Therapists usually consult with a Parnell Institute Consultant/mentor for 20+ hours to be ready for certification. You and your consultant/mentor will work together on your progress to determine when you are ready for certification.
Applicants for the designation of Attachment-Focused EMDR Certified Therapist must meet the following criteria:
The purpose of these 10 hours of consultation is to provide therapists support and education as they integrate what they learned in Parts 1 & 2 into clinical practice. In consultation, therapists will work on developing the following skills: history taking, case conceptualization, resource development, target development, using the modified protocol, bridging, and interweaves, , and session closure. Therapists must have clients that they can use Attachment-Focused EMDR with and must complete at least two Attachment-Focused EMDR processing sessions during the 10 hour consultation period.
Parts 1 and 2 with a Parnell Institute Trainer
Part 3 with a Parnell Institute Trainer
10 hours of consultation with one of the Parnell Institute Consultants following Part 2
The preliminary requirements for participating in training include a master’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling or behavioral health field, psychiatric nursing, or psychiatry with psychotherapy training.
The candidate must be licensed in their respective field of practice and show evidence of a license/certification/registration as a mental health professional.
A scanned copy of your license/certification/registration to practice independently is required. For countries that do not have licensure, candidates will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Applicants must have at least two years post-basic AF-EMDR training during which they have used AF-EMDR in their clinical practice.
Therapists often need additional hours to obtain required proficiency in Attachment-Focused EMDR Certification. Your consultant/mentor will check your progress to determine your readiness and discuss ways to address issues that require additional consultation hours.
Only consultation hours received AFTER completion of Basic AF-EMDR training can be applied towards this requirement.
Note: Consultation is not supervision. The consultee maintains full responsibility and autonomy for the decisions involving their clients’ treatment.
The PI consultant/mentor must verify in writing that the applicant has fulfilled the required number of hours of individual and group consultation. If more than one consultant was used, documentation is required from each. At least 10 of these hours must be individual hours with the same Parnell Institute consultant. The remaining 10 hours may be obtained through small group consultation.
During the mentoring process for certification, candidates must show an understanding of as well as proficiency in the following areas associated with an attachment-focused approach to EMDR, via case presentations, transcripts, videos, and/or live demonstrations:
The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
A full write-up of one case of AF-EMDR with a client with complex PTSD through the full course of treatment that includes the following:
There are two options for session review:
Session Evaluation and Feedback:
Recertification is required every two years. Proof of completion of 12 hours of AF-EMDR Continuing Education within the two-year time period is required (up to 10 hours may be AF-EMDR clinical consultation with a Parnell Institute consultant).
If a Certified AF-EMDR Therapist does not recertify, all the privileges of certification as listed in this document are discontinued. A Certified AF-EMDR Therapist must apply for recertification within 30 days of the expiration of their original certification date as listed on their certificate.
AF-EMDR Retreats focused on Skill Building: