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EMDR Therapy MSc

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based, empirically supported psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychological trauma and other mental health conditions.

The University of Worcester is the first academic institution in the world to offer an MSc EMDR Therapy programme of study in EMDR psychotherapy. This programme is validated by EMDR Europe and contains full EMDR Europe Training, along with a suite of other modules.

This unique, ground-breaking course enables current mental health practitioners to further develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of psychological trauma and EMDR. The course can be studied part-time.

Those EMDR Therapy Clinicians who already have EMDR Europe Accreditation as either a practitioner or consultant would be eligible to APEL the first year of the programme and proceed straight into year two. The MSc in EMDR Therapy is accredited by EMDR Europe both for the training and the trainer. As an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer we have developed EMDR academic trainings in other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.

Some of our EMDR Trainings have been undertaken as part of humanitarian assistance/ trauma capacity building programmes in Pakistan, Poland, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, Palestine, Myanmar, Cambodia and Iraq. We have also carried out EMDR training for the Ministry of Defence, IAPT NHS services, and charitable organisations.

Our taught Masters programme appeals to mental health practitioners as well as those from cognate disciplines in relevant professions seeking further postgraduate study and continuing professional development. The structure of the programme reflects this, and allows students to study in accordance with the EMDR Europe Accreditation Competency-Based Frameworks for becoming an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.

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Factfile

How to Apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pgadmissions@worc.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Possession of a second class honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent relevant professional qualification acceptable to the University of Worcester.

  • Clinical Psychologists (Registered with HCPC or PSI)
  • Counselling Psychologists (Registered with HCPC or PSI)
  • Psychiatrists (MRCPsych, SpR, SHO)
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Suitably qualified or experienced researchers
  • Accredited Counsellors/ Psychotherapists (BABCP, BACP, UKCP, IACT/IACP/Association of Christian Counsellors (Higher level), British Society for Clinical Hypnosis, National Council of Psychotherapists (Mental Health Practitioners)
  • Clinical & Counselling Psychologists in final year of training are acceptable with letter of recommendation from their supervisor
  • Arts Therapists registered with HCPC with mental health training may be accepted
  • Occupational Therapists registered with HCPC with mental health training may be accepted

Applicants need to be working in a relevant field and should specify how the nature of their current practice relates to their eligibility for attendance on the course on their application form and at interview.


Study options

EMDR Therapy Training (EMDR Europe Accredited) – Completion Certificate

Post Graduate Certificate EMDR Therapy (60 credits at Level 7)

Post Graduate Diploma EMDR Therapy (120 credits at Level 7)

MSc EMDR Therapy (180 credits at Level 7)

Get in touch

For further information contact the Programme Lead:

Dr Derek Farrell CPsychol, PhD, CSci, AFBPsS
Principal Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester
WR2 6AJ

01905 542443
d.farrell@worc.ac.uk 

Employability

Undertaking the MSc EMDR programme will enable students to further develop their skills and expertise in the field of psychological trauma.

 

Course content

Modules

EMDR Europe Training Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 (40 credits)

EMDR with Complex Clinical Populations (20 credits)

Wider Applications of EMDR through Scripted Protocols (20 credits)

Current Issues in EMDR Practice & Research – A Negotiated Independent Learning Module (20 credits)

Clinical Supervision of EMDR Professional Practice (zero credits)

Advanced Research Analysis 2 (20 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)


Through your participation of this MSc EMDR Therapy programme of study you will be expected to develop a critical understanding of EMDR Therapy and its application to therapeutic practice. A range of learning styles and activities will be employed, focussing on student engagement and the development of independent learning. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Small group discussions
  • Debates
  • Tutorials
  • Individual research
  • Supplementary reading
  • Distance learning

 

Student views


Academic department

“I have attended lots of training in many things since my doctorate, and I can safely say I have never gained so much from a course as this one. It’s great to be able to attend a university (rather than a variety of hotel training rooms for other courses) to train in EMDR in a way that is enjoyable and practical, at the same time delivered to university standard.

“As a Psychologist I have gained personally and professionally from taking this course and am applying so much more into my every day work and future plans…  Whilst the work is practical, academic and challenging, it is also achievable and I am hoping that they will continue to introduce more modules over the coming years because I will most certainly look forward to attending them.”

