The culture-specific application of EMDR in Taiwan


The need of a culture-specific EMDR protocol:
Compared to other forms of psychotherapy, EMDR is known to require more elaboration on its mechanism and procedure, due;ito:its groundbreaking nature. These new concepts and elaborations were inevitably deemed be exogenous to Chinese oulturre, and even with the correction translation of EMDR protocol, additional explanation and examples were necessary for he successfully administration of EMDR procedure with Chinese clients. Having used the language-specific protocol, the nfor'mant  observed that the original EMDR protocol was developed in reflection of the linear, causal logics of Western minds, nd  Gould not fully address the non-linear and relational concerns raised by clients in Chinese culture. Furthermore, clients in the authoritative orientation of Chinese culture were prone to be concerned about the "correct" responses during treatment, and therapists should take lead in clarifying such concerns. It is also of interest to note that, once relation-oriented clients accepted, their relationships with the therapist, they were prone to overlook some important details in EMDR procedure, irrespective of emphasis by the therapist. Therefore, as illustrated in Figure 2, cultural factors should be carefully incorporated in the development of Chinese protocol, in order to facilitate the effective comprehension of EMDR therapy.


Hu Ghen-Jung

Original Work Citation

Ghen-Jung, H. (2107, April). The culture-specific application of EMDR in Taiwan.  Poster presented at the 3rd EMDR Asia International Conference, Shanghai, China



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