EMDR for mentally retarded people


After a short introduction concerning the special problems people with an intellectual handicap often have in their iives and the many forms of psychotrauma which arise for them in situations which are by others sometimes not experienced as traumatic, we'll show by means of case studies how the protocol can be adapted to the limited skills of people in this target group. We also refer to the adaptations of the protocol for young children. Participants will learn to see that EMDR can very well be applied for this target group and how they should proceed with the treatment. Our most important aim is that therapists can become motivated to also use EMDR for these people!






Reinout Lievegoed

Original Work Citation

Lievegoed, R. (2005, June). EMDR for mentally retarded people. Poster presented at the 6th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Brussels, Belgium



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