Stephen Dansiger

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Punk drummer then Songwriter then Dharma Practitioner then Social Justice Educator then EMDR/Trauma/Addiction Therapist then Author/Podcaster now simultaneously...


Do you offer scholarships for your training program?

Not at this time. Our decision to not offer scholarships was made so that we can keep the costs as low as possible for everyone. Our training program is offered at approximately half the price of other EMDRIA-Approved training options currently on the market. Although our sponsor The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is considered a private training organization, our prices are comparable with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. Although our training fees do not include consultation, we offer you the option of choosing your consultant, thus choosing how much you spend on the 10 consultation hours required in your training.


Are there ever discounts available for training?

Costs of each session differ depending upon location and part of training. Please check the calendar section for upcoming trainings and associated cost. Coupon codes for future part two enrollment are available and not eligible for refunds. Future Part Two payments are valid for a period of 24-months from the completion of Part One Training - after which time the payment balance will become available towards the cost of taking Part One training again.


Will I be able to do EMDR therapy with my clients after Part I?

Yes, with certain clients. Your trainer and small group facilitators will help you determine which clients will be the best fit for starting EMDR Therapy. It is a common misconception that you aren't able to use EMDR until the whole training is completed.


Is finishing the EMDR Therapy Training the same as being certified?

No. You will receive a Certificate of Completion after successful completion of Parts I & II and your required consultation. At that point, you may refer to yourself as "fully trained in EMDR Therapy." If you complete only Part I, you may cite that you have "partial training" or "some training" in EMDR Therapy. Many competent EMDR therapists practice EMDR Therapy with only the Certificate of Completion. This is completely acceptable and generally ethical. In our view, the best ethical safeguard is to make sure that some of your continuing education for the rest of your career is directly connected to EMDR Therapy if you're going to continue to use it. After completion of our EMDR Therapy training program, you are eligible to begin the optional process for applying to be a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association. For more information on that process, click HERE.


I took a Part I EMDR training with another provider. Can I finish Part II with your program?

We evaluate these situations on a case by case basis. Generally the answer is yes as long as you can provide verification of your Part I training with the other provider. We do ask you to complete all 10 of your consultation hours with us, including 4-6 of those hours before your Part II training as a refresher and so that you can get acquainted with our training program and style.


If I take Part I in your program can I finish Part II and consultation in another approved program?

This would be the decision of the other program in question. We cannot make any guarantees.


Can I complete my supplementary consultation requirement with any EMDRIA-approved consultant?

No. During your training we require that you complete your supplementary consultation with one of our approved consultants on the Institute for Creative Mindfulness team.


Do you offer continuing education for my profession?

As of the October 2015 trainings, we are able to offer continuing education certificates with approvals from the American Psychological Association and the Association of Social Work Boards (21 hours for each part of the training) if there are interested parties in that training group. CE credit are awarded via certificate after completion of evaluations by each trainee.

APA: Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CALIFORNIA THERAPISTS: APA is an Approved Provider of the California BBS for Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers and LPCCs. All others encouraged to check with regulatory boards regarding APA credits.

ASWB: CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program.  ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2013 - 02/23/2019.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.  Social workers participating in this course will receive up to 21.0 clinical continuing education clock hours for Part I and Part II of the training, respectively.

If you are coming to us from out of state (which includes Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and other states/territories to which we travel): In many cases, boards will award continuing education hours for activities that are awarded CEs or CEUs in other states or by comparable professions as long as you provide the certificate of the hours and the syllabus. If you wish to count your EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapy Training course with us towards continuing education requirements in your state and in your profession, we strongly suggest that you check with your board about their logistics for obtaining post-program approval. With trainings we offer in co-sponsorship with CE Learning Systems, LLC, check to make sure that your state accepts either APA or ASWB credits and you should be all set. For Puerto Rico participants: Continuing education credits (21.0) have been submitted for approval to the Junta Examinadora de Psicologos y Junta Examinadora Consejros Profesionales.


What do you suggest that I do in preparation for the training?

If you are interested in getting some preliminary reading done before the training, a guideline has been prepared of books we recommend as part of our training, including notes on when best to read each resources. There are several that are useful for you to read in preparation for the training and others that you will be able to best comprehend after the various phases of your training. Click HERE to access the list.