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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) scripted protocols for special populations including children, couples, and individuals with a variety of disorders. It is a companion volume to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols: Basics and Special Situations by the same author and publisher.
Purpose: According to the editor, "the goals...are twofold: to provide a standard that reflects the basic elements of the 11-Step Standard Procedure (Shapiro, 2001); and the Standard 3-Pronged EMDR Protocol (Shapiro, 2001, 2006) as they are applied to different populations such as children and adolescents; couples; clients suffering with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders; clients with anxiety; clients who demonstrate addictive behaviors; clients who deal with pain; clinicians themselves; and to serve as a basis to encourage research into these various applications for EMDR."
Audience: EMDR practitioners are the intended audience. This book is advanced and presupposes a basic knowledge of EMDR and scripted protocols. Dr. Luber is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has been involved with EMDR since 1992 and was on the founding board of the international association, EMDRIA. The contributors represent an international authorship from the United States, the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Argentina, and Mexico.
Features: The book provides scripted protocols for children, adolescents, and couples, in addition to diagnostic categories such as PTSD, addictive behaviors, pain, and fears. It ends with helping clinicians take care of themselves, especially when the session has been particularly difficult. The scripts are extremely detailed and organized in a step-by-step manner. They cover the various phases of the EMDR process, detailing exactly what the therapist should say and providing homework assignments. They also include intake and individual sessions. This book is very practical, providing clinical ideas for specific populations and instructive clinical examples. Three helpful appendixes provide additional information. Appendix A contains various script worksheets covering topics such as past memory, present trigger, and the future. Appendix B discusses the 11-step procedure of unconsolidated sensory triggers and desensitization. Appendix C is a list of worldwide associations and resources.
Assessment: This excellent book contains many different scripts, applicable to a number of special populations. It takes a practical approach and walks therapists step-by-step through the EMDR therapeutic process. However, readers must have a very solid foundation in EMDR in order to use this book. They will not be disappointed.