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2015 EMDR / ERP Training


EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Level 1 & Level 2)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an empirically validated integrative psychotherapy approach to trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Based on an information processing theory, EMDR is an effective and efficient method of treating traumatic memories and related problems. It has been empirically tested with patients experiencing a considerable range of psychological complaints, following the traumatic loss of a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, and natural or man-made disasters. EMDR is a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments, and trauma organizations. The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the American Psychiatric Association have designated EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD.

The courses are a hands-on clinical skills training for using EMDR and integrating it with your psychotherapy approach and are appropriate for clinicians who are currently actively seeing clients. Level 1 training provides initial mastery of the therapeutic approaches unique to EMDR in the treatment of psychological trauma. Level 2 training is necessary for the full therapeutic utilization and understanding of the myriad applications of EMDR.

Training Outline


This experiential training will familiarize participants with a broad spectrum of EMDR applications sufficient for comfortable and efficient use with a wide range patients and situations. Special attention will be given to the therapeutic needs of clients.


EMDR is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDR, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards.


Learning Objectives

EMDR Level 1

Pre-requisites. Masters in Psychology, Counseling or Social Work (or relevant field), MBBS OR a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience AND currently in clinical practice

EMDR Level 2

Pre-requisites. Certificate for Level 1 training including 5 hours of post-course supervision AND currently in clinical practice

Training Schedule

Course Duration Date
EMDR Level 1 3 Full days + 5 hours of group supervision via skype 9 - 11 March 2015
EMDR Level 2 3 Full days + 5 hours of group supervision via skype 12, 13 & 16 March 2015



ERP - Emergency Response Protocol

The Emergency Response Procedure (ERP) was initially developed to help victims within hours of a terrorist attack, but can be applied in the minutes and hours following any trauma. Often, in the initial period immediately after the incident, the patient has difficulty in orienting to the present after having experienced danger to self, family or friends.  When the clinician reorients a person to their present state of safety with ERP, she is assisting in a crucial task of adaptation by helping the victim’s brain to understand that the danger has passed and the person is safe in the present.

The goal of ERP is to support patients in recognizing that they are ‘safe now’ from the trauma that has just occurred. The incident is in the past and they can resume a present time orientation, as evidenced by calmer behaviour and the ability to communicate verbally.

The ERP is versatile and has been utilized in the following locations and situations:

Participants of this workshop will be trained in the use of the manualized Emergency Response Protocol.

ERP Workshop Schedule

Course Duration Date
ERP (Click here to download ERP Slides) 0.5 Day 17 March 2015



Trainer: Dr. Gary Quinn

Dr. Gary Quinn is a psychiatrist, and was personally trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro, originator of EMDR. He is Director of the Jerusalem Stress and Trauma Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Ohio State University.  He is an accredited EMDR trainer, recognized by EMDR Institute Inc. and EMDR Singapore. 

He specializes in Crisis Intervention, the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following military trauma, terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of EMDR-Israel.


Dr. Quinn has conducted numerous trainings in Israel and runs supervision groups. Dr. Quinn has been the primary trainer in Hong Kong and Korea, and has been appointed “Trainer of Trainers, Asia”. Dr Quinn participated as a trainer for the HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program) in Turkey following the earthquake. He went to Thailand after the tsunami in 2004. He has volunteered in medical hospitals after terrorist attacks and went between the bomb shelters in the last Lebanon Israel war (2006) to treat patients with ASD and PTSD. In those bomb shelters he utilized the group disaster protocol developed for children. This same protocol helped children after the Tsunami in Thailand to return to the water. Dr. Quinn developed the Emergency Response Protocol (ERP) to treat victims of trauma with EMDR within hours of the incident when they are suffering from speechless terror with multiple rapid flashbacks to be able to talk and deal with their terror. This protocol has not yet had validating studies but was presented to the trauma conference of the United Kingdom and Ireland EMDR Society in Glasgow, Scotland. It was again presented to the World Psychiatric Association Regional meeting in Seoul, South Korea and the Europe EMDR society annual meeting in Paris and later in London.

Dr. Quinn had run several EMDR courses in Singapore.  He was also invited as a PTSD expert addressing the staff as well as policy makers from the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He was the keynote speaker at the Changi General Hospital, Trauma Conference in 2009.