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EMDR Protocol (Standard)

The standard protocol in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) outlines information required to start processing and identifies a sequence of steps and decision criteria. This EMDR worksheet guides therapists to collect and act on the appropriate information.

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  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • English (GB)
  • English (US)
  • Estonian
  • French
  • Greek
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Spanish (International)
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Introduction & Theoretical Background

The EMDR Protocol (Standard) is an information-gathering and prompt sheet for the standard EMDR protocol. Treatment according to the EMDR model is three-pronged (addressing past, present, and future), and involves 8 phases. This prompt sheet addresses the assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan and closure phases (phases 3-7).

Therapist Guidance

This worksheet can be used to guide the therapist during EMDR processing sessions. There is space on the back to record material generated during the session.

References And Further Reading

  • Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.