|Frequently Asked Questions|
EMDRIA sets the standards and grants approval to individuals or organizations to provide basic training in EMDR.
and “Certification in EMDR” are completely separate of each other. Many
of our Members confuse these two programs. Membership in EMDRIA
affords you the benefits that can be found here. Certification in EMDR
is just that – Certification. There is a separate application process
and criteria that clinicians must complete before they may apply for
There has also been confusion between the renewals for Membership vs. renewals for Certification and Approved Consultants. The first thing to look at is the heading. It will indicate whether it is a Membership Renewal or a Certification/Approved Consultant Renewal. Your Membership Renewal comes out at the end of each calendar year, usually sometime in November. Certification and Approved Consultant Renewals, on the other hand, are sent out 60 to 90 days prior to your certification expiration date, which could be any month of the year, dependent upon the approval date of your application. Those of you who applied for Certification or Approved Consultant between the months of November and January may easily confuse the two Renewals, since you probably receive them near the same time. When in doubt, please feel free to contact our office for assistance.
Completion of basic EMDR training is just that – completion. Certification is an advanced process, which is only offered through EMDRIA.
All members of EMDRIA are listed on the website in the “Members Only” section (in the Member Directory). All Full Members of EMDRIA, along with those who are Certified and Approved Consultants, are listed in the “Find a Therapist” section of the website; and the list notes the various designations (Full Member, Certified in EMDR, Approved Consultant in EMDR).
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is not affiliated with either the EMDR Institute or EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP). The EMDR Institute is a for-profit training organization. EMDR HAP is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. EMDRIA is a non-profit 501(C)(6) organization. The EMDR Institute is one of many Providers of Basic EMDR Training that EMDRIA has approved. They have also been approved as an EMDRIA Credit Provider for advanced EMDR programs that they offer. (Basic EMDR training is not considered an advanced EMDR program and is not awarded EMDRIA Credits). EMDR HAP is also approved by EMDRIA as an Approved Provider of Basic EMDR Training. We are all a part of the EMDR community, and we do provide reports from EMDR HAP in our Newsletter from time to time, but our businesses are completely separate and not affiliated.
maintains the following listservs– one for Clinician Support in Disaster
Response, one for EMDRIA Regional Coordinators, one for Researchers,
and listservs for the EMDRIA Child Special Interest Group and Military
Special Interest Group. A new listserv for Public Practice &
Diversity is in development and will be available to members working in
public agency settings soon. We hope to expand this service to even more
areas for members in the future.
responses received from our Member Survey and from emails and phone
calls we receive on a regular basis, many members think that EMDRIA
provides a general EMDR listserv, but this is a service that the EMDR
Institute provides to those people who have been trained by the EMDR
Institute, and is not affiliated with EMDRIA.
EMDRIA does offer members the opportunity to interact through the online EMDRIA Forum. Using the Forum, members can post clinical questions and other members can respond with useful information. This feature can be found in the "Members Only" section of the website.
Members are only required to pay their annual dues (at their highest level of eligibility) and subscribe to EMDRIA’s Code of Conduct to maintain their membership. EMDRIA Credits are only "required" for obtaining designations of Certification in EMDR or Approved Consultant in EMDR. However, we encourage all members to attend programs such as these in order to keep up with the most current ways in which to utilize EMDR. EMDRIA also has a Blog that provides a medium for members, non-members and the public to post comments and share ideas.