Recent Releases

 

Chicago, IL – The EMDR Research Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a generous donation from the 1st Virtual Summit of EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents. These funds will support the Hope for Children Fund, a dedicated fund used to support research on Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for children and adolescents.

Founded in 2006, the EMDR Research Foundation is the only organization worldwide dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR therapy. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of persons who have experienced trauma.

The 1st Virtual Summit of EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents was held in November 2018 for mental health professionals and EMDR-trained clinicians to learn more about the latest research and practice of EMDR therapy for children and adolescents. Ana Gomez, Chair of the Summit, stated, “We are pleased to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Summit to the Foundation’s Hope for Children Fund, as this fund represents the Summit’s goal of working with traumatized children and adolescents.” Created in honor of Carol York, the Hope for Children Fund is a dedicated research fund for those donors of the Foundation who want to direct their resources to support EMDR therapy research with children. York died in a tragic auto accident in October 2015. She was a pioneer in working with children and was committed to enhancing the professionalism of EMDR therapy.

According to the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, almost half the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma. Early intervention in response to crises, whether mass shootings, individual violence, accidents, or natural disasters has the potential to prevent or mediate the impact of trauma, and later development of PTSD, which is why the Foundation is funding additional research to determine the most effective responses to these events.

“This generous donation from the Summit will be instrumental in furthering this important research impacting children and adolescents affected by trauma,” said Wendy J. Freitag, Ph.D., President of the EMDR Research Foundation. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $50,000-$150,000 in research grants to
EMDR therapy students and practitioners through a careful and stringent application process.

To learn more about the EMDR Research Foundation and Hope for Children Fund, visit emdrresearchfoundation.org/donate/the-carol-york-memorial-fund/
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Founded in 2006, the Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR, an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of persons who have experienced trauma. The Foundation envisions a world where people are transformed into wellness and vibrancy by effective, compassionate mental health treatment that is driven by quality research. In an effort to inform, strengthen, and expand the understanding and effectiveness of EMDR, ultimately the Foundation enhances the quality of life for people everywhere by facilitating healing, health, and well-being. For more information about the Foundation, visit emdrresearchfoundation.org.

Chicago,Illinois The  EMDR Research Foundation is proud to announce they have selected Chicago’s Van Petten Group (VPG) for a second year of full-service management. Several AMC’s applied and only a few were interviewed for the opportunity, the Foundation’s President, Wendy J. Freitag, Ph.D., told AMC Advantage. As for the winner, “the Foundation was impressed with their pricing and they demonstrated an engaging attitude and a significant similarity to our mission of striving for the betterment of our community,” she said.

Founded in 2006, the EMDR Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. In an effort to inform, strengthen, and expand the understanding and effectiveness of EMDR, the Foundation enhances the quality of life for people everywhere by facilitating healing, health, and well-being. Megan Van Petten, VPG’s Founder and President, is also excited for this partnership, “The Foundation is a great opportunity for VPG to support this important research. In a world filled with trauma from both natural events such as hurricanes and earthquakes to the human tragedy of war and terror, there is an ever-growing need for effective treatments for those experiencing these traumatic events. We believe this partnership will be extremely successful as we keep progressing and promoting the Foundation’s mission and impact,” she said.

As for the RFP process, Wendy Freitag said: “The process went smoothly, and we are excited to be renewing for another year.” For more information about how to get involved with the EMDR Research Foundation, visit their website at: emdrresearchfoundation.org.

Chicago, IL – The EMDR Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a study on how eye movements may reduce fear-related trauma. Funded by the EMDR Research Foundation, this study, “Eye-movement intervention enhances extinction via amygdala deactivation” examines the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of persons who have experienced trauma.

In a world filled with trauma from both natural events such as hurricanes and earthquakes to the human tragedy of war and terror, there is an ever-growing need for effective treatments for those experiencing these traumatic events. According to the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran Affairs, and Sidran Institute, 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives,
equating to approximately 223.4 million people.

Founded in 2006, the EMDR Research Foundation is the only organization worldwide dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR therapy. Scientific research has established EMDR therapy as effective for post-traumatic stress, but more
research still needs to be done. “Early Intervention in response to crises, whether mass shootings, individual violence, accidents, or natural disasters has the potential to prevent or mediate the impact of trauma, and later development of PTSD,” said Wendy J. Freitag, PhD., President of the EMDR Research Foundation. “We need additional research to determine the most effective responses to these events.”

Each year, the Foundation awards approximately $50,000-$150,000 in research grants to EMDR therapy researchers, practitioners, and students through a careful and stringent application process. Authored by Lycia D. de Voogd and Erno J. Hermans of Donders Institute for Brain, Cognitiation and Behaviour at Radboud University in The Netherlands, this recent studyprovides an account of how behavioral manipulations of the working memory and
suppressing amygdala activity—the part of the brain involved with the experiencing of emotions—can alter retention of emotional memories.
One researcher noted, “There has not been enough research towards the execution of eye movements following trauma recall. Thanks to the support of the EMDR Research Foundation, this research will hopefully benefit more people with fear-related trauma.” If you would like to learn more about this study, please visit
jneurosci.org/content/early/2018/09/04/JNEUROSCI.0703-18.2018.

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Founded in 2006, the Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR, an evidence-based psychotherapy effective in the treatment of persons who have experienced trauma . The Foundation envisions a world where people are transformed into wellness and vibrancy by effective, compassionate mental health treatment that is driven by quality research. In an effort to inform, strengthen, and expand the understanding and effectiveness of EMDR, ultimately the Foundation enhances the quality of life for people everywhere by facilitating healing, health, and well-being. For more information about the Foundation, visit emdrresearchfoundation.org.