International FAQ

EMDRIA has long had reciprocal membership, so those trained by recognized trainers of other regional EMDR organizations would be eligible for EMDRIA membership. Our colleagues in other regional associations do not reciprocate or honor this idea. EMDRIA remains open to collaboration and partnership with our colleagues, and we want to work together to advance EMDR globally. We believe we are stronger together than we are alone, and there are more significant issues at stake for EMDR than reflected in a conflict over membership policies. Below are detailed answers about why EMDRIA has withdrawn from the EMDR Global Alliance.

September 2022: Annual Membership Meeting Webinar

EMDRIA held its Annual Membership Meeting at the 2022 Virtual Conference on September 13, 2022. Click the "View Meeting" button below to view the recording. (Available to members only.)

EMDRIA Testifies before the Texas State Committee on Veteran Affairs

(May 3, 2022) The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) testified before the Texas State Committee on Veteran Affairs about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how EMDR therapy is a proven treatment option. Texas is home to one of the largest military and veteran state populations. You can read the entire testimony here.

Go With That magazine & Focal Point blog Win 2022 AM&P EXCEL Awards

(April 22, 2022) Association Media & Publishing released the finalists for the 42nd AM&P Network EXCEL Awards – the premier awards program honoring association media. The EXCELS are the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication. Go With That magazine is a finalist in Magazines: Single Topic Issue (10,000 or fewer), and Focal Point, EMDRIA’s blog, is a finalist in the EXCEL Award category for Blog Site (overall).

“Our team has done a tremendous job with our magazine and blog, providing our members and the public with well-written, timely, informative, and useful content on EMDR therapy. We are honored that AM&P’s judges have recognized this strategic work,” said Executive Director Michael Bowers, MA.

Through 83 categories—including a new category, Best New Innovation—215 EXCEL Award finalists were carefully selected through a two-stage evaluation process by more than 100 peer judges. For a complete list of the EXCEL Award finalists, click here.

The award placement (gold, silver, bronze) of these 215 finalists will be announced at the June 22 EXCEL Gala, in conjunction with AMPLIFY: AM&P Network’s Content and Marketing Summit. The EXCEL Awards will conclude with the announcement of the EXTRA! Award, the highest honor chosen from among the winners in all categories. The EXCEL Awards also showcase the prestigious Mitch Mohanna Achievement Award, venerating an industry service provider demonstrating commitment and service to the association media and publishing industry.

For more information on the EXCELs, visit

EMDRIA Website Wins ASAE Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications

(April 21, 2022) The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) website won a 2022 Gold Circle Award from ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. The Gold Circle Awards recognize extraordinary marketing, membership, and communications efforts in 15 different categories that move organizations forward.

The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications programs. This year’s competition received more than 300 entries across 15 categories, including convention/meeting campaign, member retention campaign, print magazine, and video.

“We are honored that EMDRIA has been recognized by peers in the Association community for the work we have done to serve members and the public. The staff worked hard at the beginning of the pandemic and through it to deliver content that was accessible, cutting edge, and relevant. Members can be proud that our impact, as shown by the analytics for our website, is continuing to grow every quarter. From clinically relevant information for members to helpful information about EMDR therapy to the public, we will continue to build recognition and use of EMDR therapy as a first-choice treatment for a wide array of problems and disorders,” said Michael Bowers, MA, EMDRIA Executive Director.

EMDRIA’s website is the first step in the journey for patients and therapists to learn about and use EMDR to help heal mental suffering and provide hope.

EMDRIA’s new website launched in 2020 and grew in its importance providing resources and tools for EMDR therapists and the public, especially as they dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. The website has helped drive EMDR’s growth by:

The result has been not only more than 34,000 people who connected with EMDR therapists, but also training and certification for more practicing therapists and EMDRIA’s more than 11,000 members.

Marketing, membership, and communications play a vital role in associations—whether to connect with members, keep them informed of important issues, or raise awareness of programs and initiatives.

Creativity, innovation in successful marketing, membership, and communications programs should be applauded and recognized and that’s precisely what the Gold Circle Awards are all about.

Recipients of the 2022 Gold Circle Awards will be recognized at the 2022 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference in May in Washington, DC. In addition, their innovations and best practices will be highlighted throughout the year through a variety of channels and resources including articles, conference sessions, and more.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.

November 2021: Annual Membership Meeting Webinar

EMDRIA held its Annual Membership Meeting at the 2021 Virtual Conference on November 9, 2021. Click the "View Meeting" button below to view the recording. (Available to members only.)

EMDRIA Selects Co-Editors for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research

(August 11, 2021) EMDRIA is delighted to announce that it has selected Co-Editors to serve the Journal EMDR Practice and Research (JEMDR). Jenny Rydberg of France, and Derek Farrell, Ph.D., MBE, of the United Kingdom, have begun their terms effective August 2021 and extending through December 2024. Their terms as incoming co-editors begin with journal content that will be published in 2022.

Rydberg has served as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation since 2018. She has served as a special editor to JEMDR previously, in addition to editing multiple books.  She is a former president of EMDR France and has been an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant since 2011. Rydberg teaches master’s level psychology students in France and provides consultation at the University of Lorraine’s “Center Pierre Janet,” which combines research, education, and clinical practice. Additionally, she has previously been a translator for JEMDR, responsible for making articles from the journal available in French.

Dr. Farrell is a principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Worcester, where he directs a master’s program in EMDR. He is President of Trauma Aid Europe & Trauma Response Network Ireland, Scientific Advisor to the Board of Trauma Aid Germany, and Chair of the Training & Accreditation Committee for the EMDR Council of Scholars & the EMDR Europe Practice Committee. He is presently involved in research on trauma and individuals with intellectual disabilities and trauma response and capacity in Iraq and Lebanon. In 2020 he was awarded the honor of Member of the British Empire.

Rydberg and Dr. Farrell will work collaboratively on all matters related to the JEMDR but will have unique focus areas. Rydberg will have primary responsibility for article submission, review, and publication decisions. Dr. Farrell will focus on the next developmental steps of the journal, including the publishing model, structure, editorial board, and editorial scope of the journal. Together they will work closely with association leadership and publishing partner Springer Publishing to develop a plan to address key issues like achieving an impact factor for JEMDR.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this search,” said Wendy Byrd, LPC, LMFT President of EMDRIA. “The JEMDR is in expert hands with these two experienced scholars, and we look forward to the ongoing development and excellence of the Journal.”