KIFS Staff Expands Toolkit with EMDR


I’ve heard, KIFS Executive Director, Jessica Schneider is pretty good with a hammer, but that’s not the type of tools we’re talking about. Every social worker, case manager, and therapist comes with an invisible toolkit, a set of skills he/she uses on the job.

At KIFS, we’re always looking for new skills and tools that we can use to provide the best care and outcomes for the children and families we serve. From September 19th-21st, 2018 Jessica Schneider and Case Manager & Therapist Nick Sansone attended a training to gain a new tool— Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). KIFS Social Work interns from the University of Cincinnati, James and Jackie, provided the following information on EMDR.


EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment designed to help people process traumatic events.


EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment designed to help people process traumatic events. Developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989, the theory behind EMDR states that stimulating the brain using eye movements, sounds or pulsations while focusing on a traumatic memory can create changes in the brain that can help a client overcome symptoms such as anxiety, anger, and depression that are associated with the memory.

EMDR has been found to help clients create new associations with traumatic memories and to reduce sensitivity to external triggers. Studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for trauma disorders such as PTSD. EMDR has been found to be effective with both adults and children, with some researchers claiming that it can be more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy for children with traumatic histories.


Huso, D. (2010). Treating Child Abuse Trauma With EMDR

Nicolette Meade