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EMDR Research News April 2017

This month there are 13 new articles to report related to EMDR therapy. Three have links to open access full text articles.

2 Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Full text: Morphovolumetric changes after EMDR treatment in drug-naïve PTSD patients
  • Efficacy of EMDR on phantom limb pain of patients with amputations with 24-month follow-up

5 Meta-analysis or reviews
  • Full text: Psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents after man-made and natural disasters
  • Reviewing outcomes of psychological interventions with torture survivors
  • Early child disaster mental health interventions
  • Psychological interventions for PTSD in people with severe mental illness
  • Psychological interventions for post-traumatic stress symptoms in psychosis

1 APA Practice Guideline (pre-publication)
  • Full text: Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of PTSD in adults (Adopted as APA Policy February 24, 2017)

2 Case reports
  • Performance blocks in sport: Recommendations for treatment and implications for sport psychology practitioners
    • EMDR therapy for PTSD in a child and an adolescent with mild to borderline intellectual disability

3 Laboratory studies
  • Eye movement during retrieval of emotional autobiographical memories
  • Eye movement during recall reduces objective memory performance: An extended replication
  • Attenuating physiological arousal through the manipulation of simple hand movements

With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.



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EMDR Research News February 2017

This month there are 14 new articles to report. Three have links to open access full text articles.

1 Randomized Clinical Trial
  • Full text: EMDR vs. Treatment-as-Usual for non-specific chronic back pain patients with psychological trauma

1 Meta-analysis
  • Psychological treatments for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults

3 Innovative case reports
  • Idealization and maladaptive positive emotion: EMDR therapy for women who are ambivalent about leaving an abusive partner
    • Anorexia nervosa and EMDR: A clinical case
    • A case of Asperger syndrome with comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder and selective mutism

2 EMDR and Addiction
  • EMDR interventions in addiction
    • EMDR therapy reduces intense treatment-resistant cravings in a case of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid addiction

1 Neurobiology study of EMDR
  • Full text: Degrading traumatic memories with eye movements: A pilot functional MRI study in PTSD

1 Laboratory replication
  • Full text: Replication requires psychological rather than statistical hypotheses: The case of eye movements enhancing word recollection.

2 Integrative
  • Integrating neurobiology of emotion regulation and trauma therapy
    • Cognitive analytic therapy and EMDR therapy

2 General PTSD
  • Predicting post-traumatic stress disorder treatment response in refugees
    • Posttraumatic stress disorder: Overview of evidence-based assessment and treatment

1 EMDR organizational development
  • EMDR training for Bosnia-Herzegovina mental health workers resulted with the founding of Bosnia-Herezegovina EMDR association, which became a full member of EMDR Europe in 2015

With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.


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EMDR Research News December 2016

This month there are eight new articles to report.

There are three new articles on PTSD issues related to EMDR therapy with abstracts.

  • Review of the evidence base for psychosocial treatments for trauma exposed children and adolescents
  • Predicting post-traumatic stress disorder treatment response with EMDR therapy in refugees
  • Practice comparisons between treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder

There are four EMDR therapy articles with abstracts

  • An expanded report on a randomized controlled trial of resource activation (RDI) for treating PTSD conducted in Cambodia
  • A near-infrared spectroscopy study of the effects of eye movements during EMDR therapy
  • A pilot functional MRI study on degrading traumatic memories with eye movements
  • EMDR HAP UK training for Bosnia-Herzegovina mental health workers leads to the Bosnia-Herezegovina EMDR association joining EMDR Europe

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  • Three full text articles are available for immediate download including the following excellent review of PTSD and two others:
  • Overview of evidence-based assessment and treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder
  • A pilot functional MRI study on degrading traumatic memories with eye movements
  • EMDR training for Bosnia-Herzegovina mental health workers leads to the Bosnia-Herezegovina EMDR association joining EMDR Europe



With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.


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EMDR Research News October 2016

This month there are 11 new articles related to EMDR therapy.

Of note are studies on:

  • The neurobiology of Resource Development and Installation
  • The neurobiology of EMDR Therapy for PTSD
  • An updated review of therapy for traumatized children and adolescents
  • A review of interventions after domestic violence
  • A review of neurobiology of EMDR and eye movements
  • Comparing eye movements versus changing visual input
  • Comparing eye movements vs. eye fixation vs. simple exposure in treating PTSD
  • Comparing EMDR vs. COMET (behavioral ego strengthening) for self-esteem in anxiety
  • Comparing EMDR vs Critical Incident Stress Debriefing for workplace violence
  • Developing credibility and positive expectancy for treatment of psychosis among trauma therapists
  • A controlled study of trauma focused treatment in those with psychosis with and without dissociative subtype PTSD

Two articles are available with open access for immediate download.

The book of the month is
EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy with Children, Second Edition: Infants to Adolescents 2nd Edition and the companion Treatment Manual 2nd Edition by Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D. and Carolyn Settle, MSW LCSW.

With each reference below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries of journal articles can be found on the
EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR-related research is available at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access recent Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. JEMDR issues older than 12 months are available open access on IngentaConnect.
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Recognizing and caring for those with dissociative disorders

Recognizing and caring for those with dissociative disorders:

An essential element of basic training in EMDR

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Due to the significant risks of adverse unintended effects in offering standard EMDR therapy procedures to those with unrecognized dissociative disorders, screening for the presence of a dissociative disorder is widely recognized as an essential element of EMDR therapy (Leeds 2016, p. 51, pp. 102-103; Paulsen, 1995; Shapiro, 2001, pp. 103-104, pp. 441-445).

Curiously there is no explicit mention of or standards for this training element in the EMDRIA basic training curriculum (EMDRIA, 2015). Among different providers of basic training in EMDR therapy there is wide variation in how issues are addressed regarding education, training and consultation on the nature of or screening for dissociative disorders. While total training cost, convenience of scheduling and completion rate are often top considerations when recommending or considering course selection, it is also important to find out how providers deal with helping participants with the complex cases that constitute the greater part of their caseloads.

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