EMDR FAQ

Am I eligible to take the training?

EMDR is a specialized trauma therapy, so eligibility to take the training is restricted to those with a mental health qualification.  Psychologists are required to be fully registered with AHPRA.  For psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors and psychotherapists – see the eligibility criteria on the EMDRAA website.  During the registration process you need to affirm that you have checked these criteria, and that you do meet them.

What is the fee, and what does that cover?

The full cost of the training is $1695, inclusive of GST.  This covers your access to the EMDR Library (Over 1.2 GB, 1400 files), six days of training (42 hours) and 10 hours of Case Consultation.  In comparing costings, check that other trainings include the 10 hours of Case Consultation; if they don’t that could cost you an additional $1000 – 1500 on its own.

I work for a non-profit organisation? Is there a reduced fee?

If you are enrolled by your employer who is a registered non-profit organisation there is a 15% discount. 

Can I pay by instalments?

If you chose an instalment payment option you will be sent a separate invoice for each instalment within two business days of your initial registration. Each invoice will have a due date of either one month or two months from the date of your initial registration. Invoices must be paid by the due date. If they are not you, will receive reminders, and if after two reminders your invoice remains unpaid, your place in the training may be reallocated.

Can I arrange for work to pay for me?

Yes you can.  We will need a Purchase Order from your organisation for the registration fee.  We will then register you, and invoice your organisation directly.

How many people are in your trainings?

We have a maximum of 32 people in each training, and for some parts of the training there will be 4 supervisors, a ratio of 1:8, which is better than the EMDRAA curriculum requires.

I have some mental health issues around trauma. Would you recommend doing the training?

We use a lot of clinical examples in the trainings, so you will almost certainly hear about clients who have similar experiences to yourself.  That is going to be triggering, and so you need to have good affect tolerance and emotional regulation skills.  If you have a therapist, discuss this with them.  If you don’t have the therapist, feel free to contact us and we’ll talk with you about this.

Is the training accredited?

The training was originally accredited by the EMDR International Association in 1996, Graham Taylor was amongst the very first batch of Accredited EMDR Trainers in the world.  Accreditation was transferred to the EMDR Association of Australia in 1998, when that organisation formed, and the training has been continuously accredited since then, longer than any other EMDR training.

How many hours of PD will I be able to claim?

Each of the six training days is seven hours of active training, so 6 x 7 = 42.  Add to that 10 hours of Case Consultation, and add to that around 15 hours of self-paced preparation for the training days (you could do more).  That totals 67 hours minimum.  That works out at $25 per hour. 

Will I be an Accredited EMDR Therapist at the end of the training?

Accreditation is managed by the EMDR Association of Australia, or a parallel EMDR Association if you live in another country.  The standards for Accreditation are much the same worldwide: one year of clinical experience after completing your training, a case log of 25 clients treated, some additional EMDR Professional Development, and some additional Case Consultation.  So the short answer is no, there are more requirements beyond the Basic Training in order to be granted Accredited Practitioner status.   You can however say that you have completed an Accredited EMDR Training.

Does your training include supervision?

Yes it does, 10 hours.  But because of the legal definition of supervision adopted by AHPRA, we cannot take legal responsibility for your work, so we call it Case Consultation instead.  Note that 10 hours of Case Consultation is a curriculum requirement of EMDRAA, but the Therapist Training program is the only accredited training in Australia that includes these 10 hours as an integral part of the training, covered by the training fee.

Other Introductory trainings are 2 days, yours is 4 days. Why? What’s the difference?

The EMDRAA curriculum has been copied from the EMDR International Association, which (in spite of the name) is the US EMDR Association.  In the USA any mental health professional will have a Masters degree as a minimum, and a two year internship.  So in the USA a certain level of experience knowledge and skills can be assumed. 

That is not the case in Australia.  Days 1 and 2 of our training cover trauma informed assessment, a broad range of resourcing and stabilising strategies (well beyond the curriculum requirements), and an emphasis on skills in case conceptualisation and treatment planning.  These constitute the foundation for effective trauma therapy.  And you will be practising these skills with clients for four weeks before you get to the “finger waving” part of EMDR in Days 3 and 4.  All other Australian trainings start teaching this part of EMDR on the first day.  We do not think that this is appropriate, and some would argue that it’s unethical to teach EMDR without first teaching the foundations of safe and effective trauma therapy.

In spite of this, our training fee is less than all other trainings, and it also includes the 10 hours of Case Consultation required by the curriculum.

When will I be able to start using EMDR with my clients?

The phases of EMDR defined by its developer, Francine Shapiro, include assessment, resourcing, stabilisation, case conceptualisation and treatment planning.  So you will be practising all these aspects of EMDR for four weeks after Days 1 and 2, before you get to the “finger waving” part.

Your training is called EMDR: Basic and Beyond. What is Basic? What is Beyond?

We cover all the requirements of the EMDRIA and EMDRAA curriculum.  This is the “Basic” part of the training.  “Beyond” covers additional theoretical and conceptual foundations of trauma therapy, a broad range of trauma informed assessment strategies, a broad range of resourcing and stabilisation strategies for more emotionally dysregulated or dissociative clients, depowered versions of standard EMDR more suitable for dysregulated or dissociative clients, and considerable emphasis on the behavioural change aspect of EMDR, often given little attention in other trainings. 

We run as many Advanced trainings as we do Introductory trainings.  If you look at other EMDR training websites you will see that they do far fewer Advanced trainings compared with Introductory ones.  You need to ask yourself why that would be.

You offered a refresher course?

If you have done our training before, you may repeat it for a 33% discount.

How long do I have to complete the training?

You need to have completed the Introductory and Advanced training days within a 12 month period, and the Case Consultation within two years of the start of your Introductory training.

Do I need current caseload of clients in order to take the training?

Yes, no exceptions allowed.

What is “Case Consultation”?

Case Consultation is what many people call supervision, but without the legal requirements imposed by AHPRA.  You can ask questions about any aspect of your clinical work, and you will be required to present summaries of your case conceptualisation, treatment plan and treatment sessions. 

Can I do my Case Consultation with another EMDR Consultant?

Yes.  Your Case Consultation has to be conducted by an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant.  There is a list of them on the EMDRAA website.  If you choose to do your Case Consultation outside of the sessions provided by Therapist Training, you will need to bear the cost of this yourself.

Face to face or online. Which is better?

Our EMDR training was the first EMDR training anywhere in the world accredited for online delivery, well before we had heard of Covid.  The outcomes of our online training are so clearly better than large face-to-face trainings that we made the ethical decision to no longer offer face-to-face training.  Our training groups are smaller, way more immersive and interactive, and focus much more on practical skills building.  We do not do extended lectures, nor do we use PowerPoint slides. 

If I want an individual one-on-one consultation, will that cost extra?

Yes, at a fee negotiated with your chosen EMDRAA Accredited Consultant.

Can I change training groups?

You can, but because we run limited numbers in each group, to change trainings within 28 days before Day One, or after Day One we have to take one full seat out of another training group.  Understandably, there is a fee for this; it is 60% of the full training fee.  Therapist Training will bear the 40% loss.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel more than 28 days before Day One of your training, there is a cancellation fee of $300, to take account of the vast amount of training material provided to you upon registration.  There are no refunds for cancellations closer than 28 days to the start your scheduled Day One, or after Day One.  

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