Utilization of EMDR in crisis intervention


A critical incident is a situation that results in an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and/or lack of control. Information taken in during the traumatic situation may become dysfunctionally stored in the brain, unable to process, resulting in PTSD symptoms. Clinical issues that arise in the emotional aftermath often center around one or more of the following issues: (1) responsibility for the event, (2) personal vulnerability and present safety, and (3) lack of control and efficacy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic method that can accelerate the processing of the blocked information resulting in a decrease of symptoms and adaptive resolution. Rather than forcing a person through stages of recovery, EMDR reprocesses dysfunctionally stored information, enabling recovery to take place in a way that is natural for the client. Consequently, within an appropriate clinical framework, EMDR can be applied in the days and weeks following critical incidents to help people process trauma. Case examples illustrate the use of EMDR in the aftermath of a critical incident to deal with issues of responsiblity, present safety, and efficacy.






Roger M. Solomon

Original Work Citation

Solomon, R. M. (1998). Utilization of EMDR in crisis intervention. Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, 4(2-3), 239-246



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