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Open Access A Developmental/Integrative Perspective of the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol

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The recent traumatic episode protocol (R-TEP) is an adaptation of the eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) standard protocol to the acute phases following trauma. In this article, the R-TEP structure and procedures were analyzed from a developmental/integrative perspective. It is proposed that the therapist's developmental understanding and attunement can enhance the therapeutic dyad and can promote flexible decision making while using the R-TEP procedures. One case illustration of a recent trauma intervention demonstrates the advantage of developmental attunement in using the R-TEP. This perspective enables the therapist to pace the various styles of processing as they relate to the different stages of the memory consolidation process.

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Keywords: AIP MODEL; EARLY EMDR INTERVENTION (EEI); EYE MOVEMENT DESENTIZATION REPROCESSING (EMDR); MEMORY CONSOLIDATION PROCESS; RECENT TRAUMA; RECENT TRAUMATIC EPISODE PROTOCOL (R-TEP)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2011

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  • The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication devoted to integrative, state-of-the-art papers about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a broadly conceived interdisciplinary journal that stimulates and communicates research and theory about EMDR, and their application to clinical practice.
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