Title Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy
Subtitle Innovative Strategies and Protocols
Author Mark Nickerson
ISBN 9780826142863
List price USD 65.00
Price outside India Available on Request
Original price
Binding Paperback
No of pages 368
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors .
Sales territory Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Status New Arrival
About the book


“This is definitely a book whose time has come. One of the brilliant aspects of the EMDR therapy approach is that it makes it clinically possible to cut through social issues, and yet maintain its cultural consonance. From multiple contributions around the world, each chapter brings significant insights into how EMDR therapy can be culturally attuned and yet efficacious in preserving the individuality of each client. Highly recommended for those therapists who work in multi-cultural settings.”

­— Esly Regina Carvalho, PhD.

Trainer of Trainers, EMDR Institute/EMDR Iberoamérica,

President, Trauma Clinic do Brasil/TraumaClinic Edições, Brasilia, Brazil



Underscoring the importance of cultural competence, this groundbreaking book focuses on using EMDR therapy with specific populations, particularly those groups typically stigmatized, oppressed, or otherwise marginalized in society. Drawing on social psychology research and theory as well as social justice and social work principles, it delivers general protocols for EMDR intervention for recovery from the internalized effects of cultural mistreatment. Employing best-practice methods for cultural competence as EMDR therapy is introduced to new cultures worldwide, the editor and esteemed EMDR clinician-authors relay their experiences, insights, guidance, and lessons learned through trial and error while adapting EMDR interventions for cross-cultural competency and therapeutic effectiveness.

The text defines cultural competence and validates the need for a multi-culturally aware approach to psychotherapy that embraces authentic social identities and attends to the impact of socially based trauma. Chapters address using EMDR therapy to heal the trans-generational impact of Anti-Semitism, working with the LGBT population, treating an immigrant woman suffering from social anxiety, healing individuals with intellectual disabilities, the traumatizing effects of racial prejudice, harmful cultural messages about physical appearance, EMDR therapy attuned to specific cultural populations and socially based identities, and many other scenarios. The text is replete with step-by-step treatment guidelines to help clients recover from traumatic life events, dos and don’ts, and common adaptive and maladaptive cultural beliefs.

Key Features:

  • Defines cultural competence and validates the need for a multi-culturally aware approach to psychotherapy
  • Offers innovative protocols and strategies for treating socially based trauma within the EMDR model
  • Presents best practice methods for cultural competence
  • Includes step-by-step treatment guidelines and dos and don’ts
  • Written by highly esteemed EMDR clinician-authors




Foreword Rosalie Thomas, PhD, RN







Chapter 1: Cultural Competence and EMDR Therapy (Mark Nickerson)

Chapter 2: Integrating Cultural Concepts and Terminology Into the AIP Model EMDR Approach
(Mark Nickerson)

Chapter 3: Healing Culturally Based Trauma and Exploring Social Identities With EMDR Therapy
(Mark Nickerson)

Chapter 4: Dismantling Prejudice and Exploring Social Privilege With EMDR Therapy (Mark Nickerson)



Chapter 5: An Integrative Approach to EMDR Therapy as an Antioppression Endeavor
(Rajani Venkatraman Levis and Laura Siniego)

Chapter 6: Placing Culture at the Heart of EMDR Therapy (Rajani Venkatraman Levis)

Chapter 7: Culturally Attuned EMDR Therapy With an Immigrant Woman Suffering From Social Anxiety (Barbara Lutz)

Chapter 8: The EMDR Approach Used as a Tool to Provide Psychological Help to Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Paola Castelli Gattinara, Antonio Onofri, and Cristina Angelini)


Chapter 9: Legacy Attuned EMDR Therapy: Toward a Coherent Narrative (Natalie S. Robinson)

Chapter 10: EMDR in a Group Setting (GEMDR) (André Maurício Monteiro)

SECTION IV: Addressing Sexual/Affectional Orientation and Gender Diversity

Chapter 11: EMDR Therapy as Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
(Sand C. Chang)

Chapter 12: EMDR Therapy With Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Clients (John M. O’Brien)

Chapter 13: Sex Assignment, Gender Assignment, and Affectional Orientation: Applying Continua of Congruence to Dismantle Dichotomies (Earl Grey)


Chapter 14: The Transgenerational Impact of Anti-Semitism (Ruth Heber and Karen Alter-Reid)

Chapter 15: Left Out and Left Behind: EMDR and the Cultural Construction of Intellectual Disability
(Joseph C. Yaskin and Andrew J. Seubert)

Chapter 16: “People Like Me Don’t Get Mentally Ill”: Social Identity Theory, EMDR, and the Uniformed Services (Liz Royle)

Chapter 17: EMDR Therapy and the Recovery Community: Relational Imperatives in Treating Addiction
(Jamie Marich)

Chapter 18: EMDR With Issues of Appearance, Aging, and Class (Robin Shapiro)


Chapter 19: Learning EMDR in Uganda: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Collaboration (Rosemary Masters, Elizabeth McConnell, and Josie Juhasz)

Chapter 20: Teaching and Learning EMDR in Diverse Countries and Cultures: When to Start, What to Do, When to Leave (John Hartung)



About the Editor:

Mark Nickerson, LICSW, is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. He practices as a trauma treatment specialist in Amherst, MA. Mr. Nickerson is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He is on the faculty of the EMDR Institute and the EMDR Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Assistance Program, for whom he provides basic and advanced EMDR training sessions. He is a past president of the EMDR International Association, where he has served on the Board for the past 5 years. Mr. Nickerson conducts EMDR and other training sessions nationally and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors and problematic anger; cultural competence and treating culturally based trauma and prejudice; conflict resolution; serving the needs of veterans and their families, and the effective use of EMDR protocols.

Trained as a social worker, Mr. Nickerson has a long-standing commitment to integrating the psycho and the social in his clinical work and teachings, as well as a passion for breaking down the barriers that divide people.
Mr. Nickerson cofounded the Men’s Resource Center of Western MA, a unique organization that developed violence intervention services and offered support and educational services for men. He is the Director of Parent Education for the Hampshire County Court’s Bar Association, where he has developed two national award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict. Mr. Nickerson is author of The Wounds Within (2015: Skyhorse, woundswithin.com), an exposé on the challenges for war veterans and their families. He also provides training sessions with the Veterans Education Project (markinickerson.com). 

Target Audience:



Special prices are applicable to the authorised sales territory only.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.