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EMDR Research News December 2013

To close out 2013, this month there are ten new journal articles on EMDR therapy, two new books of interest to EMDR trained clinicians, and a moving video testimonial about the healing power of EMDR therapy.

Among the ten articles, there are three
case reports: A case report on treatment of separation anxiety disorder in a 10-year-old child; from South Korea, a case series examining DeTUR for pathological gambling; and from the UK, a case study on compassionate mind training as a resource in EMDR.

There are two
clinical articles from the Netherlands: a clinical article on treatment of sexual issues associated with trauma with a case example; and guidelines for EMDR conceptualization and treatment with psychosis.

There are three
review articles: an update of the 2005 and 2007 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews of psychological therapies for chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in adults; a review of studies on EMDR treatment of chronic pain patients; and from Germany a review of EMDR as an evidenced-based treatment for depression.

There is an article on the
evaluation of EMDR supervisor training in Pakistan using q-methodology.

Finally there is a
research study on the mechanism of EMDR investigating hemispheric contributions to episodic memory performance through an examination of the effects of saccadic bilateral eye movements on fluency in recall of episodic and semantic autobiographical memory.

In the
books section is an overview of Marilyn Luber’s latest book available on CD-ROM, paperback and kindle: Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets as well as a new edited anthology from Daniel J Siegel and Marion Solomon on Healing Moments in Psychotherapy.

The video of the month features Dayna Cakebread from Portland speaking from the heart about “
How EMDR Completed my Daughters' Recoveries!

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 2013

This month there are five new journal articles and two commentaries. First, there is a quasi-experimental study of EMDR therapy for students with speech anxiety. There is a randomized controlled comparison of EMDR and progressive counting for single-incident trauma or loss. There is a review article that mentions EMDR in relationship to perceived treatment helpfulness in cohort of World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers. Then, there is a curious randomized controlled treatment outcome study from Iran comparing EMDR therapy with prolonged exposure therapy for combat veterans suffering from chronic PTSD. It is curious because subjects who received PE were given twice as many treatment sessions as those receiving EMDR. And, there is another experimental study from the working memory group in the Netherlands on the blurring of emotional memories through eye movements.

Finally there is a commentary critical of the 2013 Lee and Cuijpers meta-analysis of the specific effects of eye movements in both laboratory and EMDR therapy outcome studies along with a rebuttal from Lee and Cuijpers. A preview of the first page of each of these commentaries is open access. These commentaries stand clearly on their own merits, but merely as an introduction I would offer you this quotation from Arthur C. Clark:

"It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible. When this happens, the most well-informed men become blinded by their prejudices and are unable to see what lies directly ahead of them."



This month I am bringing you the introduction to a video recording of Debra Wesselmann’s 2010 workshop at the EMDR Europe Conference in Hamburg on “
Adapting EMDR for Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder Behaviors.”

In the
forthcoming books section you will find an early announcement of two exciting books from Debra Wesselmann and her co-authors Cathy Schweitzer and Stefanie Armstrong on a team treatment model for offering EMDR therapy to parents and their children with attachment and trauma issues.

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 2013

This month there are eight new journal articles, six on EMDR therapy and two studies of eye movements. There are two randomized controlled trials of EMDR therapy from Europe: the first is on EMDR vs. wait list for dental phobia and the second is on EMDR vs. prolonged exposure for PTSD in patients with psychosis. Also from Europe, there is a single case study of a sex offender and two general review articles. Then there are two non-clinical, laboratory studies of eye movements, both claiming to be studies of EMDR: the first with negative findings on the working memory hypothesis and the second examining defenses against negative messages about eating fruits and vegetables. (No joking, it really is a study about coping with negative messages about eating fruits and vegetables.) Finally there is a psychoanalytic critique of EMDR and its theory.

This month I bring you the full length video of my Invited Closing Plenary delivered June 13, 2010 at the EMDR Europe Conference in Hamburg on “
The Future of EMDR.”

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 2013

I am especially pleased to bring you this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR.

This month there are five articles from the special issue on
Breaking New Ground of Volume 7 Issue 3 of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (JEMDR) for which I served as guest editor. While I do not normally include listings for editorials, I make an exception to also list my editorial below. Members of EMDRIA can access my editorial on “The Future of EMDR” in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research in the member’s area on the EMDRIA website.

This special issue includes two controlled pilot studies of EMDR versus CBT. The first by Faretta examines the treatment of panic attacks. This is the first direct treatment comparison of panic by EMDR and CBT. The second controlled study by Capezzani, et al. explores the application of EMDR for cancer patients. Amano et al. present a case report of a woman with phantom limb pain after anesthesia failed during surgery in which near-infrared spectroscopy was used to identify real-time brain changes during successful EMDR treatment. Gauvry et al. present a case report of successful hospital based treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in a boy. Finally, there is a case study from Italian psychologists Maria Zaccagnino and Martina Cussino of a depressed mother who presented with a dismissing attachment style (with regard to both parents) who showed adaptive changes in caregiving capabilities and attachment organization following treatment with EMDR as measured by the Parent Development Interview.

