The effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing-based online group counseling for university students: Psychological need satisfaction, psychological resilience, psychological well-being, and small ‘t’ trauma (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy)

This study highlights how trauma treatment like EMDR therapy can be useful for those without major trauma.

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Provision of online eye movement and desensitization therapy (EMDR) for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A multi-method service evaluation (European Journal of Psychotraumatology)

This article assesses how online Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) compared to in-person EMDR in people with PTSD.

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Group EMDR Therapy GWT Issue

Group Therapy Go With That Magazine Issue We invited several authors to write about using EMDR therapy in group settings in the Summer 2023…

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BIPOC Perspective on Group Therapy

BIPOC Perspective on Group Therapy

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists respond to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was deeply meaningful as a resource and/or as a challenge in the use of Group EMDR?”

Contributors include Alejandra Menchaca Guedea, MEd, LPC-S, Lotty Ackerman Mayer, LCSW-S, SEP, and Barbara Banda, M.S., LPC-S, CFRC.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Early intervention for residential out-of-home care staff using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy)

This study provides evidence for the efficacy of EMDR in reducing traumatic stress symptom severity for residential out-of-home care staff. 

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Taking Steps Together Toward Healing: A Remote Group Therapy Intervention

Taking Steps Together Toward Healing: A Remote Group Therapy Intervention

EMDR therapy group protocols can help increase the capacity to meet client needs and decrease exposure to overwhelming material that may contribute to clinician burnout or vicarious traumatization. Research into the virtual implementation of EMDR therapy and EMDR group therapy protocols is promising. The Self-Care Traumatic Episode Protocol (STEP) presents another option for remote treatment within a stepped care approach targeted for the client’s level of distress.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by Judy Moench and Olivia Billsten.

 


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The Effectiveness of Online EMDR 2.0 Group Protocol on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Individuals Who Have Experienced a Traffic Accident: A Preliminary Study (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

The Effectiveness of Online EMDR 2.0 Group Protocol on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Individuals Who Have Experienced a Traffic Accident: A Preliminary Study

This is a preliminary study that aims to explore the role of EMDR 2.0 on groups by developing the EMDR 2.0 group protocol (EMDR 2.0 GP).

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Introduction: As an innovative procedure, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) 2.0, which is based on standard EMDR, draws attention with its promising results. The adaptation of EMDR 2.0 to groups will be a significant contribution to the psychology literature. Considering the effectiveness of EMDR 2.0 on individual applications, this is a preliminary study that aims to explore the role of EMDR 2.0 on groups by developing the EMDR 2.0 group protocol (EMDR 2.0 GP).

Methods: In this pilot study, EMDR 2.0 GP is applied to a group of seven participants who had been exposed to a traffic incident. The role of EMDR 2.0 GP (three sessions; 3.5 hours in total) on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression, anxiety, and stress was measured. The Impact of Event Scale—Revised and the Depression-Anxiety-Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) were used to assess these symptoms at pretreatment, one-week posttreatment, and one-month posttreatment.

Results: The participants (mean age = 47.14 ± 9.65) with a traffic accident experience (mean of the time elapsed = 88.57 ± 38.24 months) received EMDR 2.0 GP. Results showed that the EMDR 2.0 group had significantly lower depression (χ² [2, n = 7] = 9.364, p = .009, Kendall’s W = .668) and stress (χ² [2, n = 7] = 8.667, p = .013, Kendall’s W = .619) on the subscales of DASS-21 and lower intrusions (χ² [2, n = 7] = 6.333, p = .042, Kendall’s W = .452), avoidance (χ² [2, n = 7] = 7.280, p = .026, Kendall’s W = .520), and hyperarousal (χ² [2, n = 7]) = 10.800, p = .005, Kendall’s W = .771) at posttreatment.

Conclusion: The pilot study of EMDR 2.0 GP indicated that this newly developed protocol that was first applied to the group may be effective in reducing depression, stress, and PTSD symptoms among a nonclinical sample. This pilot study supports future randomized controlled EMDR GP applications.”

