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Open Access Developing EMDR Therapy in Pakistan as Part of a Humanitarian Endeavor

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The empirical justification for the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as part of the repertoire of interventions used in response to humanitarian endeavors continues at a pace. A devastating earthquake, measuring 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, occurred in Northern Pakistan in October 2005. In response, the first EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program to be facilitated by an academic institution was established. This article highlights how 3 research projects assisted in the continued development of EMDR therapy in Pakistan to the point where presently more than 125 Pakistani mental health professionals have now been trained; it now has its own EMDR National Association and is an active participant within EMDR Asia.

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Keywords: EMDR THERAPY; HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE; PAKISTAN; RESEARCH; THERAPIST TRAINING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2014

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