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Network of EMDR Trainers (NOET)

NOET is an independent international network which is open to all credentialed trainers for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). For a list of current members, please click here.

Outcome of the first meeting

A group of 20 credentialed EMDR trainers met in an EMDR Trainers Think Tank in Montreal on Thursday, September 9th, 2004. All credentialed trainers from around the world who could be identified from Internet sources were invited. Many trainers expressed interest and regrets; 20 attended, representing a wide range of training models and programs being offered in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Participants (some of whom were not able to stay for the entire day):

Stephen Paul Adler, Diane Clayton, Eileen Freedland, Mary Froning, Molly Gierasch, Ricky Greenwald, Edwin Hallsten, Sandy Kaplan, Jim Lichti, Howard Lipke, Philip Manfield, Celia Naccarato, Zona Scheiner, Oliver Schubbe, Robin Shapiro, Nancy Smyth, Rosemary Vienot, Marshall Wilensky, Bennet Wolper, William Zangwill.

We began with extended introductions, during which participants described possibly unique features of their own training programs. We then broke up into groups, each focused on areas that participants and other trainers (who had e-mailed responses to a survey) had identified as the most pressing concerns in EMDR training. We then presented the findings in the larger group and discussed the issues further. The group came to consensus on the following:

How to get participants to complete the full EMDR training?

The simple solution is to require participants to pay for the full training up front; to offer the full training as a package deal.

How to get participants to use EMDR in the right way at the right time in treatment?

There were many specific strategies proposed, mainly along three lines:

1) To teach EMDR and the AIP theory within the context of a trauma-informed treatment approach; to emphasize and teach trauma-informed case formulation and treatment planning.

2) To emphasize and teach client preparation (including but not limited to RDI), so that clients have a better chance of tolerating and responding well to EMDR, and so that therapists can develop trust in the process.

3) To demonstrate EMDR, have participants practice it repeatedly under supervision in class, and to use various strategies to encourage them to practice it with their clients while they still remember how (e.g., offering follow-up consultation groups, having participants make regular entries into an on-line journal that others read, having trainees experience EMDR as a client, etc.).

It was noted that participant needs might be different from one course to another, depending on their client population.

How to help impaired trainees (personal and/or clinical skills issues) to bring themselves up to standard to be able to satisfactorily complete the training and use EMDR effectively?

In the beginning of the training, provide an informed consent process regarding the training experience, that will set up the expectation that the trainer might intervene if/when participants appear to be impaired in some way. This also invites participants to self-monitor and collaborate in this process. For example:

Some of the issues that other people who took the training have found were obstacles to their learning were:

  • tolerating feedback from the trainer & other participants.
  • being able to raise their hand when a topic or term is used that they don't know.
  • being able to track their own presence and that of their client.
  • being able to tolerate severe emotional reactions.
  • being able to trust the process.
  • being able to recognize dissociation and/or ground the client.
  • being able to incorporate this new method after years of doing therapy another way.

One of my jobs as the trainer is to help you to address these issues as they arise, so that you have the best chance of being successful in the course.

Another point was the importance of not assuming, but actively teaching, trauma treatment skills as well as therapist self-awareness and self-care.

It was also noted by many participants that working with a relatively small group over a long period of time affords many opportunities to help impaired trainees to identify and address issues that may be interfering with their success.

How to improve EMDR credentialing? Discussion was focused around two main issues, each with a suggested remedy:

1) Trainers/courses credentialed in one jurisdiction often have to start from scratch in a new jurisdiction, and may find it difficult to gain access. One suggestion was to find agreement on some reasonable international high-standard criteria; a trainer who met this high standard would have mobility internationally. Local jurisdictions would retain the right to use lower standards as well.

2) The proliferation of independent EMDR trainers has led to a wealth of innovation in EMDR training. Credentialing bodies may be unsure about how to evaluate these innovations. The suggestion was to gather data on the outcomes of the various training models (and on components of the models) so that credentialing can be done on a more informed basis. We recognized that such a study would have to be done carefully - probably with a collaboration of credentialing bodies and trainers representing multiple models - in order to get meaningful data.

How to provide support, resources, and information to EMDR trainers?

Participants appreciated the opportunity to share experiences, insights, and methods with each other, and felt that this type of experience should be regular fare for EMDR trainers. We therefore decided to:

  • Form the Network of EMDR Trainers (NOET, pronounced "note") open to all credentialed EMDR trainers worldwide. This is an independent group, not affiliated with any school or organization, but open to all. Current plans include:
  • Sharing this document with all interested parties.
  • Initiating a web site, www.noet.net, as a repository for sharing materials and resources among EMDR trainers.
  • Meeting again prior to the 2005 EMDRIA conference in Seattle, with specific plans to do a "favorite recipe" or "show & tell" event, in which we each teach one of our teaching methods to others, and share the materials so that others can replicate it. All accredited EMDR trainers may request an invitation.
  • Submitting a proposal to the EMDRIA conference committee for a session devoted to those interested in becoming EMDR trainers. The goal will be to describe different training models, describe the process of becoming a trainer, and offer resources and other support.

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WWW.NOET.NET is the official website of NOET, where we display new information. If you are an aspiring or credentialed EMDR trainer or if you should have any questions about this site, please contact info@noet.net or the webmaster at webmaster@noet.net. Aspiring trainers with accreditation as EMDR consultants and a recommendation of an accredited EMDR trainer can apply for an observing status and receive support by a mentor under each mentor's individual conditions. This web site is maintained by the Institute fuer Traumatherapie at Berlin and has been updated on 9/23/08.