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1 A randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of EMDR in a group of unemployed individuals. Dr Natasha Soureti Email: nsoureti@gmail.com EMDR Greece

2 Research team -Anna-Maria Kiriakopoulou (President EMDR Hellas) -Alexandra Kerasioti -Joanna Revithi - Vasiliki Sfiri -Natasha Soureti (Secretary EMDR Hellas) -Tonia Tzortzatou -Angelica Vlassopoulou - Domna Ventouratou (Vice- President EMDR Hellas) Volunteers Therapists (n=17)

3 Background Unemployment rates in Greece: 26,8% (April, 2014). Consequences? Increase in levels of demoralization, poor health, social isolation, increases in anxiety and depression symptoms (Bartley., 1994; Korzeniewska, 1995, Doley et al., 2001., Madianos et al., 2011; Stankunas et al., 2005, 2006). In many western countries, people have witnessed the deterioration of their economies and the emergence of related phenomena such as unemployment and social disruption.

4 Background Several aspects of unemployment have direct/indirect effects on one’s psychological state: 1. Lack of money 2. Restricted social network 3. Social representations of being unemployed 4. Losing a central aspect of one’s assumptive world (part of their self-definition) All these losses is quite likely to evoke reactions similar to grief. (Archer & Rhodes, 1993)

5 Objective EMDR is thought to successfully treat not only PTSD but also other distressful experiences (small “t” trauma) (Cvetek, 2010). EMDR was compared to active listening, and wait list. Found to produce significantly lower scores on the IES (mean reduced from “moderate” to “subclinical”) and a significantly smaller increase on the STAI (Cvetek, 2010). On the basis of previous meta-analysis, it is recommended to explore EMDR’s incremental efficacy in controlled studies (Rodenburg et al., 2009). QUESTION: Can EMDR in Greece help unemployed individuals deal with their loss?

6 Hypothesis: Unemployed individuals, who will receive EMDR therapy in comparison to supportive therapy or a control group (waiting list), will show a higher decrease in traumatic symptoms, depression and anxiety levels and a greater improvement in their coping strategies in both 3 & 6 months Η1:

7 Method Across-countries research collaboration (Greece-Spain) Randomised Controlled Trial 1. Control Group (waiting list) (n=30) 2. Supportive treatment (n=30) 3. EMDR based treatment (n=30) 3 time points -T0: screening (filling out of questionnaires) -T1: start of treatment (duration 3 months) -Τ2: 6 months (follow-up)

8 Supportive therapy will be based on Gerard Egan’s Skilled Helper Model 1. Exploration of the clients existing situation 2. Helping the client set goals 3. Help the client develop strategies 4. Evaluation

9 Τ0 Screening Τ1 (3 month therapy) Randomisation 1) EMDR, 2) Egan’s model, 3) Control group. Τ2 (6 months) Questionnaires End of treatment Follow-up questionnaires Control group to be randomised to receive 2 or 3

10 Recruitment Participant Screening Exclusion of pregnant women and <18 year olds Individuals, who have lost their jobs in the last 2 years IES>0 BDI>15 & BAI>10 (>mild to moderate depression and anxiety symptoms) Participants should not have complex PTSD or dissociative disorder (DES>20) Psychiatric disorders (e.g. psychotic or bipolar disorder, current alcohol or substance abuse/dependence) Screening of past and current pharmacotherapy

11 Screening Welcome and Information given (e.g. study protocol) Unemployed cards will be checked Consent forms will be signed by participants Battery of tests will be administered on site Two evaluators: a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist (both trained in EMDR therapy) and familiar with the specific psychometric tests Both evaluators are blind to the treatment condition

12 Randomisation To ensure approximately equal numbers in each treatment condition, random assignment is blocked in groups of 12 consecutive participants, so that in each block, 4 participants will be assigned to each condition. Participants in all 3 conditions will receive a total of 12 weekly treatment sessions. The blind will be removed from the placebo intervention at 6m. For ethical reasons, participants will be offered the option of receiving either of the 2 active treatments.

13 Questionnaires BAI – Beck Anxiety Inventory, 21 item measure (Beck and Steer, 1993) will be used to assess anxiety levels. It has good internal consistency (cronbach's alpha ranging between 0.92 to.94) and test-retest reliability (r ranging between.67 to 0.75). BDI – Beck Depression Inventory, 21 item measure (Beck, Ward, Memdeson., Mock et al, 1961) will be used to measure the severity of depressive symptoms. IES-R -Revised Impact of Event Scale, 22 item scale (Weiss and Marmar, 1997). This is one of the most widely used self-report measure of post-trauma symptomatology. Scale scores are formed for the three subscales, which reflect intrusion (8 items), avoidance (8 items), and hyperarousal (6 items). Test-retest reliability, collected across a 6-month interval, ranged from.89 to.94 (Weiss & Marmar, 1997).Weiss & Marmar, 1997

14 Questionnaires Brief COPE (Carver et al, 1997; Kapsou et al, 2010) is a 28 item questionnaire abbreviated from the 60-item COPE scale and addresses ways of coping with problems. Number of coping strategies such as active coping, denial, substance use, emotional/instrumental support, venting of emotions, positive reframing. In a sample of Hurricane Andrew survivors, the Cronbach’s alphas of the inventory reported to range from.50 (venting) to.90 (substance use). Except subscales of Venting, Denial, and Acceptance, the reliabilities of all other subscales exceeded values of.60 (Carver, 1997). DES – Dissociative Experiences Scale (Eve Bernstein Carlson – Frank W. Putnam)

15 Recruitment Limited budget coming from EMDR-Hellas treasury. The study has been so far advertised on: 1. Free press (e.g. newspapers) 2. EMDR Hellas website and facebook 3. Via other NGOs Based on funding more advertising to take place on other forms of media (e.g. radio, magazines).

16 Where are we at now? First 16 individuals have been screened All met inclusion criteria and have been randomised to one of the 3 conditions Sessions will start on: September 2014 First supervision starts on: October 2014 Exploration of funding (e.g. part-time secretary) and collaborations with other countries

17 THANK YOU!!! For further Information email us: nsoureti@gmail.comnsoureti@gmail.com or emdr.hellas@gmail.com


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