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). An Approved EMDR trainer by the EMDR Institute and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), he has provided EMDR trainings world-wide including various locations in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Asia.  He is an approved trainer in EMDR Early Intervention programs including Recent-Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP), the Group-Traumatic Events Protocol (G-TEP) and the Immediate Stabilization Procotol (ISP) developed by Dr. Gary Quinn, MD.  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.  Dr. Hurley is an invited presenter for a Pre-Conference full-day workshop at the 2019 EMDRIA Conference in Orange Beach, CA where he will present on "treating military, veterans and first-responders with EMDR therapy."

He was recently awarded the FRANCINE SHAPIRO AWARD by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).  This is the highest award presented by EMDRIA.  Dr. Hurley is also a member of the Council of Scholars, a group of 35 international EMDR thinkers-leaders who address the future of EMDR therapy.


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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 "Treating military sexual trauma"  released by Springer publishers.  His book "A clinician's guide in treating military and veterans with EMDR Therapy" to be published by Springer Publishers in August, 2019.