Dismantling prejudice and reducing social bias with EMDR therapy


Clearly, socially based prejudice drives misunderstanding, social divisions and conflict, impeding the well-being of many. Though this is obvious at the societal level, assessing and treating prejudice and related discriminatory behavior is rarely discussed as a therapeutic focus. This presentation offers EMDR therapists a conceptual framework and skills to spot and reduce social bias. The workshop integrates social information processing into the AIP model, depicts characteristics of socially based trauma, introduces useful terminology, describes Externalized Negative Cognitions, offers assessment strategies, and teaches a protocol for dismantling prejudice and reducing social bias. Clinical examples and reports from reprocessing sessions are provided.






Mark Nickerson

Original Work Citation

Nickerson, M. (2018, June). Dismantling prejudice and reducing social bias with EMDR therapy. Presentation at the 23rd EMDR International Association Conference, Atlanta, GA



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