EMDR-C

Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician

Who is Eligible

Independently licensed, master’s prepared mental health professionals, including:

  1. Counselor
  2. Marriage and Family Therapist
  3. Psychologist
  4. Social Worker
  5. Psychiatric Nurse

Learn more about who can become a certified EMDR clinician from our detailed list of eligible EMDR professionals.

Training Requirements

A minimum of 42 hours of continuing education, including 18 hours specific to trauma, 18 hours specific to EMDR, and 6 clinical practice hours. Learn more about EMDR certification training requirements.

Wondering if a course meets the requirements for EMDR certification? Submit a copy of or link to the course title, speaker, outline and learning objectives to info@evergreencertifications.com for review.

Please note that Evergreen Certifications does not offer continuing education, all training must be purchased directly through the accredited training organization. Training is not included in the certification fee.

Additional Requirements

The applicant must attest that he/she has read at least two practitioner books on the practice of EMDR Therapy.

Sample books include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures
A Guide to the Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants
A Therapist's Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment
EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches to Using EMDR with Every Client
EMDR Toolbox: Theory and Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociation
Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing
EMDR Solutions II: For Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance, and More

Consultation

The applicant must participate in a minimum of 15 hours (10 group; 5 individual) of EMDR-focused case review consultation sessions, with an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant*. The consultation sessions must be completed within 1 year of completion of education hours.

The applicant must have an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant* review at least 1 EMDR client session either by video submission to the consultant or by having the consultant present for live observation of the client session. This review of clinical work counts toward the 5 hours of individual consultation.

*If you are working with an EMDR consultant that is not listed as an Evergreen Certifications Approved Consultant, please have the consultant send a copy of their professional license and CV for Evergreen to review for approval to info@evergreencertifications.com

Linda Curran, BCBC, LPC, CAACD, CCDPD, CCTP-II, EMDR-C
Accepting Consultations?    Yes

Consultation Options Offered:
  • Virtual
  • Individual
  • Group
Megan McQuary, LCSW, CCTP-II, EMDR-C
1970 E 17th St. Suite 203
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Phone: 208-881-0518
Email: mhoward@recoverhe.com
Website: http://www.recoverhe.com
Accepting Consultations?    Yes

Consultation Options Offered:
  • Virtual
  • Individual
  • Group

Application Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Complete required reading
  3. Complete clinical consultation
  4. Remit your initial application payment of 349.99 USD online
  5. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional license
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CEU or completion certificate
    3. Completed consultation form
    4. A completed EMDR-C application form

Renewal

To maintain EMDR certification, a renewal is required. After your initial 2-year certification, you can renew for 2 years. A 2-year renewal requires 12 clock hours of EMDR focused continuing education.

Renewal Process

  1. Complete a qualifying training
  2. Upload the following documents to your account:
    1. A copy of the candidate’s professional license
    2. Evidence of completion of qualifying training, in the form of a CEU or completion certificate
  3. Remit your EMDR-C renewal fee of 149.99 USD online

