Clinical supervision has a number of benefits: 

  • It can help to manage the personal and professional demands. Clinical supervision provides an environment in which you can explore your own personal and emotional reactions to the work you do .

  • It enhances reflective practice and provides feedback on skills identified 

  • It can be one part of your professional development, and also helps you to identify training and personal developmental needs. 

Guidelines regarding frequency and quantity of EMDR supervision

The requirements regarding supervision for each EMDR therapist will depend on:

  • which stage they are at in relation to the development of their skills in their core profession

  • which stage they are at in relation to their development as an EMDR therapist

For example a therapist who has just completed their basic training in EMDR is likely to require more frequent and lengthy periods of supervision.

EMDR supervision should be regarded as specialist supervision additional to any supervision required by the therapist’s employer or core profession.

In general the minimum requirements for EMDR supervision are as follows:

  • at least once per month

  • at least one hour per month individual supervision or at least two hours per month group supervision (in a group of no more than 6 supervisees)

Supervision for the purposes of Accreditation:

It should be noted that the minimum of an hour’s supervision per month would equate to at least 10 hours supervision over the course of a year. If an EMDR therapist wishes to apply for accreditation after the minimum period of 12 months required after completing their EMDR training, they would have completed the minimum number of hours of supervision required post-training in order to apply for accreditation within this time.

Please note that accreditation is ‘competency based’ and will depend on the EMDR Consultant supervisor being satisfied that the supervisee uses the Standard Protocol competently.

After a therapist has achieved EMDR accreditation, they should continue to use EMDR in a professional manner, not working beyond their competencies in terms of training and experience and still require regular supervision. 

Supervision when not seeking Accreditation:

An individual who is not seeking accreditation can obtain supervision from accredited individuals who are Consultants, Consultants-in-training or from peer supervision groups.

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