Etiquette for EMDR Consultation Groups

The purpose of an EMDR group consultation is to share EMDR cases to improve EMDR skills. We wanted to share some etiquette tips on sharing case information within your EMDR Consultation Groups:

  • Case Confidentiality:  Case information should only be discussed during the pre-arranged EMDR Consultation Group appointment. Case information should not be sent via email, or left on voicemails under any circumstances. These forms of communication are not confidential and must be treated with care and respect for the client. If you want to reach out to people in your group, arrange a time and a way to share information that keeps confidentiality.
  • Email Privacy:  It is common for therapists within EMDR Consultation Groups to share their emails with each other. Please be respectful of your fellow therapists and their privacy. Before adding a therapist onto your email marketing or email newsletter, make sure you have their permission to do so. Do not freely pass along their emails to a mailing list, or use them in your own mailing list unless you have already discussed this in private. When in doubt, you should always assume that the person who owns that email has opted-out of any marketing or newsletter campaigns. Soliciting someone to opt-in to an email campaign is equivalent to an unsolicited email (SPAM) as well.
  • Supervision vs. Consultation:  Remember that an EMDR Consultation Group – or any kind of EMDR Consultation – is not the same as supervision. Supervision carries with it a specific legal meaning, and it’s own set of liability. You may not count EMDR Consultation Group hours toward your supervision hours unless you have arranged that in advance. You can read more about this distinction is one of our previous blog posts:

We hope you find this information useful in your future EMDR Consultation Groups.

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