PRESS RELEASE: EMDRIA Conference to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of EMDR

AUSTIN, Texas – EMDR International Association will be holding the exclusive 20th Anniversary of EMDR celebration at its annual EMDRIA Conference this August in Atlanta. The celebration recognizes the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first research of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as the growth of EMDR therapy over the past two decades.

The four-day conference, entitled EMDR 20th Anniversary: Looking Back, Moving Forward will give attendees the chance to hear EMDR’s originator, Dr. Francine Shapiro, present a twenty-year update which will discuss EMDR research of the past two decades and the implications for EMDR’s usage today and in the future. The Conference will also address EMDR as it relates to current and future practices, with speakers such as Dr. Allan Schore, a leading researcher in the field of neuropsychology, will discuss current models of the neurobiology of attachment. Additionally, the annual EMDRIA Awards and Recognition Dinner will feature a special celebratory presentation scheduled to premier at the event.

“This year’s conference will be truly unique because it celebrates how far EMDR has come in the past twenty years – from a little known therapy that was considered to be ‘hocus pocus’ to a widely practiced therapy that has been proven effective, and as a result, has changed the lives of millions,” said Scott Blech, CAE, Executive Director of EMDRIA. “We hope that the celebration of this landmark will help those who are unsure about EMDR realize that it is in fact not
a new therapy or a trend, but is a well-established, extensively researched and uniquely effective psychotherapy.”

In 1989, Dr. Shapiro reported successful results in the first scientific study of EMDR in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1990, Dr. Shapiro began training therapists in EMDR, and the practice became increasingly accepted and widespread throughout the nineties and the new millennium. Today it is estimated that more than 100,000 mental health professionals have been trained in EMDR worldwide and the practice of EMDR has helped more than two million patients find relief.

In addition to the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of EMDR, the EMDRIA Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to earn up to 22.5 continuing education credit hours for accrediting agencies such as the American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Texas State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, EMDRIA and more.

“EMDRIA considers continuing education a top priority and encourages our members to pursue educational opportunities to keep their skills current and effective, which is exactly what the EMDRIA Conference is designed to do,” said Blech.

Attendees will be able to attend sessions with a wide variety of EMDR-related topics, including substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), attachment issues, EMDR and children, couples, chronic illness, dissociation, ethical issues, neurobiology, public practice and more.

For more information on the EMDRIA Conference or EMDR, please visit the EMDRIA website at

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About EMDR

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.

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