Know the why and how to choose your what:  Some essentials of EMDR model and methodology


Paper 1 of 2: In its twenty-year history, EMDR has evolved a from a simple technique into an integrative psychotherapy approach with a theoretical model that emphasizes the brain's information processing system and memories of disturbing experiences as the basis of pathology. Process studies and qualitative analyses have identified distinct treatment effects (including a rapid reduction of subjective distress) that differentiate EMDR fiom other therapies. This workshop will explore some essential conceptual and procedural elements necessary to practice EMDR. A thorough understanding of the elements allows for both flexibility and comprehensive attention to the full clinical picture. The morning session is based upon sections of the trainer's training that Dr. Shapiro has conducted over the past fifteen years. The choice of afternoon sessions will be conducted by experts in various special interest areas that will continue the instruction through the presentation of detailed case examples and clinical supervision.






Francine Shapiro

Original Work Citation

Shapiro, F. (2006, September). Know the why and how to choose your what: Some essentials of EMDR model and methodology. Preconference presentation at the 11th EMDR International Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA



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