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TraumaClinic is the pioneer of EMDR therapy training, an international reference in professional training and trauma treatment (read about it in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research). For almost 20 years, the TraumaClinic Group has been training psychotherapists to do EMDR therapy. EMDR Consultants, Facilitators and Trainers have also been trained in the EMDR approach.

TraumaClinic trainers are internationally accredited by the EMDR Global Network as well as by AIBAPT – the Asociación Iberoamericana de Psicotrauma.

The TraumaClinic Basic Training in EMDR Psychotherapy consists of three modules: Module 1, Module 2, and Module 3, in that order, each with 17 hours, totaling 51 hours. It is a complete and updated training that offers theory, practice, and 10 hours of case consultation already included in the investment (5 hours in Module 2 and 5 hours in Module 3).

Complete Basic Training

EMDR Psychotherapy


February 16 & 17, 2024
From 1 PM to 9:30 PM
Polish time (UTC +1)


May 17 & 18, 2024
From 1 PM to 9:30 PM
Polish time (UTC +1)


October 4 & 5, 2023
From 1 PM to 9:30 PM
Polish time (UTC +1)

BASIC TRAINING: 51 hours of training + 50 hours of practical application/client sessions
• Theory and Practice: 40 hours (three modules of 17 hours each)
• Case Consultation: 10 hours (included in modules 2 and 3)
• Practical application/client sessions 50 hours (minimum). Participants apply the protocol with their clients.

MODULE 1 (Theory and Practice)
Provides knowledge about the EMDR Therapy model and basic practices to start working immediately with certain kinds of patients. Participants are expected to be able to start using EMDR right after Module 1.
Introduction to EMDR Therapy Theory
• History, discovery and expansion of EMDR
• Theoretical foundation: Adaptive Information Processing theory
• Three-Pronged Protocol
• Stabilization and resource strategies
• Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy
• Window of Tolerance and Abreaction Management Protocols and Practice
• EMDR with oneself
• Introduction to EMDR work with children

• Supervised EMDR Practicum
• How to meet the requirement of 25 sessions for the next module

MODULE 2 (Theory, Practice and Consultation)
Participants should apply a minimum of 25 client sessions before the beginning of this module.

EMDR Theory
• Brief review
• Case conceptualization and advanced treatment plan strategies
• Practice: developing a treatment plan from a fictitious case
• Strategies to facilitate reprocessing
• Cognitive interweaves and limiting beliefs

Special Protocols
• Recent Event Protocol
• Pillars of Life

• Supervised EMDR Practicum
• Participants' Case Consultation (5 hours in group)  

MODULE 3 (Theory, Practice and Consultation)
Participants should implement an additional 25 client sessions before this module.

EMDR Theory
• Dissociation Theory, Dissociative Disorders, and Complex Trauma

Special Protocols
• Grief
• Adult Drawing Protocol
• Introduction to EMDR Therapy with Couples
• Introduction to Addictions

• Supervised EMDR Practicum
• Case Consultation (5 hours in group)

We believe that EMDR training should be affordable to all. The complete course package investment is US$ 1200.00. This includes the ten hours of case consultation. Please inquire about scholarships and discounts if you only work with low-income populations or live/work in a developing country.  

Additional Info

The TraumaClinic was founded by Esly Carvalho in 2008, although she had been training EMDR therapists in Brazil since 2004. Presently five trainers are on the TraumaClinic training faculty, and more than 15 organizers participate in setting up training workshops in the vast country of Brazil. She was responsible for taking the initial EMDR training to Ecuador in 1997, and became a Consultant during the time her husband was transferred to Dallas. The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research published a very insightful article about the development and implementation of the TraumaClinic EMDR training in Brazil and how it was instrumental in expanding EMDR to other countries.

The training takes place over a period of several months, divided in three modules of 17 hours each spread over two days, although we do make accomodations for other days due to religious requests. The theoretical tenets are taught in each module, as well as the supervised practicum, so fundamental to the learning process. Five hours of group consultation are given in Modules 2 and 3, totaling the required ten hours for course completion. There is the additional requirement of a minimum of 50 client sessions between Modules 1 and 3, in order to gain further expertise and confidence.

Our experience has shown us that it is important to include the consultation hours within the training module in order to help participants finish their full training. Group supervision permits greater learning from other's experiences as well. It also gives students time to practice what they learn. See the article published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

Because this gives an opportunity for students to develop greater expertise and confidence in the use of the of EMDR protocols. People learn by doing and this proven true for EMDR as well. It also allows us to move forward with more advanced teaching instead of extensive reviews of previous content.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion from TraumaClinic International as the training provider, which is officially recognized by the EMDR Global Network (EGNw) and AIBAPT. Upon completing the requirements of the training, the student receives an internationally recognized Certificate of Completion, the title of EMDR Clinician and their name is published on the TraumaClinic website on the list of trained professionals.

This training is recognized by the EMDR Global Network (EGN) and the Iberian-American Association of PsychoTrauma (AIBAPT) as an official training. The standards and requirements are very similar to EMDRIA, but this course has the further requirement of having the participant complete a minimum of 50 client sessions during the training period in order to gain expertise and confidence. These hours are reflected in their final certificate.   

All of our training weekends are offered online although in-person training can be arranged on request, and according to the trainer's availability. The TraumaClinic Team has been training online since lockdown in March, 2020, and has acquired vast experience in this modality. TraumaClinic has a team of specifically trained Facilitators who have developed enormous expertise in facilitating online. We also offer online training to accomodate religious practices (such as sabbath/Saturday worships services) on request.

So glad you asked! Yes, indeed! We also offer the course in Spanish and Portuguese besides English. TraumaClinic also offers EMDR training in Arabic with a native speaker. Portuguese-speaking therapists are invited to participate in the workshops offered online in Brazil through TraumaClinic Brasil.

Yes, we do. Esly Carvalho has always followed Dr. Francine Shapiro's process and directives for EMDR professionals to become EMDR trainers, having been EMDR Institute faculty for 20 years (2004-2023). It requires time and effort, but we are committed to expanding the international outreach of EMDR therapy, per Francine's vision. Feel free to inquire if you are already a recognized Consultant with experience.


Esly Carvalho, Ph.D., T.E.P.

Esly Carvalho is the Founder and Director of the TraumaClinic Group. She is the author of many books, some of which have hit Amazon Bestsellers lists, such as Healing the Folks Who Live Inside and Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body (reviewed in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (2013). As a Brazilian-American clinical psychologist, she has accumulated over 40 years of experience in clinical practice in several countries and languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Esly is a certified trainer of EMDR therapy (EGN), Brainspotting (Brainspotting Institute), and Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She passed her exams with distinction). Her decades-long experience in implementing the EMDR movement, TraumaClinic Model for Basic Training in Brazil, has been published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, (2022) and her Adult Drawing Protocol was published in the book, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols: Basics and Special Situations.

From 2004, to the present time, Esly has been involved in expanding the use and training of EMDR therapy around the world. She has been instrumental, directly or indirectly, in the implementation of this approach initially in Brasil and Latin America (Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Venezuela) as well as Spain and Portugal. Robbie Dunton (Executive Director, EMDR Institute) once described her as the "Mother of EMDR Latin America".

The digital world that was ushered in by the pandemic, the TraumaClinic Basic Training Model has been taken to Angola and Moçambique (online), and other Portuguese-speaking countries are on the list.

More recently, Esly has taken her international vision to a new level, by developing programs that use low-intensity EMDR/AIP group interventions for implementation in many countries of the world, including Ethiopia where PIPA has been translated into Amharic and Tigray, as well Polish and Ukranian.