New App!

by Marina Lombardo

Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal trainer for your mind? A way to practice meditation and cultivate mindfulness that was simple and easy to fit into your day?

Enter Headspace, an app that promises to do just that. In as little as 10 minutes a day, this app. promises to provide coaching to cultivate the practice of both mindfulness and meditation. With well-documented research proving its positive impact on stress, focus, creativity, anxiety, cultivation of these skills is well worth the effort.

Headspace offers a free 10 day trial so that you, or your clients, could give it a try. As part of your clinical practice, this app. may be a helpful addition to your resource development strategies.

Discussion Lists

The EMDR discussion list provides a great way to access advice, information and support to your clinical questions from current experts in the field. This resource is available to all who received their training from either the EMDR Institute OR Trauma Recovery/EMDR HAP.To log on and join the conversation: Click here

Staying up to date with EMDR Early Interventions

EMDR Early Interventions LOGOCreated by the EMDR RESEARCH FOUNDATION, the “EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit was specifically designed to assist EMDR clinicians who provide early EMDR interventions as part of frontline trauma response and recovery – whether that is natural or man-made disaster, individual trauma, or events that impact larger communities. It is the EMDR Research Foundation’s hope that the Toolkit will make it easier and more likely that EMDR clinicians responding to trauma and disaster situations will use a standardized approach and collect appropriate data as an integral part of their response.

Whether you are interested in conducting research or not, there are several EMDR Early Intervention protocols that are available for FREE download through the EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit.  If you work with people after a disaster or any recent trauma (rape, car accident), you will find this toolkit a valuable resource. You need not be a researcher to benefit from the Toolkit.

The EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit was written and compiled by Rosalie Thomas, Ph.D., R.N., and would not be possible without the generous contributions of the authors of the many protocols as well as Springer Publishing who gave permission to download several sections of Marilyn Luber’s book: Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters:   Models, Scripted Protocols, and Summary Sheets (2014.)

In addition to information about conducting research that is contained within the 60 page core document, clinicians and researchers will find the following free, downloadable documents of the Toolkit particularly worthwhile in guiding and supporting their clinical work:

Appendix A:  Samples of Clinical Forms (downloadable in word or pdf)

  • Summary  of contact form
  • Client information form
  • Consent forms (adult, older adult, and child version)

Appendix B:  Table of Measures (with links to full-text of measures and scoring)   

  • Impact of Events Scale. Revised  (IES-R)
  • Children’s Revised Impact of Events Scale –CRIES (13) (and CRIES-8)
  • Short PTSD Rating Interview (SPRINT):
  • Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5)
  • PTSD Checklist for DSM 5  (PCL-5)

Appendix C:  EMDR Early Intervention Protocols, Resources and References (with links to full-text of the protocols and research articles)

  • ERP – Emergency Response Procedure (Quinn; 2004)
  • EMDR-ER—EMDR Emergency Room [Guedalia and Yoeli; 2000]
  • EMDR PRECI—Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents (Jarero and Artigas; 2011)
  • REP—Recent Traumatic Event Protocol (Francine Shapiro; 1995, 2001)
  • EMDR R-TEP—Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub; 2008)
  • EMDR IGTP—EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol – Adult   (Jarero and Artigas; 2000)
  • EMDR IGTP—EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Adolescents (Between 14 and 17 Years) and Adults Living with Ongoing Traumatic Stress  (Jarero and Artigas;, 2000)
  • EMDR IGTP—EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol for Early Intervention with Children  (Jarero and Artiga;, 2000)
  • Imma Group Protocol  (Laub and Bar Sade; 2009)
  • The Butterfly Hug (Artigas and Jarero; 2000)
  • The Four Elements Exercise for Stress Reduction (Elan Shapiro, 2007)

Appendix D:  Pocket Guide to Early EMDR Intervention Protocols  (Compiled by Beverly Laidlaw Chasse)

Protocol summaries

  • ERP—Emergency Response Procedure
  • EMDR-ER—Emergency Room and Wards Protocol
  • EMDR-PRECI—Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents
  • REP—Recent Traumatic Event Protocol
  • EMDR- R-TEP—Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol
  • EMDR IGTP—Integrative Group Treatment Protocol

Additional handy references

  • Four Elements Exercises for Stress / Resource Connection Envelope      (abbreviated versions)
  • Trauma Response Information Sheet

How to access and use the EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit
Go to  Alternatively, simply go to the EMDR Research Foundation’s main page at and then click on the Toolkit image.  This will take you to the Toolkit page.

Once on the Toolkit page:

  • Register as a user – (registration is requested but not required.)
  • Download the Toolkit.  Below the User registration link you will find a link to download the Toolkit.  Click on the button to download the Toolkit (PDF) and then SAVE it to your computer or device. Note: you are likely to encounter problems with the hyperlinks if you use the Toolkit from your open browser.  Instead, open it as a saved document from your computer or device.
  • Now that you have saved the Toolkit to your computer or device, open it to access the 60 page core document that includes hyperlinks to over 500 pages of information – including how to design a study, clinical forms, measures, and protocols, and articles about the protocols.
  • Watch for upcoming updates to the Toolkit.  In early 2016 the EMDR Research Foundation will be revising the Toolkit – to include the Group Traumatic Episode Protocol by Elan Shapiro and Bruit Laub (G-TEP) as well as other updates/revisions.

If you appreciate the EMDR Early Intervention Researcher’s Toolkit as a resource for increasing the understanding of effective interventions throughout the world, or if you find it a helpful guide in your own work with clients, we hope you will consider providing financial support to the EMDR Research Foundation.  Go to to make a one time or monthly donation.

Go to to learn more about our grants, past grant recipients, Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) articles, and to access other research and clinical resources to support your work with clients. We hope you will help us spread the word: the deadline for our larger grant applications (up to $25,000) is February 1 and July 1. Applications for our smaller awards are accepted year round.  Let your colleagues know about our work, and “like” us on Facebook.

Katy Murray
EMDR Research Foundation Board Member

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