EMDR therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in treating chronic PTSD and trauma memories. Specialised Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) protocols have only recently been receiving increasing attention from EMDR clinicians and researchers. EEI, while trauma memories have not yet been integrated, may be used not only to treat acute distress but may also provide a window of opportunity in which a brief intervention, possibly on successive days, could prevent complications and strengthen resilience.
The accessibility of EMDR therapy in emergency and disaster situations is often limited by the shortage of trained clinicians immediately available when relatively large numbers of trauma victims are involved. The question is raised whether simplified EMDR protocols can be rapidly taught to mental health personnel with or without a background in EMDR & utilised effectively.
This workshop gives an overview of the EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) with a video case illustration and suggests some new simplified practical developments: the EMDR G-TEP (Group Traumatic Episode Protocol) and it’s adaptation for individual application and the notion of S-TEP (Structured Traumatic Episode Protocols) –modular training applications for use in emergency situations by EMDR clinicians and possibly non-EMDR trained Mental Health personnel.
Shapiro, E. (2007). 4 Elements Exercise, Journal of EMDR Practice and Research,1(2),113-115.
Shapiro, E. & Laub, B., (2008). Early EMDR Intervention (EEI): A Summary, a Theoretical Model, and the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP). Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 2(2), 79-96.
Shapiro, E. (2009). EMDR Treatment of Recent Events. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Vol.3, 20th Anniversary Issue.
Shapiro, E. & Laub, B. (2009). The New Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP). In Luber, M. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols: Basics and Special Situations. New York: Springer
Shapiro, E. (2011). Suggestions for Teaching the Application of Eye Movements in EMDR, Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 5(2), 2011, 73-77.
Shapiro, E. (2012). EMDR and early psychological intervention following trauma, European Journal of Applied Psychology (ERAP). Revue européenne de psychologie appliquée 62 (2012) 241–251
Elan Shapiro is a Psychologist in private practice with over 30 years of experience working in a community psychological service in upper Nazareth. Originally specialising in Adlerian psychology he came to EMDR in 1989 after attending one of the first trainings Francine Shapiro ever gave. In 1994 he became an EMDR Institute Facilitator and was among the founding members of EMDR Europe. He is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant and former Secretary of the EMDR Europe Association. Recipient of the David Servan-Schreiber award for contribution to EMDR from the University of Lorraine, Metz, Nov. 2012. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org