Case Formulation: Strategies and Criteria for Selection of Negative and Positive Cognitions In EMDR
This free PDF provides a complete version of the article “Case Formulation: Strategies and Criteria for Selection of Negative and Positive Cognitions In EMDR” that was adapted and updated from a handout presented by Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D. at the 1994 EMDR Conference “Research and Clinical Applications” Sunnyvale, California.
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The article contains numerous examples of challenges commonly encountered in the work of selecting NC and PC in Phase 3 — Assessment. These examples and commentary are drawn primarily from supervised training exercises.
The process of selecting appropriate negative and positive cognitions can be a smoothly flowing preamble to an EMDR treatment session or it can be a complex search for an elusive quarry. In this paper, I will review the principles and rationale underlying the selection of cognitions in EMDR and will consider procedures to guide us safely past common problems. Most importantly, I will introduce the idea that the process of selecting cognitions can be greatly simplified and enriched when it is integrated into a case formulation approach.