"I trained as an EMDR therapist undertaking parts 1-3 completing the programme in early 2015. When I heard about the MSc I thought "what's the point?", however, following discussion with my supervisor I decided to apply. The reason I decided to apply was because as a psychiatric nurse working as a care coordinator in CMHT, I was not a psychologist or CBT therapist, but I had a passion for EMDR and basically wanted to understand a lot more about this treatment programme, in order to utilise this treatment with some of the mentally ill patients I was dealing with, which I felt was lacking in substance with my earlier training. That is not to say I hadn't learnt much earlier, it had wetted my appetite and  doing this course allowed me to be thoroughly immersed in EMDR which I didn't feel I had received already or by undertaking courses which gave additional CPD points.

"The opportunity to discuss cases with peers as well as learn from others in similar positions is invaluable and one which cannot be duplicated. Yes, there is more time involved and it does cost more but overall the experience doing this MSc is second to none, it cannot be gained on EMDR training courses. At the end of the day, this greater understanding of the workings of EMDR does improve you as a therapist and ultimately benefits the client which is after all the reason why we are doing this treatment."

“I am on the second year studying for the MSc.   The course lectures are really inspiring and make you think about EMDR in a more in-depth way touching on very recent research and how this developed.    I was unsure about taking my EMDR to a higher level but the campus at Worcester is really nice and you are really close to the town centre.   The course also has the benefit that I only have to attend two days every two months which fits in great with my work schedule.”

“The University of Worcester have done a great job providing this EMDR Therapy Master’s Degree, and focussing on getting such an interesting and motivating modular course up and running. Excellent for CPD as well - don’t think twice about taking the modules available on this course, the team supporting the programme are wonderful practitioners and well published academics - they bring balance to this training. The responsibilities of undertaking EMDR Therapy work with clients, practice and learning are balanced with kindness and wit in the teaching which is universally distributed around everyone attending from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, making the days at University fly by, which we all know doesn’t happen very often!!

I wanted to train in EMDR Therapy for a long time, and was so delighted when it was being offered at a British University as part of a bigger programme.

Having completed levels 1-4, being taught by and learning from some of the most renowned practitioners in the world this is an amazing opportunity and one that I really would highly recommend .

If you have any inkling that you would like to train in EMDR Therapy this course at the University of Worcester is ahead of its time, book your place before they are full because it is only a matter of time before the reputation of this course results in a waiting list for places every year! Only in its second year of running, this course is truly special and I enjoy every minute of it.

I have attended lots of training in many things since my doctorate, and I can safely say I have never gained so much from a course as this one. It’s great to be able to attend a university (rather than a variety of hotel training rooms for other courses) to train in EMDR Therapy in a way that is enjoyable and practical, at the same time delivered to university standard. Specialist modules are open to people wanting to undertake a Master’s Degree or for CPD, and they are organised by some of the most respected and well published EMDR Therapy practitioners in the world who are keen to share their experience and knowledge with students on this course with incredible results. This is more than evidenced in the up to date training, research and support provided on the course, in the safe knowledge that it is accredited by a British University. As a Psychologist I have gained personally and professionally from taking this course and am applying so much more into my every day work and future plans. I only intended to do the Level 1-4 training, and am now in my second year, having taken two additional modules covering EMDR Therapy with complex populations and wider aspects. Whilst the work is practical, academic and challenging, it is also achievable and I am hoping that they will continue to introduce more modules over the coming years because I will most certainly look forward to attending them”


Course Dates

Course Dates 2016/17

 Module code Module name   Dates 
 MPSY4160

EMDR Europe Training 1,2,3,4

27-29 September 2016

MPSY4099

Clinical supervision of EMDR Professional Practice

30 September 2016

MSPY4161

EMDR with Complex Clinical Populations

 13-14 October 2016

MPSY4160

EMDR Europe Training 1,2,3,4

15-17 November 2016

MPSY4099

Complex supervision of EMDR Professional Practice

18 November 2016

MPSY4160

EMDR Europe Training 1,2,3,4

14-19 January 2017

MPSY4161

EMDR with Complex Clinical Populations

15-16 December 2016

MPSY4163

Current Issues in EMDR Practice & Research

27 January 2017

MPSY4162

Wider Applications of EMDR through scripted protocols

3-4 February 2017

MPSY4160

EMDR Europe Training 1,2,3,4

14-16 March 2017

MPSY4099

Clinical supervision of EMDR Professional Practice

17 March 2017

MPSY4162

Wider Applications of EMDR through scripted protocols

28-29 April 2017