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.

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

EMDR HAP Haiti Recovery Project

By Bob Gelbach, Executive Director, EMDR HAP

The devastating earthquake in Haiti has galvanized the efforts of humanitarian agencies, governments and millions of people around the world.  Many HAP supporters have asked us how EMDR HAP will respond to this massive challenge.

We want you to know, first, that we will be engaged in the work of recovery, and second, that we will make every effort to move beyond disaster response to capacity building. You can support these efforts by donating to HAP’s Haiti Recovery Project.  Every penny received will go directly to trauma treatment and training.   And we will keep you informed as our project progresses.

Already many HAP volunteers with expertise in disaster response and clinical training have told us they are ready to go where they are needed.  Their time and skill are not lacking, but the means to get them where they are needed and sustain them there depends on funding.  (And of course, rescue efforts need time to do their critical work before most people on the scene can think about trauma therapy.)

To DONATE  online, go to www.emdrhap.org and click “Donations,”

or follow this link. Under “Donation Information,” be sure to choose

“Please use my donation for Haiti Recovery Project.”

The partnership of donors and volunteers has always been at the core of HAP’s response – to floods in Bangladesh; to Katrina on the Gulf Coast; to past earthquakes in Marmara, Turkey, in Gujarat, India, in Mexico, Pakistan and Chengdu, China; to the tsunami that struck Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Mental health professionals know better than most that the psychological aftermath of the earthquake will last for years beyond the immediate physical effects.  The depth of the traumatic stress now experienced in Haiti is not only a response to the destruction and devastation wrought by the quake, but is compounded by the heavy overlay of unresolved trauma history borne by so many of the people in that nation, one of the poorest in the world.

We read in the news and editorial comments of the past week that the world must resolve to help Haitians recover not only from the earthquake, but also from the social, economic and political despair that has gripped their nation for 200 years.  In the EMDR community, we know that such a transformation will not occur without release from the grip of traumatic stress that saps the spirit and mental focus needed for progress.

That is why we aim to do what we can to support immediate recovery, but then go on to build capacity for trauma treatment where it has scarcely existed.  HAP colleagues from Europe have already begun this building process in the past year in Haiti.  Now is the time to help them expand their efforts, to link their work to the multitude of humanitarian agencies struggling to their feet this week in Port au Prince and beyond.   Our aim is to see a self-sustaining community of Haitian EMDR therapists and educators in place as soon as possible.   Please make it your aim as well.  And thank you!

Seeking New Chair for EMDR & Medical Illness SIG

EMDRIA is looking for a new Chair for the EMDR & Medical Illness Special Interest Group.  In order to be the chair, you must:

  1. Be a Member of EMDRIA
  2. Be the leader of the SIG, including ensuring that the SIG meets EMDRIA’s SIG Guidelines
  3. Must serve as the point of contact for people interested in joining the SIG, or assign someone else as the contact
  4. Complete additional leadership tasks as needed

If you are interested in becoming the new Chair for hte EMDR & Medical Illness SIG, please contact Whitney Hanson.