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Special Interest Groups & Topic Forums


Connect with other EMDR Therapists

Special Interest Groups (also know as "SIGs") and Topic Forums provide online communities for open discussion among professionals on various topics related to EMDR and mental health. This members-only benefit is a great way to connect with fellow EMDR therapists that allows you to participate online, by email, or both. Check out the Topic Forums and Special Interest Groups below to get started! 



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Click the "Join Community" button below to be taken to the Special Interest Group or Topic Forum community home page. If you are not already signed in to your EMDRIA member account, you will be prompted to do so before you can access the community. Once you're on the Topic Forum or SIG home page, click the "Join Community" button in the upper right-hand corner to become a member of that community.






Special Interest Groups are online communities where you will find discussions relating to a specific topic. A SIG Chair or Co-Chairs help facilitate conversations and responses within these groups as well as activities taking place outside of the online forum such as conference calls or an in-person meeting at the EMDRIA Annual Conference.


EMDR and Addiction

Co-Chair | Julie Miller  Co-Chair | Sarah Osborne

A group to discuss, share, and inform clinicians involved in the practice of treating those with chemical and process addictions. We will talk about the latest research, books, workshops, conferences and ethical practice of EMDR treatment for this population. We invite active discussion regarding case conceptualization, treatment experiences, and shared knowledge.





EMDR and Dissociative Disorders

Co-Chair | Funda Yilmaz  Co-Chair | David Sullivan

The ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) endorses EMDR as an adjunctive treatment in their Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults (2011). They recommend that EMDR is not used as a standalone treatment but as part of an overall treatment plan. Early use of EMDR with dissociative clients, however, resulted in a number of difficulties, including ‘unintended breaches of dissociative barriers, flooding, abrupt emergence of undiagnosed alternate personalities, and rapid destabilisation’ (ISSTD, 2011). The ISSTD therefore recommend that adjustments be made to the standard EMDR protocols when working with dissociative survivors, and various safeguards put in place. So what are some treatments that you incorporate EMDR with when working on complex trauma and dissociative clients? This is a place to get together and share ideas, practices and grow together!



EMDR and the Body

Chair | Catherine Lidov

EMDR is a therapy that fully incorporates a person's "felt sense" experience. Many aspects of bodily experience, both at the time of a trauma and in the course of therapy, may be relevant to treatment. The goal of this SIG is to provide a platform for sharing perspectives from psychophysiological theories and somatic psychotherapies that support EMDR therapy; for asking questions and learning from each other; and for discussing experiences that occur in the course of our work. This SIG is for members who are interested in learning together for the purpose of improving effectiveness as EMDR therapists. 




EMDR and the Military

Co-Chair | Jamie Zabukovec  Co-Chair | Emily Rademan

The purpose of the EMDR and the Military Special Interest Group is to provide a community for members of the EMDR International Association involved in the EMDR treatment of veterans, service members, and their families. This community promotes professional and scientific discussions about the theoretical, empirical and clinical issues related to EMDR in its application to service and veteran focused populations. New ideas and speculation are welcome and should be labeled as such. The intent of the community is to provide clinical, professional support and case discussions for EMDR International Association members engaged in such work. 





EMDR, Energy Medicine, and Spirituality

Chair | Irene Siegel

The EMDR, Energy Medicine, and Spirituality SIG is dedicated to explore and integrate the skills of energy medicine into the standard EMDR protocol as a way of helping the client swiftly process trauma from a perception of emerging inner wisdom and higher awareness that evolves as a result of using tools and skills of energy medicine. This community acknowledges the power of accessing and balancing the energy that surrounds the body, holding memory, emotions, and cognition's. Members of this community have been acquainted with energy healing through programs taught from the western perspective of energy psychology, hands on healing programs, or through the study with teachers of ancient wisdom traditions such as shamanism, reiki, yoga, etc. Balancing the energy field may in and of itself support a release of old patterns and conflict resolution. The impact of emerging spiritual awareness changes the context for trauma and offers meaning and support for the client. Higher conscious awareness and emergence of an essential spiritual self can be used within the EMDR protocol for positive resourcing, adaptive functioning, ego integration, cognitive interweaves, emotional stabilization, and giving spiritual meaning to past, present, and future, true to AIP model. The community offers EMDR therapists the opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another through online interaction and live meetings at the EMDRIA conferences.




EMDR for First Responders & Protective Services Personnel

Chair | Robbie Adler-Tapia

The purpose of the First Responders & Protective Service Personnel SIG is to create a community of professionals who work with individuals who are and/or have worked as first responders/protective services workers.  These professionals differ from veterans in that they spend their careers at home working in and around their communities to protect the safety and welfare of citizens. Some first responders/protective services workers have served in the military but differ in many ways as they live in the communities they serve. These professionals experience daily personal and professional exposure to traumatic incidents. More information ...





EMDR Research

Co-Chair | Jose Carbajal  Co-Chair | Sheila Devlin-Craane

The goal of the EMDR Research SIG is to collaborate and network with other EMDRIA members around EMDR related research. This online community is a place where EMDRIA members can connect with other researchers and consultants in the group.  In the Research SIG, interested clinicians and researchers can ask questions about EMDR research topics, discuss research findings, dialogue about related issues, and post interesting articles in the Research SIG library. 





EMDR with Children & Adolescents

Chair | Annie Monaco

This community promotes professional discussion of clinical cases, new protocols and therapeutic interventions, research findings and projects as well as training opportunities related to the application of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents. A template for case presentation is provided to all SIG members interested in participating in case consultation. More information ...






