ACU – Abilene, TX, 2023 In-Person – February 3-5 & February 17-19


In-Person – ACU, Abilene, TX, 2023 – On-Site


Due to the recent weather impact on travel, the First Weekend of this training, February 3-5, 2023, will be held online. Log into your account at the top right of this page, click your username, click My Courses, click the course name, and click Zoom link to Training module, click Zoom Link to Training.


This Training is In-Person in Abilene, TX
This training is open to mental health professionals across the US and Canada.  The times for the training will be in the Central Time Zone.  If you want to attend just follow the regular registration process listed below.  This is an EMDRIA approved training and here are the requirements for eligibility.

Become an EMDR Therapist
This is for the Complete EMDR Therapist Training, which consists of two 3-day sections and 10 hours of online group consultation. It is an EMDRIA approved program and upon completion you are a fully trained EMDR therapist. This is the pathway to becoming certified in EMDR.

This training is for counseling interns and licensed mental health professionals. Eligibility requirements for the training are listed here.

In addition to the two weekends, which are attended in person, each trainee must attend five 2-hour group consultations. These are done by video conferencing between and after the training weekends.

Upon completion, this training provides 40 continuing education hours for Texas Only LPC, MFT, and Social Workers. Partial credit is unable to be given.

About the Training

Training Objectives

Course Outline

This training is designed to explain, demonstrate and apply the practical experience you will need to use EMDR effectively with your clients. Even after the first weekend, you will be encouraged to use it with appropriate clients and begin preparing the others who are not ready.

EMDR gets at the source of maladaptive behaviors by providing sub-cortical resolution to free up stuck or frozen intrusive thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. This training is focused on teaching you the basics of EMDR and the most effective way to incorporate it into your practice.

All trainees will be asked to participate in practicum exercises as part of the training. You will be encouraged to work on personal issues that are appropriate for the training environment.

There will be demonstrations with individual attendees throughout the 6 days, and you are encouraged to consider being a volunteer. In addition, all participants will be paired to practice the protocols and procedures that are explained in the class. This will be done in a safe, supportive environment in which confidentially will be maintained.

*Early registration cutoff date is two weeks prior to the first day of training. Registration begins at 8:00 am on the first day of training. The training site is in online.

*Each attendee must attend five 2-hour group consultations in addition to the training sessions.  These consultations are done by video conference or by phone.

Required reading: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures, Third Edition, by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR Originator.  This book is not included in course materials and tuition.

Scheduled Presenters

Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC is a Licensed
Professional Counselor doing EMDR based
trauma therapy for over 15 years in Plano, TX.
He works with adults and older teens with histories of complex trauma and PTSD. He was in the last class of therapists trained by Francine Shapiro, in 2005. He is EMDR Certified, an Approved Consultant in EMDR and an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trainer.
Dr. Jose Carbajal attended Baylor University after his tenure in the U.S. Army, where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in theological studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jose has several publications and he has conducted many professional presentations and trainings. Jose’s research focus is on the interventions clinicians use to treat trauma, neuroscience, and faith. Dr. Carbajal is EMDR Certified, an Approved Consultant, an EMDRIA Approved Trainer in EMDR, and a CompassionWorks Lead Trainer.
Jordan Shafer, MS, LPCJose Carbajal, PhD, LCSW


Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Ct
Abilene, TX 79601

Biblical Studies Room 114
If you do not have an ACU parking permit, you will want to use the visitor parking.
Map of ACU

This training is open to all qualified mental health professionals across the US and Canada.  Go here to check for eligibility.

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on what to do before the training begins.

Dates and Times: 

February 3, 4, 5, 2023  (First Weekend)

    • Friday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (CST)
    • Saturday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (CST)
    • Sunday – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (CST) (with a working lunch)

Group video/phone consultations:  Group calls are set-up during the first weekend, and are considered an integral part of the training.  There is some flexibility regarding the video/phone consultations, so that if these days and times don’t work exactly, then accommodations and adjustments can be made.

February 17, 18, 19, 2023  (Second Weekend)

    • Friday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (CST)
    • Saturday – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (CST)
    • Sunday – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (CST) (with a working lunch)

Continuing Education 

Forty continuing education (CE) credits for Texas LPC, LCSW and MFT mental health professionals and are provided by CompassionWorks at no additional charge.

