Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)
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Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR)

Neil J Kitchiner Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Chair, British & Irish Chapter of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (BICESTSS), Department of Liaison Psychiatry and Traumatic Stress Service, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, University Hospital of Wales
Neil Roberts Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Traumatic Stress Service, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, University Hospital of Wales
Jonathan I Bisson Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, Monmouth House, University Hospital of Wales

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article discusses one of the trauma-focused psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was recently recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE 2005). After reading this article, you will be able to:

Define what eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) stands for and its intended use;

Describe how the EMDR protocol is implemented with the patient;

Describe what other psychological therapies EMDR has been tested against

Describe who is eligible for training in EMDR and the training process.

Mental Health Practice. 9, 7, 40-44. doi: 10.7748/mhp2006.04.9.7.40.c1908

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