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Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Innovative Strategies and Protocols
Nickerson, Mark
Springer Publishing Company / Softcover / 2016-08-01 / 0826142869
EMDR / Transcultural / Multicultural Issues
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388 pages
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Underscoring the importance of cultural competence, this groundbreaking book focuses on using EMDR therapy with specific populations, particularly those groups typically stigmatized, oppressed, or otherwise marginalized in society. Drawing on social psychology research and theory as well as social justice and social work principles, it delivers general protocols for EMDR intervention for recovery from the internalized effects of cultural mistreatment. Employing best-practice methods for cultural competence as EMDR therapy is introduced to new cultures worldwide, the editor and esteemed EMDR clinician-authors relay their experiences, insights, guidance, and lessons learned through trial and error while adapting EMDR interventions for cross-cultural competency and therapeutic effectiveness

The text defines cultural competence and validates the need for a multi-culturally aware approach to psychotherapy that embraces authentic socialidentities and attends to the impact of socially based trauma. Chapters address using EMDR therapy to heal the trans-generational impact of Anti-Semitism,working with the LGBT population, treating an immigrant woman suffering from social anxiety, healing individuals with intellectual disabilities, thetraumatizing effects of racial prejudice, harmful cultural messages about physical appearance, EMDR therapy attuned to specific cultural populations andsocially based identities, and many other scenarios. The text is replete with step-by-step treatment guidelines to help clients recover from traumatic lifeevents, dos and don'Äôts, and common adaptive and maladaptive cultural beliefs.


This is definitely a book whose time has come. One of the brilliant aspects of the EMDR therapy approach is that it makes it clinically possible to cut through social issues, and yet maintain its cultural consonance. From multiple contributions around the world, each chapter brings significant insights into how EMDR therapy can be culturally attuned and yet efficacious in preserving the individuality of each client. Highly recommended for those therapists who work in multi-cultural settings.

-Esly Regina Carvalho, Ph.D.,Trainer of Trainers, EMDR Institute/EMDR Iberoamâ©rica and President TraumaClinic do Brasil/TraumaClinic Ediâßâµes, Brasilia, Brazil.

About the Author

Mark Nickerson, LICSW,

a psychotherapist in Amherst, MA, USA for 30 years, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Basic and AdvancedEMDR Institute trainer, , is on the EMDRIA Board of Directors, and was 2014 President of the Board. Trained as a social worker, Nickerson has long valued the impact of social injustice as a clinically relevant dynamic and integrates the psychological and the social in his clinical work and teachings. Mr. Nickerson co-founded the Men's Resource Center of Western MA (now renamed), a unique organization providing services and resources that challenge gender inequities and cultural oppression and has developed two award-winning programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict. He offers trainings regionally, nationally and internationally including several EMDRIA conference presentations. Mr. Nickerson has been invited to provide a keynote presentation at the EMDR Europe June, 2016 conference in the Netherlands with a focus on the key themes from this publication. Mr. Nickerson is author of The Wounds Within (2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families, which explains EMDR therapy. More information about Nickerson's professional activities is available at

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