Working with your own Clients:

It is very important to stress that ALL delegates must have access to 3 suitable clients during the training.  This is so they can begin using EMDR therapy over the 3 parts and receive clinical supervision from the trainers on these cases during the training days.


The delegate is asked to work with 2 clients between Part 1 and 2 and to have worked with at least 3 clients by the end of Part 3. This has to include clearing / treating 1 trauma / distressing memory per client.  This way the delegate can experience all the phases of the protocol with each of these 3 clients.  Your certificate will be withheld if you do not work with your 3 clients by the time you get to Part 3.  


3 clients is the absolute minimum acceptable to gain the necessary experience of the model.  The more clients the delegate can work with will really help embedding the approach within their therapy toolbox before completing the training.  Delegates who struggle to work with 3 clients also have a much high chance that will not continue using EMDR therapy post training. 


We strongly advise you to consider this point and make suitable arrangements for accessing clients before booking, because it is the most important aspects of the training.


Some delegates find that they work with only complex trauma clients or young children. This can often be a clear barrier when choosing your clients during the training.  We do strongly recommend that you start with the most simple clients possible whilst you are a trainee.  However, if you only work with complex cases then we will support you as best we can if making modifications because, like any psychotherapy training, you cannot complete the course without using it in your clinical practice. 

There are no written assessments during the training, but full course participation is required. This is taking part in practicals, where you will work on some of your own personal memories and practice delivering EMDR to a partner/triad.

Practical Sessions: Own Memories 

The delegate must prepare your own personal memories to work on during the practicums. 

These practicals are an essential part of the whole training.  However, we ask you to choose your memories carefully.  This is so that you get a real experience of EMDR on your own material, but also that the material is manageable for you to work on within a training environment amongst others delegates.  Sometimes old memories have more emotional charge than we first expect when we do EMDR.  We strongly advise you think about this carefully before you attend this course, as there won’t be much time to consider this at length during the course. 

You are expected to prepare for Part 1:

Minimum of 2 memories of your own personal material - you CANNOT role play this.   These should be at a current subjective unit of distress (SUD) level of around 4-5 out of 10 (where 0 is neutral and 10 is the highest distress).  

You are expected to prepare for Part 2:

Minimum of 1 current anxiety or phobia (SUDS as above). Also to have used all the phases of EMDR with at least 2 clients since Part 1.

You are expected to prepare for Part 3:

Minimum of 1 memory (SUDS as above) and to have seen at least a total of 3 clients since Part 1.

Health considerations:

Please do get in touch with us if you are in the 1st or 3rd trimester of pregnancy.  This is because you work on some of your own memories during the course which may increase your emotions and you may find upsetting or cause distress. We sometimes have delegates that are pregnant and attend the course.  We advise those that they do so purely at their own risk because they will still have to work on their own material during the course as an essential part of the training.  If they still attend we then advise them to work with easier / safer memories.

Please also inform the trainer prior to the training if you suffer with vertigo, inner ear problems, migraines or epilepsy.

Our EMDR Accredited training is an intense, but hugely rewarding, course so please prepare the above to help you make the most of your training experience.