Advanced EMDR Workshop w/Laurel Parnell – UK

Dr Laurel Parnell EMDR Workshops UK

Workshop Details

  • Start Date: 10-09-2020
  • Duration: 2 day course 9am-5pm
  • Capacity: 30


  • Workshop Led By Dr Laurel Parnell
  • Qualifications Director of the Parnell Institute and developer of Attachment-Focused EMDR

Course Summary

Dr Parnell is returning to our shores in September 2020 for two of her popular three-day practical workshops on Attachment-Focused EMDR, not just in London this time but also in Liverpool.

Course Dates


Date: Thurs 17th – Sat 19th September 9am-5pm

Venue: Wesleyan Chapel, 49 City Rd, Shoreditch, London EC1Y 1AU

Cost: £595 (includes VAT)


Date: Thurs 10th – Sat 12th September 2020 9am-5pm

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

Cost: £595 (includes VAT)

About this workshop

Course Outline

18 EMDR Europe CPD points. EMDR Focus is delighted to sponsor the trainings in the UK of Dr Laurel Parnell, one of the EMDR world’s most inspiring and influential writers and trainers.

Author of six books on EMDR, including her two most recent releases Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma and Rewiring the Addicted Brain, Dr Parnell has pioneered EMDR for more complex clients, incorporating relational strategies to facilitate the long-term healing of childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse, death and early loss, birth trauma, medical trauma, caregiver disconnection and vicarious trauma.

Laurel Parnell Advanced EMDR Workshop in London

Laurel’s advanced clinical workshops, (Powerpoint-free) are intensely practical and skills-based, built around a live and full hour-long demonstration of her approach each morning with a volunteer, with rich teaching and discussion followed again each day with afternoon triads where you try this for yourselves.

The course fee covers our wonderful team of experienced UK-based EMDR Focus Facilitators, as well as VAT that we need to account for as AF-EMDR takes off in the UK.

With a real, practical, skills-based workshop, please also bear in mind that sessions – both observed and experienced – are real, personal, and sometimes pretty full-on emotionally.

So it’s essential that you’re prepared to take part with courage, commitment and a willingness to explore elements of your own attachment-related issues within supervised AF-EMDR sessions with colleagues who are, after all, also still learning.

Be prepared also to receive in-the-moment feedback and coaching from our facilitators in your role as therapist in triads and pairwork, an admittedly unusual experience which can sometimes be experienced as unsettling.

See here for biographies of our enthusiastic and experienced team of EMDR Focus facilitators.

Course Focus

After this training you will:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR, including safety, resourcing and creative imagination.
  • Be empowered as therapist efficiently to repair early developmental stages using imagination and bilateral stimulation.
  • Transform your EMDR targeting with the bridging technique to help clients overcome current symptoms.
  • Upgrade your interweaves to better handle dissociation, phobias, grief, loss and addictions.
  • Leave with new techniques to structure your sessions and unblock blocked processing.
More about the day

Laurel’s three days is essentially her Part 3, and the EMDR Focus team have watched and supported her doing this a surprisingly, and rewardingly, large number of times.

She assumes, obviously, a solid basic training and experience in EMDR’s Standard Protocol work, and an interest in working at greater depth with more complex clients, bringing in a very explicit attachment focus.

Each day is structured basically the same.

Laurel starts out with a presentation/lecture (just talking, without Powerpoint), answering questions, exploring what the group needs to know.

For the second half of each of the three mornings, she does a live session with a volunteer, working with her main tools of resourcing, bridging, modified protocol for phase three, and sometimes the most amazing and direct interweaves.

Laurel always concludes a session with a positive, returning to the presenting issue to make sure there is change that makes a difference in the now, and that’s been, among much of what she demonstrates, the thing above all which participants find transforms their practice.

Bridging as an essential tool for attachment-related target identification is also critical.

After lunch, there’s a short wrap-up and discussion of the morning’s session, if not already done before lunch, and then a bit more input from Laurel on the various aspects of her approach.

For the rest of the day, it’s supervised triads – and we believe these courses are the only ones in the UK where colleagues get to work at depth and with facilitated input in a full session working, observed, with real issues.

In other words, much more than just lectures and demos and videos. Laurel doesn’t use videos; it’s all in the room.

The difference between Laurel’s three and Mark’s two Unleash your EMDR days is that, of course, Laurel is the master at this, and Mark is a tribute act.

But he goes over the same essential principles, and there are dyads on day two rather than triads every day.

Of course, a two-day workshop is quite a bit shorter than three. And cheaper.

We should add, for those who have heard reservations expressed in the wider EMDR community in the UK, Europe or the US about Laurel’s way of working, that we consider her approach entirely compliant with EMDR as researched and recommended for trauma by NICE, WHO, the ISTSS and others.

Mark’s own research presentation in March 2018 to the UK national EMDR conference in London set out the case for that argument, in the context of what we believe to be misunderstandings and misrepresentations of her work as in conflict with the Standard Protocol.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations up to six weeks before the training will be refunded minus a 10% handling charge. After that point, without someone else to take the place, there will be no refund.

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