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AASW Webinar Recording | Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for Social Workers

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hour
CPD Category: 2- Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


(03) 9320 1000


EMDR is a therapy designed to assist those suffering trauma and has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation as an effective treatment for children and adults. EMDR stands for Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing, a reference to the technique that incorporates eye movements to activate processing of traumatic memories.

First developed more than 25 years ago for use in single incident trauma, EMDR therapy is now successfully used around the world to help people from diverse cultures, and in a variety of circumstances, recover from the effects of trauma.

This introductory webinar provides participants with an overview of the therapy to better inform their decision to commence level 1 training as an EMDR Practitioner (FPS under Medicare).

"This would most definitely have to be the best AASW CPD activity that I have ever attended... The presentation length was excellent and the use of real world examples was fantastic! The presenter was clearly very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and her knowledge was infectious... " – webinar participant, June 2021.

Who should register? Evolving, Established and Expert social workers with a minimum of 2 years practice experience.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Clarify what EMDR is and identify suitable clients for the therapy.
  • Understand the potential benefits of EMDR for clients.
  • Identify innovative ways EMDR is being used in contemporary social work practice.
  • Confirm Australian eligibility requirements to undertake training to become an EMDR Practitioner.


Dr Jenny Dwyer

Jenny is a child and family therapist and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, who has specialised in systemic responses to trauma. She has advised government and organisations developing trauma-informed responses in youth justice, family violence and child protection. She continues to work with broader systems in promoting EMDR and building capacity to meet the needs of our community. As an Approved Consultant (EMDRIA) and Trainer (EMDRAA), Jenny knows the healing power of EMDR. Jenny founded EMDR Academy Australia as a way of building capacity, supporting practitioners and expanding the reach of EMDR.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1 hour.


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


Members $60 (incl GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members $30 (incl GST)
Non-members $80 (incl GST)


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Further training

EMDR Level 1 & 2 Training: Register your interest

If you are interested in completing EMDR Level 1 and/or Level 2 Training with EMDR Academy (discounted rate for AASW members), please submit your contact information here.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers