Basic EMDR Training Eligibility Requirements

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

  • Qualifying Medical Doctors must have a medical specialty in Psychiatry and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Qualifying Nurses must have a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) with a specialization in psychiatric nursing and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.
  • Mental Health Clinicians who have a Master’s degree in one of the following fields must submit their graduate transcript to EMDRIA to determine their eligibility: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy. These clinicians will also need to submit a copy of their license to practice in their state or province in order to determine their eligibility. 

Interns & Students

  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline considered appropriate by EMDRIA. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician.
  • Graduate students who are enrolled in a Master’s program in one of the following fields must submit their graduate course transcript to EMDRIA to determine their eligibility: Art Therapy, Christian/Pastoral Counseling, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, and Music Therapy.
  • Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training: graduate transcript, practicum or internship hours, curriculum vita, and a letter from their current supervisor which includes the supervisor’s degree information, licensure information, and license number.
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  • Autumn
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    I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am currently a LPC-I completing my supervision hours to receive my LPC, am I eligible to attend this training?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Yes.

      • Melissa
        Reply

        Are LAC allowed? I’m from AZ

        • Jordan Shafer
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          Yes, if you are this: Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. … Other common titles for this provisional license are Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC), and Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern (LPC-I). j

  • Daniela Celli
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    Hi, I have a Master’s degree in Human Service and Bachelor in Psycology and Human service, I worked for 8 years with addiction in Italy and Switzerland, I moved to US 5 yrs ago, I actually have LCDC intern, am I eligible to attend the EMDR training?
    Thank you for your suggestion

  • Felicia
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    Hello, I am a CMHC graduate student. I have completed all of my core requirements and I will begin my internship after I complete my practicum requirements in May 2019. The only supervisor that I have is the one from my practicum site and my professor. Would a letter from my professor be sufficient? Am I eligible to attend this upcoming training?

  • Lynn M Rye
    Reply

    I am certified as a Pastoral Clinical Temperament Counselor through NCCA, do I qualify?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      I don’t know. You need to be licensed by the state as a type of mental health counselor.

      • Iris J Castillo
        Reply

        Hi, I am a Dominican psychologist, with 3 years of practice in Dominican republic and a master’s degree in heath psychology, I would like to know if I qualify for the virtual training.

        • Jordan Shafer
          Reply

          Our trainings are for residents of the US, Canada or Mexico only. So, no. you wouldn’t qualify.

  • Cheryl Rutherford LPC
    Reply

    Looking forward to being part of the training in March!

    Cheryl Rutherford LPC
    Grapevine

    • Sandra
      Reply

      After taking this training, will I be certified as an EMDR specialist? I am an LCPC and licensed in Illinois.

      • Jordan Shafer
        Reply

        At the end of this training you are a Fully trained EMDR therapist and this is the pathway to work towards certification in EMDR. However, Certification is the next step, and this training, itself, does not make you certified. With this training you will be qualified to use EMDR with most all of your clients, the only exception being clients diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, in which case you would want further consultation. j

      • Jordan Shafer
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        After this training, you will be a fully trained EMDR therapist qualified to do EMDR with most clients. “Certified” requires an advanced level of training, of which this training is the first step. j

  • Nicole
    Reply

    Do you have a specific format or sample for the letter of the supervisor?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Students who would like to take the basic training will need to submit the following documentation to determine eligibility for registering for an EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training: graduate transcript, practicum or internship hours, curriculum vita, and a letter from their current supervisor which includes the supervisor’s degree information, licensure information, and license number.

  • Deidre Means
    Reply

    As an LPC-Intern, which selection do I make for my cart?

  • Iberia Smith
    Reply

    I have a Masters in Educational Administration and a Certification in School Counseling. Am I eligible for the training?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      I don’t think you would be eligible. Need to be LPC or LPC Intern.

    • Debra Zepeda
      Reply

      I have a Masters in Education and a Masters in Counseling and Guidance. Am I eligible for the training?

  • Ysela Morales
    Reply

    HI Mr. Shafer I am an LPC, but currently work for a school district as a special education counselor. I have 3 questions:

    1. Regarding the payment options: Since I work for a school district, would that qualify me as a non-profit?
    2. After this training is complete, what other requirements are needed to become EMDR certified.
    3. What might a two-hour consultation look like.

  • Jeanette Marie Rodriguez
    Reply

    Does the non-profit price apply to me if work for a non-profit organization?

  • Esda D. Beverly
    Reply

    I am a fully licensed mental health clinician, and an active duty military spouse. Am i eligible for the military discount?