Topic Forums are online communities where you will find discussions relating to a specific topic. Topic Forums may or may not have moderators and they do not have any activities that take place outside of the online forum. A Topic Forum with a moderator may grow and transition to a Special Interest Group once it meets the SIG requirements.


EMDR and Autism 

Autism is an extremely complex category which is in constant evolution. Prior understanding that clumped people into "high & low functioning" classifications often resulted in the exclusion of non-speaking people who have the capacity to reprocess traumatic material, reduce distress levels and reframe their self-schemas. Pioneering EMDR clinicians have revolutionized the application of EMDR to people across the developmental categories of autism spectrum as well as other complex neuro-developmental categories. You are welcome to join the discussion about EMDR and autism.


EMDR and Eating Disorders 

The EMDR and Eating Disorders SIG invites discussion, collaboration, and support for EMDR therapists who treat eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and disordered eating. Often this includes resource sharing (particularly medical), discussion and case consultation regarding treatment planning, history gathering, stabilization and common negative cognitions with eating disordered populations. Attention is often given to the presence of and approaches to treating dissociative states attached to the disorder. Above all, there is the advantage of knowing that you are not alone in working with this challenging population.



EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy

Moderator | Elizabeth Davis


When therapists complete training in the 8 phase EMDR protocol, they sometimes find it challenging to integrate EMDR therapy into their current work with challenging and complex trauma clients. By the same token, clinicians with a primary focus in EMDR are often looking for ways to deliver the EMDR protocol in more developmentally sensitive ways which feel safer to the traumatized client. The EMDR and Expressive Arts forum will be focused on sharing expressive arts ideas and techniques to maximize the healing of clients through the integration of the two approaches. Members are encouraged to share all types of expressive arts and media and their questions or application into the 8 phases of EMDR: such as 2d and 3d art, poetry, dance, writing, music and drama.


EMDR and Intimate Partner Violence

Moderator | Funda Yilmaz

This group is about the problems and solutions revolving around the use of EMDR with victims, perpetrators, adults and children who experience Intimate Partner Violence/Family Violence/Domestic Violence/Dating Violence. Members who are interested in discussing the use and strategies involved in treating people dealing with Intimate Partner Violence or Family Violence. Potential topics of discussion: Issues regarding EMDR implementation during a crisis period of people's lives, in shelters, as they flee abuse; Implementation of EMDR with perpetrators of abuse; EMDR with survivors who have neurological problems like TBI, and other topics of interest to you.



EMDR and Medical Illness

This community allows EMDRIA members to share information and treatments regarding the application of EMDR for medical issues in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, institutions, clinics and outpatient settings.




EMDR and Performance Enhancement

This community allows for sharing of information and treatments regarding the application of EMDR to performance enhancement in the workplace, performing and creative arts, and sports.



EMDR and Positive Psychology

Moderator | Dr. Candida Condor

EMDR and Positive Psychology have a natural alliance to promote Post Traumatic Growth. By resolving historical trauma our patients move to the possibility to secure a solid psychological foundation and launch into Post Traumatic Growth. The founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, Ph.D. articulated Well Being Theory in his book Flourish (ATRIA, 2013). Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organizations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001). Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play (Positive Psychology Center, 2016).



EMDR and Public Practice and Diversity

The purpose of the EMDR and Public Practice and Diversity Topic Forum is to provide a community for members of the EMDR International Association to share and connect around public practice and diversity issues. This community promotes professional and practical discussions about issues related to EMDR and supports public practice clinicians and administrators so that EMDR can become an intrinsic part of their organizations at all levels. 




EMDR Early Intervention

Moderator | Reg Morrow Robinson

This community will focus on applying EMDR therapy interventions within less than 3 months of a disturbing experience. It is open to all EMDR Early Intervention (EEI) protocols. There is a wide application of early interventions to explore and expand. In this group, EMDR therapists can discuss cases (following appropriate confidentiality guidelines) highlighting types of settings, events, populations, EEI protocols used as well as difficulties and successes. Goals of this group are to learn from one another how to improve EEI efficacy, to increase readiness of response to community disasters, and to encourage early interventions in hopes of reducing suffering due to delayed treatment. Resources in the community library include the EMDR Research Foundation Early Intervention Toolkit, which can be used as a tool to improve fidelity to the EEI protocols within and help encourage research in this area.



EMDR for Perinatal Mental Health

Moderator | Mara Tesler Stein

This community is a place for all EMDR clinicians who are invested in raising the level of care for families in the perinatal period. Upwards of 30% of women describe their birth experience as traumatizing. This figure doesn't include trauma occurring in the effort to become pregnant, during the course of pregnancy, perinatal loss, or complications in the newborn period itself. While these events are common, women often minimize their impact, and family members and physicians may not recognize their repercussions, making them potentially challenging to identify, clinically. This community recognizes that viewing struggles during the perinatal period through a trauma lens and treating it with the AIP model raises the level of care for families and is primary prevention.


EMDR in the University

The University Topic Forum is to provide a community and support for collaboration and networking for faculty who wish to teach EMDR therapy in the University setting. The dissemination of EMDR therapy in University settings is important in order to train clinicians early in their career as well as to integrate and cultivate EMDR research in the University settings in the United States. Resources can be shared and topics related to developing criteria, academic excellence, curricular issues, and pedagogical methods for the delivery of various levels of EMDR training are discussed. The specific pursuits of the University Topic Forum can be determined by the interests and needs of its members.




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