What We Do

EMDR Academy partners with like-minded individuals and organisations to provide high quality training for new and experienced EMDR therapists.

Healing

Healing

“We can’t prevent traumas but is there a window of opportunity
to prevent the accumulation of trauma memories?”
– Elan Shapiro

EMDR Early Intervention is the new frontier in mental health provision. When we provide EMDR quickly, and to as many people as possible, we contribute to the prevention of suffering and the promotion of healing.

EMDR Academy is collaborating with international leaders to develop innovative approaches that are brief, effective and resource efficient.

  • Studies demonstrate that after as little as two sessions of EMDR G-TEP, participants experienced reductions in PTSD, depression and acute trauma symptoms.
  • We are accredited by Elan Shapiro to teach R-TEP & G-TEP protocols in Australia
  • We are participating in the development and evaluation of low intensity interventions that can be used on line, with individuals and groups, and for guided self-help.
  • We are contributing to research on the effectiveness of EMDR Early intervention after workplace violence
  • We are supporting the Trauma Recovery Network Australia to deliver EMDR G-TEP to fire-effected communities

Throughout 2021 we continue to work with our partners to promote EMDR Early Intervention, contribute to research and innovation, and build the capacity of practitioners to provide brief, effective and timely EMDR to those who need it.

EMDR Early Intervention

Helping

Helping

“Now is the time to be bold and responsible in our efforts to take on the trauma epidemic: to achieve maximum trauma reduction in the shortest possible time… Lest we forget: Treatment deferred is treatment denied”
– Rolf Carriere, 2014

We believe, as a matter of social justice, that EMDR therapy should be available to all those who need it. We are helping extend the reach of EMDR, taking it to new areas of practice, and to communities in need. Through our training and development initiatives, we are building a network of skilled practitioners to deliver EMDR therapy to their own communities. With our partners, we conduct pilot projects and develop models to deliver EMDR to new populations, or in innovative ways. We encourage beginnings, no matter how small. To quote Paul Kelly’s iconic song about Aboriginal land rights, “From little things, big things grow”…

Helping Those who Help Others

Helping Those who Help Others

Whether in health, education, emergency services, military, or personal care services, workers and volunteers at the front-line support and protect others. But the burden of trauma on helpers is well known. Mental stress is a leading cause of health problems and costly to industry and workers alike. Since 2018, we’ve partnered with a leading child and family welfare organisation to deliver EMDR-EI for residential care workers experiencing workplace trauma. Our innovative pilot model was successful in reducing symptoms of trauma, and was highly supported by staff. We continue to develop projects to help those who help others.

First Australians

First Australians

In 2019 Sue-Anne Hunter and Jenny Dwyer jointly completed a Creswick Fellowship. Their report, titled Helping to Heal the Trauma of Australia’s First Peoples: Toward a culturally competent EMDR is available for download here. The report explored the potential of EMDR to contribute to healing and offered a pathway for capacity building.

EMDR Academy is committed to remaining culturally accountable in our partnerships with our First Nations Peoples. We offer training scholarships to Aboriginal mental health workers, and advocate for the removal of barriers to training and leadership roles in our field.

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Extending the Reach

Extending the reach of EMDR

We share Francine Shapiro’s vision that EMDR should be available wherever it is needed. In Australia, many groups in our community are at greater risk of trauma, but often have little access to EMDR. Those who are marginalised and experience structural disadvantage include the homeless, young people in out-of-home-care, First Australians, women and children experiencing family violence, refugees, and those who identify as LGBTQI. Through our training and projects, we partner with people from diverse communities, to extend the reach of EMDR.

Educating

Educating

“Clients are best served by clinicians who are guided by research and are willing to learn, expand their skills, and experiment with innovative methods …To reiterate more succinctly, clients are best served if their clinicians are trained”
– Francine Shapiro, 2018

EMDR Academy educates the public, decision makers and therapists, about the healing potential of EMDR. We agree with Shapiro that the basis of effective practice is good training. Our training, consultation and career development opportunities help build a network of confident and skilled EDMR practitioners and consultants.

Our Level 1 Basic training is the first step in becoming an EMDR therapist; Level 2 Advanced training equips therapists to use EMDR with more complex cases; and our Refresher course rebuilds confidence and ensures practitioners are up to date with current theories and practice.

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