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Revised EMDRIA Definiton of EMDR

Revised EMDRIA Definiton of EMDR

The EMDRIA Definition of EMDR has been revised and clarified to resolve an inaccuracy that was identified after the revision of the approved Definition appeared in the September 2011 EMDRIA Newsletter.  The new paragraphs will read as follows:

BIVav.     In the Installation Phase (Phase 5), the therapist first asks the client to check for a potential new positive belief related to the target memory. The client selects a new belief or the previously established positive cognition. The clinician asks him/her to hold this in mind, along with the target memory, and to rate the selected positive belief on the VOC scale of 1 to 7. The therapist then continues alternating bilateral stimulation until the client's rating of the positive belief reaches the level of 7 (or an ecologically valid rating) on the VOC Scale.

Statement deleted:  In the event that disturbing material emerges, the clinician guides the client back to the desensitization

Phase (Phase 4).

BIVavi.    In the Body Scan Phase (Phase 6), the therapist asks the client to hold in mind both the target event and the positive belief and to mentally scan the body.  The therapist asks the client to identify any positive or negative bodily sensations. The therapist continues bilateral stimulation when these bodily sensations are present until the client reports only neutral or positive sensations.

Statement deleted:  In the event that disturbing material emerges, the clinician guides the client back to the desensitization

Phase (Phase 4).

The Board agreed to this change because it more accurately reflects the EMDR procedure.  The Definition is not a manual and cannot cover every eventuality that might occur during processing. This correction will be published in the April 2012 E-News and the June 2012 EMDRIA Newsletter.  

 

Click here to read the full EMDRIA Definition of EMDR.

Date of adoption 5/26/03, 10/18/03, Revised 10/25/09, 06/23/11, 12/07/11, 2/25/12

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