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.
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.
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
Organization, the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the American
Psychiatric Association, and by the mental health departments of
Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and more.