EMDR versus stabilisation in the treatment of traumatised asylum seekers and refugees: A randomised controlled trial

Description

The applicability of EMDR to asylum seekers and refugees, suffering from more complex forms of trauma, has been a question of debate. It is considered 'good practice' to use a phased model of treatment with these patients, in which treatment initially focuses on stabilisation and only later, if at all, on the traumatic memories. (PsycEXTRA Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).

For the treatment of 'simple' trauma, EMDR is considered a treatment of choice. The applicability of EMDR to asylum seekers and refugees, suffering from more complex forms of trauma, has been a question of debate. It is considered 'good practice' to use a phased model of treatment with these patients, in which treatment initially focuses on stabilisation and only later, if at all, on the traumatic memories. There are however indications that this group could benefit from early EMDR, without first undergoing a long stabilisation phase. In order to improve the treatment of traumatised asylum seekers and refugees we designed an RCT (N=68) comparing the effectiveness of eight sessions of EMDR with eight sessions of stabilisation. Study parameters are severity of trauma symptoms and comorbid symptoms, quality of life, chance of having a PTSD diagnosis and drop-out. The hypothesis is that EMDR will be more effective than stabilisation.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Jackie June ter Heide
Trudy Mooren
Rolf J. Kleber

Original Work Citation

Ter Heide, J. J., Mooren, T., & Kleber, R. J. (2008). EMDR versus stabilisation in the treatment of traumatised asylum seekers and refugees: A randomised controlled trial. Presentation at the Seventh Conference on Psychology and Health, Lunteren, the Netherlands doi:10.1037/e524362011-110

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Citation

“EMDR versus stabilisation in the treatment of traumatised asylum seekers and refugees: A randomised controlled trial,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed December 4, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/22174.

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