Finding a good therapist can be challenging–especially when you’re trying to find someone that you can both feel comfortable with as a person and whom you feel knows what they’re doing.
According to the EMDR International Association, the Basic EMDR Training ‘provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills to utilize EMDR, a comprehensive understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning, and the ability to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice. An EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training provides, at a minimum, instruction in the current explanatory model, methodology, and underlying mechanisms of EMDR through lecture, practice, and integrated consultation’.
The EMDR Basic Training for clinicians consists of the following parts:
Instructional (20 Hours): The goal of the instructional section of the training is to provide information and understanding in the history of EMDR, as well as the the model, methodology, and underlying mechanisms of EMDR.
Supervised Practicum (20 Hours): The goal of supervised practicum is to facilitate the demonstration and practice of EMDR. To achieve the goals of the supervised practicum, practice may be done in dyads or triads.
Consultation (10 Hours): Consultation provides an opportunity for the integration of the theory of EMDR along with the development of EMDR skills. During consultation trainees receive individualized feedback and instruction in the areas of case conceptualization, client readiness, target selection, treatment planning, specific application of skills, and the integration of EMDR into clinical practice. Consultation is about real cases and not experiences that occur in practicum.
Consultation increases the use of EMDR by those who have received training, reduces the formation of bad habits and the risks of problematic use of EMDR. It also allows the clinician to develop and integrate EMDR skills creatively into their other skills in a way that enhances clinical efficiency and effectiveness in helping a wider range of clients meet their goals for change.
Once a clinician completes all of the Basic Training, they are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. This does not mean, however, that they are a fully certified EMDR clinician.
According to EMDRIA, the certification program, which builds upon and expands the Basic Training, ‘is designed to ensure that all candidates receive thorough, high-quality training in EMDR and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful and effective EMDR practitioner’. Certified practitioners are required to participate in continuing education and re-certify every two years. For more information about the steps a clinician takes in training and certification, please click HERE.
To find an EMDRIA-recognized EMDR therapist in your area, please click HERE.