Whether you’re new to remotEMDR and would like to get to know it, or you’ve been using the platform for a while and want to make the most of it – this post is for you. remotEMDR’s control panel is where you can find and operate the platform’s key features, and getting to know it will undoubtedly help you benefit from the platform’s many customization options.
Located at the bottom of the session screen, remotEMDR’s control panel contains all of the buttons that control the platform’s BLS and its different features, as well as the Connectivity icons, the Copy Link button, and the End Session button.
Before we dive in, please note that by default, the control panel will be minimized whenever you move your cursor away from it. If you would like the control panel to remain open at all times, click the Pushpin icon, located near the screen’s bottom right corner.
Part 1: the panel’s central part – the detachable player
The control panel’s central part is actually a detachable player that can be removed from the main toolbar and moved freely around the screen. This way, you can maintain a full-screen display of the session screen but still have access to the platform’s basic functions while the main toolbar is closed.
To detach the player from the main toolbar, click on the small triangle at its upper left corner. You can now drag and drop the player around the screen and rotate it horizontally and vertically by clicking the circular arrow button.
To insert it back into the main control panel, drag the player down to the bottom of the screen and place it in the middle of the panel. Once you do that, it will snap back into place.
The Play button will start the BLS set, and the Stop button will end it (note that the BLS will only stop after completing its current repetition). Next to the Play and Stop buttons, you can see the time left for the current set and the number of completed repetitions.
Part 2 – the four tabs on the panel’s left side
In the General tab, you can determine the BLS speed and control each set’s duration. Choose the Infinity duration option for continuous motion.
The Duration Type button will allow you to choose whether to set the BLS duration by the number of seconds or by the number of repetitions.
Last on this tab is the Therapist View button. remotEMDR’s default Therapist View has the visual elements located at the bottom of the screen to allow for an optimal view of the client throughout the entire session. However, if you don’t wish to see the visual BLS at all, you can change the therapist’s view to No Visual Elements. If you would like to see exactly what your client sees on their side, choose the Client Perspective option.
First on the display tab is the Type button, which lets you choose between several types of visual stimuli: Horizontal and Vertical Scan, Diagonal scan, Horizontal and Vertical Saccade, Infinity Symbol, Reverse Infinity Symbol or Sound Only – with no visual BLS at all.
The Height button lets you determine the elements’ position on the screen: one is the lowest, and forty is the highest.
By clicking the Elements button, you can choose whether to display one visual element or two.
The Shape button allows you to choose the visual elements’ shape and size.
Here you can set the colors for the session screen’s background and the visual elements. You can change the colors for both the interior and exterior parts of the visual elements to suit your preference.
The Sound button enables you to choose who will hear the auditory stimulus when it is turned on. The default setting is “Client Only.” You can also choose to turn the sound off for both sides or on for both sides.
The Volume bar allows you to set the auditory stimulus’s volume. Forty is the loudest.
The Sound Type button lets you choose between three sets of sounds that can be played as auditory stimulus: Effect, Music, or Nature. After choosing your sound type, click the button on the right to view the list of music tracks or sound effects available in the set you’ve selected.
Part 3: the buttons on the right side of the panel
On the panel’s right side, you can find the connectivity icons, which indicate your and your clients’ connection status. A green circle indicates “connected”. A red circle means “disconnected”.
The Copy Link button will copy the session’s invitation link to your clipboard, so you can easily send it to your client.
Finally, we have the End Session button and the session duration timer located right underneath it. The timer will start running as soon as the client joins the session and will indicate how much time has passed since it started.
Remember that all of your clients’ preferences as you’ve set them during this session will be saved automatically once you exit the session screen. Click here for a post on managing the session screen’s presets.
This was our review of remotEMDR’s control panel. Click below to watch this guide’s video version. For questions and support, contact us at info@remotEMDR.com.