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EMDR Research News March 2016

This month there are 15 new articles related to EMDR therapy. Four English language journal articles are available with open access for immediate download.

There are two
books of the month. Both address issues of working with parts of the personality, a topic that often become essential when treating cases with complex posttraumatic stress disorder or structural dissociation.

The
video of the month is a set of over 30 live demonstration videos made publicly available by Philip Manfield.

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 2015

This month there are 5 new articles related to EMDR therapy. Two English language journal articles are available with open access for immediate download.

The
video of the month is “EMDR: The unconventional therapy treating PTSD with the wave of a finger.” This seven minute video from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation November 20, 2015 by Reporter Lauren Day, features an interview with EMDR Australia trainer Graham Taylor and one of his patients, whose medical first responder husband had committed suicide.

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 2014

This month there are eight new articles directly related to EMDR therapy.

There are three case reports for: grief, specific phobia and for the treatment of sexual offenders trauma experiences.

There are four randomized controlled trials (RCT). Two are pilot studies: EMDR for trauma experiences in Bipolar I and II patients; and there is a variation on the Feeling State Protocol for tobacco smoking relapse. There is a PTSD vs health control group exploring EMDR therapy effects on PTSD regarding mood, anxiety, subjective, and objective sleep (evaluated by polysomnographic recording). There is a much needed RCT studying treatment of PTSD in children comparing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy versus EMDR therapy which found that both TF-CBT and EMDR are effective and efficient in reducing PTSD symptoms in children.

Finally, there is 25th anniversary review article by Francine Shapiro that appeared in the APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) Newsletter.

The
video of the month is a recently released 2009 video from the Netherlands of Joany Spierings in conversation with Francine Shapiro at the 10th annual EMDR Europe Conference.

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 2014

Due to a busy travel schedule there was no time for a March research listing this year. As of early April there are seven new journal articles since our February update on EMDR therapy, two recently released books for EMDR trained clinicians, and a wonderful video about a simple (and research supported) way to increase personal presence.

Among the seven articles, there are three
case reports. These examine EMDR therapy for trauma with mild intellectual disabilities, for treating complex trauma, and for adult survivors of sexual abuse.

There are two
research articles: the first a potentially highly significant randomized controlled trial with combat veterans from the Iraq war comparing CBT and EMDR; the other a follow-up report on outreach efforts after the 2005 bombings in London that included some EMDR treatment.

There are two
review articles: the first is a major review article by Francine Shapiro in The Permanente Journal addressing applications of EMDR in medicine; the other reviews treatment approaches for PTSD in Germany.

The
video of the month features an inspirational Ted Talk with social psychologist Amy Cuddy on a simple way to increase personal presence.

In the
books section I reprise my earlier reviews of Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children and Integrative Parenting by Debra Wesselmann, Cathy Schweitzer and Stefanie Armstrong of the Omaha based Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska as these books are now available for purchase.

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 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 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...
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