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The Transformation of EMDR: From Technique to Comprehensive Psychotherapy

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Deborah Korn, PsyD
1 Hour 14 Minutes
May 29, 2021
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This recording provides an introduction to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a unique type of psychotherapy proven to help clients recover from trauma and improve the quality of their lives. Trauma is stored in the brain and body, continuing to cause pain and suffering, and EMDR can free clients by repatterning thinking and emotional reactions. This recording will help you understand the evidence to support EMDR and all of its applications. As well as, a look at the evolution of EMDR - from technique to a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy tool.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Deborah L. Korn, PsyD, maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA, is an adjunct training faculty member at the Trauma Research Foundation and is a senior faculty member at the EMDR Institute. Dr. Korn has authored or coauthored numerous articles and chapters focused on EMDR therapy, including comprehensive reviews of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. She is an EMDR International Association-approved consultant and is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. Every Memory Deserves Respect, her new book about EMDR therapy, was co-authored with Michael Baldwin and written for the layperson.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Korn maintains a private practice. She is an EMDR facilitator and instructor with the EMDR Institute. Dr. Korn is a faculty member at the Trauma Center. She is a co-investigator in an NIMH-funded study of EMDR vs. Prozac in the treatment of PTSD with Bessel van der Kolk, MD. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Deborah Korn is a member of the EMDRIA Clinical Advisory Board. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.


  1. Determine the current status of EMDR therapy’s evidence base in treating PTSD and other psychiatric conditions.
  2. Formulate the basic tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.
  3. Inspect the goal and function of each prong of the three-pronged approach in EDMR therapy.


  • What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?
    • Basic Tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model
    • Use of Eye Movements/Bilateral Stimulation
    • 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy
    • Addressing “Big T” AND “little t” Traumas
    • Addressing Acts of Commission AND Omission
    • Addressing Single, Discrete Events AND Complex/Developmental Trauma
    • Three-Pronged Approach – Past, Present Future Targets
    • Themes of Responsibility, Safety, and Control
  • Evidence Base for EMDR Therapy and Range of Applications
    • PTSD
    • Complex PTSD
    • Compared to Other Evidence-Based Treatments
    • Most Cost Effective and Time Efficient
    • International Treatment Guidelines and Endorsements
    • Other Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Effects of Eye Movements in EMDR and Proposed Mechanisms of Action
    • Eye Movements
      • Reduce negative emotions, imagery vividness, emotional arousal
      • Increase episodic memory retrieval, recognition of true information, de-arousal, positive neurophysiological changes, thinking flexibility
        • Mechanisms – Working Memory, Orienting, and REM Hypotheses
      • Evolution of EMDR – From Technique to Comprehensive, Integrative Psychotherapy
        • Influences from other Psychotherapy Models
        • Integrating Elements form other Models
        • Innovative Applications and Delivery Frameworks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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