What Training in EMDR Therapy Involves

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Course structureEMDR Training Scotland

National associations affiliated with the governing body, EMDR Europe, have adopted standards for EMDR Therapy Training. This requires the completion of 52 hours of lectures, practical experience with a facilitator, and EMDR case consultation. Our EMDR Therapy Training meets the requirements as follows:

Your Certificate of Completion

Your Certificate of Completion of Standard Training in EMDR Therapy is issued when you have completed the final 3 hours of case consultation (group of individual). We can provide this or you can connect with another EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant locally to do it. If this is provided by another Accredited Consultant we will issue your Certificate of Completion upon confirmation by the Consultant, after Part 3, that you have done at least three hours supervision with them.

What EMDR Therapy training covers

Part 1 on EMDR Therapy Training prepares clinicians to deal with cases presenting with simple or single incident traumas, as well as clients with self-limiting belief systems. Following attendance at Part 2, where clinicians refresh the skills learned at Part 1, plus receive consultation on cases, they are permitted to progress to the Part 3 training. Experience has shown that participants find the interactive and dynamic nature of Part 2 vital in helping them consolidate their EMDR Therapy Training and use of EMDR Therapy to date. At the Part 3 training, clinicians learn how to work with multiple traumas, or ‘complex’ trauma such as child sexual abuse. Skills in how to work with ‘special’ populations are also introduced as well as further skills in dealing with blocked processing. The final three hours of group case consultation can be booked with us or it can be accessed in a group, or individually, with another EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant. The Certificate of Completion is then issued.

EMDR Europe requires that you get the experience of EMDR Therapy from both the clinician’s the client’s viewpoints. At Part 1 and Part 3, you are invited to identify a current issue which is somewhat difficult, or problematic for you. Working in triads or pairs, under the guidance of an experienced EMDR Facilitator, you identify the underlying past events contributing to the current issue. You then learn how to process these with EMDR Therapy.

During the course of the EMDR Therapy Standard Training, you are expected to work with at least three clients in your clinical practice, using the therapy. This helps build confidence and familiarisation with the treatment protocol.

Our accreditation

Our EMDR Therapy Training is accredited by EMDR Europe Association and the EMDR Institute based in the USA. The trainer is a member of the Institute’s faculty and has been approved as a Senior Trainer by the European governing body. The Facilitators are very experienced EMDR Consultants who have undergone rigorous assessments of their abilities to coach small groups in the training setting. We run regular EMDR training online with attendees primarily from UK and Ireland. Delegates have attended from a wide geographical area including Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, South-East, Bristol, Exeter, Scotland, and all of Ireland. If you are considering an in-house training for your staff we can deliver that too.

Further training in EMDR

Our masterclasses: For ongoing EMDR Therapy Training, we also run masterclasses for experienced EMDR therapists. These differ in topic, duration and venue.

EMDR for children: For specialist training in EMDR Therapy with children you can attend accredited training after you have done at least Part 1 of the basic training with us. The second level of the EMDR child-related training can be taken after you have done Part 3 of my Standard Training. There is more information about this at this link: EMDR specialist child and adolescent training

Getting accredited in EMDR Therapy: Many mental health professionals who undergo EMDR Therapy Training with us go on to become EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioners. This involves undergoing supervised practice with an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, following the standard training, and achieving competence in all eight phases of the therapy. More information on this can be found at the EMDR Association UK website and the website for EMDR All Ireland