We are pleased to introduce in this issue a new journal feature—Translating Research into Practice (TRIP). This new TRIP column is a joint collaboration between the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research and the EMDR Research Foundation.
The EMDR Research Foundation is a charitable foundation, with the mission of promoting “health and growth of human beings through the support of quality research, evidence-based practice and compassionate, well-informed clinicians.” (See www.emdrresearchfoundation.org for more information.) The Foundation collects donations and distributes these to support various research projects. The Foundation also supports research by providing resources for researchers.
One of the Foundation’s goals is to assist clinicians in understanding how research can inform and enhance clinical practice. To this end, the Foundation is publishing articles that explain how therapists can apply research findings in their own clinical practice. In a collaborative partnership, suitable articles are published in the TRIP column, simultaneously by the Research Foundation and the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. This feature aims to provide an accessible forum for researchers and clinicians to bring research alive and to make research findings relevant in a clinician’s day-to-day practice. The focus is on clinical case examples that support, elaborate, or illustrate the results of research.
Each article begins with the abstract of a published EMDR-related research article, and then explains how the findings were used to conceptualize and inform clinical practice, by illustrating the points and highlighting issues with specific case examples.
Submissions for the TRIP column are reviewed under the editorial leadership of Foundation Director Katy Murray. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work in private practice in Olympia, WA, USA.
In this issue, we publish the first article in this series, authored by the Foundation’s Katy Murray. It is entitled, “EMDR With Grief: Reflections on Ginny Sprang’s 2001 Study,” and it describes how Sprang’s findings were applied in three unique cases of complicated mourning: a mother mourning for her young adult son who died by suicide, a woman struggling with the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s disease, and a young mother whose baby was stillborn. This article serves as an excellent introduction to the new series.
Clinicians and researchers are invited to submit articles for the new TRIP column. Each article starts with the abstract from a previously published EMDR-related research article, and then describes clinical case examples that support, elaborate, or illustrate the results of the research study. It is hoped that sharing these clinical experiences will provide the necessary link between research and practice.
Submissions should be sent to Katy Murray at [email protected] or [email protected].