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Fully Accredited EMDR Part 1 Training

Trainer: Alexandra (Sandi) Richman

16-18 April 2020

Venue TBA – Cape Town

21 CPD general level 1 points have been applied for

Cost: R5900 (early bird registration R5650 until 28th February 2020)

To register please complete the attached form, for enquiries please contact Ute Robbertze at or on 044 3433199

The training offers the complete standard EMDR training as defined by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). It is an interactive training with hands-on clinical skills training for learning EMDR and integrating it with your own psychotherapy approach. The number of participants is limited to ensure each participant can be given individual attention. 

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an innovative clinical treatment originated and developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. EMDR is also increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.

EMDR is a complex method of psychotherapy which integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements or other forms of alternative dual attention stimulation, such as alternative hand-tapping or alternative audio tones, which appear to stimulate the brain’s information processing system.

During EMDR treatment the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. EMDR appears to facilitate the accessing of the traumatic memory network and the information is adaptively processed with new associations being made between the disturbing memory and more adaptive memories or information, leading to more complete information processing, alleviation of emotional and physiological distress and development of cognitive insights.

EMDR is a three-pronged approach involving processing of:

  • past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction
  • present circumstances that elicit distress
  • future templates dealing with potentially distressing situations in a more adaptive manner

About the trainer:

Sandi Richman is an Accredited Trainer and Accredited Consultant in EMDR. Her accredited trainings are fully approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E). She was trained by Dr Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, in the early 1990’s and has used EMDR within her own practice for over 23 years. Sandi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist supervising clinical practice in a number of trauma services in the UK and for 12 years, headed up an EMDR service within the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in South London, specialising in the treatment of acute and chronic trauma, torture and personal injury, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and dissociative disorders. She has presented keynote addresses on EMDR in the treatment of complex PTSD and torture at numerous international and national conferences. She is Past President of the EMDR UK & Ireland Association and is currently a Trustee of the EMDR UK & Ireland Council and is actively involved in the development of EMDR in the UK and Ireland.

Sandi has also been part of the Humanitarian Assistance Programme UK, training therapists on a voluntary basis in treating with EMDR the victims of natural disaster, war conflict, torture and complex trauma. She has an international reputation as a skilled senior EMDR trainer having trained therapists not only in the UK but also in numerous other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Bosnia-Herzegovina. (