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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures

By Francine Shapiro
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Book Details
  • Author: Francine Shapiro
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Brand: The Guilford Press
  • Published: 1995-04-24
  • Edition: 2nd
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a innovative clinical treatment for victims of trauma. Since its introduction in 1989, the approach has been taught to over 18,000 clinicians worldwide and has received an enormous amount of media attention. With very positive results emanating from recent studies, EMDR is now the most extensively researched treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and many other applications are also being explored.

EMDR is a time-efficient, comprehensive methodology for the treatment of the disturbing experiences that underlie many pathologies. An integrated model that draws from behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, body-based, and systems therapies, EMDR provides profound and stable treatment effects in a short period of time. Comprising an eight-phase treatment that includes the use of eye movements or other left-right stimulation, EMDR helps victims of trauma reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories. Although current knowledge of neurobiology does not provide a definitive explanation, a number of physiological studies are being carried out and theoretical suggestions have been put forth that link its effects to REM sleep, dual attention, and/or bihemispheric involvement.

This authoritative volume reviews research and development; discusses theoretical constructs and possible underlying mechanisms; and presents protocols and procedures for treatment of adults and children with a range of presenting problems. Among the many clinical populations for whom the material in this volume is applicable are survivors of sexual abuse, crime, and combat, as well as phobia sufferers. To facilitate the learning process, detailed descriptions and transcripts guide the clinician through every stage of therapeutic treatment, from client selection to the administration of EMDR and its integration within a comprehensive treatment plan.

This volume is essential reading for all clinicians and researchers interested in treating victims of trauma. The extensive and detailed exposition of each phase of treatment and myriad applications make it an invaluable handbook for experienced EMDR clinicians as well as those new to the approach. Accessibly written, it also serves as a text for advanced students of clinical psychology.