In this time of increased anxiety and stress, we want to provide support in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We have collected some resources that may be helpful to EMDRIA members below. We know that EMDR therapists are also following the guidelines and regulations of their respective mental health professions.

Guidelines for Virtual EMDR Therapy

A Report of the Virtual Training and Therapy Task Group. At this time, the body of published research literature that provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the delivery of online EMDR therapy is limited. This gap in knowledge underscores the need for research in this area. This report introduces relevant issues with regard to the virtual delivery of EMDR therapy and specifically addresses professional practice and guidelines, ethical considerations, and overarching issues for EMDR therapy delivered by virtual means.

Resources

Please Note: We will continue to add resources as they become available during this time of emerging knowledge and best practices.

Returning to work

Many therapists are struggling with how best to help their clients and keep themselves safe during this time when businesses and regions are beginning to lift shelter-in-place restrictions. The decision to resume in-person work, return to the work place, or continue via telehealth (for those that moved online) is a difficult one. There are many aspects to consider and an array of guidelines to choose from. Stay informed by checking in with your local or regional bodies. Consult with colleagues. EMDRIA members can post questions and share information in the COVID-19 Resource Community.

Resources from government organizations:

Resources from mental health professional organizations and therapists:

Stimulus Relief Information

Many EMDR therapists are sole proprietors/self-employed or run a small business. The stimulus package just passed by Congress provides various supports to small businesses and sole proprietors. The following resources could provide information on help for which you might qualify.

EMDR Specific Platforms

These are platforms or apps that provide EMDR specific services regarding BLS/DAS. Android's Google Play store and the iPhone App Store both have various options as well. Note: EMDRIA does not endorse any of these companies.

  • BSDR player
  • Bilateral Base
  • Bilateralstimulation.io
  • Easy EMDR
  • EMDR Helper
  • EMDRremote
  • iEMDR
  • remotEMDR
  • REMDR

General Telehealth Information

For information on telehealth:

Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. Telehealth coverage policies in the time of COVID-19. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from https://www.cchpca.org/resources/covid-19-telehealth-coverage-policies

National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. COVID-19 telehealth resources. Retrieved April 9, 2020 from:https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/covid-19-resources/ 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Telebehavioral health training and technical assistance. Retrieved April 8, 2020 from: https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/operations-administration/telebehavioral-health#1

HIPAA compliant teletherapy platforms:

To learn more about HIPAA and HIPAA compliance, go to https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html. HIPAA compliant platforms include a BAA or Business Associate Agreement. A BAA is a contract between a HIPAA-covered entity (therapist) and a HIPAA business associate (affiliated party who handles PHI e.g. lawyer, accountant, or platform). BAAs satisfy HIPAA regulations and protect PHI or protected health information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines. A BAA creates legal recourse for each party.  Note: EMDRIA does not endorse any of these companies.

  • Doxy.me
  • Nous Talk
  • RegroupConnect
  • Simple Practice
  • TheraPlatform
  • VSee
  • WeCounsel
  • Zoom (Basic plan does not include a BAA, so would not be HIPAA compliant. However, there is an option at cost that offers the HIPAA compliant BAA)

Resources by Mental Health Profession

Be familiar with your legal responsibilities for the delivery of telehealth services by checking with your state licensing board. In addition, each profession may have their own guidelines and ethical codes for the provision of mental health services via telehealth.