Useful Links

The following sites provide additional information on trauma research, evaluation and treatment including sites which are specific to EMDR psychotherapy:

EMDR

The EMDR International Association is a professional association of EMDR clinicians and establishes standards for EMDR practice, research, and training. EMDRIA also maintains a listing of certified EMDR clinicians as well as approved trainers.

An extensive collection of articles related to trauma and trauma recovery including EMDR Journal articles published from 1989 through 2003 have been listed by David Baldwin on his trauma information website.

TRAUMA

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) provides information on trauma treatment, education, research and prevention. It holds an annual conference for clinicians and researchers and publishes, in print, the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., internationally-known traumatologist, and EMDR clinician has published very useful information regarding trauma and trauma treatment on his website.

NEUROFEEDBACK

The International Society of Neuronal Regulation provides a great deal of useful information on clinical uses of neurofeedback.

INSTITUTE OF HEARTMATH HRV BIOFEEDBACK

The Institute of HeartMath was established over 15 years ago and has conducted extensive research into the physiology of stress and has developed very useful methods for interrupting the stress response and re-training the autonomic nervous system for health and improved performance. Go to the Heartmath website to explore the HeartMath products and literature that I have found to be clinically useful in preparatory work with EMDR clients:

The HeartMath emWave desktop system includes the integrated software and hardware used for tracking heart rate variability. Used in training the client in RSA breathing pattern or other breathing pattern, this can help identify a specific breathing pattern which will help the client quickly quiet a state of overarousal. The standard package comes with a sensor which fits on the finger. I recommend adding the optional ear sensor for improved accuracy. This package is designed for the clinician’s office. Some clients will benefit from the use of this package in their home or office after having been trained in the clinician’s office.
The HeartMath emWave is a portable unit which allows the client to practice arousal management skills outside of the clinician’s office. It provides auditory and visual feedback and can be used in any setting, eg. metro, bus, office, or home. Regular practice with this unit will help the client develop the ability to interrupt the stress response and to quiet states of overarousal. Clinicians who are not comfortable with installing or using new software will find this unit to be very user-friendly and while not as full-featured as the Freeze-Framer Package above, it is an excellent unit for helping the client identify and practice specific breathing patterns, imagery methods, or other interventions which will be effective in interrupting the stress response. This unit includes an ear sensor.

The HeartMath Store has the full range of books, CDs, and training systems offered by the Institute. For more information.