The recent traumatic episode protocol (R-TEP) for early EMDR intervention


EMDR has demonstrated effectiveness in treating chronic PTSD and old trauma memories, yet Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) has not received much attention from EMDR researchers or clinicians. It is proposed that EEI, while trauma memories have not yet been integrated, may be used not only to treat acute distress but may also provide a window of opportunity in which a brief intervention, possibly on successive days, could prevent complications and strengthen resilience. Checking for sub-clinical sticking points which can obstruct the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) and don’t necessarily show up on the DSM radar, the R-TEP may reduce the sensitization and accumulation of trauma memories. As part of a comprehensive approach to EEI, this workshop presents the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) which is an integrative protocol that incorporates and extends existing protocols within a new conceptual framework, together with additional measures for containment and safety. The R-TEP will be taught with video case illustrations, live demonstration and a practicum.






Elan Shapiro
Brurit Laub

Original Work Citation

Shapiro, E., & Laub, B. (2010, September/October). The recent traumatic episode protocol (R-TEP) for early EMDR intervention. Presentation at the 15th EMDR International Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN



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