Filmmaker Releases Documentary on EMDR

Filmmaker Michael Burns has released his latest documentary, EMDR, a movie that explores one of the top treatments for psychological trauma: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Despite turning the community of trauma treatment on its head over the last two decades, EMDR remains lesser known in the mainstream. “With this film I’m looking to introduce people to what EMDR is, how it works, and who can be helped,” said Burns.  Billions of people across the planet have had their lives touched in some way by tragedy.  For many of them, the effects of their abuse, accident, or loss reverberate for the rest of their lives and hold them back from their full potential.

To read the entire Press Release, please click here.

CME’s for Physicians Now Available for the EMDRIA Conference!

We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, presentations at the EMDRIA Conference have been reviewed and approved for CME credits.  You can earn up to 22 CME credits!  Conference presentations have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) and EMDR International Association.  The IAHB is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

EMDR Listed by SAMHSA on National Registry

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  This national registry (NREPP) cites EMDR as evidence based practice for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms.  Their review of the evidence also indicated that EMDR leads to an improvement in mental health anxiety.  EMDR is now live on the NREPP website and can be viewed here.

EMDRIA Launches New Website & Membership Database

We are delighted to announce the launch of the redesigned EMDRIA website and membership database.

The new website delivers timely, well-organized information to not only EMDRIA Members, but also the general public who is interested in finding out more about EMDR.  The EMDRIA website has undergone a design a content renewal, featuring improved navigation and search features, such as Find an EMDR Therapist, with great accessibility to EMDR resources and social networking sites.

In the next few weeks and months, EMDRIA will continue to improve the website with new features that will allow greater interaction from users and members.  We invite you to come back often to check out the latest developments.

We hope you enjoy the new website and find it useful and informative.  Your suggestions and ideas are always welcome – please contact our Communications Specialist at nevans@emdria.org with your comments.

Visit the new EMDRIA site now at www.emdria.org.

EMDR Helping the Military

In For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results (New York Times, 2/13/11), it is stated that the Army and Navy “tried to expand talk therapy programs — one of which, exposure therapy, is considered by some experts to be the only proven treatment for P.T.S.D.”  We submitted a letter to the editor that corrects this information. Our letter said: “In fact, exposure therapy is not the only proven treatment. The clinical practice guidelines (October, 2010) of the VA and Department of Defense recommend four therapies, exposure therapy plus Cognitive Processing Therapy, Stress management therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  EMDR is especially helpful for military personnel who often face multiple traumatic events during a tour of duty, because EMDR treatment allows for more than one memory or emotion to be addressed. In addition, since EMDR utilizes no homework to achieve its effects, it may be particularly suitable for frontline alleviation of symptoms.”

We urge EMDR clinicians and their military and veteran clients to respond to the article by sharing favorable results of EMDR treatment.  If this article is reprinted in other newspapers, we encourage you to send a letter to the editor.

EMDR is consistently proven to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. We hope more people will end their suffering by seeking this psychotherapy approach.  Trained EMDR clinicians can be found at www.emdria.org.

Scott Blech, CAE

Executive Director

EMDR International Association