“We can’t prevent traumas but is there a window of opportunity
to prevent the accumulation of trauma memories?”
– Elan Shapiro
EMDR Early Interventions are used around the world and are based on innovative adaptions of the standard protocol. EMDR-EI can decrease symptoms of trauma, and may help prevent secondary complications that impact quality of life, health and well-being. A White Paper published in 2018, summarised current research findings and listed the advantages of EMDR-EI interventions:
- They are effective and appear to be safe
- They can be used with individuals, or up-scaled for use with groups, families and communities
- They’ve been used across generations, cultures and genders
- They are brief, and can be administered multiple times in a day, or on consecutive days
- They are portable and easily transported in the field, including to disaster zones, schools, and evacuation sites
- They provide low level interventions and act as screening tools to identify those needing more intensive treatment
Recent and Group Traumatic Episode Protocols (R-TEP & G-TEP) were developed by Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub for large scale interventions with individuals and groups. R-TEP & G-TEP are used widely around the world, following man-made and natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, terrorist attacks and mass trauma. But we have also used them with individuals, families and groups after trauma such as sexual assault, family violence, traumatic loss and workplace violence.
In 2020, we will be providing Elan Shapiro’s approved training throughout Australia. While these models have been described in books and manuals, just like the standard protocol, effective training integrates the procedural steps with practicums. Our training includes the approved manual and ensures participants can maintain fidelity to the model. We will also be building capacity by training facilitators to assist in training.