Upon completion of this training you get a certificate of completion, which means you are a fully trained EMDR Therapist.  This is the pathway to certification. There are additional requirements to include more consultation hours with an EMDR consultant and an advanced EMDR training.

You can ethically call yourself “EMDR Trained” or “Fully Trained EMDR Therapist” after you receive your certificate, which means you’ve completed both weekends and the 10 hours of consultation.

If you want to go further, and we encourage that, then there are more steps to follow and things to do.  Basically, EMDR Certification is done through the EMDR International Organization (EMDRIA), and the exact details of what you do are here.

Generally, the first thing to do is find an EMDR Consultant or Consultant-in-Training (CIT) to help guide you through the process.  You will need 20 hours of consultation on the EMDR you are doing with your clients, which is what you use the consultant for, and if you use a CIT then that person can do 15 hours and you would need a full consultant to do the rest.

In addition to the 20 hours, you need an advanced EMDR workshop of at least 12 hours, usually in your area of interest.  Also, you need to have seen 25 clients for at least 50 hours, to complete the certification.  There is more, letters of recommendation and such, but those are the kinds of details you can find on the EMDRIA website.

Finding a consultant is easy enough, we have several listed on the homepage of CompassionWorks.com, and you can go to EMDRIA (www.EMDRIA.org) as well.  I would recommend finding someone who specializes doing counseling in your area of interest and who can teach you how to do EMDR therapy with whatever area you choose.

I also, do consultation.  I think it is important to know the EMDR Standard Procedure correctly and to be able to demonstrate that.  I require audio recordings of sessions that we can review and correct. Additionally, I want to hear a few recordings that are done correctly.  Also, I think it is essential to know and understand the AIP model so, you can make decisions based on that.


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  • Elizabeth Tramonte

    Hello Jordan,

    I am EMDR-Trained under Christie Sprowls, Ph.D., Austin, Texas. I am looking to get certification and would prefer to have an EMDR Consultant who is also an LMFT in Houston, Texas. How or where can I find one? At this point, I have not joined EMDRIA yet, but plan to do so soon.
    Thank you for your assistance.

    • Jordan Shafer

      I don’t know about LMFT. Check CompassionWorks.com for that. Home page at the top. j

  • Mark Mathews

    I’m an OT in a trauma hospital. How soon after a trauma event can a client/family member be identified to benefit from EMDR. A close friend who tragically lost his father yrs ago is about to have EMDR, and this has sparked my interests. THANKS!!

    • Jordan Shafer

      Hi Mark,

      Immediately. There are different protocols that are used depending on the time after the trauma event. With the first 3 days, or so, use the R-TEP, between 3 days and 3 months use the Recent Event Protocol. After 3 months, the Standard EMDR protocol. These times are variable and subject to clinical judgment but the point is the EMDR clinician can get started right away.

      They’re welcome to contact me for further consultation, if needed.



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