Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic:
93 Ontario Street, Unit 201, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5J7
Office: (905) 687-6866    Fax: (905) 687-6865




Add joy, hope and optimism to your clinical practice. Exceptional treatment outcomes are not unusual. Look forward to going to work every day -- reduce the possibility of compassion fatigue.

This EMDR training program, originally established in 1999, has an excellent track record for producing confident EMDR clinicians. Under the direction of Barbara Horne MASc, RP, RMFT & EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, the Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic offers regularly-scheduled and private on-site courses in Eastern and Central Canada. NSTC offers the only French-language EMDR training program in North America, under the direction of Philippe Gauvreau PsyD & EMDRIA-Approved Consultant.

These small-group trainings (maximum 40) are well recognized in the Canadian EMDR community for their effectiveness in enabling clinicians to immediately incorporate EMDR into their work with clients. In fact, enthusiastic previous course participants are our biggest source of referrals to the program.

Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic (NSTC)'s BASIC EMDR TRAINING

There are three steps to completing NSTC's 60 hour Basic EMDR Training program:

Part 1: 3½ days (15 didactic hours; 12 practicum hours)
Part 2: 3 days (15 didactic hours; 8 practicum hours)
Consultation Package: 10 hours Consultation (usually group teleconference)

NSTC delivers the program over two Parts (Part 1- 3.5 days; Part 2- 3 days). The consultation hours follow each Part, usually in 2-hour group teleconferences with one of our EMDRIA-Approved Consultants.

We also offer privately arranged on-site courses at your agency. The program is expanding into new centres – please contact us if you would like a course either at your site or in your city.


  • Small experiential courses (maximum 40);
  • Consultant/student ratio (1:10) for practicums;
  • Individual attention & group cohesion;
  • Complete course materials included;
  • All-inclusive Basic Training fee ($2,400 + HST);
  • Required 10 consultation hours included;
  • Payment plan available;
  • Course content exceeds EMDRIA requirements;
  • Course materials updated regularly;
  • Trainings available in English or French (Formations en Français);
  • Multiple courses available each year;
  • Barbara Horne and Philippe Gauvreau have also developed EMDRIA-Approved skills refresher workshops;
  • Local venues in Eastern & Central Canada, and
  • On-site courses available.


The program is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 equips you to work with simple PTSD cases;
  • Part 2 offers techniques and protocols for working with complex PTSD and special populations, and
  • Consultation Hours (10 hours) give you the support you need to successfully integrate EMDR into your practice.

During both parts 1 & 2, you will do personal EMDR work in groups of 2 or 3, closely supervised by EMDRIA-Approved Consultants (on a 10:1 ratio). There are 20 hours of these practicums included in the program.

Following each of our training weekends, you will have what you need to immediately begin using EMDR with your clients. Our training groups often go on to form peer-support networks or consultation groups for continued clinical support.


EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training is open to clinicians holding a Masters-level (or higher) education in a counselling field. Membership in a professional association with a Code of Ethics and sanctioning ability is also required. For those in private practice we require proof of Liability Insurance.


The all-inclusive course fee is $2,550 plus HST. Early enrollment discounts may apply and there is a payment plan available at a slight cost.

The course fee includes:

  • Part 1 (15 didactic hours, 12 hours of supervised practicum);
  • Part 2 (15 didactic hours, 8 hours of supervised practicum);
  • Consultation Hours (10 hours— sign-up schedule available at each course);
  • Shapiro text book;
  • Part 1 manual (150+ pages plus handouts);
  • Part 2 manual (150+ pages plus handouts);
  • Refreshments each day (lunch excluded), and
  • All required materials provided for practicum sessions.


The Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic training program offers the only French-language program in North America, under the direction of Philippe Gauvreau PsyD, EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. See for the schedule of French courses.


Barbara Horne MASc, RP, RMFT is an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant and training provider who has personally taught over 100 courses since 2007. She has been practising in the Niagara area since 1987 and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (CAMFT) (and Clinical Fellow of the AAMFT/OAMFT). Barbara regularly presents on EMDR to conferences in Canada and the USA.

Philippe Gauvreau PsyD is also an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant and has worked with the Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic since 2007 as Facilitator, joining as an Instructor in 2010. Now NSTC’s French Language Director, Philippe offers both English and French Basic Trainings and regularly presents in both languages to conferences in Canada.

Facilitators & Special Presenters:

We have a team of EMDRIA-Approved Consultants who assist at our courses, usually local to the course site:

Suzanne Filion C.Psych
Lesley Hartman MA, Psychologist
Marina Hewlett R.Psych
Kiranjit Longaker MA, MSc, PhD
Helen Orton MEd
Denise Perron MSW, RSW
John Roche MDiv, MSW, RSW
Jeremy Tomlinson MEd, RMFT, RSW
Specialty Presenter:  
Jan Yordy MEd, RSW

*The Provider maintains full responsibility for this Basic EMDR Training*