EMDR Refreshers

The most thorough confidence building way to refresh your EMDR skill is to audit a basic training. You may also take a one day refresher course online. See below for more details. 

Audit an EMDR Basic Training

  • Any of Sue’s EMDR Basic trainings can be audited. See EMDR Training page for cities and dates.

Auditing a EMDR Basic Training is a excellent way to refresh your EMDR skills and have access to online resources.

I have encouraged several EMDR therapists to audit the Basic training and their feedback suggests this is a valuable way to refresh EMDR skills. Even those who have taken the training just a year prior have said that they heard things the second time round they hadn’t the first time and it helped them with questions they had with current clients.

The EMDR Basic training is full of information.. like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose! Once you have had time to practice EMDR then auditing will help the information sink in deeper, remind you of the protocol, and provide answers to stuck points with your current clients.

If you have taken the basic training several years ago, haven’t been using EMDR, haven’t attended EMDR conferences or advanced trainings, nor have a peer consultation group then this will be an excellent way to refresh your skills and increase your confidence in using EMDR.

Go to the EMDR Basic training section for current course dates.

Pre-Requisite: EMDR Basic Training certificate

Feedback from EMDR Therapist after auditing a training:

Recently I had the opportunity to audit the basic training course. What an amazing experience. I took my training 2 years ago and I have also done advanced training. I was so inspired by the work that I became a Certified EMDR Therapist. However, there is nothing like getting back to the basics. There were some things that felt as though it was the first time I was hearing them. When I did my training, there was so much to focus on. I clearly I missed some things. Being able to participate again has given me new excitement to dive back into the work with more confidence than before. I would encourage anyone, if they have the opportunity, to audit an EMDR basic training course. You will be glad you did as things become even clearer in the work and it will enhance your confidence in working with clients.

The auditing experience allowed me to refine my own skills as an EMDR therapist. It offered me a welcomed reminder of the EMDR protocol and the nuances of the work.

It’s easy to become a bit derailed with the protocol.  Auditing the EMDR basic training is extremely beneficial and highly recommended!  This is a growing area and new and better ways of learning are emerging.  As an auditor, I was able to learn different approaches to cognitive interweaves; Sue’s metaphors; better ways of explaining the EMDR process to clients, and gain a better understanding of the necessity of the Float back (an essential component of EMDR basic protocol research). Sue is a passionate and skilled presenter and we all benefit from the various user friendly handouts, videos and explanations Sue has created to assist in learning.

“Sue Genest has helped countless individuals, including therapists, discover the best in themselves. Some say, “Time with Sue is transformational.” I believe she receives this kind of acknowledgment due to her compassionate nature, encouraging words, and skilled presence. Her facilitation style is engaging, gentle and soulful. Sue is an authentic healer.”
Patricia Morgan MA CCC at https://SolutionsForResilience.com
Counsellor, speaker, and author of Love Her As She Is: Lessons from a Daugther Stolen by Addictions and other books

EMDR Refresher Course Overview

Why should I do a refresher?

If you are an EMDR therapist and have not taken an advanced training for some time, attended an EMDR conference, received consultation, or had a peer support group, then you may have drifted from the protocol. It is through repetition of the 8 phases and 3-pronged protocol that you will gain a deeper knowledge, understanding, and mastery of the EMDR process.

Refreshers will include an overview of the 8 phases of EMDR, 3-pronged protocol, and the AIP model. Specific needs of the group attending will be addressed, and we’ll have the opportunity to address your individual questions.

Mind Mapping may also be taught (dependent on the group). It is an excellent way to organize complex trauma work, treatment plans, and to determine where consultation is needed.


  • Review & practice 8-phase protocol
  • Review & practice 3-pronged protocol
  • Review the AIP Model
  • Review strategies for blockages and complex cases
  • Address your questions
  • Learn Mind Mapping for complex cases (optional)

A portion of refresher hours may count towards certification if the case questions are related to the basic protocol.

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