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 themselves stay safe during the fluctuating levels of coronavirus risk and increasing numbers of people receiving the vaccine. The decision to resume in-person work, return to the workplace, or provide services via telehealth 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 regulatory bodies. Consult with colleagues. EMDRIA members can post questions and share information in the COVID-19 Resource Community.

Resources from government organizations:

Other Resources:

Stimulus Relief Information

Many EMDR therapists are sole proprietors/self-employed or run a small business. The stimulus package 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.

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 its own guidelines and ethical codes for the provision of mental health services via telehealth.