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Cautions For Clients and Clinicians

Websites and authors that question the effectiveness of EMDR, or say there is little research, are long out of date.

To view the list of research: http://www.EMDRHAP.org/researchandresources.htm

Other authoritative websites with research reviews are listed on the home page.

For clients and clinicians: Be cautious of other therapies that claim to "be like" EMDR or "use parts" of EMDR. EMDR is an 8-Phase approach that contains procedures that have been thoroughly examined by research. A brief description of EMDR therapy appears on this web site (see a brief description of EMDR), and you can visit the following web site: http://www.emdria.org/general/index.htm.

For clients and clinicians: According to American Psychological Association ethical guidelines, all prescribed therapies should be done according to the standardized procedures that have been examined by research. If clinicians claim to be using EMDR, they must be using the procedures described in Dr. Shapiro's 1995/2001 textbook. http://www.guilford.com/cgi-bin/cartscript.cgi?page=paci/shapiro.htm

The published research should be used as a guide for clinical practice. For instance, the majority of single trauma victims should no longer be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder within 5 hours of processing. Multiple trauma victims will need a longer course of therapy. To achieve these effects, the clinician is supposed to follow precisely the specific steps outlined in Dr. Shapiro's textbook during EMDR Phases 3-6. Fidelity to these steps is necessary to conform to the researched outcomes. http://www.emdria.org/general/index.htm

For clients: Make sure to ask your clinician if (s)he is using EMDR according to the training standards and guidelines of the EMDR International Association. http://www.emdria.org or EMDR-Europe http://www.EMDR-europe.org

 

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