It is just over 30 years since Francine published her first papers on EMDR. In that time clinicians and researchers have found EMDR to be effective beyond addressing simple PTSD experiences. However, in some treatment guidelines, the evidence for EMDR is still considered shaky in several areas where we have some studies that demonstrate it is effective.
These areas include children who have experienced trauma, depression, early interventions, chronic pain and certain types of complex trauma populations such as war veterans. In addition, although it is know that EMDR does not work for everyone, we only have limited clues as to who might respond and who doesn’t. We are also still exploring what are the optimal dual attention tasks to pair with people’s traumatic experiences in order to facilitate adaptive information processing. In this talk, recent research will be presented addressing these issues.