E. C. Hurley, DMin, PhD
EMDRIA Approved EMDR Trainer
Dr. E. C. Hurley, Ph.D, was selected and trained as an EMDR trainer by Francine Shapiro the developer of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has provided EMDR trainings world-wide including various locations in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Asia. E. C. has been a licensed psychotherapist since 1980. He is an Approved Supervisor with the the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and also an Approved Consultant and instructor with the EMDR profesional organization EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCET) and a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
He founded the Marriage and Family Institute, Clarksville, TN and later developed Soldier Center as an agency of the Institute. Dr. Hurely is a licensed clinician with over 34 years of clinical experience. Persons from throughout the United States travel to participate in Dr. Hurley's trainings, both the standard two, 3-day weekends of Parts 1 and 2, open to all licensed mental health providers and the veteran-focused successive days EMDR therapy for 5-10 days. In the past year he has presented workshops at various conferences including the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Annual Conference, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D), the Omega Institute, the University of West Virginia Medical School's Annual Conference on Addictions, and the annual Southeast Psychiatric Conference.
A retired Army Colonel with over 33 years of service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, his numerous assignments range from duty in the United States, Germany, Korea, and military operations during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service medal (awarded 3 times), the Bronze Star medal, and the Legion of Merit.
E. C. was trained in EMDR therapy following 9-11 and within a few months decided to specialize in using EMDR therapy in the treatment of acute stress and posttraumatic stress. He volunteered seven weeks of his time following hurricane Katrina to treat first responders in Louisiana as they were impacted by acute stess due to the nature of their disaster work. Most recently he treated first responders and National Guard personnel using EMDR recent events protocol following multiple torndos which struck Moore, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City.
Dr. Hurley holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, and clinical psychology. His chapter entitled "Treating military sexual trauma with EMDR therapy" is included in a new publication Treating military sexual trauma to be released by Springer publishers during the summer 2015.