Donald B. Beere  |  Retired


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In 1990 I read about a new therapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  I found that it worked well clinically and, in 1992, I obtained training in the use of the technique. I was so impressed by how quickly and effectively it worked with clients that I shared this with my doctoral students. Many of them also obtained EMDR training, and I chaired the first three doctoral dissertations researching EMDR.

As the EMDR Network Coordinator for Michigan (1994 - 1997) I sponsored frequent workshops in the state to train mental health professionals in the use of EMDR.  I became an EMDR Facilitator in 1998.  Facilitators train workshop participants (psychotherapists) in beginning to use EMDR.  I was a Certified Therapist and Consultant in EMDR for more than 15 years.  

In 2003, the EMDR International Association invited me to present a one-day workshop on the use of EMDR with the dissociative disorders.  Subsequently, as part of the initial training therapists get in using EMDR, I provided specialty training on the use of EMDR with the dissociative disorders.  As well, I provided two-day workshops in five different cities, on the use of EMDR with severe, complex trauma.
I authored two book chapters on the use of EMDR with the dissociative disorders (See M. Luber (Ed.) (2009). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: EMDR Scripted Protocols. New York: Springer) and two juornal publications.  

Although EMDR has been critiqued severly by researchers and theorists, it has strong empirical support for its efficacy in treating trauma.  It has been endorsed as a treatment of choice for trauma by the World Health Organization, the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the American Psychiatric Association, and by the mental health departments of Israel, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and more.