Unleash Your EMDR – Online 2020 and in person 2021 for New Zealand

Workshop Details

  • Start Date: 24-07-2020
  • Duration: Two day workshop with optional extra day for practice/going-deeper
  • Capacity: 50


  • Workshop Led By Mark Brayne
  • Qualifications EMDR Europe-Accredited Consultant & Parnell Institute Trainer

Course Summary

Advanced Clinical Workshop in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR 2020, with Mark Brayne. A 2 or 3 day course now, because of the Corona virus, taking place Online. But with the option, we’re hoping, of reinstating the original in-person plans for the same weekend in Auckland July 2021.

Course Dates

Online for NZ, July 2020

Date: Fri 24th – Sat 25th July 2020 (optional extra day on Sun 26th)

Times: Each day 0700-1100 and 1800-2200 local NZ time.

Venue: Online, using the Zoom conferencing platform.

Cost: NZ $650 (2 days) | NZ$ 800 (3 days) | Prices include GST.

Auckland July 2021

Date: Fri 24th – Sat 25th July 2020 (optional extra day on Sun 26th)

Venue TBC: Glendowie Historic Homestead, 268 West Tamaki Rd, Auckland

Cost: NZ $750 (2 days) | NZ$ 900 (3 days) | Prices include GST.

About this workshop

Course Outline

Advanced Clinical Workshops in Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR. Each with 12 hours of Continuing Education/CPD credits. Participation qualifies for registration on the Parnell Institute Find-A-Therapist website.

Thanks to the Corona virus and international quarantine and travel restrictions, Mark Brayne will now run this workshop in July 2020, early morning and evening over three days, hoping to bring the workshops back to Auckland in person in 2021.

We’ll be thrilled to welcome therapists already familiar with basic EMDR protocols (and trained to at least Part 2 level), joining what will be the first EMDR Focus workshops in (and for) New Zealand, with practical coaching in Dr Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused approach to working with client dysfunctions rooted in developmental experiences in childhood.

Conceived and presented in partnership with Dr Parnell, author of the key EMDR texts Attachment-Focused EMDR and A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, these workshops are built around teaching, discussion, live demonstrations (yes, even online) of AF-EMDR in action, and supervised dyad work (yes, yes, even more interesting that we’re doing this online!!) as both therapist and client.

All will have Mark Brayne as workshop leader. Jutta Brayne, Annabel McGoldrick and other UK-based EMDR Focus Facilitators will be joining in, and facilitating dyads, on the powerful online conferencing and training platform Zoom.

Needless to say, the July 2020 workshop will offer an opportunity to learn not just Attachment-Focused EMDR, but how to deliver EMDR online with passion and focus, in training led by the UK’s leading exponent and advocate of Online EMDR.

Mark Brayne’s own research into Dr Laurel Parnell’s AF-EMDR, presented at the March 2018 London conference of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland, drew on returns from nearly 90 AF-EMDR-trained therapists and nearly 50 clients treated with this approach, and highlighted the value and power of working in this way with more complex presentations.

Without challenging the place of the Standard Protocol in EMDR training, the workshop aims to inspire and resource clinicians currently struggling with how best to use EMDR with complex clients, also generating practice-based evidence in how appropriately to work with more difficult client groups.

Mark and Jutta know NZ well, and in 2016 tandemed length of both islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff with their then-NZ-based daughter. A triumph of bi- and tri-lateral stimulation…

Course Focus
  • Attachment-informed case conceptualisation, and the importance of understanding and working with attachment in addressing the root causes of most client presentations
  • The use of creative imagination in the effective resourcing of even the most complex clients
  • The proactive use of the bridging technique to identify developmental targets most likely to deliver change in a client’s current life
  • A wide range of imaginal and creative interweaves to facilitate client healing in accordance with the principles of Adaptive Information Processing
  • The importance and value of session structure when working with childhood trauma and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Working intuitively with intergenerational trauma and dreams

The core NZ workshop runs Friday-Saturday, with an extra day for those who’d like to stay on for further facilitated practice, and especially to explore EMDR for intergenerational trauma on which Mark presented in October 2019 at Dr Parnell’s Parnell Institute Conference in San Francisco.


Brilliant! I was staggered at the speed of the modified / simplified protocol.

One of the best courses I have ever attended. Thanks to all of the facilitators for, not only their knowledge and experience, but for creating such a safe and supportive space for us to practise in.

Mark is the best trainer I have come across. He exudes expertise, is engaging, compassionate – and I would even use the word “gifted”- at what he does. For me, EMDR has come to life!

It was just the most incredible weekend, absolutely life-changing personally and professionally. It has changed and shaped my EMDR practice for ever more. Thank you!

Mark’s creative approach to Attachment-Focused EMDR brings clarity and focus to working with the root causes of trauma, and the demonstration session was very inspiring.

It was a wonderful and inspiring weekend – learning on so many levels, and this approach certainly expands the possibilities for EMDR within psychotherapy.

Health Warning

These workshops include a full, in-depth and live demonstration on day one of AF-EMDR with a real personal issue. This can be a very powerful experience, both for the group and for the volunteer kindly offering themselves to work openly this way.

Participants are invited to work in pairs on similarly real issues, using the tools of AF-EMDR, and this too can go surprisingly deep.

We find that participants value this opportunity, both as therapist and client, noting that the experience can be unsettling in the past at how powerfully this unfolds.

You will of course have the opportunity to decline to bring personal issues to the practicum, but for your own sake and that of others on the workshop, please do allow space for a willingness to be vulnerable, as well as to be bold. That’s how we learn!

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