EMDR Training Questions
For information such as training locations, dates, and times, feel free to view our EMDR Training Calendar.
Can Dr. Dobo be my supervisor if I am a student or an intern?
Do the ten consultation calls that are required to complete EMDR Training count toward EMDR certification?
No, they do not. Certification is an additional credential that requires 20 more hours of consultation with an approved consultant. Certification is not required.
Is there a time limit to complete the consultation calls for my EMDR training?
Yes, you have one year from the first day of your Part I training. For example, if you were to attend a training that begins on March 1, 2023, must complete your ten consultation calls before March 1, 2024. If you do not complete these calls by that date, you must retake the entire course.
Is there a time limit to complete the requirements to become certified?
Yes. The time limit for EMDR certification after training is 5 years.
What is the difference between an EMDRIA certified therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant?
The certified therapist has no other privileges except to say they are certified and can advertise that they are certified. Certification is primarily done to accelerate your skills as an EMDR therapist.
The approved consultant is a clinician who provides EMDR consultation to those taking their basic training and also for anyone who wants to become certified.
EMDR consultants can also assist with EMDR trainings and even create their own training and become CEU providers.
Why do I need to be trained in EMDR? What’s the difference between EMDR and say CBT that I am already trained in?
Books could be written on this subject.
We do discuss the differences between EMDR and other models in the training. But let me just say, with most talk therapies, the client talks about an experience, with EMDR the client has an experience right in front of you. You actually get to see the “ah-huh” moment occur.
Perhaps a metaphor will help. Talk therapy is like having the power of a nine-volt battery available to you in your work. EMDR is like having the power of a lightning bolt at your disposal. This is not an exaggeration.
EMDR Usage Questions
Is EMDR like hypnosis?
With hypnosis, the client is put in a trance state and is semi-aware. The therapist does all the talking. EMDR activates thoughts, feelings, images, memories, and body sensations. The client doesn’t think about an experience; the client has an experience. Additionally, the therapist says very little. Most of the work is done in the client’s own head.
Are some clients too old or two young for EMDR therapy to be used with them?
Can EMDR be used in the treatment of addiction?
When EMDR was added to the treatment protocol of addiction success rates significantly increased. We discuss some of these approaches in the basic training. The Part II component of the training.
Can EMDR be used with Children?
Can EMDR be used with clients on the spectrum?
Does EMDR help with phobias and panic?
Is there any research about EMDR?
Yes, there have been over 500 academic studies.
The first study was in 1988 and showed incredible results. Since then studies have continued. EMDRIA publishes a quarterly research journal.
There have been more than 40 randomized controlled studies with adults and 14 with children. This is the gold standard of research.
In 2018 a group of European researchers completed a three-year study that showed EMDR as an effective treatment for depression.