Mr. Dunn, the director of a local mental health center has recently completed certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) a model used to treat trauma victims. The treatment theory is based on simulating REM sleep while the client is awake, by having the client think about the traumatic while following counselor’s hand motions. After several treatments, the client becomes desensitized to the traumatic event. This approach was developed in the 1990s and is still in use today. Contemporary studies show that the approach does seem to help victims’ process trauma.
Mr. Dunn is so excited about EMDR that he has decided to use this treatment method in clients who struggle with anger management
Address the following in your discussion:
- Is Mr. Dunn’s decision to adapt EMDR to anger management treatment a good idea? Why or why not?
- From a research perspective what factors should Mr. Dunn consider before employing a new treatment model?
- Be specific. Give examples.