The flashforward procedure

Summary sheet: The flashfoward procedure (Luber)



The standard Three-Pronged Protocol for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy guides the overall treatment of the client (Shapiro, 2001). It consists of a “three-pronged” (past, present, and future) approach in which initially past events, then present issues, and fi nally anticipated future situations are targeted in therapy. The generic divisions of the targets are defi ned as follows:

• Past: The past experiences that have set the groundwork for the pathology are fully processed.

• Present: Some triggers can still remain active, even though the original traumas have apparently been processed. These triggers may be fed by some residual information from earlier events that have not been completely processed, or may be due to second-order conditioning.

• Future: In the third prong of EMDR Therapy, called the “Future Template,” treatment helps the client to visualize successfully managing an anticipated future event.


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Robin Logie
Ad de Jongh

Original Work Citation

Logie, R., & de Jongh, A. (2016). The flashfoward procedure. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy scripted protocols and summary sheets: Treating anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and mood-related conditions (pp. 95-100). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co



“The flashforward procedure Summary sheet: The flashfoward procedure (Luber),” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 24, 2021,

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