California Board of Behavioral Sciences Responds to EMDRIA’s Letter Regarding PESI

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences reviewed complaints filed by EMDRIA and some EMDRIA members concerning PESI EMDR programs. The Board reported that PESI agreed to add information to its brochure, including: “This workshop is intended for master’s and doctoral level clinicians working with clients affected by trauma” and “this course will not prepare participants to work with trauma clients.” It also said that PESI will encourage participants to “continue enhancing their knowledge; receive consultation and support with an experienced EMDR clinician; obtain certification with EMDRIA.”

EMDRIA responded in a letter dated April 13, 2009 pointing out that PESI fails to understand that its participants are not eligible for EMDRIA Certification because completing a PESI workshop does not qualify as completing EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training. EMDRIA also voiced concern about client safety if PESI program participants use EMDR after completing a PESI workshop. EMDRIA requested further investigation.

To read the both letters, please click here.

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The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.

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