Pre-Training Reading List

Pre-Training Reading List

Prior to the first training module, we ask that participants prepare by reading and familiarizing themselves with the material indicated below.

For Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, we use the following two important texts. By the end of the training, you should read both in their entirety.

Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (3rd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

Leeds, A. M. (2016). A Guide to the Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants, 2nd edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Prior to the first training module, read and be familiar with the following:

From the Shapiro textbook: Chapters 1 – 5.

From the Leeds textbook: Chapters 1 – 6; and Appendix B: Exhibits B6 and B7, pp. 371-375.

Optional supplemental reading before the first weekend:

  • van der Kolk, B., Weisaeth, L., & van der Hart, O. (1996). History of trauma in psychiatry. In B. van der Kolk, A. C. McFarlane, & L. Weisaeth (Eds.), Traumatic stress: The effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. (pp. 47-74). New York: The Guilford Press.

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  • Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, Kathy Steele (2005) Dissociation: An Insufficiently Recognized Major Feature of Complex PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 2005, 18(5).

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  • Korn, D. L., & Leeds, A. M. (2002). Preliminary evidence of efficacy for EMDR resource development and installation in the stabilization phase of treatment of complex posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58 (12), 1465–1487.

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