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What is the difference between EMDR and the modality I currently use?

EMDR is different from most talk therapies. In talk therapy, your client talks about their experience. With EMDR, your client will have their experience again in front of you.

What research has been done on EMDR?

There have been over 500 academic studies on EMDR since 1988. 

Is EMDR hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis puts the client in a trance like state where the therapist does most/ all the talking. EMDR activates images, thoughts, feelings, and even body sensations and the therapist says very little.

What is EMDRIA Basic Training?

EMDRIA Basic Training is an extensive program designed to instruct licensed mental health professionals in the fundamental principles and methodologies of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This standardized training program holds recognition from the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Who is eligible to participate in EMDRIA Basic Training?

EMDRIA Basic Training is available to licensed mental health professionals, including counselors, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, who possess a master’s degree or higher in a mental health-related field and have independent practice credentials.

What is the duration of EMDRIA Basic Training?

EMDRIA Basic Training generally spans over 20 hours of didactic instruction and 20 hours of supervised practice. To ensure comprehensive learning and practical experience, the training sessions are conducted across multiple sessions.

What topics are covered in EMDRIA Basic Training?

EMDRIA Basic Training delves into the theoretical underpinnings of EMDR therapy, the eight phases of the EMDR treatment process, ethical considerations, working with special populations, and case conceptualization. Participants also gain hands-on experience to develop their EMDR skills.

Is EMDRIA Basic Training recognized for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)?

Yes, most mental health professions acknowledge EMDRIA Basic Training as eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Participants can verify specific CEU requirements with their respective licensing boards or professional associations.

Can I begin using EMDR with clients after completing Basic Training?

While EMDRIA Basic Training qualifies participants as trained in EMDR therapy, it is essential to review guidelines from local licensing boards or professional associations to ensure compliance with additional requirements before integrating EMDR into client sessions.

What is the next step after completing EMDRIA Basic Training?

After completing EMDRIA Basic Training, mental health professionals can take the next steps to become a Certified EMDR Therapist. This entails acquiring additional consultation hours, documenting EMDR therapy sessions, and meeting EMDRIA's certification criteria.

Can I retake EMDRIA Basic Training if needed?

Yes, individuals can choose to retake EMDRIA Basic Training if they seek to reinforce their understanding or enhance their skills in EMDR therapy. Additional training can further develop proficiency in this therapeutic approach.