Virtual Basic Trainers are responsible for adhering to and following current EMDR International Association Policies as well as the Standards for Virtual EMDR Basic Training.

EMDRIA Logo & Copyright Infringement

The EMDRIA logo is owned by EMDR International Association as are the logos for the monthly EMDRIA E-News, Go With That magazine, and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Use of our corporate logo, tag line, publications logos, or any image that resembles our logos without explicit documented permission is strictly prohibited.

Equal Opportunity

Trainers must comply with EMDRIA Policies on Professional Code of Conduct, SOCE, and Diversity and Cultural Competence and create a supportive environment for training regardless of an individual's sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture or religion, and not engage in discriminatory behavior or bias. Trainers should address issues of cultural diversity during the EMDR basic training as appropriate.

Equal Access

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. Trainers are responsible for ensuring that facilities and reasonable accommodations are accessible to those with disabilities. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials.

Time Frame for Completion of Virtual Basic Training

Trainees who begin the EMDR basic training virtually must complete the entire training within 12 months from their initial start date. This information should be clear and transparent upfront, prior to registration. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials. Trainers must have the available resources and capacity for trainings and must ensure that trainees are afforded sufficient opportunity to complete the training. In the event of a humanitarian crisis (illness, injury, death, etc.) trainers must have a policy in place that addresses and facilitates the trainee’s ability to complete the training.

Limitation on Class Size

Virtual EMDR basic training class sizes must be limited to a maximum of 100 trainees.

Training Eligibility

Trainers are responsible for ensuring that prospective trainees meet the current eligibility requirements for EMDR basic training.

Participant Agreement

Trainers must have a participant agreement form so prospective trainees understand the virtual training requirements, what the expectations are, and how to prepare themselves for the training.

Virtual Basic Trainers

Only those individuals who have been approved by EMDRIA as a Virtual Basic Trainer may lead and teach the virtual EMDR basic training.

Assisting Faculty for Practicum

EMDRIA requires that faculty members who assist during the practicum portion of the training maintain active status as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, or (at minimum) status as a Consultant in Training who is actively working with an Approved Consultant. The ratio of practicum faculty to trainee should not exceed 1:10 to allow for direct behavioral observation of each trainee.

Assisting Faculty for Consultation

EMDRIA requires that faculty members who assist during the consultation portion of the training maintain active status as an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, or (at minimum) status as a Consultant in Training who is actively working with an Approved Consultant. The ratio of consultant to trainee should not exceed 1:10 (smaller consultant to trainee ratios are encouraged).

Training Advertisements

Trainers must offer and advertise a complete and comprehensive (i.e. 50 hour minimum) virtual EMDR basic training so that prospective trainees have the option up front of registering for the entire course. Only complete and comprehensive training events will be listed on the EMDRIA website.

Disclosure of Training Costs

Trainers must disclose the full cost of the entire virtual EMDR basic training to prospective trainees upfront and prior to registration. If consultation hours are not included in the registration fees, trainers must provide an estimated range for the out-of-pocket cost for completing the 10 consultation hours. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials.

Consultation Hours

Trainers must inform prospective trainees that 10 hours of consultation are required in order to complete the virtual EMDR basic training. Trainers are required to disclose whether the consultation hours are included in the registration fees or if trainees will need to pay separate additional fees for the consultation hours. Trainers must also disclose whether prospective trainees will have to schedule consultation hours on their own time outside of the training or if the consultation hours are integrated into the course and provided during the scheduled training dates. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials. If trainees are paying separately for and obtain consultation hours on their own time outside of the training, they must be provided with detailed information about the consultation process. Trainers are expected to provide trainees with the names and contact information of those consultants who can provide the consultation hours for their training.

Cancellation & Refund Policies

Trainers must make their cancellation and refund policies available and accessible to prospective trainees. These policies should be clear and transparent up front, prior to registration. This information must be included in promotional training advertisement materials.

Grievance Process

Trainers must have a process in place to review and respond to complaints and grievances should they arise. This information should be made easily accessible to trainees.

Required Reading

The required reading for the virtual EMDR basic training includes the following materials:

  1. Shapiro, Francine. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. New York: Guildford Press
  2. Go With That Magazine Fall 2020, Volume 25, Issue 3 [EMDR & Racial Trauma]
  3. Guidelines for Virtual EMDR Therapy (Spring 2020)

Learner Assessment

Trainers must issue the required Learner Assessment during the virtual EMDR basic training. There is no required passing grade and no specific requirement for the way trainers issue this assessment to trainees. The only requirement is that trainees must complete the assessment and trainers are required to track trainee completion and retain the score for each trainee.

Training Evaluations

Trainers must obtain feedback from trainees on the quality of instruction, knowledge, and expertise of trainers, assisting faculty, the usefulness of the training, and fulfillment of educational objectives. This feedback should be used to adjust and improve the overall training.

Training Certificate of Completion

Trainers must issue a final virtual EMDR basic training certificate of completion to trainees once they complete the entire (50 hour minimum) course. The certificate must include the trainee’s name, the name of the Virtual Basic Trainer, the training organization (if applicable), total number of training hours for the course (50 hour minimum) and the exact date (month/day/year) they completed the virtual EMDR basic training. Those who complete the training can refer to themselves as “EMDR Trained”.

Training Rosters

Trainers must maintain trainee records for a minimum of five years. Trainers must submit training rosters to EMDRIA within 120 days of the completion of the training. Training rosters must be submitted in spreadsheet format to EMDRIA and include the name of the training organization (if applicable), name of the Virtual Basic Trainer, trainee name, license, mailing address, phone, email, and EMDR basic training completion date. Trainers can download a template of the training roster spreadsheet here.