EMDR Certification is an advanced level of training and experience, beyond that of EMDR Basic Training. Think of completing EMDR Basic Training as getting a bachelor’s in EMDR, and getting EMDR Certified as getting a master’s in EMDR. You have to get the bachelor’s to then pursue the master’s.
EMDR Certification is a specialty credential, overseen by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) for those in the USA. This level of advanced skill requires experience and training beyond that which you complete in EMDR Basic Training. Note, that EMDR Basic Training must be completed prior to embarking on your EMDR Certification journey.
What’s the benefit of getting certified?
Getting certified in EMDR is really a testament to a clinician’s level of expertise and advanced skill set as it pertains to their EMDR practice. To become EMDR Certified means you have completed additional hours of training and consultation, and that you have integrity and considerable skill as an EMDR therapist. For those working in private practice, EMDR Certification can speak to your level of qualifications and skill set. For those working in agencies, EMDR Certification identifies you as a lead and advanced practitioner amongst your colleagues and leadership.