Home Study Book Course-Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR and the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors-Steven Silver, PhD & Susan Rogers, PhD (Book & Test)

Home Study Book Course-Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR and the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors-Steven Silver, PhD & Susan Rogers, PhD (Book & Test)


For all levels of mental health practitioners to help them learn about the EMDR methodology as used with war and terrorism survivors.


BOOK TITLE: Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR and the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors, by Steven M. Silver, Ph.D., and Susan Rogers, Ph.D. (W. W. Norton, 2002).

BOOK DESCRIPTION: This book is the first for the utilization of EMDR with war and terrorism survivors. Readers will learn about the application of EMDR with clients suffering from trauma reactions to war and terrorism as well as basic principles of relief work. The EMDR method is reviewed and is built on to prepare the reader for working with war and terrorism clients, including the nature of war and terrorism trauma, the experience of EMDR from both a client and a therapist perspective, particular issues and opportunities when the eight-phase EMDR treatment protocol is used with these clients, the use of EMDR in a crisis intervention environment, working with children, and special issues including grief, guilt, and anger. Working cross culturally and issues that can arise in relief work for mass trauma situations are both addressed, as is research.


  1. The Nature of War and Terrorism Trauma
  2. Case Presentation
  3. Interview with an EMDR Client
  4. Interview with an EMDR Therapist
  5. The Therapist
  6. Overview of EMDR Methodology
  7. Client History
  8. Client Preparation
  9. Assessment
  10. Desensitization and Blocked Response
  11. Installation
  12. Body Scan and Closure
  13. Reevaluation and Termination
  14. Recent and Ongoing Events
  15. Children
  16. Abreaction
  17. Grief and Loss
  18. Guilt
  19. Anger
  20. Relief Work
  21. Cross Cultural Issues
  22. Research


  1. Identify the differences between war trauma and noncombat trauma.
  2. Identify the usefulness of EMDR in relief work.
  3. Describe how the EMDR model can be adapted for relief work.
  4. Identify what the therapist attributes the EMDR methodology shares with other psychotherapies.
  5. Identify ways in which the eight phases of the EMDR methodology may be effected by a client’s responses to war and terrorism trauma.
  6. Describe the variation in the EMDR methodology for the Recent Events Protocol.
  7. Identify issues from children’s exposure to war and terrorism.
  8. Describe the procedures for a client’s preparation and encounter with abreaction.
  9. Identify the characteristics distinguishing traumatic war grief from normal grief.
  10. Describe the potentially negative effects of a therapist’s reactions to a client’s guilt reaction.
  11. Describe how a war survivor’s presentation of anger may be used as a self-protection mechanism.

ABSTRACT: This book course is designed for all levels of mental health practitioners to help them learn about the EMDR methodology as used with war and terrorism survivors, and an opportunity for EMDR trained clinicians to learn of issues and procedures when working with such clients while earning 10 CE credits.

AUTHORS:  Steve Silver, PhD, is a psychologist who served as a Senior Trainer for the EMDR Institute and was the first Programs Chair for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.  A veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Army, he has worked with combat veterans and their families since 1972, and for 26 years was the director of an inpatient PTSD program for combat veterans and has over 50 publications to his credit.  He is the recipient of the Elizabeth Snyker Memorial Award, presented by EMDR HAP, the Ronald A. Martinez Memorial Award awarded by the EMDR Institute, and the Outstanding and Sustained Service Award awarded by the EMDR International Association.  Currently, he is the primary EMDR consultant to the US Army Empirically Validated Trauma Treatment Training Program where he has provided consultation to over 400 clinicians who work with military clients and their families.

Susan Rogers, PhD, has treated war and trauma survivors since 1981 and has provided training in EMDR in the United States, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bangladesh, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  She worked with the American Red Cross in response to the 1995 Mississippi floods and tornadoes.  She was a staff psychologist for the Coatesville VA Medical Center for over 25 years and an adjunct faculty member for Penn State University and Immaculata College. Dr Rogers is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is not intended to be a substitute for formal EMDR training and builds upon Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic
Principles,Protocols and Procedures
, 2nd Edition, by Francine Shapiro, PhD (Guilford Press, 2001).

TESTING MEASURE: 80 question multiple-choice test. 80% is a passing score.

Tests are scored within 5 business days of receipt of answer sheet and signed Course Verification and Evaluation Forms. Results, including a CE certificate of completion, will be sent within 3 business days. Upon request, scores and certificates will be faxed.

REQUIREMENTS: Completion of test, receipt of Evaluation/Satisfaction and signed Verification Form. Course completion must be accomplished within 2 years of purchase date.

FEES: $132 to include book, test, CE certificate of completion. There is a $35 cancellation fee.

IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DISABILITY OR CONCERNS: Please contact the EMDR Institute if you have special needs, questions or concerns about registration for the course, course content, course administration, or course evaluation. inst@emdr.com or 831-761-1040. Grievance Policy available upon request.


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