Psychotrauma in psychosis: Is EMDR an answer?


Background and aims:
Bangladesh faces numerous developmental challenges. Starting from pressing poverty, discrimination, disparity, domestic and political violence to liberation war, recurring natural and man-made disasters left none to get away from invisible impact of trauma, often having far reaching life consequences. Psychological impact of untreated trauma, which have massive bearing on social and economic life, is unrecognized and less prioritized. As a first line treatment of trauma, EMDR gained wide acceptance and recognition among world endorsement bodies. Though EMDR was introduced in Bangladesh 20 years back by UNICEF in 1998, only a few continued to practice EMDR. Later with the good office of HAP/Trauma Aid Switzerland EMDR was revitalized and a MOU signed with Dhaka University by undertaking this project. Intense, culturally appropriate curriculum on psychotraumatology and continuous supervision were the integral part of the project to trained mental health professional on psychotraumatology and EMDR as trauma recovery. The viability of this project to mark a sustainable development of EMDR practice in Bangladesh has been projected in this poster presentation.

Survey, key informant interview and case documentation were used as tools.

Psychotraumatology curriculum scored high as vital component in laying the foundation for trauma informed of EMDR. 67% were successfully applying EMDR in their practice. Client satisfaction with EMDR was 77%.

The span of the project scaled up continuous development on EMDR to make it sustainable.






Rasham Rana

Original Work Citation

Rana, R. (2020, January). Psychotrauma in psychosis: Is EMDR an answer? Poster presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand



“Psychotrauma in psychosis: Is EMDR an answer?,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 23, 2021,

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