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EMDR Research News December 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. There are 9 new EMDR articles, including one full text, open access article on EMDR treatment of addiction. I am also pleased to announce the publication of the Spanish edition of my 2009 book A Guide to the Standard EMDR Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants.

Several other articles of interest appear this month. Perhaps most crucial to EMDR's scientific acceptance is the long awaited meta-analysis from Chris Lee and Pim Cuijpers examining 15 clinical and 11 laboratory trials in which there was both an EMDR treatment and a no eye movement condition. They found "the additive effect of eye movements in EMDR treatment studies was moderate and significant." While this may seem like old news to EMDR clinicians who depend on this effect for clinical purposes, funding for EMDR research in the USA has languished in the long shadow of Davidson and Parker's (2001) statistically flawed paper which claimed eye movements made no difference over "exposure". Lee and Pim (2012) conclude, "Results ... suggest the processes involved in EMDR are different from other exposure based therapies."

Those who were concerned about Hornsveld et al.'s 2011 paper "Evaluating the Effect of Eye Movements on Positive Memories Such as Those Used in Resource Development and Installation" in Volume 5 number 4 of JEMDR, will want to read the commentary by Leeds and Korn "A Commentary on Hornsveld et al. (2011): A Valid Test of Resource Development and Installation? Absolutely Not" and the rebuttal by Hornsveld, de Jongh and ten Broeke "Stop the Use of Eye Movements in Resource Development and Installation, Until Their Additional Value Has Been Proven: A Rejoinder to Leeds and Korn (2012)" in Volume 6 number 4 of JEMDR. See the abstracts below.

This month I feature the trailer from the 2007 “
The Legend of EMDR” from Director Michel Meignant.

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 November 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. There are 7 new EMDR articles, including two full text, open access articles and a review article (Jeffries and Davis, 2012) which found scientific support for the argument that eye movements are essential to EMDR therapy and that a theoretical rationale exists for their use.

This month we feature “
EMDR as an orientation as opposed to a technique?” one of eight video segments with questions from Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, Executive Director of the ONE80CENTER who interviewed me at their Summitridge treatment center in Los Angeles August 17, 2012.

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. Read More...

EMDR Research News October 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. There are 12 new EMDR articles, including 10 from Volume 62, Issue 4, (October 2012) of the European Review of Applied Psychology as well as one full text, open access article of an EEG study of EMDR’s neurobiological bases. (See Makinson and Young, 2012 below.)

This month we feature “
Why is EMDR important in treating addicts?” one of eight video segments with questions from Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, Executive Director of the ONE80CENTER who interviewed me at their Summitridge treatment center in Los Angeles August 17, 2012.

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. Read More...

EMDR Research News September 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. Eight of the articles are excepts from recently published books on EMDR which appeared in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research Volume 6 Number 3. Two are original articles from Iranian journals.

This month we feature “
How EMDR works” one of eight video segments with questions from Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, Executive Director of the ONE80CENTER who interviewed me at their Summitridge treatment center in Los Angeles August 17, 2012.

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 August 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR including five European papers, one from the USA and one from Hong Kong.

This month’s brief video from Shamengo features an interview with Francine Shapiro.

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 July 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month we find all European reports: two surveys on the use of specialized methods of treating trauma, one from from Germany (Kliem et al, 2012 for Type II trauma) and one from the UK (Murphy et al., 2012 for NICE informed specialty trauma services); three case reports from Switzerland and France on EMDR treatment of illegal drug use, victims of domestic abuse, and domestic partner rape; a laboratory study from the working memory group in the Netherlands of the effects of eye movements on reaction times for “future recall”; and two theoretical papers. Rachel Worthington (2012) proposes that violence is often the result of traumatic experiences and that EMDR should be considered preferable to exposure and TF-CBT when treating traumatic origins of violence. Finally Hans Welling proposes that methods such as EMDR, based on reconsolidation are preferable for “transforming maladaptive emotions, whereas exposure is most appropriate for accessing disowned and avoided experiences.” After reading Welling’s abstract below, readers may want to review my February 2010 essay on “Extinction or Reconsolidation: Differences between suppression and transformation in how we recover from traumatic experiences.

This month’s video from the Veteran’s Health Administration features an interview with Sue Rogers, Ph.D. on “
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EMDR Research News June 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month brings us 17 new articles including eight new articles from a special issue of Revista di Psichiatria organized by the EMDR Association of Italy. The Italian articles include two neurobiological studies – one showing hippocampal growth with successful EMDR treatment of PTSD – a non-randomized comparison of EMDR and CBT treatments for Panic Disorder, and a randomized comparison of EMDR versus SSRI for PTSD. This month Volume 6 Issue 2 of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research brings us three new articles and a commentary by Howard Lipke as well as a randomized comparison of EMDR and biofeedback/stress Inoculation training in treating test anxiety published as an homage to the life and work of our EMDR colleague, first author, Rosemary Cook-Vienot who passed away in 2008.

In this month’s video Linda Curran interviews Babette Rothschild on “
Dual Awareness for treating PTSD” and shows client vignettes in which she demonstrates methods for stabilization through building self-regulation and presentification skills. Read More...

EMDR Research News May 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month I reprise the pilot study by van den Berg and van der Gaag, “Treating trauma in psychosis with EMDR” which was indexed in December 2011 for its online publication, and now for its print publication in March 2012. It highlights the application of EMDR to a well-documented series of cases of psychosis with co-occurring PTSD without any extended preparation or adverse treatment effects. There is also a systemic review by Haugen, Evces and Weiss, “Treating posttraumatic stress disorder in first responders” in which four of the 17 studies involved treatment with EMDR. This month you will also find a summary of a forthcoming book Child Psychotherapy by our EMDR colleague, Robbie Adler-Tapia now available for pre-publication purchase as well as the video of the month, “About EMDR” from the EMDR Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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EMDR Research News April 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month you will also find summaries for two forthcoming books on EMDR (by Uri Bergmann and Ana Gomez), and a new book chapter (by Robbie Adler-Tapia). 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. Each month I also feature an EMDR video. This month we start with the trailer from EMDR - a documentary film from Michael Burns.

Be sure to scroll to the last of the alphabetically listed articles for the new study from van den Hout, et al. “Tones inferior to eye movements in the EMDR treatment of PTSD” and then join the EMDR International Association Members discussion on this topic on LinkedIn. Read More...

EMDR Research News March 2012

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. First, I want to express my deep appreciation to Udi Orren for his moving obituary of David Servan-Schreiber. For each article below, you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries 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. Each month I also feature an EMDR video. This month we start with an EMDR video from ABC News 20/20.
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EMDR Research News February 2012

Here are this month’s selected, recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. For each article you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries can be found on the EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR related research at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. Each month I also feature an EMDR video. Below you will find this month’s EMDR video PTSD treatment with EMDR from ABC 7 News (Australia) featuring interviews with John Buttsworth and Gary Fulcher. This month there is a bonus video interview with Dr. Barbara Rothbaum from This Emotional Life on PBS. Read More...

EMDR Research News January 2012

Here are this month’s selected, recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. For each article you will find the citation, abstract and author contact information (when available). Prior quarterly summaries can be found on the EMDRIA website and a comprehensive listing of all EMDR related research at the Francine Shapiro Library. EMDRIA members can access the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research articles in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website. Each month I also feature an EMDR video. You will find this month’s video EMDR Success with Iraqi War Veteran from Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC of Compassion Works below. Read More...
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