Introduction to EMDR Therapy: Providing Effective and Efficient Treatment

Presented by Francine Shapiro, PhD on 01-23-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an empirically validated, integrative psychotherapy approach that is compatible with all clinical orientations. Guided by the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, it enables therapists to provide effective and efficient treatment to eliminate the clinical consequences of psychological trauma and other negative life experiences. Couple and marriage and family therapists can utilize EMDR to break through clinical impasses.

The ability to rapidly treat unprocessed memories of adverse life experiences has important implications, as demonstrated by research that shows such memories are the foundation for an extensive array of psychological and somatic symptoms. Clinical applications of EMDR therapy include a wide variety of psychological problems, as well as stress-induced physical disorders and medically unexplained symptoms.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of EMDR therapy research and clinical procedures, including the advantages it provides to practicing clinicians. For instance, three controlled studies have indicated that 84%–100% of single-trauma victims no longer have posttraumatic stress (PTSD) after approximately 5.4 hours of EMDR therapy. As indicated in the World Health Organization (2013) practice guidelines, trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD. The guidelines also state: “Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework.” (p.1). The EMDR therapy procedures, clinical applications, and implications for therapy practice will be explored during the presentation.

This web conference is beginning instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Utilize the basic principles of the Adaptive Information Processing model;
  2. Explain the phases of EMDR therapy treatment;
  3. Examine the effects and treatment of unprocessed memories;
  4. Discuss how EMDR therapy can be integrated within diverse clinical orientations.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in GoodTherapy.org's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

One CE credit will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

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This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

"It’s not about clinical intrusion, it’s not about challenging, etcetera, but rather it is preparing the client in a certain way, stimulating the information processing system, and allowing the internal links to take place so that the insight emerges, the connections emerge, the negative emotion is eliminated, and what comes up instead is a sense of empowerment ... that sense that ... ‘I can handle whatever comes up.’" - Francine Shapiro, PhD

"With EMDR you don’t have to process each and every memory, you basically cluster them and you choose one to represent the cluster." - Francine Shapiro, PhD

Event Reviews from Members

"I was blown away by how useful EMDR is in meeting the needs of clients with various trauma histories, as well as its ability to treat pedophiles and other typically resistant maladapted behaviors." - Carl Golden, MS, MA, LMHCA

Meet the Presenter

Francine Shapiro, PhD

Francine Shapiro, PhD

Dr. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a scientifically supported treatment for trauma and other adverse life experiences. Numerous organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) have designated EMDR as a frontline treatment for PTSD. She also founded the Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP), a nonprofit organization that offers treatment and training for worldwide populations that are underserved. 

Dr. Shapiro's nonprofit gained attention from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and received the "Clinical Excellence" award. The World Council for Psychotherapy and the City of Vienna presented her with the International Sigmund Freud Award, and Dr. Shapiro has received numerous other awards in the psychology field throughout her career. She has published many articles and books about EMDR, and her recent book is designed for the general public and for therapists: Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. For more information about Dr. Shapiro and EMDR, please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.

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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.