  • Kelsey
    Reply

    I am a current CMHC student in practicum. When I go to register for this training, it asks me for a student number. What do I put here?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Hi Kelsey,

      Well, your student number if you have one, if not, any number will do. It’s a required number for Licensed people, so we had to find a way to fill the field…

  • Hillary A Wilson
    Reply

    Can I practice EMDR prior to receiving my LPC Intern license even though I have attended the trainings?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      EMDR is counseling, so the question would be are you able to practice counseling without a license. EMDR would not be an exception to that.

  • Cristina Ramirez
    Reply

    I am an MFT graduate who has already completed Practicum & 4 Internships and working on taking NCE soon. I am also a TBRI Practitioner~do I qualify and do I still need a letter since I don’t have a supervisor?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      I don’t know. Call me so we can talk about it. (972) 342 2448. Jordan

  • Kari
    Reply

    Am I able to train as a graduate student in the fall if I fully complete my practicum and internship by the end of summer? I will have two classes I need to finish up during the fall to graduate but will be done with field placement by then.

  • Anca Bjorklund
    Reply

    I am a therapist but I’m licenced in Romania. Am I still eligible for the training to become a qualified EMDR therapist?

  • Debra Zepeda
    Reply

    I have a Masters in Education and a Masters in Counseling and Guidance. Am I eligible for the training?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      The guideline stipulates, “and must also be licensed to practice in their state or province.” – So, unless. you’re a student in a practicum program, or a licensed intern then no, as far as I understand it.

  • Rachel Kendall
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    I’m almost done with my Master’s in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. Due to COVID-19, my clinical hours were severely delayed, however, I am almost done and as soon as my degree is conferred, I will be applying as an LPC-I with my state board. COVID-19 is also severely delaying the board’s approval turn around of intern applications, so I may hold a Master’s degree, could be in an awkward waiting period of getting on a board-approved intern plan. If I have a supervisor that is willing to work with me, but the board has not yet approved my internship plan, can I still register? Also, I think I saw the option to make a payment plan. Is this available in check-out?

    Thank you!

    • Rachel Kendall
      Reply

      Also, can I register now while I am still a student? I forgot to include that above. Thank you!

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Hi Rachel,

      Yes, you are or will be in that awkward place where you’re not a student in a practicum and you’re not licensed as a counselor; however, it is my understanding through EMDRIA that you are eligible to take the training. You can sign-up for the training as an intern, and yes there is a payment plan. It is at the bottom of the shopping cart. 1/3 down and then 1/3 for the two months to follow.

      Thanks,

      Jordan

  • Ken Gross
    Reply

    I am in a Doctor of Professional Counseling Program, and I am also a fully licensed and practicing LPC in Texas, so I am a grad student obviously. Do I qualify fro the grad student rate?

  • Karin Mayberry
    Reply

    Do you have a sample of the letter you want from my supervisor so that I can sign up for the course? I’m a Pre-doc Intern in Psychology and would like to add this to my offerings. Also, does my supervisor have to be EMDR certified to sign off for me to take the class?

    Thanks!

    • Jordan Shafer
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      We don’t have a sample of the letter but it just needs this: “a letter from their current supervisor which includes the supervisor’s degree information, licensure information, and license number” and verification that you are an Intern. No, your supervisor does not need to be EMDR trained for certified. j

  • Timothy McCann
    Reply

    I am a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor practicing in the corrections field. I am licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners – LASAC-15305. Graduated with a Master’s in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Am I eligible for your training?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Yes, you are licensed by the State and even though it is for substance abuse, you have a Master’s in a counseling field, which with those two things together you’re qualified.

  • Sheena
    Reply

    Would this qualify me to be EMDRIA certified in EMDR?

    • Jordan Shafer
      Reply

      Hi Sheena,

      At the end of this training you are a Fully trained EMDR therapist and this is the pathway to work towards certification in EMDR. However, Certification is the next step, and this training, itself, does not make you certified. With this training you will be qualified to use EMDR with most all of your clients, the only exception being clients diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, in which case you would need further training. j

    • Mayrenes Figuereo-Nellum
      Reply

      Hi, I’m a licensed School Counselor in the state of Michigan. Would I qualify for this training?

      • Jordan Shafer
        Reply

        I don’t think so as you would need to be equivalent to Michigan LPC. Licensed school counselors in Texas are not qualified to take the EMDR training because they are not licensed professional counselors, and it looks like Michigan is similar. j

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