Common EMDR Training Questions

Below is a collection of some of the more common questions we receive from those interested in taking our EMDR Training courses. If your question is not addressed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Common Questions:

What’s different about your trainings?

Online access to training videos - All participants are given access to our member’s section for a year! Once logged in, you can easily review training, demo’s and supplemental materials online.

Discounts on Advanced Trainings for members - The Basic Training is just the beginning and we offer more.

Build your EMDR local community - We train local Certified EMDR therapist to become Facilitators and Approved Consultants.

Learn resources by experiencing them - By staying attuned to the participants, Deb Kennard demonstrates keeping Social Engagement online with various resources and that helps facilitate learning!

Seamless Progression - We offer a seamless progression to becoming an EMDR expert. Want so see a flow chart explaining the progression? Click here.

Will I be “Certified” in EMDR after this training?

This training is the beginning of the requirement for becoming EMDRIA Certified. Completing an EMDRIA approved EMDR Therapy basic training is the first requirement toward becoming EMDRIA Certified.

After completing an EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR therapy you will receive a document confirming completion. Some call this document a “certificate.” However completing the basic training does not make the clinician “certified” in EMDR therapy.

EMDRIA does offer a credential for therapist to become EMDR Certified Therapists.

Certification requirements:

  1. Completion of an EMDRIA-approved basic training program (our basic training meets this requirement).
  2. At least two-years of experience providing psychotherapy.
  3. At least 50 hours of EMDR therapy practice with at least 25 clients.
  4. At least 20 hours of EMDR therapy-focused consultation with an Approved Consultant.
  5. 12 hours of continuing education approved by EMDRIA.
  6. Letters of professional recommendation.
  7. Agreeing to EMDRIA’s Professional Code of Conduct.

Further information about EMDRIA Certification can be found on the EMDRIA website.

We offer a Certification Package that includes the 20 hours of consultation and the 12 hours of Advanced Training. This meets through a webinar format and is over 10 months in groups of 2.

Why is it important to attend an EMDRIA approved Basic Training?

EMDR Therapy is a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy and not just a technique. The EMDR Therapy approach requires that you are fully trained in all aspects of the approach and not just the eye movements. It is only offered to therapists who have completed a graduate program or are in an internship. In order to offer EMDR Therapy to clients in a safe and ethical manner, the full EMDRIA approved program is recommended.

EMDRIA has established minimum standards for EMDR therapy training. These include:

Our program meets all of these requirements and has been approved by EMDRIA

There are 3 day workshops offered by organizations who are not approved by EMDRIA. Attending those workshops will not qualify you to go on to become an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist. You will also not be eligible to attend most EMDRIA approved Advanced Trainings. Many therapists who take these courses find that they are not equipped to safely offer EMDR Therapy to their clients. Many then go on to take an EMDR Therapy Basic training later.

Who is eligible to attend this training?

EMDRIA approved training programs in EMDR Therapy are open to mental health professionals who are licensed (or certified or registered) by their state or provincial government for independent practice of psychotherapy.

Training programs are also open to advanced graduate students, interns, and other mental health professionals on a licensure track, with a letter of support from their supervisor.

Clinicians who have completed or who are enrolled in a program in Art Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling must submit detailed information to EMDRIA about their program in order to determine their eligibility. Read more about eligibility here.

What are your training requirements?

For Licensed Mental Health Professionals:

  • Qualifying Medical Doctors must have a medical specialty in Psychiatry and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Qualifying Nurses must have a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) with a specialization in psychiatric nursing and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Mental Health Clinicians who have a Master’s degree in one of the following fields must submit their graduate transcript to EMDRIA to determine their eligibility: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy. These clinicians will also need to submit a copy of their license to practice in their state or province in order to determine their eligibility.

For Interns & Students:

  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program. First year graduate students are not eligible. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician.
  • Graduate students who are enrolled in a Master’s program in one of the following fields must submit their graduate course transcript to EMDRIA to determine their eligibility: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy.
  • Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training: graduate transcript, practicum or internship hours, curriculum vita, and a letter from their current supervisor which includes the supervisor’s degree information, licensure information and license number.
Where can I find the latest research on EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is an effective and efficient treatment for Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders for both civilian and combat-related trauma for adults, adolescents and children. See this listing of Treatment Guidelines.

EMDRIA offers summaries of EMDR Therapy research here.

A summary of the latest research on EMDR Therapy with abstracts is updated quarterly here.

More information and a searchable database of all EMDR Therapy literature can be found here.

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We travel all over the country to train others in EMDR therapy and would love to see you at our next event!

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