A List of EMDR Resources
I just recently completed my basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a 56-hour extended course. The training included seven full days of lecture, case consultation, and practicum over a period of four months by the EMDR Institute, headed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., founder of EMDR.
For those that don’t know, EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for trauma. It is the treatment of choice for PTSD listed by the American Psychiatric Association.
Since EMDR is new to many people, I’ve posted a brief list of resources for the curious. It’s not meant to be comprehensive, by any means, but I hope it serves as a useful reference to start. The first two are the main EMDR organizations. Both include informative Frequently Asked Questions and Introduction sections. I’ve also added some coverage of EMDR in the media, principally a series of Q&A’s at the New York Times.
Undoubtedly, I’ll be expanding on this list from time to time, so check back.
Professional Organizations, with information for the General Public
EMDR International Association, from their website:
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.
EMDR Institute, from their website:
The EMDR Institute™, founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990, offers quality trainings in the EMDR™ methodology, a treatment approach which has been empirically validated in over 24 randomized studies of trauma victims. An additional 24 studies have demonstrated positive effects for the eye movement component used in EMDR therapy.
EMDR In The Media