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Frequently Asked Questions

Does EMDRIA provide basic training in EMDR?

Are "EMDRIA Membership" and "Certification in EMDR" the same thing?

Does completion of basic training in EMDR mean that you are Certified in EMDR?

As a member of EMDRIA where am I listed on the website?

Are EMDR International Association, EMDR Institute and EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) all affiliated?

Does EMDRIA maintain a general EMDR Listserv?

Must members obtain EMDRIA Credits (Continuing Education in EMDR) to maintain their membership in EMDRIA?



Does EMDRIA provide basic training in EMDR?

EMDRIA sets the standards and grants approval to individuals or organizations to provide basic training in EMDR.


Are "EMDRIA Membership" and "Certification in EMDR" the same thing?

“EMDRIA Membership” 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 Certification.

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.


Does completion of basic training in EMDR mean that you Certified in EMDR?

Completion of basic EMDR training is just that – completion. Certification is an advanced process, which is only offered through EMDRIA.


I'm a member of EMDRIA, but I'm not listed on the website.  Why is that?

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).


Are EMDR International Association, EMDR Institute and EMDR Humanitation Assistance Programs all affiliated?

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.


Does EMDRIA maintain a general EMDR Listserv?

Currently, EMDRIA 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.

According to 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.


Must members obtain EMDRIA Credits (Continuing Education in EMDR) to maintain their membership in EMDRIA?

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.

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