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PREREQUISITES

According to the EMDR Association, the prerequisites for training are as follows:

EMDR is an advanced psychotherapy requiring a high level of skill. A mental health clinical background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR treatment. All training providers must adhere to the same entry criteria listed below, as set out by EMDR Europe. You will need to provide evidence that you are accredited with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe.


If you train with a provider but do not meet the entry criteria below, you will not be eligible for Accreditation.


Accredited EMDR therapy training is strictly limited to:


Eligibility criteria for EMDR training in the UK
Mental health professionals
Clinical Psychologists (Registered with HCPC or Psychological Society Ireland)
Counselling Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)
Educational Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)
Forensic Psychologists (Registered with HCPC)
Psychiatrists
MRCPsych or equivalent (including Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in any psychiatric speciality)


Alternatively:
a) Complete both long and short psychotherapy cases (and)
b) Equivalent of three years full time psychiatric experience (and)
c)  Letter confirming above from line manager and sent to EMDR Training Provide
Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC) and Registered Social Workers who:
Have mental health training, can recognise and assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting, and
Have training and a minimum of two years experience of providing one-to-one psychotherapy, either as part of their professional training or in addition to it, and
Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above.


Counsellors/Psychotherapists
MUST hold FULL accreditation by one of the following professional bodies:
Association of Christian Counsellors (Accredited Counsellor – AC)
BABCP, BACP, UKCP
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)
National Counselling Society Accredited Professional (MNCS Accred Prof) grade
Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) who are NCAC accredited
Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
COSCA
COSRT


General Practitioners
Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) who are experienced in psychotherapy and psychological trauma and are accredited counsellors or psychotherapists or working towards a psychotherapy accreditation.
Clinical & Counselling Psychologists
In their final year of training are acceptable with a letter of recommendation from their clinical supervisor.


All Arts Psychotherapists & Occupational Therapists who are
Registered with HCPC.
Have mental health training, can recognise and assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting.
Have training and a minimum of two years’ experience of providing one-to-one psychotherapy, either as part of their professional training or in addition to it.
Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above.


Mental Health professionals who are resident in a country outside of the UK and practice within that country:
Are requested to submit a letter from their national EMDR Association agreeing to them undertaking their training in the UK and stating that they fulfil the eligibility to train in EMDR criteria for their country of origin.
Applicants from countries with no national EMDR Association are scrutinised on a case-by-case basis. They need to follow EMDR Association UK eligibility criteria broadly, ie they should be a mental health professional who is accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.
In either case, external applicants who are resident in the UK are not eligible to train in EMDR or practice EMDR in the UK unless they also meet the UK eligibility criteria above.
Guidelines for minimum accreditation requirements for mental health professional organisations for their members’ eligibility to undertake EMDR Europe accredited training
 If you are an accredited member of a mental health professional body which is not on our eligible to train list, you may still be eligible. Please read here for more information.

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