EMDRIA Regional Networks were created to support and facilitate the exchange of information related to EMDR among the mental health professional community. The networks are an opportunity for ongoing EMDR education and support through a variety of experiences. All meetings are consistent with the purpose and spirit of the EMDRIA Bylaws (Section H, A and B).
EMDRIA Regional Coordinators are the backbone of the EMDRIA network across the United States. Regional Coordinators are EMDRIA Certified Therapists who locally organize meetings to bring EMDR practitioners together to share information and ideas relating to EMDR. This is a unique opportunity to get to know the EMDR practitioners in your area and develop a network among them.
Regional Networks create opportunities to present your ideas about implementing EMDR, while encouraging others to do the same. Because EMDR has a steep learning curve, clinicians need support and encouragement to stay with the process. And they need to talk with other therapists about their cases, both successes and failures. A Regional Coordinator is the person who makes this happen. Active status as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist is required in order to become a Regional Coordinator.
Regional Networks vary in size and make available diverse activities such as special presentations, case studies or presentations, discussions of clinical applications, lectures, research updates, special populations, group discussions, practicum experiences, special topic panels, EMDRIA updates, etc. Regional Meetings may also be an opportunity to earn EMDRIA Credits which are required for status as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant in EMDR.
Regional Networks are conducted as nonprofit events. Any donations or fees requested to attend any meetings are strictly for the cost of the meeting only. Regional Coordinators do not make a personal profit from these meetings nor are these meetings a fundraiser for EMDRIA in any way.
Participants at the Regional Networks are not required to be an EMDRIA member, nor are they required to join EMDRIA. It is expected, however, that participants have completed at least part of an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training.
If you have any questions regarding Regional Networks, please contact your area's Regional Coordinator or the EMDRIA Administrative Office. If there is not an EMDRIA Regional Network in your area, and you are interested in becoming an EMDRIA Regional Coordinator or helping to establish a network, please contact Sara Sturtevant.
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