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An EMDR Therapy Primer

From Practicum to Practice

Third Edition

Barbara J. Hensley (author)

ISBN: 9780826182487

Publication Date: Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Overs a step-by-step overview of the foundations of EMDR therapy presented in easily accessible, conversational language, and helps both new and experienced clinicians to maximize their preparation and skills in using EMDR safely, confidently, and effectively.

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Barbara Hensley's book, An EMDR Therapy Primer: From Practicum to Practice, is written as a primer and companion to Francine Shapiro's EMDR texts. It is a step-by-step overview of the foundations of EMDR therapy presented in easily accessible, conversational language, and helps both new and experienced clinicians to maximize their preparation and skills in using EMDR safely, confidently, and effectively. By providing concise coverage of the AIP model and EMDR principles, protocols, and procedures, and by addressing the types of targets accessed during the EMDR process, the book expertly summarizes the eight phases of EMDR with myriad examples so core content can be easily grasped.

The third edition is fully revised to include case examples on treating specific populations and issues - transgender issues, military personnel, children, and disaster response. The author has ensured that all relevant new information on components of memory, precepts of EMDR therapy, and adaptive information processing has been fully integrated into the text, making this the most up-to-date book available on the foundations of EMDR therapy. An eBook is included with the purchase of the print edition.

    New to the Third Edition:
  • New chapter on working with special populations including the transgender population, children, military personnel, and disaster response
  • Expanded Shapiro metaphors and introduced new informational plateau embracing social connection and belonging
    Key Features:
  • Like having a tutor in your pocket
  • Blends text, clinical examples, scripts, and derailment possibilities to explore and explain the eight phases of EMDR
  • Describes core content in clear, easy-to-understand language
  • Uses case histories, dialogues, and transcripts of successful EMDR sessions with explanations of treatment rationale
  • Details strategies and techniques for dealing with challenging clients, high levels of abreaction, and blocked processing
  • Delivers abundant diagrams, tables, and illustrations to illuminate concepts
  • Helps clinicians to guide clients smoothly through the EMDR process


Praise for the Second Edition:

"This book is a must-have for any newly trained EMDR therapist. Dr. Hensley, drawing from her years of experience and many conversations with Dr. Francine Shapiro, clearly and succinctly addresses the kinds of clinical questions that typically arise for new clinicians and does so in a way that is incredibly supportive and encouraging. The EMDR Therapy Primer is the perfect companion to Shapiro's seminal textbook."
– Deborah Korn, PhD.

"This book presents EMDR as a comprehensive therapeutic approach and informs the clinician how to integrate EMDR into clinical practice. EMDR concepts are clearly explained and illustrated with many case examples. It is informative, well-written, and an excellent resource that expands EMDR basic training for the clinician".
- Roger Solomon, PhD

"This book has been an invaluable resource as a one-stop shop for EMDR therapists. Thank you for the gift of the 3rd edition!"
- Deany Laliotis, LICSW
Pages 456
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2020
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Subject/s Clinical psychology   Psychotherapy   Rehabilitation  
Notes from Author
Contributing Editors
1. EMDR Therapy Overview
2. Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy
3. Steppingstones to Adaptive Resolution
4. Building Blocks of EMDR Therapy
5. Abreactions, Blocked Processing, and Cognitive Interweaves
6. Past, Present, and Future
7. Working with Special Populations
Appendix E: Efficacy of EMDR Therapy
Appendix F: History of EMDR Therapy
Barbara J. Hensley, EdD, is a Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, Ohio 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, Sweden, and Brussels, Belgium. She served eight years as 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 EMDR Regional Network. For the past twenty-three years, she has been a facilitator and logistician for the EMDR Institute trainings in Japan and throughout the United States and has served as a facilitator for Trauma Recovery (EMDR-HAP).

She 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, Ohio, an EMDR-based trauma center.

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