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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward EDITORIAL Louise Maxfi eld London Health Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, and Lakehead University, London, ON, Canada his issue is our second special issue in 2009, cel- The current issue continues this focus, with ar- ebrating 20 years of EMDR. First introduced ticles reviewing the literature on EMDR treatment T in 1989 with reports of an important clinical of children (Adler-Tapia & Settle), somatoform dis- study by Francine Shapiro, EMDR has developed orders (van Rood & de Roos), and complex PTSD from a simple desensitization technique to a compre- (Korn). Another article contains four short reports, hensive psychotherapy approach. Although its re- summarizing EMDR treatment of performance search evidence is primarily related to the treatment anxiety (Foster & Kamin), sex offenders (Ricci & of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), some case Clayton), couples and family therapy (Litt), and studies and anecdotal reports indicate that EMDR traumatized groups ( Jarero & Artigas). There is also may also be effective in reducing/eliminating symp- a historical overview, noting EMDR’s milestones toms related to other disorders, especially those with since 1987 and its worldwide presence (Maxfi eld). an emotionally disturbing etiology. One of the highlights of this issue is an interview To commemorate 20 years of EMDR, two issues with Dr. Shapiro by Dr. Luber, in which she com- of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research have con- ments on her experiences, shares her perspectives tained a Special Section on the 20th Anniversary of EMDR . about the journey, and expresses her thoughts about This issue contains the second section. The sections the future of EMDR. contain comprehensive review articles that examine As we look back over the past 20 years, one is EMDR’s status in specifi c areas. Rather than simply list- impressed with the solid research base with which ing and describing studies, the authors synthesize the EMDR has established itself, and with the slow and material and integrate conceptual ideas and research steady growth of evidence for both its clinical proce- fi ndings. In the fi rst issue, authors discussed the devel- dures and theoretical base. Although research is still opment of EMDR over the past 20 years, in the treat- needed in all these areas, the future directions are ment of adult PTSD (Schubert & Lee), anxiety disorders evident and the research questions are well articu- (de Jongh & ten Broeke), and acute stress syndromes lated. There are many opportunities for clinicians (E. Shapiro). Articles also provided overviews of re- and researchers to contribute to the fi eld, expand source development (Leeds) and research on EMDR’s our understanding, and infl uence the next 20 years mechanisms of action (Gunter & Bodner). of EMDR. 210 Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 3, Number 4, 2009 © 2009 EMDR International Association DOI: 10.1891/1933-3196.3.4.210 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of EMDR Practice and Research Springer Publishing

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Journal of EMDR Practice and Research , Volume 3 (4): 1 – Nov 1, 2009

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EDITORIAL Louise Maxfi eld London Health Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, and Lakehead University, London, ON, Canada his issue is our second special issue in 2009, cel- The current issue continues this focus, with ar- ebrating 20 years of EMDR. First introduced ticles reviewing the literature on EMDR treatment T in 1989 with reports of an important clinical of children (Adler-Tapia & Settle), somatoform dis- study by Francine Shapiro, EMDR has developed orders (van Rood & de Roos), and complex PTSD from a simple desensitization technique to a compre- (Korn). Another article contains four short reports, hensive psychotherapy approach. Although its re- summarizing EMDR treatment of performance search evidence is primarily related to the treatment anxiety (Foster & Kamin), sex offenders (Ricci & of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), some case Clayton), couples and family therapy (Litt), and studies and anecdotal reports indicate that EMDR traumatized groups ( Jarero & Artigas). There is also may also be effective in reducing/eliminating symp- a historical overview, noting EMDR’s milestones toms related to other disorders, especially those with since 1987 and its worldwide presence (Maxfi eld). an emotionally disturbing etiology. One of the highlights of this issue is an interview To commemorate 20 years of EMDR, two issues with Dr. Shapiro by Dr. Luber, in which she com- of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research have con- ments on her experiences, shares her perspectives tained a Special Section on the 20th Anniversary of EMDR . about the journey, and expresses her thoughts about This issue contains the second section. The sections the future of EMDR. contain comprehensive review articles that examine As we look back over the past 20 years, one is EMDR’s status in specifi c areas. Rather than simply list- impressed with the solid research base with which ing and describing studies, the authors synthesize the EMDR has established itself, and with the slow and material and integrate conceptual ideas and research steady growth of evidence for both its clinical proce- fi ndings. In the fi rst issue, authors discussed the devel- dures and theoretical base. Although research is still opment of EMDR over the past 20 years, in the treat- needed in all these areas, the future directions are ment of adult PTSD (Schubert & Lee), anxiety disorders evident and the research questions are well articu- (de Jongh & ten Broeke), and acute stress syndromes lated. There are many opportunities for clinicians (E. Shapiro). Articles also provided overviews of re- and researchers to contribute to the fi eld, expand source development (Leeds) and research on EMDR’s our understanding, and infl uence the next 20 years mechanisms of action (Gunter & Bodner). of EMDR. 210 Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 3, Number 4, 2009 © 2009 EMDR International Association DOI: 10.1891/1933-3196.3.4.210

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