EMDR clinical parameters and research findings: “What’s new and useful”


Numerous controlled studies have indicated that EMDR´s effects on PTSD symptoms are comparable to those of trauma-focused CBT. However, EMDR does not require homework, sustained arousal, detailed verbalization of the index trauma, or prolonged exposure to the event. In this invited presentation, videotapes of an incest survivor and a disaster victim will demonstrate the EMDR treatment, and the de-arousal effects of the eye movements, which have been documented in numerous controlled laboratory studies. In addition, the clinical procedures of an EMDR group-protocol used subsequent to disasters and terrorist attacks will be illustrated. The presentation will review research findings, with long-term follow up, indicating that the resolution of etiological events can result in the successful treatment of conditions that have often been considered intractable. A recent study will be used to explore the clinical parameters of the EMDR treatment of child molesters, which has resulted in the sustained reduction of deviant arousal. Likewise, representative case examples from studies documenting the elimination/reduction of phantom limb pain subsequent to EMDR processing will be presented to explore both the clinical and theoretical implications.






Francine Shapiro

Original Work Citation

Shapiro, F. (2007, November). EMDR clinical parameters and research findings: “What’s new and useful”. Presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 23rd Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD. doi:10.1037/e517322011-180



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