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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: Finally, an in-depth primer on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) that actually makes sense and is a pleasure to read. This manual provides clear guidance and a systematic approach to using trauma-informed treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to present (EMDR) at a basic level but also in a manner that can be implemented by clinicians. The main goal is to present the basics of EMDR, clearly and well.
Audience: The book is intended for both those who have had formal training in EMDR who want to extend their skills and fill in the gaps and for those just learning EMDR who need a valid and reliable guide and training manual. The author is a well respected and well known clinician and researcher. He is a leading authority in EMDR treatment and training, and this guide more than demonstrates that.
Features: Although this is a basic guide and manual, the author presents a substantial amount of information which clearly leaves readers more confident in their understanding of EMDR after reading this book. He aptly presents the how and why of trauma and trauma treatment and then delves into the role that EMDR plays. Readers are walked through the initial meeting with the client to closure, with appropriate discussions of how to handle the bumps in the road. Many clinicians will appreciate the chapter on EMDR for children and adolescents as well as the chapter on challenging cases.
Assessment: This is the essential guide for learning and mastering the basics of EMDR. It is required reading for all clinicians who use EMDR in their practice.