Frequently asked questions

Grandparenting for Certification in Attachment-Focused EMDR

What are the requirements for Certification via Grandparenting into Attachment-Focused EMDR Certification? 

To qualify for certification by Grandparenting, you must have completed EMDR Basic Training with the Parnell Institute in 2013 or later, received consultation with a Parnell Institute Approved Consultant(s) or Consultant In Training, and have completed your EMDRIA Certification. You can continue to fulfill the other Parnell requirements for AF-EMDR certification.

Is my certification guaranteed if I complete all the requirements and pay the appropriate fees?

No. You must provide the necessary documentation, including documentation from your consultant(s) indicating your proficiency in your use of the Attachment-Focused EMDR model.

Recertification Requirements

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. If a Certified AF-EMDR therapist does not apply for recertification within one (1) year of the expiration of their prior certification, then proof of 10 hours of consultation and 30 hours of AF-EMDR continuing education from any of the following events are required:

  1. AF-EMDR retreats focused on skill building
  2. Parnell Institute Conference
  3. AF-EMDR Workshops by Parnell Institute Trainers or Parnell Institute faculty

Privileges of Attachment-Focused EMDR Certification

1. Listing on the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR website as an AF-EMDR Certified Therapist

2. Authorization to call oneself an AF-EMDR Certified Therapist on business cards, flyers, biographical sketches, curriculum vitae, resumes, etc.

3. May be granted permission by the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR when requesting to use AF-EMDR intellectual property for any endeavor, e.g., books, courses, workshops, promotions

Code of Conduct

1. Members of The Parnell Institute shall observe the professional and ethical standards of their respective clinical professions. If members are not licensed or accountable to a particular discipline’s code of ethics, or if their Code of Ethics does not address the concern at hand, then the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Ethics (APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, January 1, 2017) shall apply.

2. Members shall continue to be in good standing with the professional organization with which they are affiliated and regulatory board (e.g., state or provincial licensure board or Ministry of Health) in their jurisdiction and have no confirmed findings of illegal, unprofessional, or unethical conduct. Members shall report within 30 days to The Parnell Institute any problems and authorize The Parnell Institute to contact the appropriate licensing boards.

3. Members shall adhere to the code of ethics of their respective clinical profession with regard to the advertising of services or AF-EMDR training programs. If members are not licensed or accountable to a particular discipline’s code of ethics, then the APA Code of Ethics (APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, January 1, 2017) regarding ethics in advertising and public statements shall apply.


Fees are subject to change.
Membership is required for certification
$120 Annual Parnell Institute

1. Certification:

  1. $50 application packet fee
  2. $150 certification fee

2. Recertification: $150, payable each time recertification occurs (required every two years)

How long will it take for my certification to be approved after I submit all my documents?

You can expect to receive approval within 30 days.

If my certification isn’t approved, will my application fee be refunded?

No, but the Parnell Institute will assist you to the best of our ability to complete any missing requirements. In some cases, an additional fee may be necessary for certain assistance.

For more frequently asked questions regarding our overall Certification program, visit our FAQ page.

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