EMDR Consultation for EMDR Trained Practitioners
Naomi Iliffe – Principal Psychologist
Naomi is an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant and EMDR Training Facilitator. In providing consultation to other professionals utilising EMDR Therapy, I am committed to supporting other practitioners to firstly develop and hone their fidelity to the Standard Protocol, and then expanding consultees knowledge and skills in working with a range of mental health presentations, working with complex and dissociative presentations, and the utilisation of an extensive range of other evidenced based EMDR Protocols. I utilise the model of Structural Dissociation in my work with complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
I am passionate about supporting EMDR practitioners to not only be able to utilise EMDR Therapy within a trauma perspective, but to also be able to offer therapeutic support for clients with a range of mental health presentations. Over my career, I have developed advanced EMDR Therapy skills in working with a range of presenting issues and complex dissociative disorders. I have also had extensive experience working in the Non-Government sector in trauma, child development, early childhood, child protection, and out of home care.I have undertaken roles as a clinician and management in these areas, as well as the writing and provision of training and consultation
EMDR Therapy with children and adolescents
Much of my career has involved working with children and adolescents, as well as adult survivors of early childhood trauma. My EMDR practice incorporates working with our younger clients and I offer support and consultation to other EMDR practitioners working with these age groups. This includes working with children and adolescents that present with the range of mental health presentations, including those who have experienced abuse and neglect, out of home care, complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Your journey in EMDR Training
EMDR Basic Training requirements
EMDR Training in Australia is accredited by the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA) and is based on the legal definition of EMDR Therapy, which is held by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). While there can be other organisations or trainers advertising EMDR Training, unless it is accredited by EMDRAA it is not considered to be up to the standard of the internationally accredited curriculum and may not prepare therapists to practice EMDR Therapy safely. To see if the training you are considering is appropriately accredited, look at EMDRAA.
Your basic training in EMDR Therapy occurs in two stages and consists of 50 hours training in total; 20 hours of didactic training (which involves practicums where you experience EMDR training as both client and therapist), 20 hours skills training and 10 hours consultation with an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant. Typically, your basic training is required to be completed within a maximum two-year timeframe. Trainees are encouraged to gain experience in using EMDR Therapy after their first level of training (within their areas of experience), however it is once you have completed the full 50 hours of training you can be considered fully trained to conduct EMDR Therapy and advertise yourself as “EMDR Trained”. It is also at this point that you can also become a Full Member of EMDRAA.
Naomi is available to provide consultation to any EMDR trained practitioner who has competed an EMDRAA approved EMDR Therapy training.
Registration as an EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner or Consultant
Upon completing your Basic Training, practitioners can choose to work towards Accreditation as an EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner, through consultation with an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant. Through this process you will be working towards competence in all areas of EMDR Therapy practice. You can access the Practitioner Accreditation Information here.
EMDRAA Consultants differ from Practitioners in that they are also accredited to provide consultation to individuals who are working towards becoming Accredited Practitioners. Those seeking accreditation as an EMDRAA consultant must be an EMDRAA Accredited Practitioner and then met all the consultants’ criteria.