Eligibility To Train
EMDR is an advanced psychotherapeutic procedure requiring a high level of skill. A mental health clinical background is an essential prerequisite for the effective application of EMDR treatment.
Attendance at EMDR Works training workshops is limited to mental health professionals who are qualified and accredited to provide psychotherapeutic treatment in the mental health field.
- The core professions of Psychiatry, Mental Health Nursing (NMC), HCPC registered Social Work (who have mental health training).
- Clinical Psychology, (Including – Counselling Psychologists, Health Psychologists, Neuro-psychologists, Occupational Psychologist and Educational Psychologists) who are HCPC registered.
- Psychotherapists and counsellors must hold accreditation or submit proof that they have submitted their application for accreditation for one of these professional bodies: UKCP, BACP, BABCP, IACP, BCP, IAHIP.
- HCPC registered Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists with sufficient training and experience of working within a mental health setting may be eligible, but will need to submit evidence of having such clinical skills.
- General practitioners, registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), who are experienced in psychotherapy and psychological trauma and are an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist or working towards a psychotherapy accreditation.
- Clinical and counselling psychologists in their final year of professional training with a letter of recommendation from their supervisor may be eligible.
Mental Health professionals from countries outside of the UK and Ireland are requested to submit a letter from their national EMDR Association agreeing to them undertaking their training in the UK and that they fulfil the eligibility criteria for their country of origin.
Applicants from countries with no national EMDR Association are scrutinised on a case-by-case basis and need to broadly follow our own eligibility criteria, i.e. a mental health professional accredited/registered with a governing body in their own country.