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Open Access The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol: Application With Adults During Ongoing Geopolitical Crisis

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The eye movement desensitization and reprocessing Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) has been used in its original format or with adaptations to meet the circumstances in numerous settings around the world for thousands of disaster survivors after natural or man-made incidents. In this study, the EMDR-IGTP was applied during three consecutive days to a group of 20 adults during ongoing geopolitical crisis in a Central American country in 2009. Results in this uncontrolled study showed significant decreases in scores on the Subjective Unit of Disturbance Scale and the Impact of Event Scale (IES). Changes on the IES were maintained at 14 weeks follow-up even though participants were still exposed to ongoing crisis. Controlled research is recommended to further evaluate the efficacy of this intervention.

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Keywords: EMDR GROUP TREATMENT; GEOPOLITICAL CRISIS; HUMAN PROVOKED DISASTER; POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2010

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