EMDR Early Intervention (EEI) Issues and Challenges: Thoughts about the What, Why and What Next of EEI.


This presentation looks at the field of EMDR Early Intervention (EEI), examining the issues and challenges for EEI in the context of Early Psychological Intervention (EPI) in general. What is EPI? Why is it needed?  What are the dilemmas for early intervention?  Thoughts about repair or prevention, intervention or therapy, ongoing stress and what to expect next?  Noting the current definitions of Early Intervention and attitudes to intervening early, the status and efficacy of EEI research and the latest International Guidelines are presented. In addition to recommendations for what is needed to get further recognition, the case for EEI is made with what EMDR has to offer, including the promising “third wave” of group EMDR applications and associated future developments.  The main Individual and Group EEI evidenced based protocols are overviewed and the EMDR Recent, and Group, Traumatic Episode Protocols elaborated. A hierarchical intervention strategy is proposed to integrate the application of the various EEI protocols for large scale interventions.

Learning objectives:

  • To evaluate the current status of EMDR Early Intervention  (EEI) in the field of Early Psychological Intervention in terms of the International Guidelines and research.
  • To identify the main issues and challenges for EEI.
  • To recognize what is needed to get wider recognition of EEI.
  • To acquire a basic knowledge of the EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP  individual and group protocols.
  • To appraise the advantages of EEI.