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NSTC’S EMDR Training Program


(October 2021)

This EMDR training program has an excellent track record for producing confident EMDR clinicians, delivering over 50 complete programs since 2007. Our current completion rate is 87%

Under the direction of Barbara Horne MASc, RP, RMFT & Philippe Gauvreau PsyD, EMDRIA-Approved Consultants & Training Providers, the Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic offers regularly-scheduled commercial and private on-site courses in Eastern and Central Canada, supported by a team of 12 local EMDRIA-Approved Consultants (or consultants in training). NSTC offers the only French-language EMDR training program in North America.

These small-group trainings (maximum 36) 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 60 Hour Basic EMDR Therapy Training

There are three steps to completing NSTC’s program:

  • Part 1:
    3½ days (15 didactic hours & 12 practicum hours – 3 sessions)
  • Part 2:
    3 days (15 didactic hours & 8 practicum hours – 2 sessions)
  • Consultation:
    10 hours Consultation (usually in 2-hour group Zoom meetings)

NSTC usually delivers the program over two long weekends. The consultation hours follow each part, usually in 2-hour group Zoom meetings with the trainer or one of the facilitators from your program.

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.


The NSTC program exceeds EMDRIA requirements in both length and scope, at a comparable cost, to shorter 50-hour programs.

  • small experiential courses (maximum 36);
  • consultant/student ratio (1:9) for practicums;
  • five practicums included;
  • individual attention & group cohesion;
  • complete course materials included (including two extensive and recently renovated manuals, text & handouts);
  • all-inclusive Basic Training fee ($2,550 + HST);
  • required 10 consultation hours included;
  • payment plan available;
  • course materials updated regularly;
  • trainings available in English or French (Formations en Français);
  • multiple courses available each year;
  • local venues in Eastern & Central Canada, and
  • on-site courses available.

Barbara Horne and Philippe Gauvreau have also developed EMDRIA-Approved skills refresher workshops.

About the Course

This program is unusual for its comprehensive focus on developmental trauma, teaching a step-by-step attachment & trauma history-taking and trauma recovery planning process. It also incorporates the foundational theory of Structural Dissociation for work with Complex PTSD, with additional reference to Polyvagal Theory.

This experiential program is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 equips you to work with simple PTSD cases.
  • Part 2 offers techniques and considerations 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 our team (on a 9:1 ratio/6:1 for online version). There are five 4-hour practicums included in the program.

Following each part, 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.

Course Completion Deadlines

It is an EMDRIA requirement that you complete any virtual program within 12 months of the initial start date.

In-person programs must be completed within 24 months of the initial start date.

Course Format (morning & afternoon refreshments included)

Part 1Day 18:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1
Day 28:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1
Day 38:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1
Day 4 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Part 2Day 18:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1
Day 28:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1
Day 38:30 am – 5:00 pm
with a one-hour lunch break (not included) from 12 – 1

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

Who Can Enroll?

EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training is open to clinicians holding a Masters-level (or higher) degree in a counselling field. Membership in an approved professional association, or registration with a college is also required. For those in private practice we require proof of liability insurance. This is an EMDRIA-Approved program and we have no discretion over eligibility criteria.

Course Fee

The all-inclusive course fee is $2,550 plus HST which includes:

  • Part 1 (15 didactic hours & 12 hours of supervised practicum – 3 sessions);
  • Part 2 (15 didactic hours & 8 hours of supervised practicum – 2 sessions);
  • Consultation (10 hours – sign-up schedule available at each course);
  • Shapiro 2018 text;
  • Part 1 manual (150+ pages plus handouts, recently updated);
  • Part 2 manual (150+ pages plus handouts, recently updated);
  • refreshments each day (lunch excluded), and
  • all required materials for five practicum sessions.

Course Payment Options & Cancellation Fees

You must register for the whole program (Part 1 & Part 2).  No fees or deposit are required on registration. You can choose a single payment for the entire course, or pay before each part. If you register earlier than 30 days before the course, you earn the Early Bird discount. The full payment program is as follows:


1. Single payment, OR
Booked fewer than 30 days before course: $2,550 + $331.50 HST
= $2,881.50
Booked more than 30 days before course: $2,450 + $318.50 HST
= $2,768.50
2. Two payments
Booked fewer than 30 days before Part 1: (based on $2,600)
Note: 2nd payment will be processed 30 days before Part 2
$1,300 + $169.00 HST
= $1,469.00 x 2
Booked more than 30 days before each part: (based on $2,500) $1,250 + $162.50 HST
= $1,412.50 x 2

CHEQUES must be made payable to Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic. Please post-date your cheques to reflect the payment option you are choosing.  Cheques must be dated for 30 days prior to the start of each course (2 cheques for 2-payment option).

PLEASE NOTE: Payments aren’t taken until 30 days before the course when the program is confirmed.

There is a $200 cancellation fee up to 30 days prior to the start of a course and $400 cancellation fee thereafter.  You may transfer your registration fee at no cost to an alternate course, pending seat availability.  Refunds on request only, are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Auditing/Refresher Options

If you have completed only Part 1 and would like to finish your training, or if you would like to refresh your EMDR skills, NSTC offers the following programs:

Take Part 2 + consultation hours
(Part 1 completed, no text)
$1,500 + $195.00 HST
= $1,695.00
Audit Part 1
(no text, practicums or consultation hours)
$750 + $  97.50 HST
= $847.50
Audit Part 2
(no text, practicums or consultation hours)
$750 + $97.50 HST
= $847.50
Audit both parts + consultation hours
(no text, practicums or consultation hours)
$1,500 + $195.00 HST
= $1,695.00  

French-language training

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 & Training Provider.

See for the schedule of French courses and registration information.