|Goals of the various Regional Networks:
- To raise awareness about EMDR (Heart of Texas)
- To provide enough credits each year
so that someone who is trained but can't make the conference...could
still get enough credits to keep their certification going (Heart of
Texas, Southern Maine)
- CEUs seem important for the group (New Jersey)
- We have an Approved Consultant that has a no-fee study group (no CEUs) (Missouri)
- Generally, groups hold from 1-4
meetings a year (presentations and panel discussions) for credit.
Others do not offer credit. Many also meet monthly for consultation and
- Some meetings use DVDs from credit,
especially the new pre-conference presentation (2006) by Francine
Shapiro (New Jersey, Charlotte and others)
- Some groups have a 1-2 day workshop
one or twice per year, often with well-known invited speakers (Greater
Sacramento, Billings Montana, Missouri, Central Oregon); Some draw
from local talent (Southern Maine, Northampton, Charlotte); The
Colorado Springs meeting has operated entirely through short
presentations by local therapists, once each month.
- Study groups led by Approved
Consultants are common, and these usually meet monthly. Some of these
offer state CEUs (at present EMDRIA Credits are not available for such
groups unless there is a topic, credits are applied for and
consultation is specific to the topic).
- Most groups use professionals from
their own region, often for mini-presentations. These presentations can
arise from conference workshops and/or from reading.
- Many groups (as mentioned above)
invite speakers, on average, once or twice per year. To invite
speakers, there cannot be a speakers fee, although an honorarium of
$250 is allowed.
What problems are there?
- Some RCs have found attendance
dwindling at times. This may depend on what other learning
opportunities are available in their particular region, or other
factors which can be difficult to ascertain (New York)
- Although in some regions (Greater
Boston, Northampton, SF Bay Area) there are many well-trained
presenters and consultants available to Regional Groups. In large, less
populated states, it can be difficult to bring people together to find
program material (Billings Montana)
- Some RCs have found the EMDRIA paperwork for credit approval to be arduous (Boulder and others)
- It can be difficult to get the
names of those newly trained (note, however, that EMDRIA does provide
email lists of members by location upon request)
Some noteworthy ideas:
- Short meetings (2-4 hours) on
updating your approach to EMDR/presentations on various protocols. Some
involve practicum supervised by facilitators from the local area.
- Forming a committee to organize
events; someone to get CEUs; make the brochure; register attendees; a
person in charge of local directory; someone to be treasurer (if money
changes hands, which is not always the case); a refreshment person
(Southern Maine, Northern California)
- Encouragement of local EMDR
therapists to present, even briefly, is important as a good use of
talent and a way to build community.
- Publicizing a meeting topic 1-2
months ahead is important towards better attendance (several groups
mentioned this); When there is no topic advertised, fewer participants
show up (Portland Oregon)
- Several groups provide meetings on
protocol review and practicum, and/or refreshers (Arizona, Greater
Sacramento); Other groups (Billings Montana) use meetings to go over
different aspects of the basics of EMDR.
- A Library of resources, such as conference tapes and books, is helpful with a suggested donation for usage.
- An email list for referral requests, office availability, specialty workshops and other EMDR news (Central Oregon)
- Groups which present larger
Regional Meetings with invited speakers may pay for clerical help, as
well as using a committee of volunteers (Northern California)