Research finding from local results of Mekong I Project in Thailand: Effectiveness of EMDR therapy for the unreached traumatized people

Description

Introduction:
The Mekong I project was a project for Capacity Building-EMDR Therapists in Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia by Himpsi Jaya in Collaboration with terre des hommes und TraumaAID Germany. From 2010 - 2014, 39 EMDR therapists and 15 supervisors were trained, who were able to treat a total of 5055 patients. In Thailand, 953 clients, 412 adults and 266 child, were treated in this projects. In northeastern Thailand, there were 3 therapists trained in this projects and 83 clients were treated.

Objectives:
To study the efficacy, of trauma therapy among patients with psychiatric illness in who were treated in Mekong I project in northeastern Thailand.

Methods:
Cross-sectional descriptive study to see the effectiveness of the results of trauma therapy for the clients in Mekong I project who have the complete data. We assess the anxiety and depressive symptoms and trauma-related symptoms by using the Hopkins Symptom Checklist [HSCL-25] and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire before and after the treatment.

Results:
64 adult clients were included in the research. Complete assessments were done for 25 patients and the HSCL-25 and HTQ scores decreased significantly after the therapy. The respective number of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing [EMDR] sessions was significantly correlated with the baseline HSCL-25 and HTQ scores and also correlated with overall improvement in HTQ scores and the cognitive symptoms subscale scores of HTQ.

Conclusion:
Trauma therapy, with and without EMDR sessions, is effective in reducing anxiety, and depressive and trauma-related symptoms in psychiatric patients in north-eastern Thailand.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Nawanant Piyavhatkul

Original Work Citation

Piyavhatkul, N. (2020, January). Research finding from local results of Mekong I Project in Thailand: Effectiveness of EMDR therapy for the unreached traumatized people. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

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Citation

“Research finding from local results of Mekong I Project in Thailand: Effectiveness of EMDR therapy for the unreached traumatized people,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 23, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26275.

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