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Yaşar, A. B., Kavakçı, Ö., Çiftçi, Z. Z., Tunca, G. A., Uygun, E., Gündoğmuş, İ., Kubilay, D., Aksöz, Y., Deveci, H., & Konuk, E. (2023). The Effectiveness of Online EMDR 2.0 Group Protocol on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Individuals Who Have Experienced a Traffic Accident: A Preliminary Study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 17(3), 171–184. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0003

 


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Group Therapy (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

Group Therapy

Go With That Magazine™️ Summer 2023

How can group therapy benefit clients? What about remote group therapy, and does it work well? Find out how EMDR Early Intervention is successful in groups. This issue’s authors provide a playbook for EMDR therapists as they consider adding group therapy for their clients who might benefit from it. The authors outline how to put together a group, what you can do with online group therapy, how to implement Early Intervention and how to be effective for your clients when this approach is best.

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Fire in the Belly: The History of the Butterfly Hug, the EMDR-IGTP, and the ASSYST-Treatment Procedures

Fire in the Belly: The History of the Butterfly Hug, the EMDR-IGTP, and the ASSYST-Treatment Procedures

Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, Ph.D., Ed.D. and Lucina (Lucy) Artigas use the butterfly hug and group interventions to heal those effected by tragedies. The group setting allows for a group administration of individual EMDR treatment, ensuring that many individuals can be treated simultaneously. This is highly valuable in settings where resources are limited. They allow EMDR therapy treatment to be more affordable and accessible to all people, no matter their socioeconomic status.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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The TEP Suite of EMDR Protocols: The Family of Trauma Episode Protocols Based on EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP

The TEP Suite of EMDR Protocols: The Family of Trauma Episode Protocols Based on EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP

Shapiro & Laub’s 2008 article introduced the term Early EMDR Intervention (EEI), and E. Shapiro’s 2009 article was a wake-up call to examine and define the field as an independent topic, which had not been researched yet as such. Despite Francine Shapiro’s guidelines for applying EMDR to recent events (Shapiro 2001), there were only a few loosely documented case references to its use at that time (e.g., Silver et al 2005) and no controlled trials. The EMDR R-TEP is, however, soundly based on and extended from Shapiro’s EMD and Recent Event protocols, and the EMDR therapy profession has widely adopted it with over a dozen published studies, including controlled trials. R-TEP contains procedures and features that prompted thoughts about a possible group application for greater access to EMDR treatment. The outcome was the EMDR G-TEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol, E. Shapiro, 2013, 2014, 2023), which included a scripted protocol and prominent step-by-step G-TEP

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by Elan Shapiro with contributions from Maria Masciandaro, Psy.D., Ana Gomez, MC, LPC, Judy Moench, Shiraz Ferrand, Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC, Phillip Manfield, Ph.D., Elke van Hoof, Brurit Laub, Keren Mintz-Malchi, Tuly Flint, Yoni Elkins.

 


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Online EMDR Group Psychotherapy

Online EMDR Group Psychotherapy

Due to the increase in demand for therapy and EMDR showing signs of online effectiveness, forming online groups seemed like a natural next step to reach out to a larger expected audience. However, few EMDR therapists have training in group dynamics. In addition, there is already substantial evidence that reprocessing is effective with varied clients at the same time, as in group protocols (Jarero et al., 2014; Shapiro & Laub, 2014), but not multiple clients with simultaneous varied complaints. I shall detail a pilot experience with online group psychotherapy, addressing some of these most recent changes and offering suggestions for an integrative theoretical and practice model.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2023 issue Group Therapy of Go With That Magazine™️ by André Maurício Monteiro.


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Virtual EMDR Therapy

Sharon Rollins, EMDR-certified therapist/trainer/consultant, details how virtual EMDR therapy works well for many of her clients in this episode of Let’s Talk EMDR podcast.

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