Who can undertake EMDR Accredited Training?

EMDR is an advanced psychotherapy requiring a high level of skill. A mental health background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR therapy.

Experienced mental health professionals who are fully registered with a professional association can apply to undertake EMDR therapy training if they meet the following criteria:

Medical Practitioners

Psychiatrists need to be registered with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

General Practitioners are required to have additional training in Psychological Medicine, and be registered with the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Mental Health Nurses

Mental Health Nurses are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia /AHPRA or in New Zealand with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Allied Health Professionals

Psychologists are required to be registered with Psychology Board of Australia or the New Zealand Psychology Board.

Occupational Therapists are required to have additional specialist training in mental health and need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia or the New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board.

Social Workers need to be registered with Australian Association of Social Workers or in New Zealand with the Social Workers Registration Board.

Counsellors and Psychotherapists are required to 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.

Interns/Students

Students enrolled in a graduate level program in mental health (psychiatry, psychology, social work, counselling, etc.) that are currently involved in the internship portion of their program and are working under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional.

New Zealand based therapists must meet the following criteria:

Training is restricted to mental health professionals (with clinical experience) who have a minimum of a four year tertiary qualification (post graduate level or equivalent) in the mental health sector. A minimum of NZQA level 8 is required.

Acceptable Qualifications include:

Fully registered health professionals with specialist training in mental health (Psychiatry, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Mental Health Social workers). Training needs to include training in specific psychological interventions, like CBT, DBT etc.

Mental health professionals not covered by NZ legislation e.g. Counsellors who have a minimum of 4 years academic study, including a Master’s degree or have completed post-graduate qualifications (Honours, Post Graduate Diploma or higher) in mental health; have undertaken training in specific psychological interventions and have worked two years full time (or part time equivalent) under supervision in a mental health setting.

All Clinicians must have FULL registration with their professional association. Provisional is insufficient.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the Board of EMDRAA via the Accreditation & Standards Committee by emailing accred@emdraa.org. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s:

  • Nature and length of employment
  • Educational background and qualifications
  • Training in trauma
  • Support from the applicant’s supervisor and/or employer