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Cutting Edge Research Shared at Conference Sponsored by The Meadows: Eye Movement Desensitization

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Cutting Edge Research Shared at Conference Sponsored by The Meadows:  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment Gaining Ground

September 9, 2011 (Wickenburg, Arizona) - Approximately 1,000 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinicians and researchers from around the globe gathered at the EMDR 2011 Annual Conference sponsored by The Meadows.

As a leading treatment center for addiction and trauma, The Meadows was the sole sponsor of the 2011 EMDR Conference. "We recognize the importance of EMDR treatment, which is critical to trauma recovery efforts," said Dr. Shelley Uram, Senior Fellow of The Meadows. "The Meadows supported this event because we know that there are thousands of research studies and published case write-ups that strengthen the base for 'bottom-up therapies' and this is a wonderful venue to share the most recent findings."

The Conference was held in Orange County, California and included training sessions by pioneers and leaders in the field of trauma treatment. National and international key thought leaders were able to share current clinical and scientific findings supporting the importance of this type of trauma treatment.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a form of therapy used to treat the symptoms of unresolved emotional trauma. It is particularly effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Essentially, EMDR is a comprehensive approach that combines elements of several different proven treatment techniques (experiential, cognitive, etc.). While there are different phases to the treatment, the unique element is the use of sensory stimulation (sight, sound, tactile).

Used in conjunction with The Meadows' Developmental Model, EMDR can reduce or eliminate psychological trauma by addressing the roles the limbic system and pre-frontal cortex play when a patient is triggered or activated by stimuli. Patients find that the intensity of emotions like fear or shame can be greatly reduced after having undergone EMDR treatment.

Cutting Edge Research Shared

"It's clear from the preponderance of evidence that EMDR works; Patients are successful with this therapeutic treatment, which is why The Meadows now has EMDR as an integrated treatment in our inpatient program," explained Dr. Uram. Dr. Uram is a Harvard trained psychiatrist who is triple board-certified. In addition to her role as a Senior Fellow of The Meadows, she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped over 20,000 patients in one of their four centers or in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is JCAHO accredited.

Contact: Patty Evans; Telephone: 317-344-2922 or

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