Special Interest Groups

EMDR Special Interest Group Update

The EMDR SIG (Special Interest Group) was founded to enhance the understanding and application of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy within an integrative treatment framework, especially when working with complex trauma, dissociation, and dissociative disorders. By tackling challenges together, offering mutual support, and contributing to the broader community, our SIG fosters a collaborative environment. We are proud to be one of the largest SIGs at ISSTD, boasting over 120 members.

Our EMDR SIG gathers as a community at least six times a year and hosts an annual webinar watch party. These watch parties are virtual events where members join via Zoom to view a webinar for free, followed by a group discussion. Our next watch party will be in November, marking our second such event this year. Upcoming meeting dates include June 27 at 10:00 AM US Eastern Time, September 16 at 4:00 PM US Eastern Time, November 10 at 2:00 PM US Eastern Time, and December 6 at 6:00 PM US Eastern Time.

The EMDR SIG is always welcoming new members, and we would be honored to have you join our community. Our members span from those who are interested in learning more about EMDR to those with many years of training and experience. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email our Secretary, Peggy Kolodny, at, and she will be able to assist you with joining our community.

Despite our substantial membership, the EMDR SIG often faces challenges in recruiting volunteers for the leadership roles essential to our functioning. Currently, we have one open position on our executive team and are seeking candidates for the 2024 election season. If you are passionate about EMDR and interested in contributing to our community, please reach out to our Secretary to learn more about available volunteer and leadership opportunities. Leadership positions in a SIG are an excellent way to connect more with the group, influence its offerings throughout the year, and learn more about how ISSTD functions as an organization.