Attachment-Focused EMDR – Research presented at London conference

It’s been some time in the making, but it was a great pleasure to present to last weekend’s (March 24, 2018) EMDR UK & Ireland annual national conference on Laurel Parnell’s approach to Attachment-Focused EMDR.

Here’s a link to the full presentation, in PDF form and slightly amended for wider public consumption, recognising that some of the slides, especially the pictures, won’t make overly much sense without the attendant explanation in person.

After some controversy over recent years within the EMDR community about the standing of Dr Parnell’s approach to our work, it was particularly rewarding to be able to bring these very positive research results to the conference in the same week that Laurel heard from the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) in the US that her EMDR training, with its Part III focus on working creatively with attachment, has been unanimously approved by the relevant accreditation committee.

Thank you to those who took part in the survey, which does, admittedly, still need to (and will) be written up for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

And thanks to those hardy 65 or so colleagues at the conference who chose to listen to this presentation rather than attend the competing afternoon workshop with Dolores Mosquera, our very excellent and massively more famous/experienced EMDR colleague/trainer/researcher from Spain.

Please do download the presentation, from which you’ll see the very positive assessment of AF-EMDR from qualitative interviews undertaken with eight fellow AF-EDMR-trained Consultants (with Worcester University ethical approval), together with 87 therapist and 49 personal client responses to comprehensive Survey Monkey questionnaires on the impact of EMDR used in this way.

Any questions or aspects you might like clarified, do get in touch, and if you’re EMDR-trained, do consider joining me and my EMDR Focus facilitator colleagues for one of our now numerous Unleash your EMDR workshops in London, in Newcastle-on-Tyne, and even in Australia and New Zealand in 2020…

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  1. Hi Mark,

    I am so glad that Laurel’s work is finally being recognised. I first took up her book back in 2009 just after doing part 1 training in EMDR. I did this because all of the cases I was working on in the NHS were of a very complex nature with lots of attachment issues involved.

    I didn’t realise it was such a controversial approach as I attended her workshops in 2011 that were approved of for CPD credits. I have been very perplexed by the Jiscmail posts and wondered what on earth was going on. I have been a consultant supervisor now officially since January 14 and work in Coventry &Warwickshire NHS trust. We have a monthly group supervision session in house. I have been recommending Laurel’s approach to all my supervisee’s so it is with great relief to hear of the EMDRIA approval which I hadn’t really thought was not there already.

    Well done for sticking with it and defending the principles of attachment in complex cases. Thank-you.

    1. Thanks Wendy. Your thoughts greatly appreciated. Yes, it’s been very, very difficult for a while now, but thankfully, we seem to be on track with approval, if grudging, for Laurel’s attachment-focused approach. There are still those in the EMDR establishment, here and in the US, who remain sceptical-bordering-on-downright-hostile to this way of working, but I hope that with the new research evidence, and the enthusiasm in the wider community, that’s indeed beginning to change that. Not a moment too soon…. Congratulations on your consultant’s role, and I hope our paths cross at some point.

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