There is also an abstract for a registered research proposal to study EMDR with non-specific chronic back pain in a randomized controlled trial. 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 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month there are three new articles. In the first of these, de Jong et al. (2013) compare the effectiveness of EMDR with bilateral eye movements or tones with recall only (watching a blank wall) in a “real world” study from the clinical practices of Dutch EMDR therapists. Interestingly they found equivalent benefits for those with either PTSD or other diagnoses. Clinicians and clients who prefer bilateral tones to eye movements, may find the results of this "real world" study challenge their assumptions. Read the abstract below for the provocative results. Then there are two review articles. In the first, Gillies et al. (2013) publish their review of psychological therapies for PTSD in children and adolescents. In the second, Verstrael et al. (2013) report their meta-analysis of (EMDR) as treatment for combat-related PTSD. In both cases, the findings make it clear that there needs to be much more research with EMDR.

On a brighter note, the
World Health Organization released new clinical protocols and guidelines to health-care workers which recognize both EMDR and trauma focused CBT for treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss in children, adolescents, and adults. Below the break you will find how to get free PDF copies and a short commentary on their findings.

This month as a change from a video of the month, I am bringing you a link to a National Public Radio interview by Krista Trippett from July 11, 2013 "Restoring the Body: Bessel van der Kolk on Yoga, EMDR and Treating Trauma.”

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...

Advanced EMDR Training in Los Angeles and Oakland

It is with great pleasure that I announce SonomaPTI will be sponsoring two advanced training workshops in EMDR to be offered in March 2014 led by my Spanish colleagues and co-authors Anabel Gonzalez and Dolores Mosquera.

Both are EMDR Europe Supervisors (Approved Consultants) and EMDR Spain Speciality presenters regularly offering advanced workshops on the application of EMDR to the treatment of Dissociative Disorders and of Borderline Personality Disorder. When I was thinking of inviting them, I could not decide which of their advanced speciality workshops to sponsor. So to make things simple for me, I decided to offer both. Now the tough part is up to you. Which one will you decide to take?

Treating Borderline Personality Disorder with EMDR will be held March 15 and 16, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard.

Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach will be held March 22 and 23, 2014 at the Hampton Inn and Suites Oakland Airport-Alameda. Read More...

EMDR Research News July 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. Following June’s first month in memory with no new research articles -- and no blog entry -- this month there are four new articles.

First, there is an exciting controlled comparison investigating early, immediate (within 48 hours) EMDR treatment for victims of workplace violence compared with eclectic therapy. Second, there is a registry description of a planned Dutch study to examine random assignment to prolonged exposure, EMDR and waiting list for patients with a current diagnosis of psychosis and co morbid post traumatic stress disorder. Third, there is a preliminary set of two cases in which two veterans with chronic PTSD, received four weekly sessions of 3MDR therapy - combining virtual reality exposure with EMDR while on a treadmill. Finally there is a meta-analysis in
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reporting that effective psychotherapies with similar treatment effect sizes included cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and EMDR and that effective pharmacotherapies, with much smaller treatment effect sizes, included paroxetine, sertraline, fluoxetine, risperidone, topiramate, and venlafaxine.

This month I feature a May 2013 video from KSTP TV Twin Cities with Elaine Wynne, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and two clients describing the benefits of EMDR therapy.

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 May 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. The first series of articles come from volume 7, issue 2 of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. EMDRIA members can download these articles now by logging in to the members’ only area at EMDRIA.org. Bellecci-St. Romain offers a clinical report implementing the concepts of “flash-forwards” from Engelhard et al.'s 2011 study. Blore et al. explore the applications of the “blind to therapist EMDR protocol”. Jarero et al. report on a randomized controlled trial with first responders of a modified EMDR individual protocol for paraprofessional use. Lobenstine and Courtney present a case report of intensive EMDR and ego state therapy for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. van der Hart et al. present the second part of their overview of structural dissociation of the personality and EMDR therapy focusing on applications in the stabilization phase. Finally Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 92 “Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” is now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the free link listed below.

A bonus feature this month, (below the break) as announced in the May EMDRIA e-Newsletter, comes courtesy of Marilyn Luber and Springer Publishing Company with five chapters from the forthcoming book
Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets.

This month I feature another of the videos recorded August 17, 2012 at the ONE80CENTER’s treatment facility at Summitridge in Los Angeles. This month’s video features Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D. speaking on “Can you define some guidelines for clinicians in recommending EMDR for an addict in treatment”. This is one of eight question and answer segments available on their YouTube channel.

