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EMDRIA E-News: February 2018





February 2018

HOT OFF THE PRESS -

APA PTSD Treatment Guidelines

 

Our members have almost certainly heard the controversy surrounding the release last Fall of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) PTSD Treatment Guidelines. Over the years, treatment guidelines have been viewed with some concern by practitioners that they might be used by insurers to narrow reimbursements or limit treatment alternatives in ways that do not best serve those who need care. Within APA, and those concerns have been expressed throughout the membership, as well as more broadly within the mental health community. There have been concerns about the fact that the committee members themselves were not balanced in their theoretical orientation. Some have raised questions as to whether committee members were vetted for potential conflicts of interest (for example, whether some have economic or employment ties to insurance companies). Further, concerns have been raised about methodology for the development of these guidelines, and the level and types of studies that were used to demonstrate effectiveness.

 

For EMDRIA, we have concerns, because it seems clear that, despite a solid body of evidence, EMDR is being down-listed—despite being recognized as an empirically supported treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and many other international mental health agencies. The question is: what can we do about it, as an organization, and as mental health professionals.

 

There are two potential paths of action. One is to sign on to a petition that also provides more background information. That petition, which is asking that the APA Council of Representatives take up this issue, can be found here.

 

For our members who are psychologists, and particularly who are members of APA, we encourage you to join colleagues who are members of APA by signing a letter that speaks directly to concerns regarding EMDR. The plan is to publish this letter in the APA Division 56 Newsletter. Please review the letter, and consider joining as a co-signer. The link is here.

 

Take action now! It could make an impact for years to come.

EMDR in the News: Did you See?
EMDR

"In truth, trauma cannot be easily dealt with and quickly forgotten." In this online Quartzy's article, writer Olivia Goldhill talks with Laura Brown, Psychologist, about the spectrum of traumatic events, and how the #metoo movement has reactivated people's past trauma once again.

 

Click here to read the full article posted on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 Run for Something!

Board of Director Election Nominations:

WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW MATTERS!

 

Now, more than ever, we are seeing the power of involvement and engagement. There is an emerging theme running through communities, states, and even nationally. We are hearing the chorus, and it is saying, "Run for Something!"

 

You have the chance to do just that, within EMDRIA, to help shape the future direction and scope of activity for your professional organization.

 

The deadline to apply to serve on the EMDRIA Board of Directors if fast approaching. Click here to read more! Deadline to apply is February 22, 2018.

 February Member Spotlight:

The goal of the EMDRIA Member Spotlight is to showcase our incredible members, who are respected and admired for their community dedication, strong work ethic and professional leadership. 

Febuary Featured Members:
Linda Bowers, LPC
Michelle Richardson, LCSW

 

Interested in being featured in a future member spotlight and on our Facebook page? Email Sarah Frazier and complete our online form by clicking here.

 

View past featured members by clicking here.

Conference Announcements
CALL FOR POSTERS - COMING SOON
Keep an eye out for our upcoming announcement for submissions for the 'Call For Posters' for the 2018 EMDRIA Conference in Atlanta in the next few weeks!
ATLANTA HOTEL RESERVATIONS
COMING SOON! The 2018 EMDRIA Conference will be held at the Hilton Atlanta (255 Courtland Street, NE) on October 4-7. EMDRIA will announce special room rates for attendees in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!
CONFERENCE BROCHURE
This year the Conference Registration Brochure will be combined with the June EMDRIA Newsletter in a convenient combo! All members will receive a mailed copy regardless of their communication preferences.
EXHIBIT WITH US IN ATLANTA!
Exhibitor, Advertisement and Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2018! Optimize your experience with face to face opportunities. EMDRIA will be releasing their 2018 Exhibitor Prospectus in the weeks to come. If you have interest in becoming an Exhibitor, Sponsor or Advertiser, please email Mel Forehand, EMDRIA's Meeting Manager at mforehand@logistex.net today!
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