Sleep disorders:  From EMDR obstacles to keys to comprehension


Participants will: 1) be able to recognize and inquire for sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless legs in their trauma patients; 2) learn how to recognize important features of these conditions, and how they are easily confused with, and thereby overlooked, and commonly found in PSTD suffering clients; 3) learn how to apply this knowledge in their clinical practice to achieve referral for effective treatment for these co-morbid primary sleep problems, and also how to spare themselves and their clients fruitless effort through the use of potentially non-productive EMDR; 4) learn how disorders disrupting REM sleep shed light on theoretical mechanisms and physiology of PTSD, and EMDR, and how this knowledge can be employed in numerous clinically helpful ways; and 5) learn how they can use standard EMDR protocols more effectively with patients with pronounced breathing and speech-related patho-physiology, and thereby enhance the range of treatable patients benefiting from EMDR.






Robert Oxlade
Duncan Day

Original Work Citation

Oxlade, R., & Day, D. (2000, September). Sleep disorders: From EMDR obstacles to keys to comprehension. Presentation at the 5th EMDR International Association Conference, Toronto, ON



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