Professional Code of Conduct
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) has adopted a Professional Code of Conduct in order to assure the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR. By adopting this Code, EMDRIA creates guidelines to establish and uphold standards of practice, training, certification, and research. All members of EMDRIA, as a condition of membership, subscribe to the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct
1. Members of EMDRIA shall observe the professional and ethical standards of their respective clinical professions. If members are not licensed or accountable to a particular discipline’s code of ethics, or if their Code of Ethics does not address the concern at hand, then the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Ethics (APA Code of Ethics, June 1, 2003) shall apply.
2. Members shall continue to be in good standing with the professional organization with which they are affiliated and regulatory board (e.g., state or provincial licensure board or Ministry of Health) in their jurisdiction and have no confirmed findings of illegal, unprofessional or unethical conduct. Members shall report within 30 days to EMDRIA any problems and authorize EMDRIA to contact the appropriate licensing boards.
3. Members shall adhere to the code of ethics of their respective clinical profession with regard to the advertising of services or EMDR training programs. If members are not licensed or accountable to a particular discipline’s code of ethics, then the APA Code of Ethics (APA Code of Ethics, June 1, 2003) regarding ethics in advertising and public statements shall apply.
4. Members or Non-Members serving in an EMDRIA-sanctioned position will follow all policies and guidelines related to that position.
If you believe you have a grievance, other than a third-party contract dispute, against EMDRIA, anyone in an EMDRIA-sanctioned position, or an EMDRIA member, contact the EMDRIA Executive Director for a copy of the EMDRIA grievance process. If, however, the complaint concerns a clinical ethics issue, you instead should contact the appropriate state or provincial regulatory board or ministry of health.