IRB Auction Prize

Bids accepted through 7/1/2018

IntegReview IRB

The EMDR Research Foundation Board is pleased to announce a one-time online auction for U.S. researchers planning EMDR therapy research. The prize is an initial review of your project by IntegReview IRB, worth up to  1785.  
IntegReview IRB has generously donated one IRB review to help support the mission of the Foundation. Post-doctoral students, university faculty and clinicians conducting research on EMDR therapy are eligible to enter.

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Can we prevent another suicide? EMDR therapy can help those in an acute mental health crisis.

EMDR therapy research for suicide prevention

With suicide as one of the leading causes of death throughout the world - and on the rise - more help is needed. New research is finding that EMDR therapy can reduce the risk - by directly addressing the underlying cause of the desire to end one's life.  Scroll down to find out how you can help and to view the handouts from Simon Proudlock's research. His U.K. study found that those in an acute mental health crisis who are treated with EMDR therapy experience significant reductions in their perceptions of "being a burden", their sense of "not belonging" and the feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety; with the result being a reduction in suicidal desires and the risk of suicide. Of course, more research is needed before EMDR therapy will be recognized as a front line treatment in the suicide prevention field.

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Suicide: With death and suffering in the millions, the search for solutions matters. You can help.

Global Suicide Rates 2015Each year, up to 800,000 people die by suicide - with 20 times that number attempting suicide. Consequently, millions of people are affected or experience suicide trauma and bereavement every year. (WHO, 2017) 

Despite advances in mental health treatment and public health efforts, these numbers are steadily rising in all age groups. More research is needed to ease the suffering caused by the tragedy of suicide. Case reports indicate that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy may make a difference in suicide prevention and treatment of those who are at high risk of suicide, as well as the treatment of those who have lost a loved one to suicide or been exposed to suicide attempts.

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The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children


The EMDR Research Foundation is honored to announce a new funding opportunity, “The Carol York Memorial Fund: Hope for Children.” All monies raised will be exclusively earmarked for EMDR therapy research with children. Last October, the EMDR therapy community suffered a tremendous loss when Carol York died in a freak auto accident. Carol was a pioneer in working with children and made EMDR therapy a significant part of her life’s work. Carol touched many people’s lives in numerous ways. She was EMDRIA’s first Executive Director and served in this capacity for 7 years. She was committed to enhancing the professionalism of EMDR therapy and remained dedicated to EMDR therapy as a trainer, specialty instructor, consultant and exemplary clinician. The EMDR Research Foundation is grateful to have had Carol as a donor and to all who have and will contribute in her memory. By donating to this fund you will support EMDR therapy research and provide “Hope for Children” as well as honor our esteemed colleague.

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Jim Helling - Western Mass EMDRIA Regional NetworkWhy are we so passionate in our support for EMDR research? ....  It is research that guides and empowers the work in our offices day by day.

- Jim Helling for Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network

The Western Mass EMDRIA Regional Network sponsors an annual "State of the Art EMDR" conference fundraiser, now in its 13th year. We host between 150 and 200 on-site participants for this one-day event and also produce a live webstream which allows us to connect with EMDR therapy colleagues from across the USA and Canada as well as from EMDR Ibero-America, EMDR Europe and EMDR Asia. The success of our conference as a fundraiser has allowed us to provide financial support to EMDR humanitarian efforts, both locally and globally, and also to fund conference scholarships for clinicians of color as part of the effort to bring greater diversity and inclusiveness to the EMDRIA community in this country.

But this evening the spotlight is on our commitment to and support for the growth of knowledge and the refinement of practice through our donations to the EMDR Research Foundation. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to explain why we are so passionate in our support for EMDR research.

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"Violence begets violence.... we must integrate our therapeutic practices and our scientific rigor in the service of humanity."

These words from Dr. Francine Shapiro, who originated EMDR therapy in 1987, are as relevant today as they were in 2001:Francine Shapiro

"Whether individuals are suffering from traumata engendered in developing countries or within the inner cities of developed nations, there is evidence that violence begets violence and that some of our most prevalent social problems are correlated with trauma histories. Specific research is needed to explore the degree to which successful treatment of trauma decreases the amount of high risk and /or perpetrator behavior and deters further victimizations.

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Introduction to PTSD as a brain based condition - and how to help

Pass along hope, help and health for those impacted by PTSD and trauma. In this 40 minute (2015) video, Dr. Jim Knipe explains PTSD as a brain based condition and empirically validated treatments. Although "time doesn't heal all wounds" for some disturbing life experiences; there IS effective treatment. EMDR is an empirically validated treatment for PTSD and trauma related disorders.

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Trauma Therapy to Reduce Cycles of Violence

Regardless of whether by war, domestic violence, accidents, or natural disasters, psychological trauma affects as many as 500 million people worldwide, with impact on the individual, family, community, and eventually taking its toll on the human growth and development of an entire country or region.

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