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Open Access The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol: Application With Child Victims of a Mass Disaster

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The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment protocol (EMDR-IGTP) has been used in different parts of the world since 1998 with both adults and children after natural or man-made disasters. This protocol combines the eight standard EMDR treatment phases with a group therapy model, thus providing more extensive reach than the individual application of EMDR. In this study the EMDR-IGTP was used with 16 bereaved children after a human provoked disaster in the Mexican State of Coahuila in 2006. Results showed a significant decrease in scores on the Child's Reaction to Traumatic Events Scale that was maintained at 3-month follow-up. Although controlled research is needed to establish the efficacy of this intervention, preliminary results suggest that EMDR-IGTP may be an effective means of providing treatment to large groups of people impacted by large-scale critical incidents (e.g., human-provoked disasters, terrorism, natural disasters).

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Keywords: CHILDREN; EMDR; GROUP TREATMENT; HUMAN-PROVOKED DISASTER; LATIN AMERICA; POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2008

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