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.
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"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
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"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
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.