The EMDR Academy are very excited to launch EMDR Europe Accredited Level 1 (Core) and Level 2 (Advanced)training in various locations over the UK Level , to be held :

Child Level 1 & 2 Dates

In order to attend Part 1 of EMDR Europe Accredited Child Training you must have, as a minimum, attended a Part 1 of a Standard EMDR Europe accredited course, or the old Level 1 EMDR Accredited Training. It is good practice that you seek to attend specialist EMDR Accredited child training following Part 1.

In order for you to to attend Part 1 child training you must have done at least Part 1 of a basic EMDR Accredited 7 day training. You must have completed all 3 parts of basic 7 day EMDR accredited training to access Level 2 child training. You must be working with children and have experience of working with children to attend the Child training, and you are agreeing to this in the terms and conditions. 



This practical 2-day training is designed to ensure that the over-arching developmental stages of children are taken into account when utilising EMDR to ensure the correct developmental protocol is used to maximise therapeutic benefit to the child and their family.

During the training, an overview of working systemically with children will be taught alongside the technical modifications of standard EMDR components by age groups (toddler, pre-school aged children, school aged children and teenagers), supported by videos of children with which the different developmental protocols are used.   

In addition, practical skills such as the adaptations required in explaining EMDR to children, eliciting a safe place appropriate to the child’s age and developmental stage, stretching the window of tolerance to accommodate improved emotional regulation and examples of how children emotionally regulate differently to adults will be also taught.

Finally, a brief introduction to what to do when processing becomes blocked including the use of interweaves with children and the 4-fields group protocol for children will also be shared.

This workshop will include practicums and skills-based learning to help consolidate learning and flexibility in the delivery of EMDR with children.

Children are in a constant state of chance and evolution : both physiologically, neurologically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.  Children and adolescents do not exist alone but in the context of their families, hence it is impossible to work with a child without taking the context of their system into account – whether or not the system is physically present.    

The emotional and chronological age of the child needs to be taken into account in the language and the developmental protocol used in both understanding and treating the child’s difficulties from both the systemic stance as well as from the child’s own understanding of their difficulties.  In this way, working with children and their families can be seen as equally flexible and challenging.

Eligibility to attend Level 1 Core Child Training

In order to attend Part 1 of EMDR child training you must have attended a Part 1 of a basic EMDR accredited course, or the old Level 1 Accredited EMDR training. Certificate copies will be asked for as evidence of attendance. You must be working with children in your workplace and have experience of working with children,  you agreeing to this by applying for the course.

Eligibility to attend Level 2 Advanced Child training

In order to attend Level 2 of EMDR child training you must have completed an EMDR Europe Accredited course and have attended a Level 1 EMDR Europe Accredited child training. There should be at least 6 months consolidation time from when you attended the Level 1 training. We ask that EMDR has been used with at least 3 children under the age of 18 including at least 1 child in which it was appropriate to use a developmental protocol at the point you attend the Level 2.


Susan Darker-Smith - EMDR Europe Consultant & Accredited Child & Adolescent Trainer

Susan is an accredited EMDR Consultant and an accredited Europe Child Trainer who works in a CAMHS team within the NHS alongside her private work.

She has been actively involved in the formation of a National Trauma Response Service in the UK offering group and early intervention EMDR for victims of National terrorist attacks and natural disasters (initially in response to children displaying trauma symptoms in the weeks following the Manchester terror attack). 

Susan has a wealth of experience in working with complex and dissociative client groups and through this work, she developed an EMDR protocol for working with young people with attachment difficulties and emerging emotional unstable personality disorders.  She has lectured at a national and global level on her research and interventions in both EMDR and CBT.

Susan is currently working alongside clinicians both from a paediatric background who work with EMDR and pain and clinicians working with looked after children, to see if different protocol modifications are more effective in helping these specific client groups to recover.

Susan currently sits on the EMDR UK & Ireland child and adolescent section alongside being a Trustee of the National Trauma Response Service.  

In addition to teaching the EMDR Child Trainings, Susan facilitates for the EMDR Academy and additionally teaches advanced-skills EMDR master-classes.

If you would like to attend please complete our online booking form 

For further information about the use of EMDR with children please read the child & adolescent page from EMDR Europe 

For further advice we recommend that you read The Guidelines for good practice in EMDR for clinicians working with children and adolescents in the UK and Ireland