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7 EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR) An introductory course is scheduled for late Spring 2002, in Brooklyn. Participants will be awarded CE credits. We hope to schedule a certificate training course in Fall 2002. Registration will be limited. For additional information, call 718-339-9700, Ext. 251. EMDR is a method of psycho- therapy that has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of Post- traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since its inception in the late 80’s EMDR has been used not only for the treatment of PTSD but for a variety of other disorders   as well.  Based on standard therapeutic principles, EMDR adds a multimodal approach including the use of bilateral stimulation to connect the cognitive and affective systems in the brain.  Research has led to its approval by both a committee of APA and ISTSS for the treatment of PTSD. William M. Zangwill, Ph.D.: WILLIAM M. ZANGWILL, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon and has taught at the University and College level. For the past several years, he has worked extensively with Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, and has trained therapists in EMDR and other methodolo- gies in this country and abroad. PTSD IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9.11 Cont. from page 2 A framework for treatment Tell your story By giving voice to sensory experiences, thoughts, feelings and beliefs experienced during the events, survivors realize the com- monality of their experiences. Share your symptoms This provides the individual with a sense of the range of normal responses and gen- eral  information  about  trauma.  The  indi- vidual  with  a  more  extreme  reaction  will then  better  recognize  his  or  her  need  to seek individual assistance. Discuss adaptive coping skills Introduce  various  concepts  of  symp- tom reduction strategies such as EMDR. Empowerment through tales of heroism and proof of the indomitability of the human spirit. Reassurances that we will survive the trauma Discuss the future with an acknowl- edgment that 1.  although  not  everything  can  be  con- trolled,  we  can  still  control  our  re- sponses to an incident. 2.  fear  is  a  normal  reaction  that  can  be utilized constructively by one’s recog- nition of personal responsibility, safety and choices. 3. a positive result of a traumatic incident is the opportunity to reevaluate one’s goals and priorities. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PTSD… BOOKS: Flannery, Raymond. (2001) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Victim’s Guide to Healing and Recovery. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company. Foy, David. (1993) Treating PTSD. New York: Guilford Publication. Matsakis, Aphrodite. (1996) I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Levine, Peter & Fredrick, Ann. (1997) Waking the Tiger-Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences. New York: North Atlantic Books. WEBSITES: American Psychiatric Association Public Information http://www.psych.org/public_info/ptsd.cfm Get Syked! http://www.syked.com/ Medscape: Clinical and Practice Resources http://www.medscape.com/ The American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org/ The American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org The Institute for Psychological Therapies http://www.ipt-forensics.com/ The National Association of Social Workers http://www.naswdc.org The National Center for PTSD http://www.ncptsd.org