EMDR Trainers are responsible for adhering to and following current EMDR International Association Policies as well as the Learning Management System (LMS) Platform and Technology Standards, EMDR Basic Training Curriculum Requirements, Learning Assessment Requirement and all other basic training related policies and requirements outlined on this page.
These training policies and requirements are in effect and apply to all EMDR basic trainings regardless of whether they are offered virtually or in-person.
EMDRIA Logo & Copyright Infringement
The EMDRIA logo is owned by the EMDR International Association as are the logos for the monthly E-Newsletter, Go With That magazine, and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Use of our corporate logo, tag line, publications logos, or any image that resembles our logos without explicit documented permission is strictly prohibited.
Trainers must comply with EMDRIA policies on Professional Code of Conduct, SOCE and Diversity and Cultural Competence and create a supportive environment for training regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture or religion, and not engage in discriminatory behavior or bias. Trainers should address issues of cultural diversity during the EMDR basic training as appropriate.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. Trainers are responsible for ensuring that facilities and reasonable accommodations are accessible to those with disabilities. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials.
Learning Management System (LMS) Platform
Trainers are required to utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver EMDR basic training content, regardless of whether trainings are offering virtually or in-person. The LMS platform is designed to assist with the administration, documentation, tracking and reporting and delivery of EMDR basic training content.
Time Frame for Completion of EMDR Basic Training
Trainees who begin the EMDR basic training must complete the entire training within 12 months from their initial start date. This information should be clear and transparent upfront, prior to registration. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials. Trainers must have the available resources and capacity for trainings and must ensure that trainees are afforded sufficient opportunity to complete the training. Trainers have leeway to grant exceptions in the event of a humanitarian crisis or other extenuating circumstances. Trainers must have a policy in place that addresses and facilitates the trainee’s ability to complete the training.
Limitation on Class Size
Virtual EMDR basic training class sizes must be limited to a maximum of 100 trainees. For In-Person EMDR basic trainings there is no current limitation in place for class sizes.
Basic Training Eligibility
Trainers are responsible for ensuring that prospective trainees meet the current eligibility requirements for EMDR basic training. EMDRIA is not responsible for verifying individual clinician’s scope of practice and/or determining their ability to assess, diagnose and treat for mental health issues. Clinicians are responsible for ensuring they are working within their own mental health scope of practice.
Trainers must have a participant agreement form so prospective trainees understand the EMDR basic training requirements, what the expectations are, and how to prepare themselves for the training.
Only those individuals who have been approved by EMDRIA as an EMDR Trainer may lead and teach the EMDR basic training.
Assisting Faculty for Practicum
EMDRIA requires that faculty members who assist during the practicum portion of the training maintain active status as an EMDR Consultant, or (at minimum) status as an EMDR Consultant in Training who is actively working with an EMDR Consultant. The ratio of practicum faculty to trainee should not exceed 1:10 to allow for direct behavioral observation of each trainee.
Assisting Faculty for Consultation
EMDRIA requires that faculty members who assist during the consultation portion of the training maintain active status as an EMDR Consultant, or (at minimum) status as an EMDR Consultant in Training who is actively working with an EMDR Consultant. The ratio of consultant to trainee should not exceed 1:10 (smaller consultant to trainee ratios are encouraged).
Basic Training Advertisements
Trainers must offer and advertise a complete and comprehensive (i.e. 50 hour minimum) EMDR basic training so that prospective trainees have the option up front of registering for the entire course. Only complete and comprehensive training events will be listed and advertised on the EMDRIA calendar.
Disclosure of Basic Training Costs
Trainers must disclose the full cost of the entire EMDR basic training to prospective trainees upfront and prior to registration. If consultation hours are not included in the registration fees, trainers must provide an estimated range for the out-of-pocket cost for completing the 10 consultation hours. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials.
Basic Training Consultation Hours
Trainers must inform prospective trainees that 10 hours of consultation are required in order to complete the EMDR basic training. Trainers are required to disclose whether the consultation hours are included in the registration fees or if trainees will need to pay separate additional fees for the consultation hours. Trainers must also disclose whether prospective trainees will have to schedule consultation hours on their own time outside of the training or if the consultation hours are integrated into the course and provided during the scheduled training dates. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials. If trainees are paying separately for and obtain consultation hours on their own time outside of the training, they must be provided with detailed information about the consultation process. Trainers are expected to provide trainees with the names and contact information of those consultants who can provide the consultation hours for their training.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
Trainers must make their cancellation and refund policies available and accessible to prospective trainees. These policies should be clear and transparent up front, prior to registration. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement
Trainers must have a process in place to review and respond to complaints and grievances should they arise. This information should be made easily accessible to trainees.
The required reading for the EMDR basic training includes the following materials:
- Shapiro, Francine. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. New York: Guildford Press
- Go With That Magazine Fall 2020, Volume 25, Issue 3 [EMDR & Racial Trauma]
- Guidelines for Virtual EMDR Therapy (Spring 2020)
Trainers must issue the required Learner Assessment during the EMDR basic training. There is no required passing grade and no specific requirement for the way trainers issue this assessment to trainees. The only requirement is that trainees must complete the assessment and trainers are required to track trainee completion and retain the score for each trainee.
EMDRIA Training Survey
Trainers must provide trainees with the opportunity to complete the EMDRIA survey regarding their training experience. This is a general survey about the EMDR basic training and will allow trainees to provide direct feedback to EMDRIA.
Basic Training Evaluations
Trainers must obtain feedback from trainees on the quality of instruction, knowledge, and expertise of trainers, assisting faculty, the usefulness of the training, and fulfillment of educational objectives. This feedback should be used to adjust and improve the overall training.
Basic Training Certificate of Completion
Trainers must issue a final EMDR basic training certificate of completion to trainees once they
complete the entire (50 hour minimum) course. The certificate must include the trainee’s name, the name of the EMDR Trainer(s), the training organization (if applicable), total number of training hours for the course (50 hour minimum) and the date (month/day/year) they completed the EMDR basic training. Those who complete the training can refer to themselves as “EMDR Trained”.
Basic Training Rosters
Trainers must maintain trainee records for a minimum of five years. Trainers must submit training rosters to EMDRIA within 120 days of the completion of the training. Training rosters must be submitted in spreadsheet format to EMDRIA and include the name of the training organization (if applicable), name of the EMDR Trainer, trainee name, license, mailing address, phone, email, and EMDR basic training completion date. Trainers can download the basic training roster spreadsheet template here.