Part I: January 14-16, 2022

Part II: May 13-15, 2022


Best Western Plus Cimarron Hotel and Suites

Chaparral Conference Room

315 North Husband Street

Stillwater, OK 74075


9:00am-5:30pm Central Time Each Day


Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of human distress connected to trauma. Completing our full basic training approved by the EMDR International Association is a multi-tiered process. 

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is known for focusing only on the standard EMDR therapy protocol in our initial trainings, with proper attention paid to dynamics like dissociation and complex trauma, for optimal implementation in clinical settings. The mindfulness-informed and trauma-focused thread that runs through all of our instructional offerings makes implementation of standard EMDR therapy with more complex cases possible from the beginning of your EMDR training experience. The training components, when combined with an additional ten hours of required consultation, meet all requirements for completing an EMDRIA-approved training in EMDR therapy.

Join Institute for Creative Mindfulness instructor Kara Niccum for the Part I training experience.

This three-day training (21 total hours of lecture and practicum) covers the basics of trauma, the adaptive information processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, and the basic methodology and mechanisms of action used in EMDR Therapy.

For full description and objectives see our website. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for complete approval information on CE credit hours. Please read the following informed consent prior to registering. After completing this initial registration, you will receive an email from Thinkific to finalize your registration and be given access to preliminary course materials in your personalized dashboard.

A hard copy of the EMDR therapy training book manual is included with the cost of registration. There is a digital version included in this dashboard for convenience.



By Registering for this Training, You Acknowledge and Agree to the Following:

 

  • COVID-19: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness recognizes the ongoing threat of the coronavirus throughout the United States. We are committed to following any state and national guidelines that are in place for your safety at the time of this training. Similarly, we encourage you to be an active participant in your safety as well: feel free to bring anything that would help you be more comfortable (e.g., masks, face shields, hand sanitizer). If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to the training, please stay home; we will work something out with you for making up the training. Please contact us at support@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com if you have any questions.


  • Attendance: Your presence at the entire training is required at all sessions. No partial credit can be awarded. You have read our EMDR Therapy Training information page prior to registering. 

  • Training Information & Eligibility: You have read our EMDR Therapy Training information page prior to registering. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an EMDRIA-approved provider to serve clinicians in the United States and Canada, only with certain limited exceptions. If you are a clinician living outside of the United States or Canada, we suggest that you contact the Institute for Creative Mindfulness first or check with your regional organization (e.g., EMDR Europe, EMDR Asia, EMDR Australia). A U.S.-based training may not be accepted for accreditation in your country.

  • Payment: Purchase of this training can be broken up into one, two, or three payments USD, with the first being due at the time of purchase, the second one month later, and the final payment a month after that. If the second payment cannot be processed due to issues with a credit card, you will be unenrolled from the course bundle. Please notify our office at support@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com  with any changes. Note that requests for refunds are governed by ICM's Organizational Policies.

  • Refund/Cancellation Policy:  You have read and agree to ICM's Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms for refunds, cancellations, and resolving grievances and disputes.

  • Consultation: The EMDRIA-required 10 consultation hours are not included in the cost of online training and must be scheduled on your own time outside of the hours of the training advertised here. We structure our program so that you are able to work with any of our ICM approved consultants or consultants in training for your consultation hours to supplement the online training. Our consultants represent a wide range of specialties at a variety of price points. In the spirit of ICM's mission, emphasizing trauma-focused care and tailoring the most effective program for our individual trainees, we believe the choice of consultant is important to the overall learning experience. Depending on which consultant and format that you select, you can spend from $200.00-$1000.00 additionally for consultation. Please follow the hyperlink that we provided in this bullet point to get a sense of our consultants' expertise and price points before registering. You have ONE YEAR (12 months) from the time that you begin this training to complete all of the requirements, including the 10 hours of supplementary consultation that are required for you to receive your Certificate of Training in EMDR Therapy from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Exceptions can be granted only in extreme circumstances (e.g., a humanitarian crisis, illness, or injury).

  • Correspondence from Training Organization: The Institute for Creative Mindfulness regularly sends correspondence about the training, including an email confirmation at registration and several emails leading up to each training. The emails presently come from noreply@notify.thinkific.com. Additionally, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness may send out emails from support@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com . If you are not receiving these emails, you are required to check your spam folder as correspondence from new organizations often ends up there. Once you receive your first correspondence, please save the email to your address book. If you have not received a confirmation email or other correspondence from the organization within seven days of the event, it is your responsibility to reach out to us by email or phone.

  • Additional Reading Requirements: Please take note of the EMDR Therapy Training Reading List. EMDRIA requires that you purchase and read Francine Shapiro's Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, which is available for purchase on Amazon and other retailers.

