New developments in research and application of EMDR


EMDR is one of the traumaspecific treatment methods that have shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD. Even if studies and metaanalysis of EMDR have shown that EMDR is one of the most effective tools to treat traumabased disorders and it is recommended in all relevant international therapy guidelines on the subject, the mechanism of EMDR is still not fully understood. Recent studies have shown that the EMDR method is also effective in cases that go beyond the field of PTSD. Studies have shown that EMDR seems to be effective in complex PTSD, in the treatment of traumatized sex offenders, in certain pain disorders (like phantom limb pain) and may also be usefull in the treatment of alcohol abuse. These results, their possible basis as well as some useful EMDR interventions will be discussed. The presenter uses EMDR since 1991 and will report on the current research data and his experience with the method.






Arne Hofmann

Original Work Citation

Hofmann, A. (2009, June 15). New developments in research and application of EMDR. Presentation at the Pre Conference of the 11th European Conference on Traumatic Stress, Olso, Norway



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