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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes how to conduct EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) using a step-by-step approach, covering the eight phases from history taking and case formulation through reassessment, verifying whether treatment goals have been achieved.
Purpose: According to the author, the book "is intended to supplement the following requirements for all EMDR clinicians: a thorough reading of Francine Shapiro's text Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures (2nd edition (Guilford, 2001)); an EMDRIA-approved basic training in EMDR; and consultation in the use of EMDR from an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant."
Audience: The intended audience includes "graduate students, clinicians, consultants, supervisors, instructors, and clinicians." The author, a licensed psychologist with 34 years of experience, began his EMDR training in 1991 and has conducted training for over 15,000 clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, served in the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and is now on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.
Features: The book begins with a theoretical foundation and history of EMDR before describing the eight phase model in depth. The process begins with case conceptualization and history taking. The preparation phase focuses on the therapeutic alliance and patient education regarding treatment. The assessment phase discusses identifying maladaptive memories and recording baseline measures of the key symptoms. The desensitization phase is where reprocessing begins. Phases 5 to 7 cover installation, body scan, and closure. The final phase highlights reevaluating treatment on both a micro and macro level. The book also addresses specific diagnostic categories such as specific phobia and panic disorder. Four useful appendixes provide fidelity checklists to be used by the therapist as a self-rating on adherence to EMDR protocols; procedural scripts and forms for documenting treatment; resources such as meta-analyses of EMDR, treatment guidelines, databases, standardized tools, etc.; and a glossary of terms. This book has wonderful figures (illustrations and charts) which explain and summarize the text well. There are many forms in the book that require permission from the publisher for use.
Assessment: This is an excellent guide to the theory and practice of EMDR. It provides great clarity to readers unsure of how this therapy is conducted. If you want to know about EMDR, this is the book to have.