On Tuesday, December 1, the EMDR Research Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Join the movement to bring the "THANKS" back into Thanksgiving. While the season has been transformed by the creation of Black Friday and Cyber Monday into a shopping frenzy, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to stop, to say thanks and to give back.
"What I Know For Sure"
As I left the EMDR Research Foundation's major fund raising event in Philadelphia last week, I reflected on what I know for sure. "What I know for sure" is the Foundation's 2015 fundraising campaign "Expanding our Research, Deepening our Impact" is becoming a reality. The campaign goals are to maintain or exceed our current funding level and expand the international awareness of the Foundation. Our third goal is to house a full list of all current EMDR therapy research projects worldwide on our website. The template is there and ready to be completed by all EMDR therapy researchers!
"What I know for sure" is that the EMDR Research Foundation donors are awesome! At our yearly fund raising event, our goal was to sign up 26 new Visionary Alliance members in celebration of 26 years of EMDR therapy research. Thirty-three new members signed up helping us surpass our goal again this year.
We are sad to announce the tragic death of one of our esteemed colleagues, dear friend and incredible pioneer in the EMDR community, Carol York. She was the victim of a traffic accident caused by a hydroplaning truck in the flooded roads near Austin, Texas on Friday, October, 23, 2015. Our hearts go out to her family, and her many friends throughout the world. You can read her obituary and write in her memory book at http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Carol-Alice-Voutsinas-102957018.
Carol was an early powerhouse in the EMDR profession – serving as the first Executive Director of EMDRIA from 1997 to 2004. She contributed more to our professional community than can be recounted – as a gifted clinician, consultant and presenter of advanced workshops in EMDR therapy with children.
2015 Research Award Recipients: Three $25,000 awards
One $25,000 research grant was awarded in August 2015 to the following:
Dr Benedikt L Amann, MD, PhD | FIDMAG Research Foundation/CIBERSAM
Project Title: Comparison of a novel Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) bipolar protocol versus Supportive Therapy (ST) in the prevention of affective relapses in bipolar patients with a history of trauma: a multicenter single-blind, randomized controlled trial.
Up to 60% of bipolar patients suffer from traumatic events, a comorbidity that causes a worsening in the outcome of the disease. Trauma focused treatment strategies for bipolar disorder are necessary but significant studies are lacking so far. A relatively new psychotherapeutic option is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. We previously found positive results in a first pilot randomized controlled trial in 20 subsyndromal bipolar with traumatic events in their history who improved in trauma and affective symptoms after 3 months