The EMDR practitioner’s training begins with the Basic EMDR Training program which comprises 50 hours: 20 hours of training, 20 hours of practice and 10 hours of consultation with an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant, spread over a period of time. Knowledge and skills increase with each level. Trainees are encouraged to gain experience during initial training, but only individuals who have completed all 50 hours can be considered trained to conduct EMDR therapy.
Upon completing initial training practitioners can work towards Accreditation as an EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner through consultation on EMDR practice. Whilst there will be a requirement to attend for consultation, accreditation is awarded based on competence in all areas of EMDR practice.
EMDRAA Consultants differ from Practitioners in that they are also accredited to provide consultation to individuals who are working towards becoming Accredited Practitioners. Those seeking accreditation as an EMDRAA consultant must be an EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner, have completed EMDRAA’s consultants’ training and met all the consultants’ criteria.
The Basic EMDR Training program comprises 50 hours: 20 hours of training, 20 hours of practice and 10 hours of consultation with an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant. Basic EMDR Training programs are approved by EMDRAA in Australia and follow the internationally recognised curriculum published by the EMDR International Association located at www.emdria.org
EMDRIA Curriculum requirements for Basic EMDR Training are provided in the link below
Participants may practise EMDR and advertise themselves as “EMDR Trained” after the completion of the first training module of 20 hours. Irrespective of presenter, shorter courses give insufficient background and practice to allow therapists to safely begin to use EMDR. Sometimes trainers may provide shorter courses to generate awareness but these shorter introductory courses do NOT meet international criteria and are not endorsed by EMDRAA as international experience has shown they do not prepare therapists adequately to conduct EMDR therapy safely.Trainees must complete the Basic Training Program described above to become a full member of the Association.
EMDRAA Approved Training is provided by the following trainers who are also EMDRAA Accredited Consutants:
Anthony T Smith – Email: email@example.com
Dr Christopher Lee – www.therapist-training.com.au
Graham Taylor – www.therapist-training.com.au
Sigmund Burzynski - www.emdr.com.au
Nick Cocco – www.emdr-training.com.au
Mary Sutton – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants for EMDR training programs should possess the following qualifications when registering (to be evaluated by the trainer):
1. Allied Health Professionals
Allied Health Professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Psychology, Mental Health Social Workers, Psychological Medicine, etc) must have full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (or NSW Registration Board if residents of that state).
2. Mental Health Professionals not covered by legislation
Social Workers must also belong to AASW. Counsellors and psychotherapists must be registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 3 or 4 member.
Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) who are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.
1. Health Practioners (psychologists, psychaitrists, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists, and occupational therapists)
Must hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) under the Health Practitioners Competency Act 2003.
2. Social Workers
Must be a Registered Social Worker with the Social worker Registration Board.