Adaptive Information Processing

What is AIP?
First developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the AIP model suggests that the way past experiences were stored in the brain may impact one’s belief of self and others. It also suggests that based on these beliefs, people have adapted certain behaviors and attitudes that influence their daily life. During a trauma, the event can become trapped in the emotional part of the brain. If something similar to the original trauma comes up again, this memory gets activated in the same way and can cause the person to overreact or freeze much like they did originally.”

https://rducounselingforchange.com/advise-about-counseling/62-adaptive-information-processing-model-the-past-is-present

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“The goal of EMDR is to achieve the most profound and comprehensive treatment effects possible in the shortest period of time, while maintaining client stability within a balanced system. (Shapiro, 2001, p. 6)

Summary Statements

1. EMDR Therapy is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach and is guided by the AIP model. The AIP model “provides the theoretical framework and principles for treatment and an explanation of the basis of pathology and personality development” (Shapiro, 2001). As an integrative psychotherapeutic approach, EMDR Therapy is distinct from cognitive behaviorial therapy (CBT), experiential, and psychodynamic approaches, although it is not exclusive and may be informed by or used together with these approaches.

2. EMDR Therapy has eight distinct phases.

3. EMDR Therapy is a three-pronged approach addressing the past, the present, and the future.

4. BLS is not EMDR Therapy. It is only one component.

5. During the active reprocessing phases of EMDR Therapy, dual awareness should be maintained at all times: one foot in the present, and one foot in the past.

6. EMDR Therapy is a fluid, dynamic approach that entails the clinician using all her clinical skills. It is neither mechanistic nor a cookbook approach.

7. The heart of EMDR Therapy is the AIP model. As such, it is critical that the clinician have a clear understanding of it in order to proceed with EMDR practice.

8. Practice, practice, practice. This is how we learn the model.

9. Know your client thoroughly.

10. Stay out of the client’s way. The reprocessing is about the client, not the clinician.”

https://connect.springerpub.com/content/book/978-0-8261-9455-8/chapter/ch01

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