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EMDR with First Responders

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Models, Scripted Protocols, and Summary Sheets for Mental Health Interventions


  • Marilyn Luber, PhD

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Praise for Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters, from which this eBook is compiled:

"In this latest insightful volume gathered and edited by Marilyn Luber, the authors have combined the lessons learned with personal accounts of how they proceeded. There is still much to be done to integrate mental health care effectively into disaster response worldwide, but this volume will help to point the way to best practices."

-Robert Gelbach, PhD
Past Executive Director at EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs

EMDR Therapy is a psychotherapy approach based on standard procedures and protocols. Using these standard procedures and protocols as its template, this book presents step-by-step scripts that enable new practitioners and seasoned EMDR clinicians, trainers, and consultants alike to incorporate EMDR Therapy into their case conceptualizations and treatment plans when working with first responders who have suffered acute stress injuries during man-made and natural disasters. These scripts can be put to use immediately and retain the complete integrity of EMDR Therapy by presenting the three-prong protocol (past memories, present triggers, and future templates) and the 11-step procedure essential to the standard practice of EMDR Therapy. They reinforce the specific parts, sequence, and language used to create an effective outcome, and illustrate how clinicians are using this framework to work with a variety of therapeutic difficulties and modalities while maintaining the integrity of the AIP model.

The eBook illuminates early intervention procedures for first responders and protective service workers who must assist populations in the aftermaths of catastrophic events. It includes information and summary sheets created specifically for different types of first responders including firefighters and EMS professionals, the police, and the military. It also includes an underground trauma protocol designed for trauma related to mining disasters, and a “Blind to Therapist Protocol.”

Key Features:

  • Provides protocols for practicing EMDR with first responders to man-made and natural disasters
  • Includes concise summary sheets for quick information retrieval in perilous circumstances
  • Presents specific protocols for use with firefighters, EMS responders, the police, the military, and first responders to mining disasters
  • Offers step-by-step scripts that enable practitioners to enhance their expertise more quickly
  • Highlights international perspectives

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 20, 2015
  • Page Count
  • Product Form E-book reader
  • ISBN 13 9780826132222

About The Author(s) 

Marilyn Luber, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a general private practice in Philadelphia, PA, working with adolescents, adults, and couples, especially those with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), trauma, and dissociative disorders. In 1992, Dr. Francine Shapiro trained her in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Since 1997, Dr. Luber has coordinated trainings in EMDR-related fields in the greater Philadelphia area. She teaches Facilitator and Supervisory trainings and other EMDR-related subjects both nationally and internationally and was on the EMDR Task Force for Dissociative Disorders. She was also on the Founding Board of Directors of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and served as the Chairman of the International Committee until June 1999. In 2014, Dr. Luber was a member of the Scientific Committee for the EMDR Europe Edinburgh Conference. Currently, she is a facilitator for the EMDR Global Alliance to support upholding the standard of EMDR worldwide, and runs Consultation Groups for EMDR practitioners. Dr. Luber has received numerous awards including the Humanitarian Services Award by the EMDR Humanitarian Association, the EMDR International Association’s award “For Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDRIA,” and “The Francine Shapiro Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service to EMDR.” She authored Handbook for EMDR Clients (2001), which has been translated into eight languages. Dr. Luber has written an abundance of articles for the EMDRIA Newsletter since 1997. From 2009 to the present she has edited Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) scripted protocols: Basics and special situations; Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) scripted protocols: Special populations; Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, and Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols With Summary Sheets: Treating trauma and stressor-related conditions; all with Springer Publishing Company. Scripted Protocols With Summary Sheets: Medical-related issues is expected to publish in 2016.