EMDR: Evidence-Based Treatment

EMDR is considered an evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD by the following organizations:

  • The American Psychological Association
  • The American Psychiatric Association
  • The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1998 and 2008
  • The 2004 AND 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Also Tricare and many other third-party payers
  • It has been identified as effective in reviews by the Cochrane Database and the RAND Corporation

It is not ranked below any other treatment in any of these reviews.  Its status has not been reduced in any revisions.

Further: Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy (and sometimes Cognitive Therapy)and Stress Inoculation are considered evidence based in these reviews.

The sole exception to this pattern is the Institute of Medicine report, which concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence by their standard to identify EMDR as effective. The IOM had its own standard of rigor which favored ONLY prolonged exposure on the basis of a study by Schnurr et al. 2007. It was a very good study with a very large sample and deserves recognition for that. However (and this is the part that doesn’t often get discussed), it was a study of female veterans (great, it’s an important population), only 36% of the sample had served in a combat setting, only 6% identified a combat event as their primary stressor. The most commonly reported stressor was military sexual trauma (great, it’s an important stressor). But lots of people who don’t read studies assume that it was a study of combat trauma. There were some problems with the IOM’s review of EMDR, but that’s an issue for later discussion.

Susan Rogers, Ph.D.
PTSD Unit
VA Medical Center
Coatesville, PA

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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.

2011 Call for Posters

We are soliciting Abstracts for Poster Sessions for the 2011 EMDRIA Conference.  An award for the best poster will be given.  If you would like more information on Poster Sessions and/or to receive submission information, please email or call Paula Camacho, pcamacho@emdria.org or Toll Free at 866.451.5200 or 512.451.5200.