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Accreditation within EMDR Europe

Guidance Information Sheet

The EMDR Europe Practice Sub-Committee is responsible for defining the minimum EMDR Europe standards required for EMDR clinicians seeking accreditation for becoming an EMDR Europe Practitioner and EMDR Europe Consultant.  These minimum standards of practice apply throughout all member nations of EMDR Europe.

1.      So why is accreditation important?


There are several reasons why EMDR Europe considers accreditation to be of extreme importance. In the acquisition and development of skill and knowledge an EMDR clinician moves from being an EMDR novice to hopefully achieving a high level of EMDR proficiency and expertise.  One of the important ways of achieving this is through accreditation. Accreditation has many benefits:

         Maximises the teaching and learning experience of EMDR training

         Ensures ethically sound and robust EMDR clinical practice

         Enhances EMDR treatment fidelity

         Monitors and maximises client/ patient protection

         Enhances quality control

         Greatly assists towards research fidelity

As a means of achieving this EMDR Europe Practice Sub-Committee has developed two competency based frameworks.  The first of these is designed for those working towards becoming an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and the second for those seeking EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant status. The main elements of these frameworks are that of the EMDR clinician demonstrating key competencies.

2.      So what are the important elements of the EMDR Europe Practitioner Competency Framework?


The central component of the competency based framework for EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioners is that of the EMDR protocol. EMDR Clinicians need to demonstrate their competency in each of the eight phases of EMDR. Please note however that Competency can only be assessed and determined by an EMDR Europe Consultant. In addition the clinician seeking accreditation as an EMDR Europe Practitioner must meet the following requirements:

         Completed a recognised EMDR Europe training

         Completed a minimum of 50 EMDR sessions

         Treated a minimum number of 25 clients

         Undertaken a minimum of 20 hours consultation/ clinical supervision with an EMDR Europe Consultant which includes witnessing the applicants EMDR clinical work either through DVD or in-vivo

         Supplied two references, one from the EMDR Europe Consultant and the second from a person who can comment about the applicants professional practice & standing

         That the applicant is a member of their national EMDR association


3.      So what are the important elements of the EMDR Europe Consultant Competency Framework?


EMDR Europe considers that the role of the EMDR consultant plays a pivotal part in the future development of EMDR no more so than in the accreditation process itself. EMDR consultants have a key responsibility in  maintaining quality assurance and high standards of practice in EMDR. As a consequence EMDR consultants need to demonstrate their considerable EMDR clinical experience and expertise. In addition they must demonstrate their supervision, consultation and teaching skills.


Furthermore EMDR Europe Practitioners seeking accreditation as a Consultant must meet the following requirements:

         Applicants need to have a minimum of three years experience as an EMDR Europe Practitioner

         Treated a broad range of clients of varying diagnoses and complexity

         Completed a minimum of 300 EMDR sessions

         Treated a minimum number of 75 clients

         Demonstrate competency in the provision of EMDR clinical supervision/ consultation (This will ordinarily be a minimum of 20 hours)

         Participate in regular clinical supervision of ongoing EMDR clinical work

         Have a certificate of competency from undertaking an approved EMDR Europe Consultants training on behalf of EMDR National Organisations

         Have undertaken a minimum of 24 hours EMDR Continuous Professional Development (CPD) since becoming an EMDR Europe Practitioner

         Submitted a minimum of three DVDs or in-vivo sessions of an EMDR clinical session, an individual EMDR clinical Supervision session and of a Group EMDR Clinical Supervision


4.      So who processes my EMDR Europe Accreditation application?

In processing accreditations these are done through your local EMDR National Association who will have a specific committee responsible for dealing with EMDR Europe Accreditation applications from its members

5.      How do I acquire the necessary documentation I need?

If you require any further information then please contact:
Your National EMDR Association or

Dr Derek Farrell Co-Chair EMDR Europe Practice Sub-Committee

Email: derekpfarrell@outlook.com

EMDR Europe Practice Sub-Committee - March 2011

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