EMDR Singapore recognises Approved EMDR Trainings that adhere to the guidelines and best training practices below, adapted from those developed by EMDR Institute and EMDR Global Alliance (EGA), and approved by EMDR Asia:
I. The in-classroom training will take a total minimum of 6 days consisting of –
a) Lecture (20 hours); and
b) Supervised Practicum (20 hours); with
c) Case consultation with an Approved Consultant in small groups or individually (10 hours/sessions) after the lecture and practicum, spread over months.
d) Facilitator/Consultant to trainee ratio is 1:12 or fewer trainees to allow for adequate behavioural observation of each trainee.
II. The above three components of I a), b), and c), is covered in several parts –
a) With the more advanced information only taught after the trainee has had time to practice with actual clients and begin to integrate the basic 8-phase EMDR protocol into his/her clinical setting (e.g. Part 1 Training is 10 hours of lecture, 10 hours of supervised practicum, and 5 sessions/hours of case consultation; and Part 2 Training to cover the remaining hours of lecture, supervised practicum and case consultation);
b) With a minimum period of 8 weeks or longer (on a case-by-case situation) in between the classroom training parts.
III. The training syllabus should be consistent with Francine Shapiro’s latest edition of her Guilford Press text Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures.
IV. To receive the “Certificate of Completion” –
a) Trainees are required to complete the entire basic training program.
b) Trainees have up to 3 years to complete the entire training program.
V. The Association reserves the right to decide which Approved Trainers and Approved Consultants/Facilitators to engage locally so as to ensure the highest standard of the clinical use of EMDR.
VI. In the case that the training presenter is in training to be an approved trainer, he/she must be observed by an approved trainer throughout the training, and be eligible as a candidate for Trainer-in-training on the basis of qualifications and ethical standards.
VII. Facilitators-/Consultants-in-training must also understudy or be observed by an Approved Trainer/Approved Consultant, and be eligible as a trainee candidate on the basis of qualifications and ethical standards.
VIII. These requirements are subject for review in response to changing needs on a national level, as well as taking into account regional and global circumstances.