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Frequently Asked Questions



Does EMDRIA provide basic training in EMDR?

EMDRIA sets the standards and grants approval to individuals or organizations to provide basic training in EMDR therapy.


Are "EMDRIA Membership" and "Certification in EMDR" the same thing?

“EMDRIA Membership” and “Certification in EMDR” are completely separate of each other. Many of our Members confuse these two programs. Membership in EMDRIA affords you the benefits that can be found here. Certification in EMDR therapy is just that – Certification. There is a separate application process and criteria that clinicians must complete before they may apply for Certification.

There has also been confusion between the renewals for Membership vs. renewals for Certification and Approved Consultants. The first thing to look at is the heading. It will indicate whether it is a Membership Renewal or a Certification/Approved Consultant Renewal. Your Membership Renewal will arrive 30-60 days before your membership expires. Certification and Approved Consultant Renewals, on the other hand, are sent out 60 to 90 days prior to your certification expiration date.  Both renewals could come be any month of the year, dependent on your membership renewal date and the approval date of your Certification application. When in doubt, please feel free to contact our office for assistance.


Does completion of basic training in EMDR mean that you Certified in EMDR?

Completion of basic EMDR training is just that – completion. Certification is an advanced process, which is only offered through EMDRIA.


I'm a member of EMDRIA, but I'm not listed on the website.  Why is that?

All Full Members of EMDRIA, along with those who are Certified and Approved Consultants, are listed in the “Find a Therapist” directory.  If your Membership or Certification/Approved Consultant status is current and you are not appearing, please contact the EMDRIA office, so that we may assist you.


Are EMDR International Association, EMDR Institute and Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs all affiliated?

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is not affiliated with either the EMDR Institute or Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP). The EMDR Institute is a for-profit training organization. Trauma Recovery/EMDR HAP is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. EMDRIA is a non-profit 501(C)(6) organization. The EMDR Institute is one of many Providers of Basic EMDR Training that EMDRIA has approved. They have also been approved as an EMDRIA Credit Provider for advanced EMDR programs that they offer. (Basic EMDR training is not considered an advanced EMDR program and is not awarded EMDRIA Credits). Trauma Recovery/EMDR HAP is also approved by EMDRIA as an Approved Provider of Basic EMDR Training. We are all a part of the EMDR community, and we do provide reports from Trauma Recovery/EMDR HAP in our Newsletter from time to time, but our businesses are completely separate and not affiliated.


Does EMDRIA maintain a general EMDR Listserv?

Many members think that EMDRIA provides a general EMDR listserv, but this is a service that the EMDR Institute provides to those people who have been trained by the EMDR Institute, and is not affiliated with EMDRIA.

However, EMDRIA does offer members the opportunity to interact through the EMDRIA Online Community. Once you join a Special Interest Group (SIG), members can post clinical questions and other members can respond with useful information.


Must members obtain EMDRIA Credits (Continuing Education in EMDR) to maintain their membership in EMDRIA?

Members are only required to pay their annual dues (at their highest level of eligibility) and subscribe to EMDRIA’s Code of Conduct to maintain their membership. EMDRIA Credits are only "required" for obtaining designations of Certification in EMDR or Approved Consultant in EMDR. However, we encourage all members to attend programs such as these in order to keep up with the most current ways in which to utilize EMDR. EMDRIA also is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which all serve as a medium for members, non-members and the public to post comments and share ideas.

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