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An EMDR Therapy Primer, Second Edition: From Practicum to Practice
by Barbara Hensley EdD
Book (340 Pages)
July 2015

“With this Second Edition of An EMDR Therapy Primer , Dr. Hensley has created a very clear step-by-step guide to assist the newly trained EMDR clinician. Not only will it help transition training into practice but also help those trained earlier who are looking to update their skills. I highly recommend this book for any EMDR clinician wanting to assure fidelity to the model and methods.”

-Rosalie Thomas, RN, PhD

“I believe that Dr. Hensley has written a book that is simple, basic, and can mentor therapists who are EMDR trained and yet intimidated…Learning EMDR Therapy can be likened to learning a language. Having a strong foundation in grammar helps many years down the line… Beyond the therapeutic relationship, a thorough understanding and meticulous use of the EMDR methodology will nurture the best EMDR treatment and therefore the greatest therapeutic effects when applied appropriately. This book brings us back to the basics.”

-Jennifer Lendl, PhD

"The examples, cases, tables, and diagrams....aid and assist EMDR clinicians in understanding and developing further expertise in this marvelous method."

-Irene B. Giessl, EdD

Co-owner of the Cincinnati Trauma Connection, Cincinnati, Ohio

From the Foreword of the First Edition

This is a step-by-step overview of the foundations of EMDR Therapy presented in easily accessible, conversational language. It helps both new and experienced clinicians to maximize their preparation and skills in using EMDR safely, confidently, and effectively. The second edition is fully revised to reflect the evolution of EMDR to an integrative psychotherapeutic approach and is intended for use as a companion to Francine Shapiro’s seminal EMDR texts. It has been enriched with several new case histories along with extensive examples of successful EMDR reprocessing sessions. An abundance of new information addresses EMD versus EMDR; research on the Mechanism, Model, and Methodology of EMDR Therapy; Bilateral Stimulation; Ancillary Targets; The Why and the How of many key EMDR Therapy components, Protocol for Single and Recent Traumatic Events; updated information about the Cognitive Interweave, Future Templates, and much, much more.

The book provides concise coverage of the AIP model and EMDR principles, protocols, and procedures and addresses the types of targets accessed during the EMDR process. The book summarizes the Eight Phases of EMDR therapy and the Stepping Stones of Adaptive Resolution—the components of the standard EMDR protocol. The Building Blocks of EMDR Therapy—past, present and future—is assessed with regard to appropriate targeting and successful outcomes as are Abreactions, Blocked Processing, and Cognitive Interweaves. Detailed case studies demonstrate strategies to assist the client in reaching adaptive resolution of trauma. Additionally, the text takes the reader through complete and incomplete EMDR sessions. Appendices include definitions for EMDR Therapy, useful EMDR therapy scripts, and additional resources (i.e., Resource Development Steps, Treatment Planning Guide, Lightstream Technique, Phobia and Recent Traumatic Events Protocols, and glossary of EMDR terms.

New to the Second Edition:

Completely revised and updated

Reflects the evolution of EMDR to an integrative therapeutic approach

Expands specialized EMDR techniques

Includes new strategies to overcome obstacles

Presents new transcripts and case studies

Provides “Derailment Possibilities” to alert clinicians of potential obstacles to therapeutic success

Offers new tables to clarify the intricacies of EMDR therapy

Key Features:

Provides a step-by-step EMDR overview in easy-to-understand language

Serves as a companion to Francine Shapiro’s seminal EMDR text
Helps new and seasoned EMDR practitioners to maximize preparation and skills

Presents strategies for dealing with challenging clients, high levels of distressing emotions, and blocked processing

Includes detailed case studies, simulated transcripts of complete and incomplete EMDR sessions, and updated tables and figure

About the Author:
Barbara J. Hensley, EdD, is a Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH and a Board-Certified Diplomate for the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She served on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors as President and Treasurer and has represented EMDRIA in Stockholm and Brussels. She is currently a Board Member for the EMDR Research Foundation. Dr. Hensley is an EMDRIA-Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant and Regional Coordinator for the Greater Cincinnati EMDRIA Regional Network (GCERN). For the past 17 years, she has been a facilitator and logistician for EMDR training in Japan and the United States and has served as a Facilitator for Trauma Recovery (EMDR-HAP). Dr. Hensley is the creator of the Francine Shapiro Library, an online resource of EMDR research and writings. She is also the 2009 recipient of the distinguished Francine Shapiro Award for her extraordinary service and contributions to EMDR. Dr. Hensley is the co-founder of the Cincinnati Trauma Connection in Cincinnati, OH, an EMDR-based trauma center.
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