  • Professionalism: You will show up on time and be fully present for each session, acting in a professional manner. You will reach out to your faculty member or any assistant if any unexpected problems arise. Staying present for online learning can come with its unique set of challenges, and you agree to take full responsibility for addressing your needs in the area of grounding and self-care during the training. You agree to refrain from all alcohol and illicit drug use during the training and agree to speak with your faculty member or an assistant if you anticipate that your impairment due to prescribed medications might pose a problem during the training. The faculty and staff reserve the right to remove trainees at any time if the trainee creates an unsafe or unprofessional environment for you or for other trainees, or for any other reason, at their sole discretion.

  • Confidentiality: There is no client relationship or other privilege that would create a duty rising to the level of clinical confidentiality in this training setting; however, you are expected to respect the confidentiality of other trainees in the group, and your trainer will explain the importance of confidentiality. Trainees who observe a problem with another trainee are expected to bring the problem to the lead trainer or other training staff. Similarly, if a staff member observes an issue with professionalism, they reserve the right to discuss that issue with the lead trainer.

  • Preparedness for Doing Your Own Work: Throughout the training, you will be expected to participate in a working practicum experience in the role of therapist, client, and observer. This means that you will be expected to do a small piece of your own, authentic clinical work. If you are currently in counseling or being treated for a mental health condition, it is recommended that you speak with your provider, alerting them that you are participating in the training. If you have received a major mental health diagnosis (past or present), you acknowledge that you are taking this training and engaging in this practicum at your own risk, and agree to alert faculty or training staff before or during the training if any complications arise. You acknowledge that everyone taking part in the practicum experience is new to EMDR therapy and agree to keep the space as safe as possible for all involved. If any problems arise, you agree to address them with faculty or staff members.


Email support@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com  with any questions or concerns. After registering for this course you will receive an email from Thinkific, which will ask you to complete your registration and give you access to the course portal. 

Instructor(s)

ICM Adjunct Faculty Kara Niccum

Kara Niccum, M.S., LMFT, LADC is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Stillwater, OK. Kara’s a small-town home-grown Oklahoman. She earned a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2007 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from OSU in 2003. She has worked for OSU since 2008, specializing in treating college students with substance use disorders, and has maintained a part-time private practice since 2013. Kara clearly loves OSU, but will work with people who don’t “bleed orange!” She completed EMDR Therapy Training in 2014, earned certification in 2018, became an Approved Consultant in 2020, and ICM Adjunct Faculty in 2021. Her special interest areas are EMDR and addiction, sexual assault, first responders, and cultivating the therapeutic relationship necessary to support the depth of work inherent in EMDR. Kara has worked in inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment facilities, a marriage and family therapy clinic, and in the field of domestic violence. Kara is naturally inquisitive (aka nosy), empathic, and slightly sarcastic. She's a big fan of self-care! She enjoys reading, napping, watching reality TV on Bravo (cringe), spending time outside (preferably on a beach in a hammock), watching her two kiddos do things they love, practicing yoga, people watching, and attending concerts. She loves to travel, but is always ready to come home. Kara considers herself lucky to have found a career that suits her well, and even luckier to have found EMDR.

Continuing Education  

This is an IN-PERSON training. This is a beginner-level course. Attendance at all sessions, and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all sessions have been completed within this course portal. Upon completing the evaluation, participants will automatically receive their certificate via the email used to create their Thinkific account. If the certificate is not received within 24 hours, please contact ICM's operations manager, Beck Bright-Samarzia, at beck@instituteforcreativemindfulness.com

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 21 continuing education (CE) credit hours for each course. Both courses in the bundle constitute 42 CE credit hours.

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

American Psychological Association

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

National Board for Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. [6998]. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Institute for Creative Mindfulness is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


This course is APPROVED by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved training provider in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. Completion of Part I and Part II constitutes partial training in EMDR Therapy. Supplementary consultation is required for full Certificate of Completion. EMDRIA is not a provider of continuing education, although they do authorize training providers in EMDR therapy after a rigorous approval process.


A General Note About Approvals

Please also note that APA-approved sponsors are accepted by many state boards, such as California BBS and major licensure boards within the state of Pennsylvania. In both of these cases, separate paperwork does not need to be filled out. Many state boards also accept out-of-state providers, which is why our Ohio approvals appear on every training. In some states, pre- or post-program approval forms must be sent, and you are responsible for checking into the rules of the licensure board in your state as to what is required. Please let the Institute for Creative Mindfulness know if you need support documentation in any way for these pre or post-program approval applications.