Frequently Asked Questions

[+] [-] Do I have to be certified to use EMDR?
Certification is optional and not required to use EMDR; however, going through the EMDR-C certification process demonstrates that you are competent in both knowledge and understanding of complex trauma and EMDR skills. It is important to note that, while EMDR is a relatively easy skill to learn, processing traumatic memories is very difficult and requires additional training in complex and developmental trauma. Having the EMDR-C credential establishes trust with both clients and employers that you not only learned the EMDR skills, you have the proper training in trauma to use those skills, and have practiced using them with an EMDR expert.
[+] [-] How do I know if I can use EMDR within my scope of practice?
There is no such thing as an EMDR regulatory board that holds any authority or power over clinicians. Your licensing board is the regulatory entity that defines your scope of practice and is the entity that grants you an independent license to practice psychotherapy. Any questions about what you're "allowed" to do should be directed to your licensing board.
[+] [-] Is there a “correct” way to be trained in EMDR?
In terms of ethics, there is nothing in any mental health ethics code that states that you cannot utilize EMDR techniques unless you complete a particular training from a specific organization. Ethics codes are not prescriptive, of course. If the concern is competence, that you are not competent in EMDR after a certain training course, and that makes the practice of EMDR unethical, the burden is on the individual making the accusation of an ethical breach to show that the clinician is incompetent to practice EMDR (not just to casually state it). There has not been a precedent set for this, as clinicians are ill-equipped to judge other clinicians' competence unless we are sitting in sessions with them to see whether we personally believe them to be competent. When we attempt to limit other clinicians' work we inadvertently may hurt those clients, as we rob clinicians of the ability to practice in a manner that is consistent with, and faithful to, their licensure, with techniques that can benefit their clients.
[+] [-] How much training does it take for a licensed clinician to learn and use EMDR?
Part of being an independently licensed professional is that the licensing board puts trust in you to be able to determine, for yourself, when and under what circumstances you are competent to practice different psychotherapeutic skills. This clinical judgment is part of your licensure, part of the trust that is put in you when you become licensed. When you attend a CBT training and receive a worksheet on cognitive restructuring, do you use that worksheet with clients, to help them, if you understand the worksheet and feel competent in using it? What about a narrative therapy course? Might you incorporate narrative tools after taking a narrative course? Of course you do. The same applies here; the idea that EMDR is fundamentally different from other therapies is incorrect; it is a trauma-focused, exposure-based therapy that includes mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive restructuring, and somatic work, and none of these elements are unique to EMDR. The way they are put together is in fact unique, but the building blocks of EMDR are the same for many therapies. And many have argued that the BLS component of EMDR actually makes it "safer," not less safe, than other trauma-focused therapies. There is nothing inherently complicated or "dangerous" about EMDR; it holds the same risks as Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure, which are also evidence-based, trauma-focused therapies that clinicians are expected to be able to implement in their practice after 2-3 days of training.
[+] [-] Why should I become an Evergreen Certified EMDR Clinician (EMDR-C)?
Emphasis on becoming a trauma treatment expert is a unique facet that sets this EMDR certification apart from others in the field. To be truly trained and skilled at EMDR, you need to know quite a bit about trauma, including having some level of expertise in complex, developmental trauma. Earning the EMDR-C credential demonstrates that you are not only trained in EMDR skills, you also have the proper training and expertise in trauma to fully integrate EMDR into your clinical repertoire. Once your certification application is approved, you will receive a digital badge that can be used to display your achievement online.
[+] [-] I took an EMDR training a while ago, would it still count toward certification?
Evergreen Certifications will accept courses that have been completed within 3 years of initial application for certification.
[+] [-] For the required reading, do I have to choose only from the EMDR Therapy books listed in the certification standards?
No, as long as the books are practitioner books on the practice of EMDR Therapy they will be accepted. It is required to list the titles of the two books you read on the certification application.
[+] [-] What is consultation?
Consultation is a very important piece of the certification process to provide support as you implement the EMDR skills learned. Consultation will help you work through difficult cases, you’ll get to practice the skills, get recommendations, and feedback from other clinicians. Trauma is such a fragile thing and this is an opportunity to ensure that the EMDR skills are being used the way they are intended to be used and not causing more harm or problems for clients.
[+] [-] Can I receive consultation from more than 1 consultant?
To get the most out of the consultation experience, it is recommended to work with one consultant as that consultant will be better able to get to know your clinical skills and you will get the most out of the consultation process; however, if you do work with more than one consultant, you will need to submit a Consultation Completion Form from each consultant you work with.
[+] [-] What credential do I receive after getting certified?
When your certification application is approved, you may use the credential “EMDR-C”.
[+] [-] How long does my EMDR-C certification last?
Once your application is approved, your certification is granted for two years. To maintain certification, a renewal is required every two years.
[+] [-] Do I need to renew my certification?
Yes, to maintain certification, a renewal is required every two years.
[+] [-] How do I maintain my EMDR-C certification?
To maintain your EMDR-C certification, you need to renew your certification every two years. Renewal requires taking a minimum of 12 hours of EMDR-focused continuing education, submitting your completion certificate(s), a copy of your professional license, and the renewal fee to Evergreen Certifications. Re-certification training hours need to have been taken in the time since you were initially certified or last renewed. Renewals are calculated from the date that your certification was issued.
[+] [-] What happens if my EMDR-C certification expires?
If you allow your certification to lapse for more than 2 years, you are no longer eligible to renew your certification and instead can reapply for certification.
[+] [-] How do I get my digital badge?
Your digital badge is automatically in your online account when your certification is active.

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