Advice about Clinical Supervision
You will receive 10 hours group clinical supervision during the training. Part 1 - 2 hrs, Part 2 - 4 hrs and Part 3 - 4hrs.
Once you complete the course you can call and advertise yourself as an EMDR therapist. You do not have to seek additional supervision during the training, however many clinicians find this suitable. This can be in the form of peer supervision, local supervision groups or an EMDR consultant (a qualified EMDR clinical supervisor). EMDR Europe Accredited Consultants can be found via this link: http://emdrassociation.org.uk/find-a-therapist/mapping/
After becoming an EMDR therapist you do not have to become an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, however, this is a path we highly recommend. If provides a framework for further development, allows you to advance to the other levels of EMDR competency and allows you to be listed on the EMDR Association 'Find a Therapist' website feature. If you want to pursue this after your basic training you will need to find an EMDR Consultant to discuss this further.
Please see further guidance below regarding EMDR specialist supervision following the basic training issued by the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland. A pdf of this document can also be found in the Association folder of the clinical tools section of this website.
+ Guidelines regarding frequency & quantity of EMDR supervision
The requirements regarding supervision for each EMDR therapist will depend on:
Which stage they are at in relation to the development of their skills in their core profession
Which stage they are at in relation to their development as an EMDR therapist
For example a therapist who has just completed their basic training in EMDR is likely to require more frequent and lengthy periods of supervision. EMDR supervision should be regarded as specialist supervision additional to any supervision required by the therapist’s employer or core profession.
In general the minimum requirements for supervision are recommended to be as follows:
At least once per month
At least one hour per month individual supervision or at least two hours per month group supervision (in a group of no more than 6 supervisees)
An ‘SOS’ facility whereby the supervisor can be contacted between scheduled sessions for a brief telephone/Skype consultation or can be asked a specific question by email
For a variety of reasons, many supervisees will require in excess of these minimums.
+ Supervision for the purposes of Accreditation
It should be noted that the minimum of an hour’s supervision per month would equate to at least 10 hours supervision over the course of a year. If an EMDR therapist wishes to apply for accreditation after the minimum period of 12 months required after completing their EMDR training, they would have completed the minimum number of hours of supervision required post-training in order to apply for accreditation within this time.
It should always be stressed, however, that accreditation is ‘competency based’ and depends ultimately on the EMDR Consultant supervisor being satisfied that the supervisee uses the Standard Protocol competently.
After a therapist has achieved EMDR accreditation, they should continue to use EMDR in a professional manner, not working beyond their competencies in terms of training and experience.
+ Supervision when not seeking Accreditation
An individual who is not seeking accreditation can obtain supervision from accredited individuals who are Consultants-in-training or from peer supervision groups.
+ Supervision of Supervision
There are no minimum guidelines regarding the supervision of supervision. EMDR Consultants and Consultants-in-training should seek supervision at a level that is necessary for them to practice safely and responsibly.
A list of EMDR therapists can be found via The EMDR Association were you can filter your search for EMDR Consultant http://emdrassociation.org.uk/find-a-therapist/mapping/
Members of our own team may have availability to provide clinical supervision if you should want to contact them directly