Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with traumatized youth
Citation: Greenwald, R. (2006). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with traumatized youth. In N. Webb (Ed.), Helping traumatized children and youth in child welfare: Perspectives of mental health and children’s services practitioners (pp. 246-264). New York: Guilford.
This chapter provides an overview of how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) may be used to treat kids’ trauma and loss memories and related symptoms. The literature on EMDR indicates that it works well, and may be more efficient than other methods. The reasons for its effect are unclear. Several cases are presented. It is important that clinicians receive formal training to use EMDR, and that it is integrated into a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment approach.