Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450A
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2018

Adult Career Counseling Center

Pawley Hall, Room 250A
(248) 370-3092

SEHS Counseling Center

Pawley Hall, Room 250A
(248) 370-2633

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EMDRIA Therapist Certification:
*Please note: According to EMDRIA, this course is a prerequisite and fulfills only one of the necessary components in the process to become certified in EMDR. Further training is required. Certification after the completion of your basic training includes an additional 20 hours of consultation with an Approved Consultant, seeing a minimum of 25 clients for 50 hours, and completing 12 hours of EMDR continuing education credits. Please visit for more information.

Program Questions
Bobbi Wells, Counseling

Registration/payment Questions
PACE office
(248) 370-3177

Continuing Education

An EMDRIA Approved EMDR Basic Training

Wednesday, May 30 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Location: Pawley Hall, room 309

Pricing: two-tiered
  • General Practitioners - $1,395
    includes required 10 hours of group consultation
  • Non-Profit Individuals or Agencies/Community Mental Health/Student and Interns - $995
    includes required 10 hours of group consultation

Those qualifying for the reduced rate please scan email proof of eligibility documentation (ie. unofficial transcript, letter documenting employment with non-profit agency on official letterhead) to


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro, is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

EMDR identifies root causes of psychopathology in the form of disturbing memories and can alleviate symptoms from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or other traumatic experiences that remain unresolved. It encompasses the following goals:

  • Process disturbing memories
  • Reduce the lingering effects of traumatic experiences
  • Develop adaptive coping mechanisms in patients

Training includes:

  1. All-in-one training manual (Parts 1 and 2)
  2. A free downloadable video of the entire training (Parts 1 and 2)
  3. 10 hours of group consultation (required as part of the Basic Training Course)
  4. Free downloadable audio and/or videos files of additional EMDR presentations
  5. Free membership to EMDR Consulting’s internet forum
  6. Discounts on EMDR Consulting’s EMDR certification package
Eligibility Requirements

Basic EMDR Training Eligibility Requirements

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

  • Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master's or Doctoral degree in a mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or other related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA
  • Professionals with a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) must have a psychiatric specialization.
  • License to practice is required. License number will be required for verification.

Interns & Students

  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and practicum portion of their graduate program.
  • Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training: unofficial graduate transcript showing completion in a practicum or internship class by the course start date

EMDRIA reserves the right to refuse those individuals who do not meet the required guidelines for consideration.

Instructor Bio

Roy Kiessling Head ShotRoy Kiessling, LISW, ACSW
EMDRIA Approved Training Provider

Roy is an EMDRIA Approved Trainer and the instructor of Oakland University’s first course on EMDR. Roy started working towards becoming an independent trainer with EMDRIA accreditation in 2012. In June of 2013, Roy’s own approach to the EMDR Therapy Basic Training was approved. He is now an independent EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. With his focus on his own basic training course, Roy resigned as a senior training provider from both The EMDR Institute and EMDR HAP. Roy’s basic training approach incorporates his many years of experience in teaching EMDR Therapy, providing the most effective techniques and additional information to assist clinicians in seamlessly integrating the EMDR approach into their practices.

Course Agenda

This course centers on learning the foundations of EMDR and expanding EMDR therapy skills.

Part 1 Training Objectives: EMDR Therapy Foundations

  • Learn and practice crisis management techniques, including A-TIPTM
  • Describe the adaptive information processing (AIP) model
  • Name the standard 8 phases and 3 prongs of the EMDR approach
  • Identify the client’s core belief schema and its appropriate target sequence plan
  • Identify 4 client stabilization strategies that can be used to stabilize and prepare the client for EMDR processing
  • Describe The Processing ContinuumTMand its application with a variety of client presentations
  • Understand how to implement the eye movement procedures in acute stress and recent traumatic incidents
  • Discuss how to integrate the EMDR perspective and procedures into one’s clinical practice
  • Discuss using EMDR therapy interventions with children, couples, professionals, and self-use

Part 2 Training Objectives: Expanding EMDR Therapy Skills

  • Understand complex case conceptualizations from the adaptive information processing perspective
  • Describe the extended resourcing strategies used for client stabilization
  • Discuss the full implementation of EMDR’s standard processing procedures
  • Identify a variety of clinical interventions designed to facilitate effective, efficient, and safe client processing
  • Discuss using EMDR therapy interventions with special populations such as dissociation, phobias, somatic disorders, grief, and pain