EMDR with young people

Below is a list of questions to ask before engaging in EMDR treatment for your child. Ideally you would require the answer to be positive to all seven questions to ensure that your child/adolescent will be treated by an EMDR Europe Accredited practitioner with the required training in EMDR.

  1. What is the core profession of the therapist? (E.g. psychiatrist, family therapist, child psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, counselling psychologist, occupational therapist, counsellor, nurse therapist, social worker, GP, etc.
  2. What is the registration body of the therapist? Registration ensures that a therapist is bound by a strict code of conduct and in case of complaints there is a process through their registering organisation. Parents can verify this information by contacting the various organisations. Increasingly, therapists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). A therapist should be registered with HCPC, or one of the following registration bodies: UKCP, BACP, BABCP, GMC, NMC.
  3. How much experience has the therapist had in working with children and adolescents?
  4. Is the therapist ‘DBS’ (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and has a certificate to prove this? (This is a check to ensure that a therapist has never been convicted of a violent offence against a child.) Please note that this is called Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) in Scotland.
  5. Is the therapist a member of the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland and completed EMDR Europe accredited generic EMDR training? The generic training consists of Parts 1-3 although some trainers  describe their training as Parts 1-4.
  6. Has the therapist an EMDR Europe accredited child training, Level 1 and/or Level 2? Currently their are two levels of training for therapists working with children.
  7. Is the therapist receiving regular supervision from an EMDR Europe accredited Consultant with experience in using EMDR with Children and Adolescents.

Lastly, having checked the above points, remember that in addition to the skills and experience of the therapist, it is important that he/she is able to form a therapeutic relationship with you and your child.