The recent traumatic episode protocol (R-TEP)


EMDR has demonstrated effectiveness in treating chronic PTSD and old trauma memories, yet Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) protocols have only recently begun to receive more attention from EMDR researchers and clinicians. It is proposed that EEI, while trauma memories have not yet been consolidated or 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 also for sub-clinical sticking points that can obstruct the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), the R-TEP may reduce the sensitisation 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 and a practicum.






Elan Shapiro

Original Work Citation

Shapiro, E. (2014, January). The recent traumatic episode protocol (R-TEP). Preconference presentation at the 2nd EMDR Asia International Conference, Manila, The Philippines



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