Mental health nurses willingness to pay for EMDR Therapy training


In 2018, the Northern Ireland government commissioned and paid for 25 mental health nurses to undertake two-part EMDR therapy training. Aim: We sought to establish the monetary value participants placed on the training and to examine the impact that continuous professional development (CPD) hours and/or academic credit would affect the perceived value reported.

As part of the evaluation we asked participants to complete a willingness to pay survey. A questionnaire comprising five questions was developed. These questions asked respondents to state how much of their own money they would be willing to pay toward EMDR therapy training; if training was or was not recognised for CPD, if the course carried academic credit and if their employer subsidized the course.

Twenty-one of the participants responded. The mean amount they stated they were willing to pay was £871.25. If the training did not attract CPD hours the amount that they were willing to pay fell to £544.44, in comparison to £814.71 when CPD was awarded. They were willing to pay a mean of £817.65 when academic credit was attached to the training. Statistically significant differences were evident between willingness to pay when CPD hours were offered and when not and academic credit and no CPD hours. No difference between CPD hours and academic credit was found.

Conclusion & Learning:
Those commissioning or planning EMDR therapy training for mental health nurses should be aware need for either academic credit or CPD hours to be available for potential trainees.






Iain McGowan

Original Work Citation

McGowan, I. (2020, January). Mental health nurses willingness to pay for EMDR Therapy training. Presentation at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand


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