What We Do:

Promote capacity building through trainings with our international partners.

Promote high standards of EMDR practice in Iraq.

Support EMDR therapists in their professional development.

Connect to the MENA regional and international EMDR community.

About Us

Welcome to EDMR

EMDR  Iraq Association is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals dedicated to promoting high quality in the education of EMDR therapy, practice, and clinical consultation/supervision.

Its major goals are to:

  • Spread awareness of the psychotherapeutic approach of EMDR in the Iraqi community through lectures, media, and brochures.
  • Organize EMDR training courses, workshops, lectures, and conferences to mental health specialists.
  • Provide continuing education for EMDR therapists.
  • Establish the minimum eligibility requirements of the Basic EMDR Therapy Training Course.
  • Establish the criteria for the minimum requirement for the following: EMDR practitioner/therapist, EMDR consultant, and EMDR trainer.
  • Develop social and humanitarian projects to support those who need psychological treatment.
  • Establish a network of communication and cooperation with different EMDR associations and organizations around the world.


Training in EMDR

Basic EMDR Therapy Training Course is designed for mental health practitioners who offer psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children in a clinical setting (see Eligibility Requirement section). It provides the practitioners with the knowledge and skills of how to utilize EMDR; it also gives them a comprehensive understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning, and on how to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice. This course involves instruction and practice for the participants.
Location: Iraq/baghdad/imam jafar alsadiq

The Basic EMDR Therapy Training Course is composed of Levels 1, 2, & 3 with a minimum of 30 hours of group consultation/supervision. The full training is approximately 12 months in length. 3 Workshops: each workshop has a minimum of 20-hours of instruction and practicum that are covered intensively in 2 or 3 days. Group / Individual consultation: 6 sessions of group consultation is to be taken after each level workshop. Attendance at the Refreshers and Course supervision sessions offered after each level workshop. Shiraz to Check EMDRIA and EMDR Europe Practicum: A minimum of 5 clients with a total of 20 sessions using EMDR therapy after each workshop. 1 workshop on disaster relief through Group EMDR. Training Manuals: Manuals will be given to participants in each workshop. These manuals are developed by accredited EMDR Trainers and they follow the guidelines of EMDR training courses of Dr. Francine Shapiro. Required Reading: Participants will be required to read the textbook by Dr. Francine Shapiro: Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press. Upon the completion of the Basic EMDR Therapy Training course, a “Certificate of Completion” will be issued to participants from an accredited training institute. N.B.  Full Attendance is required. The “Certificate of Completion” will not be issued for those who miss any section of the workshops. Costs: Training in Basic EMDR is provided pro-bono by Trauma Aid UK if you work for an NGO or in the public sector or at low cost by our international training partners