapy. The only book that the EMDR International Association requires as part of the training is Dr. Shapiro's 2001 textbook. We do not recommend that you try to tackle this before the training. In our experience, it makes the most sense to read after your Part I training. We've taken the opportunity to present our reading list, as it appears in our manuals, here on the webpage, using the following symbols to indicate the most ideal time to read each resource:

* Before the training
+   After Part I
++ After Part II
** After completion of full basic training/consultation
x  Read at any time depending on your needs 

Required Reading (per EMDRIA):
+ Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, 3rd ed.  New York: The Guilford Press.

Suggested Reading & Resources (from The Institute for Creative Mindfulness) 
General Trauma Reading
x Bannit, S.P. (2012). The trauma toolkit: Healing trauma from the inside out. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books. 
x Marich, J. (2014). Trauma made simple: Competencies in assessment, treatment, and working with survivors. PESI Publishing: Eau Claire, WI.
x Scaer, R. (2005). The trauma spectrum: Hidden wounds and human resiliency. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 
x Van Der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Viking. 
x Yalom, I. (2001). The gift of therapy: Reflections on being a therapist. London, England: Piatkus. 

EMDR-Related Resources 
++ Dworkin, M. (2005). EMDR and the relational imperative: The therapeutic relationship in EMDR treatment. New York: Brunner-Routledge. 
++ Marich, J. (2011). EMDR made simple: Four approaches to using EMDR with every client. PESI Publishing (Premiere): Eau Claire, WI.
++Nickerson, M. (Ed.) (2016). Cultural competence and healing culturally based trauma with EMDR therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company. 
** Parnell, L. (2007). A therapist’s guide to EMDR: Tools and techniques for successful treatment. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
x  Parnell, L. (2008). Tapping in: A step-by-step guide to activating your healing resources through bilateral stimulation. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Books. 
*  Shapiro, F., & Forrest, M. (1997). EMDR: The breakthrough “eye movement” therapy for overcoming stress, anxiety, and trauma. New York: Basic Books. 
*  Shapiro, F. (2013). Getting past your past: Take control of your life with self-help techniques from EMDR therapy.Emmaus, PA: Rodale Books. 

x Burns, M. (Producer & Director). (2011). EMDR: We transform pain or we transmit it [Documentary]. United States: Michael P. Burns. 
x Curran, L. (Director). (2012). Trauma treatment for the 21st century [Educational Documentary]. United States: Premiere Education & Media. 
x Donovan, F. (Producer), & Nalepinski, B. (Director). (1999). EMDR: Looking through hemispheres [Documentary]. United States: Fran Donovan Productions. 

x Trauma Made Simple: The Official Book Website
Complimentary Trauma Stabilization Videos & Recordings

x The West Coast Trauma Project
Resources for Trauma Therapists 

x International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation

x EMDR in Action
Resources for EMDR Therapists

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer scholarships or payment plans for your training program?

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness offers a Diversity & Social Justice Scholarship.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Why do your trainings have different prices?

We work to keep our prices as low as possible by working with facilities who will offer us discounted prices. Additionally, travel for our faculty also adds to cost. As a result, we can offer some training at lower prices than others.

I am interested in EMDR therapy but I'm not sure that it's for me. Is there somewhere I can listen to Dr. Jamie first to learn a little more about it and see if her training style is for me?

Listen to this COMPLIMENTARY teleseminar recording on EMDR Therapy with Dr. Jamie hosted by our friends at The Breathe Network. You can access the recording by clicking HERE. The Breathe Network also conducted an interview with Dr. Jamie about EMDR which you can access by clicking HERE.

Will I be able to do EMDR therapy with my clients after Part I?

Yes, with certain clients. Your trainer and small group facilitators will help you determine which clients will be the best fit for starting EMDR Therapy. It is a common misconception that you aren't able to use EMDR until the whole training is completed.

Is finishing training in EMDR therapy the same as being certified?

No. You will receive a Certificate of EMDR Therapy Training after successful completion of Parts I & II and your required consultation. At that point, you may refer to yourself as "fully trained in EMDR Therapy." If you complete only Part I, you may cite that you have "partial training" or "some training" in EMDR Therapy. Many competent EMDR therapists practice EMDR Therapy with only the Certificate of EMDR Therapy training. This is completely acceptable and generally ethical. In our view, the best ethical safeguard is to make sure that some of your continuing education for the rest of your career is directly connected to EMDR Therapy if you're going to continue to use it. After completion of our Training Program in EMDR Therapy, you are eligible to begin the optional process for applying to be a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association. For more information on that process, click HERE.

I registered and then something came up: Am I eligible for a refund?

If you need to cancel and we receive your cancellation in writing (email is fine) 2 weeks prior to the training, you are eligible for a full refund less a $25.00 administrative processing fee. If you no-show, you are not eligible for a refund of any kind unless documentation of medical or similar emergencies can be provided within one week after the training ends. In the case of inclement weather, should we cancel the training, your registration would simply be moved to our reschedule date. If the reschedule date isn't available for you we can offer you another date or entertain your request for a refund.  If you decide to cancel your trip due to weather and we are still having the training, the best we can offer is to move your training registration to the next available training. All other situations handled on a case-by-case basis.

NEW POLICY FOR AS OF 7/1/16: Cancellation between two weeks and one week of the training merits a half refund. All refunds, full and partial, are subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. If you cancel within a week of the training the best we can offer is a half credit towards a future training with Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC. If you terminate your training or need to leave it early for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund. Attendance at the entire training is required for our program to remain compliant with EMDRIA standards. Please see us with any questions on this policy or for questions about how you can make up missed segments of the training.

New policy as of 06/25/2020: If you choose to reschedule your training to a later date, we will allow one transfer.  If you are not able to attend the training you rescheduled for, your registration will be forfeited and you will be required to pay an additional registration fee if you wish to continue with a future date.  Rescheduling requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the training.  Any requests for rescheduling with less than two weeks notice will be considered a cancelation and the above policy will apply.

I took a Part I EMDR training with another provider. Can I finish Part II with your program?

We evaluate these situations on a case by case basis. Generally the answer is yes as long as you can provide verification of your Part I training with the other provider. We do ask you to complete all 10 of your consultation hours with us, including 4-6 of those hours before your Part II training as a refresher and so that you can get acquainted with our training program and style.

If I take Part I in your program can I finish Part II and consultation in another approved program?

This would be the decision of the other program in question. We cannot make any guarantees.

Can I complete my supplementary consultation requirement with any EMDRIA-approved consultant? 

No. During your basic training we require that you complete your supplementary consultation with one of our approved consultants on the Institute for Creative Mindfulness team.

Do I have to complete consultation between Part 1 & Part 2 or can it wait until both trainings are over?

We recommend that you take 4-6 hours of consultation (available in groups or individually) between your Part 1 & 2 training to ensure getting the most out of the Part 2. If for some reason you are not able to complete any consultation between Part 1 & Part 2 you are still allowed to take the Part 2, there will be more catch-up work to be completed afterwards and you may not receive full benefit from the Part 2 training.

Do you offer continuing education credits?

EMDR Therapy training is approved for 21 continuing education credits per part.  Please see the Schedule and registration page for which CE credits apply to your training.  For more information on continuing education approvals, please click HERE.


What do you suggest that I do in preparation for the training?

If you are interested in getting some preliminary reading done before the training, we've prepared a guideline to the books we recommend as part of our training, including notes on when best to read each resources. There are several that are useful for you to read in preparation for the training and others that you will be able to best comprehend after the various phases of your training. Click HERE to access the list.

I am traveling from out of town to take the training. What airport do I fly into and where can I stay?

For Columbus, we recommend that you fly into John Glenn Columbus International Airport.  You will either need to arrange transportation to/from the airport with your hotel accommodations, or use a transportation service like Uber or a cab to get to/from your hotel.

Columbus Public Health Nearby Hotels:

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown- Capital Square

Renaissance Hotel Columbus-Downtown

Drury Inn & Suites-Convention Center

Hilton Hotels-Downtown Columbus


Hotels near John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Columbus Airport Marriott

Best Western Port Columbus

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport


You can also try Airbnb for nearby accomodations

By Registering For This Training, You Acknowledge And Agree To The Following:

  • Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions. No partial credit can be awarded.
  • Additional Reading Requirements: Please take note of the EMDR Therapy Training Reading List. EMDRIA requires that you purchase and read Francine Shapiro's Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, which is available for purchase at Amazonand other retailers.
  • Refund/Cancellation Policy: You have read and agree to the FAQ which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes.
  • Consultation: The EMDRIA-required 10 consultation hours are not included in cost of training. We structure our program so that you are able to work with any of our ICM approved consultants or consultants in training for consultation hours to supplement the 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 choice of consultant is important to the overall learning experience.
  • 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 might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if 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 clinical 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 another trainee 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 own, 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.
  • Correspondence from Training Organization: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness 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 noreply@notify.thinkific.com. If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your Spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Once you receive your first correspondence, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven days of the event, it is your responsibility to reach out to us by email or phone.

Email info@rutticounseling.com with any questions or concerns



In-Person Registration

Registration for IN-PERSON training is a 2-step process:

Step one is to register by filling out the information below

Step two is to complete payment.  You will receive a link to pay online in an email following registration.  For payment by check, please make it payable to Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC and mail to 1200 W. 5th Ave 102D Columbus, OH 43212.  Be sure to include EMDR Therapy Training in the memo of your check. Full payment for trainings must be made in advance to reserve your spot.

To sign up for a waitlist: Complete registration step one.  Please do not make a payment until you receive an email confirmation that a spot is available.

To sign up for an ONLINE training, please click on the corresponding link in the above schedule.