I recently received an email for an EMDRIA member who was concerned about an advertisement she received from PESI regarding an EMDR course they were promoting. To address her first concern (and the concern of many other EMDRIA members), please be aware that EMDRIA continues to deny PESI courses EMDRIA approval and does not consider graduates from PESI programs as EMDR trained.
However, this advertisement also contained a blaring error which the member was kind enough to make us aware of — PESI is advertising the courses instructor is a “Certified Level II EMDR Practitioner”. This is an increasingly common error despite EMDRIA’s work to publicize that there is no such thing as a Certified Level II EMDR Practitioner or even an EMDR Level II practitioner.
How should you advertise your EMDR skills?
- If you have completed Level I and Level II training with an EMDRIA Approved Basic Trainer (which PESI is not), then you are an EMDR Trained Practitioner and can advertise that you have attended EMDRIA Approved Basic Training Courses as well if you wish to do so.
- If you have undergone the additional Certification requirements (such as applying for certification with EMDRIA, attending additional EMDRIA Approved continuing education courses, receiving additional consultation hours, etc.) and have received your certification certificate (not membership certificate) from EMDRIA, then you can advertise yourself as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist.
Please help EMDRIA spread the word on both of these issues!