Improving lives: PTSD and the use of EMDR in psychotherapy for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities

Description

Due to their vulnerability and cognitive functioning, people with intellectual/developmental (I/DD) disabilities experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) more often than the general population. Symptoms are often undiagnosed, and remain untreated causing years of unnecessary suffering because these individuals are unable to identify and express their experiences and needs. These symptoms of trauma may be misinterpreted as problematic behaviors for which unnecessary medications are prescribed. Many professionals are not aware of the successful use of EMDR with people with I/DD. EMDR is an efficacious treatment for trauma where the standard protocol can be adapted to the intellectual and developmental level of the individual. Not only can EMDR improve the lives of individuals, but may result in the need for less intensive and expensive supports.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Robbie Adler-Tapia

Original Work Citation

Adler-Tapia, R. (2011, August). Improving lives: PTSD and the use of EMDR in psychotherapy for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Presentation at 16th EMDR International Association Conference, Orange County, CA

Collection

Citation

“Improving lives: PTSD and the use of EMDR in psychotherapy for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed November 25, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/20859.

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