EMDR intervention following climatic emergencies: Preliminary findings and community support

Description

Background 
Climate and Mental Health: Increasingly frequent climatic emergencies pose significant mental health challenges.

• Health Systems' Role: Public health systems, especially those adhering to Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH&HS) standards, are pivotal in deploying effective early interventions.
• EMDR's Utility: Evaluating EMDR's broader applicability beyond PTSD in early post-disaster interventions is critical.

Aims
• Evaluate EMDR's Effectiveness: To assess how EMDR can be implemented immediately post-disaster to reduce acute stress and prevent chronic conditions.
• Enhance Community Resilience: Leveraging EMDR within HPH frameworks to bolster community resilience and collective recovery.
• Support Public Health Objectives: To demonstrate the importance of integrating EMDR into public health strategies for managing trauma in disaster-affected populations.

Methods
• Team and Timing: A swift response to a severe atmospheric event in northeastern Italy was carried out by a team of 12 psychotherapists from ASUFC, in collaboration with independent practitioners, offering immediate aid to families impacted.
• EMDR Sessions: The intervention, targeting both adults and children, yielded preliminary data from 17 adult participants (average age: 56 years, SD = 14), who underwent 1 to 4 EMDR sessions to address acute and prospective stress symptoms.

Results
• Assessment Tools: Pre- and post-intervention psychological assessments were conducted using three specific tools: the Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUD), the Impact of Event Scale– Revised (IES-R), and the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (CORE-OM) to measure stress levels, PTSD risk factors, and overall psychological functioning.
• Network Collaboration: The intervention leveraged a strong network with local general practitioners and pediatricians, directed by the ASUFC, to facilitate a community-integrated approach.
• Reductionin Stress Levels: Preliminary findings indicated a significant decrease in SUD scores, with all p-values falling below .01, suggesting a substantial reduction in immediate stress perceptions among the participants.
• Lower PTSD Risk Factors: The IES-R scores also showed meaningful reductions, supporting the efficacy of EMDR in mitigating PTSD-related risk factors.
• Improved Psychological Functioning: Enhancements in overall psychological well-being and functioning were evident through the CORE-OM assessments, pointing to a broader impact of the intervention beyond just trauma symptoms

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Fabio D'Antoni
Lisiana Ardizzone
Laura Cichetti
Debora Furlan

Original Work Citation

D'Antoni, F., Arizoone, L., Cichetti, L., & Furlan, D. (2024, June). EMDR intervention following climatic emergencies: Preliminary findings and community support. Poster presentation at the 21st EMDR Europe Conference, Dublin, Ireland. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.22100.00641

Collection

Citation

“EMDR intervention following climatic emergencies: Preliminary findings and community support,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 25, 2024, https://francineshapirolibrary.omeka.net/items/show/29226.

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