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Eligibility To Train

Training: becoming an EMDR therapist

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. You will need to provide evidence that you are accredited with one of the professional associations deemed acceptable by EMDR Europe (see www.emdrassociation.org.uk).

Accredited EMDR training is limited to:

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, SpR)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses (NMC) and Registered Social Workers who:

(a) Have mental health training, can recognise and assess common mental health problems and have experience of working in a mental health setting; and

(b) 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

(c) Have provided a reference from their clinical supervisor confirming the above.

COUNSELLORS/PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

MUST hold 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 trained in psychotherapy.

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 THE UK AND PRACTICE WITHIN THAT COUNTRY

Should 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.

 

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