IEMT In Prisons – A Proposal

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)

Training for Prisoners

A Proposal For Training Prisoners in IEMT
By Andrew T. Austin

Proposal Overview

This proposal is for a training course for a selected group of prisoners who have an active interest in counselling and remedial change for fellow prisoners. The training would be delivered by Andrew T. Austin to a group numbering between 6-12 individuals over a consecutive two day period.


Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) is a model of brief therapy that is designed to bring about rapid change in psychological welfare, particular in the areas of intense negative emotions and identity conflicts.

The IEMT model is not diagnostic, nor is it diagnosis dependent and as such can be applied in a wide variety of contexts where negative emotions are problematic. In the IEMT model, the causation of the emotion does not require investigation or analysis. This means that the personal history of the “patient” does not require discussion or disclosure to another person. This proves particularly useful in contexts where the “patient” is unable or unwilling to disclose, or is simply not psychologically aware enough to be able to do so. The only requirement for the “patient” is that he or she is able to identify the emotion or state that is problematic.

The design of the model means that a medical or psychological background is not necessary and can be taught to most people over a two day period.

Imprinting is the term used in psychology used to describe learning occurring at a particular age, or a particular life stage, that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behaviour. It was first used to describe situations in which an animal or person learns the characteristics of some stimulus, which is therefore said to be imprinted onto the subject. For example, in the case of anger, often the angry person was imprinted with anger during their developmental period. Thus their neurology learns that anger is the appropriate response to a specific range of stimuli.

Overview of the IEMT Model
Part one of the training addresses the question of, “How does a person know to feel the way that they feel about these things” and using the treatment algorithm addresses the emotional imprints that support and drive the recurring negative emotion.

Part two of the training is an exploration of identity. Whereas part one address how does the person know how to feel this way, the identity module address how does the person know to be this way, by addressing imprints of identity.

Part 1. Emotional Engineering – Depotentiating Imprints of Emotion with IEMT

  • Introduction to the IEMT Structure
  • Eye Movement and 3d Accessing Cues
  • Introductory Exercise and Calibration of Representational Change
  • The IEMT Basic Pattern and Imprint Tracking
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Time Coding
  • The IEMT Complex Pattern

Part 2. Identity Reimprinting - Changing Identity and Self Image

  • Introduction to Structure of Identity
  • Four Pronoun References – I, Me, Self, You
  • The IEMT Identity Pattern (Simple form)
  • The IEMT Identity Pattern (Complex Form)
  • Physiological State Accessing Cues
  • Changing Unconscious State Accessing
  • Changing The Negative Kino-Somatic Imprint

Overview Of The Training

The training spans two days. It is a highly practical and experiential training where all theory is imparted via training exercises. The training exercises are two fold with the aim of taking each participant through the IEMT model from a patient's perspective as well as from a practitioner's perspective.

It is proposed that the training takes place in trainings rooms within an open conditions establishment.

Important Limitations of the IEMT Model

The IEMT model is considered to be “content free.” This means that the personal history and facts and figures of an individual's life do not go explored by the person acting as IEMT Practitioner. As such, the IEMT model does not seek to address offending behaviours not offer a direct process for rehabilitation. The IEMT model is not a “grand unified theory of therapy” and nor does it seek to replace any existing model of therapeutic intervention. It should be considered a very useful tool that can be used specifically for the amelioration of negative emotional states and improving identity conflict (self image).

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