Preventing PTSD through early EMDR intervention


This workshop was developed to provide training in Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) for EMDR clinicians to learn preemptive forms of EMDR to be used to prevent PTSD. The science behind early psychological intervention after a trauma/disaster and justification for modifying treatment procedures to address the recent traumatic events will be discussed. Also, included will be a review of the existing EEI Protocols, appropriate timelines in which to utilize these protocols, quick assessments of appropriateness for EMDR trauma processing, rapid resourcing, and development of a target sequencing plan/case conceptualization that is appropriate for Early EMDR intervention. Learning Objectives: • Define and use key concepts regarding the neurobiology of trauma and how early intervention can reduce the chances of developing debilitating symptoms and disorders • Enumerate and describe at least six Early EMDR intervention/protocols and learn the history, appropriate usage and research on these Early EMDR Interventions (EEI) • Apply strategies to expedite the history-gathering process, assess client readiness, conceptualize a case and develop a clinical treatment plan as well as strategies for adequate preparation for processing • Learn and practice several rapid resourcing, grounding and stabilizing techniques for use before, during and after Brief Trauma Processing • Learn/review and practice the Recent Event Protocol (Shapiro 2001)






Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse
Julie Miller

Original Work Citation

Laidlaw Chasse, B., & Miller, J. (2013, May). Preventing PTSD through early EMDR intervention. Presentation at the EMDR Canada Annual Conference, Banff, AB



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