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 April 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month there are five new EMDR specific articles including a pilot study of treating PTSD after childbirth, a case series investigating internet delivered EMDR (full text free online), and a case report from Francine Shapiro. In addition, there is one review of neurobiological measures of PTSD (Zantvoord, et al., 2013) which found similar neurobiological effects for TF-CBT and EMDR. There is also an article, which mentions EMDR in passing (Taghva et al., 2013), but which provides an in depth review of the neurobiological mechanisms of PTSD (with useful brain images and schematics - full text free online) while examining the potential of deep brain stimulation treatments for PTSD - (a procedure which requires brain surgery).

This month I feature the video published October 18, 2012: an Interview with Prof. Marcel Van den Hout on EMDR and Psychotherapy.

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 March 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month there are 7 new EMDR specific articles, 6 general review articles that touch on EMDR, and 2 general articles of possible interest to trained clinicians and researchers.

In the EMDR specific research, there is one
new research study, “EMDR-based multicomponent trauma treatment with child victims of severe interpersonal trauma” (Jarero, Roque-Lopez & Gomez, 2013); one EMDR neuroimaging review “Correlates of EMDR therapy in functional and structural neuroimaging” (Pagani, Hogberg, Fernandez & Siracusano, 2013), one EMDR Training Survey “EMDR training experience in UK and Ireland” (Farrell & Keenan, 2013). There are two EMDR case reports: “Specific phobia: Flight” (Laker, M. (2013) and “Considerations in comorbid irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia” (Tynes & Spiegel, 2013). And from a new feature in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research there are two new EMDR case consultations: “Traumatized pregnant woman” (Forgash, Leeds, Stramrood & Robbins, 2013) and “Unremitting depression” (Shapiro, Hofmann & Grey, 2013).

This month there are six
treatment reviews mentioning EMDR: “Meta-Analysis of dropout in treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder” (Imel, Laska, Jakupcak & Simpson, 2013); “Effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices in residential care settings” (James, Alemi & Zepeda, 2013); “Effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices in residential care settings” (James, Alemi & Zepeda, 2013); “Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with severe mental illness” (Mabey, & van Servellen, 2013); “Interventions for children exposed to nonrelational traumatic events” (Forman-Hoffman, et al. 2013); “Interventions to reduce distress in adult victims of rape and sexual violence” (Regehr, Alaggia, Dennis, Pitts, & Saini, 2013); “

Finally there are two non-EMDR articles of potential interest to EMDR clinicians and researchers on general topics of trauma: “Trauma: A unifying concept for social work” (Joseph & Murphy, 2013) and “Transference-Focused psychotherapy with former child soldiers” (Draijer & Van Zon, 2013).

This month I feature the 2007 video
Francine Shapiro: EMDR for Trauma Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

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 January 2013

Here are this month’s recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to EMDR. This month there are 17 new articles of interest to EMDR trained clinicians and researchers.

There are seven new
treatment reviews mentioning EMDR. Of these, three are new reviews of trauma-informed treatment for adolescents (Black et al., 2012; Gillies et al., 2012; Greyber et al., 2012); plus, there are reviews of treatments for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (Baslet, 2012), of women veterans with insomnia and PTSD (Hughes, et al., 2012), and sleep disturbances in PTSD (Schoenfeld, et al., 2012). There are two general reviews of EMDR: EMDR for post-traumatic stress (Norgate, 2012) and EMDR as a neurorehabilitation method (Zarghi, et al., 2013). There are two EMDR single case reports: sexual trauma and contamination fears (Nijdam et al., 2012), and treating violent impulses in a military client (Wright and Russell, 2012). There are two EMDR case series reports. The first is a series involving brief assessment and treatment from the Democratic Republic of the Congo of sexual trauma and mutilation (Mankuta et al., 2012) and from South Korean there is a series examining plasma levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and nerve growth factor before and after eight sessions of EMDR (Park, et al., 2012).

Then there are a series of five “non-EMDR articles” of potential interest to EMDR clinicians and researchers. First there is an article and a commentary on legal and ethical issues related to acute disaster mental health service which mentions EMDR (Call, et al., 2012; Howe, 2012). Then there are two non-EMDR randomized controlled trials. The first is of a manualized hypnotic treatment for
Ego State Therapy (Christensen, et al., 2012). The second examines treatment effects on insular and anterior cingulate cortex activation during classic and emotional Stroop interference in child abuse-related complex post-traumatic stress disorder (Thomaes, et al., 2012) -- a research paradigm that has been used in some EMDR studies. Finally I include a listing for one non-EMDR review of exposure based treatment for PTSD (Rauch et al., 2012).

This month I feature the video (audio only) of
EMDR For Pain Relief by Mark Grant.

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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