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?

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

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

  • Cheryl Rutherford LPC
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    Looking forward to being part of the training in March!

    Cheryl Rutherford LPC
    Grapevine

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

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

  • Ysela Morales
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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