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EMDR Therapy and Adaptive Information Processing

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Developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dr. Shapiro is the originator of EMDR and founder of the EMDR Institute, Inc.

General Course Description

EMDR is internationally regarded as an empirically supported treatment for traumatic memories. It is an integrative, client-centered psychotherapy approach that is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model. It emphasizes the brain’s information processing system and memories of disturbing experiences as the bases of those pathologies not caused by organic deficit or insult. EMDR, which was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, addresses the experiences that contribute to clinical conditions and those needed to bring the client to a robust state of psychological health. This approach is used to process the early memories that set the foundation for the pathology and the present situations that trigger the dysfunction. It also provides templates for appropriate future action that incorporate the information and behaviors needed to overcome skill and/or developmental deficits. In its twenty-year history, numerous publications have indicated that EMDR can be successfully applied to a wide variety of clinical complaints and diagnoses.

This beginner-level course is comprised of four articles and book chapters that provide an overview of the EMDR approach, its guiding information processing model, and its clinical application. The first section presents an overview of the history, development, and research that have established EMDR as an empirically supported treatment, applications to psychological and physical problems, and a description of the eight phases of treatment. It also offers a transcript to illustrate a treatment. The second section provides an in-depth discussion of the Adaptive Information Processing model and its implications for a variety of common clinical complaints and phenomena. The third section offers an overview the AIP perspective in regards to pathogenic memories as the basis of physical and mental disorders. The final section provides a representative case report and a detailed discussion of the EMDR application to a Borderline Personality Disorder client. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Describe the phases of treatment that comprise EMDR’s integrative psychotherapy approach.
  • Explain the Adaptive Information Processing model that guides EMDR treatment and case conceptualization.
  • Describe the kinds of cognitive, emotional, somatic, and behavioral changes attainable with EMDR.
  • Discuss the three-pronged approach dealing with past events, current triggers, and ways to address developmental deficits.

Course Syllabus:

  • History of EMDR
  • Case Conceptualization and Case studies
  • Integrated Psychotherapy Approach
  • Similarities to and Differences from other forms of treatment
  • Controlled Research
  • Theories and Mechanisms of Action
  • Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model
  • EMDR Treatment Approach
  • “Time Free” Psychotherapy
  • Treatment Evaluations

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Cost: $39.00

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