Continuing Education (CE) credits are also available through CE-Classes for those needing credits for licenses outside of Texas.  These are available for an additional charge of $40.00 per weekend.

The course agenda is to teach the use of EMDR Therapy to licensed mental health professionals and qualified interns.  This is a link to the Training Objectives

In this case, CE Classes is the provider of continuing education (CE) credits.  The Skill Level is All levels, Beginner to Advanced.  “There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop”.  These credits are for Psychologists and Counselors outside of Texas.  A total of 40 CEs are available, 20 per weekend of training.

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop.  Participants print their own certificate after registering at, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.”

“Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval”

All grievances must be in writing to Ariel Shafer, and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days.)

ADA assistance – Please contact Ariel Shafer if special accommodation is required.

CE-Classes is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0223 Expires 02-2023
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State EducationDepartment’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

Training Cost:  (Includes both 3-day weekends and the 10 hours of group consultation)

Early Bird Rates (through Friday, January 20, 2023):

    • Fully Licensed Mental Health Professional $1495.00
    • Associate/Intern/Student/Nonprofit/DoD: $1195.00

Regular Rates (after January 20, 2023):

    • Fully Licensed Mental Health Professional:  $1645.00
    • Associate/Intern/Student/Nonprofit/DoD: $1345.00

Cancellation Policy:

  • If cancellation is more than 14 days prior to the training start date, then the full refund of the amount paid minus the $75 admin fee is given.
  • If cancellation is between 4-14 days before the training start date then no refund is given but we can apply the amount paid minus the $75 fee to another training.
  • If cancellation is 3 days or less prior to the training start date, then no refund is given but we can apply the amount minus a $400 fee to another training.

Policy for Changing 2nd Weekend

  • The charge for changing or missing (more than 3 hours of) the second weekend after registration and attending a different one is $375.00.

Policy for Missing Training Hours

  • The charge for rescheduling to make up any missed portion of the training over 20 minutes is billed at $125 per missed hour with a minimum charge of one hour. This may not apply to computer or internet malfunction if it is quickly followed with a phone call and/or resolution.
  • Any missed portion of the training over 20 minutes must be approved in advance and approval may not be possible depending on time and day of the training.

Policy for Making Up a Consultation Group

  • The charge for making up a group after the second weekend has been completed is $50.00 per group hour or $100 per individual hour.

Time Frame for Completion of Program

  • The online program is required to be completed within a 12-month period beginning at the time of attendance of the first day of the first weekend.  (Completion involves attending Weekends 1 and 2 and the 10 hours of consultation.)
  • In-Person and onsite trainings are required to be completed in a 2-year period beginning at the time of attendance of the first day of the first weekend. (Completion involves attending Weekends 1 and 2 and the 10 hours of consultation.)

In the event that circumstances cause ACU to close their campus due to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 variant, any communicable disease, or a weather related event this training will be transferred to an online format. The above refund policy will still be used in this event. 

There are minimal requirements for switching to an online format: You will need to be able to have a quiet space for participation with your fully functioning computer connected to the internet. Your computer must have full audio and video capabilities.   Using a Chrome or Firefox browser is preferred.  If you need to attend by smartphone, while not ideal, is also possible.  Go <here> for more information.

Payment Plan
A payment plan option to pay in thirds is available – 1/3 down and 1/3 due each month after registration for two months.  There is a 5% charge added to use this payment option. The payment plan is selected at the time of registration.  The registration must be paid in full prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

To register: 

Select your pricing level –   “Intern/DOD/Non-profit” or “Fully Licensed Therapist”

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Begin Registration Below – Training is Full. Email Ariel to be added to a waitlist.
Students and Interns use the Associate/NonProfit/Dod price option.

By purchasing this in-person and onsite training, you acknowledge all risks associated with COVID-19. You are responsible for your own health. CompassionWorks staff will follow any guidelines set forth by ACU and the State of Texas. CompassionWorks will not be held liable in the event you are exposed to or contract COVID-19, a COVID-19 variant, or any other communicable disease. 

View ACU’s Covid-19 guidelines here: