EMDR Therapy Training


Suzanne (Suzi) Rutti is a 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 Basic Trainings in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  You can view our listing on the EMDRIA website as an official basic training provider by clicking here.  Completion of our full basic training program is a first step in eligibility toward becoming a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA.  Read further to learn more about basic training and the overall process.



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

About Our Training Program

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

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.  The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is proud to launch this full-scaled EMDR Therapy training program, the first of its kind to be based in Northern Ohio.  Completing our full basic training approved by EMDRIA is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:

  • Part I Training (3 Days=20 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.  View Part I agenda and objectives by clicking here.  You will be able to practice EMDR Therapy with certain clients after completion of Part I.
  • Part II Training (3 Days=20 total hours of Lecture and Practicum):  Enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the complex scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology is also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization.  View Part II agenda and objectives by clicking here.
  • 10 Hours of Consultation:  Spread out into two segments of 5 hours following each part of the training, working with an EMDRIA-approved consultant either in an individual or group format is essential to your practical skill building as an EMDR therapist.  Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Basic Training in EMDR Therapy can be awarded.

Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of a Basic Training Program in EMDR Therapy, and allows you to practice EMDR Therapy within your clinical scope of practice.  Earning the EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist distinction requires additional training and supervision that you can complete with us or another party if you wish to go on for this distinction.

Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education for counselors and social workers in the State of Ohio by the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.  For more information on continuing education logistics, which is separate from the EMDRIA-approved credentialing, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

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 basic 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.  At the basic training level, 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 $25 administrative fee.  If you cancel within two weeks of the training, you will be refunded half of your money, and the balance can be applied 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.

As of January 1, 2017, you will have 24 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.

Elibility 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 scenerios, 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 scenerios, 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:  suzanne.rutti@gmail.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*

Part I:  May 8-10, 2019 (Weekday Format) *SOLD OUT- WAITLIST ONLY*

8:00am-4:30pm each day

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $525

*Space limited to 30 participants

(Registration opens at 7:30am)


Part II:  August 23-25, 2019 (Weekend Format)

8:00am-4:30pm each day

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $625

*Space limited to 30 participants

(Registration opens at 7:30am)


Part I:  October 11-13, 2019 (Weekend Format)

8:00am-4:30pm each day

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $525

*Space limited to 30 participants

(Registration opens at 7:30am)


Part II:  November 6-8, 2019 (Weekday Format)

8:00am-4:30pm each day

Presented by Suzi Rutti, LISW-S

Location: Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $625

*Space limited to 20 participants

(Registration opens at 7:30am)


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. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, 2nd 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?

Not at this time. Our decision to not offer scholarships or payment plans was made so that we can keep the costs as low as possible for everyone. Our training program is offered at approximately half the price of other EMDRIA-approved training options currently on the market. Although the Institute for Creative Mindfulness is considered a private training organization, our prices are comparable to the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. Although our training fees do not include consultation, we offer you the option of choosing your consultant, thus choosing how much you spend on the 10 consultation hours required in your training.

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 the basic training in EMDR therapy the same as being certified?

No. You will receive a Certificate of Basic 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 Basic 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 Basic 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.

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 for my profession?

Mindful Ohio (Dr. Jamie Marich's practice) 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 (#RCS091306). At this time, we are able to offer you a certificate of continuing education from this body after each part of the training (21 hours for each part). No continuing education can be offered for consultation.

APA: Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved continuing education sponsor by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each part of the EMDR Therapy training program (Part I & Part II) offers 21 CE units.

States other than Ohio: Please check to ensure that your board in your state accepts continuing education approved by an APA provider (we can verify this is the case for the major clinical licenses in Pennsylvania and  California). In Minnesota, Licensed Psychologists are covered under this APA approval for CEs. Separate approval is granted for counselors and MFTs (pending for social workers).

In many cases where APA credits are not accepted outright, boards will award continuing education hours for activities that are awarded CEs or CEUs in other states or by national bodies by comparable professions as long as you provide the certificate of the hours and the syllabus. It is your responsibility to find out if this is the case for your state before enrolling in the training if you are expecting CEs/CEUs; a pre or post program approval form may be required. For Puerto Rico participants: Continuing education credits (21.0) have been submitted for approval to the Junta Examinadora de Psicologos y Junta Examinadora Consejros Profesionales.

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


Registration 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 Basic 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.