The TRICARE Policy Manual Chapter on Psychotherapy was amended November 3, 2010 to cover EMDR.  “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is covered for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adults,” the Manual now reads.  It further states that the effective date is “April 16, 2007, for EMDR for the treatment of PTSD in adults.”  We would expect that TRICARE will have a procedure in place to handle claims of EMDR treatment given between April 16, 2007 and November 3, 2010. EMDRIA began a campaign to get approval by TRICARE in 2005.  Many members wrote letters and spoke with high ranking government officials; and special thanks go to Beverly Dexter, PhD, CDR, USN (ret) for her leadership.


2011 EMDRIA Conference Call for Presentations Deadline: November 19, 2010

Don’t miss the chance to present alongside a fantastic line-up of Plenary speakers including; Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., Paul Miller, M.D., and Daniel Siegel, M.D.!

You are invited to apply to present at the Annual EMDR International Association Conference. Material should be relevant to the EMDR field and be an original contribution. Members and non-members of EMDRIA are invited to submit. Share your best practices and new techniques with other therapists in the industry, helping them to understand the new research and clinical practices in EMDR and how to help treat all types of trauma.

EMDRIA’s goal is to offer continuing education that helps promote and maintain the integrity of EMDR. Please help us accomplish our goal by submitting your presentations today! Click HERE to submit your presentation.

2011 EMDRIA Conference
“Healing the Many Faces of Trauma”
August 25 – August 28, 2011
Orange County, CA
Hyatt Regency Orange County

“Spread the Word” Newsletter Launch

It has been my passionate mission (many EMDR therapists could make the same claim) to help Spread the Word about EMDR.  I did an informal survey at the 2007 EMDRIA Conference in Dallas and found that EMDR Therapists estimated that the public knowledge level about EMDR in their home communities ranged from 5 to 15%.  But when I asked how many knew about the prestigious organizations that accept EMDR for the treatment of PTSD, the results were positively dismal:  1% across the board.

This depressing news has goaded me to make more and more efforts to increase the statistics to match EMDR’s success level:  80-90%.  Actually I am aiming for 80% because it seems attainable.  The past year I worked hard to boost my marketing knowledge. Why? I am convinced we need new techniques to accomplish this worthy goal.  This year that knowledge is coming to fruition in this newsletter.

It is culled from the blogs posted at:

Please check it out as blogs are collecting there.  EMDR clients share their stories in a confidential way.  I think their sincerity is powerful, and will inspire others to forward the stories, helping to spread the word.

I invite you tol help in this process.  Please check out the blog, and if you wish, encourage your enthusiastic EMDR client to share his story with others who could get inspired to take action…to get EMDR for themselves.

Dana Terrell, LCSW
EMDRIA-Approved Consultant
Brainspotting Consultant

FREE EMDR Sessions for Northampton,MA Arson Victims

In the wake of the December 27th arsons in Northampton, MA, the Western Massachusetts EMDR Trauma Recovery Network if offering free EMDR treatment to anyone who was affected.  The fifteen fires, allegedly set by Anthony P. Baye in less than one hour, took two lives and caused millions of dollars of damage to cars and homes.

As a result, victims, witnesses, firefighters, and local residents can receive free EMDR counseling to treat any trauma linked to the blazes from the seventeen regional therapists that participate in the Trauma Recovery Network.

Though it typically takes up to four months for trauma victims to develop PTSD, the Western Massachusetts EMDR Trauma Recover Network volunteers hope to prevent PTSD from ever taking hold in the victims.

For more information on the program, please read the article by James Lowe at

The Western Massachusetts EMDR Trauma Recovery Network is not a part of EMDRIA or affiliated with EMDRIA. However, EMDRIA is pleased to see EMDR therapists reaching out to help those in their communities who have  been victimized by such a horrific act.

New EMDR Definition

In the December 2009 Newsletter, EMDRIA’s Board of Directors released its updated Definition of EMDR. EMDRIA’s Definition of EMDR effects our requirements for EMDRIA Approved trainings, continuing education and more. As a result of the implications of this change, and the fact that EMDRIA is an EMDR authority, we feel it is important to share this new definition with the entire EMDR community. These changes mark the first updates to the EMDRIA Approved Clinical Definition of EMDR since 2003.

There are many opinions as to what the EMDR definition should consist of, and the new definition has been welcomed with open arms by some, and disliked by others. We welcome your feedback and comments — please share your thoughts with us!