Turbocharged by the Corona crisis, we have switched to delivering our popular Unleash workshops entirely online, all with facilitated work in dyads/triads and the opportunity seriously to practise new, focused skills in case conceptualisation, target identification and session structure.
This page sets out our Unleash your EMDR – Release the Magic Part 2 workshop, covering EMDR with intergenerational trauma, dreams and parts.
To remind, Unleash Part 1 (and you’ll need to have done this one to join us in further EMDR Focus workshops) introduces you to the basics of advanced, attachment-informed and transpersonal EMDR.
Part 2 Course Dates
Times: Sept 2021: 0800-1300 UK time/1700-2200 AEST. March 2022: 0700-1200 UK time/1800-2300 AEDT. Nov 2022: 1500-2000 UK Time/0700-1200 PST.
Venue: Online, on Zoom.
Cost: £375. Note that these prices, comparable to basic EMDR training, include VAT, full facilitation of triads and pairwork as well as workshop materials.
About this workshop
Unleash Part 2 is open to colleagues who have completed an EMDR Focus Part 1 Unleash workshop and refreshes your core attachment-informed EMDR skills, adding powerful and often deeply moving approaches to addressing intergenerational trauma stories our clients carry from the deeper and shared past.
Drawing from personal stories (that’s Mark at the top of this page as an infant, with parents and grandparents around him at his 1950 christening) and on an understanding of what might be termed the four levels of trauma targeting, we explore the deeper and beyond-the-individual narratives that so often drive our clients’ dysfunctional experience in the present.
While a Level One trauma is an experience which would cause distress in almost anyone (the old ICD definition of a PTE, a Potentially Traumatic Event), in other words the Rupture, Level Two is the Absence of Repair, and in most client presentations the more important of the two.
Unleash Part 1 focuses on identifying and addressing those experiences, so Unleash Part 2 takes us on to Levels Three – the internalised parent or primary attachment figure from childhood – and Four, the collective trauma experience that goes with the client’s ethnic/religious/national/cultural/group identity.
Speaking psychodynamically, these targets can be understood as introjects, a “working model” (in John Bowlby’s words) of self and world, and the relationship between the two, learned in the course of early life/developmental experiences and continuing in the present to determine affect-regulating responses to life’s stresses.
In layperson’s terms, that’s Mother’s or Father’s or Family/Group stuff, and targeted as such can be resolved with sometimes breath-taking power using standard EMDR tools.
On Unleash Part 2 you’ll also learn the basic Jungian-inspired language of working with dreams, often serving as metaphor for and portal into the personal stories that drive a client’s presenting dysfunctions.
Be aware that this part of the workshop might be a challenge for colleagues not yet versed at all in working with dreams, as we move quite quickly through the basics into a demonstration of dreamwork in action.
We also introduce what in transpersonal psychotherapy is called the Transfer of Consciousness, or in simpler parlance a Transfer of Perspective, inviting the client to drop into that terrifying figure in their dreams or the wall that’s blocking access to critical memories and experiences from childhood, exploring (in NLP language) the “benevolent intent” of that part, and bring our full range of EMDR tools to bear on those targets.
Clients (and therapists!) can sometimes find this way of working a trifle unsettling and unfamiliar. But used with kindness and care, dreams and the ToP can bring a new recognition to how the human nervous system, like that of all sentient creatures (and probably non-sentient beings also), has survived by remembering lessons learned from past traumas, often well past that experience’s sell-by date.
Our Unleash Your EMDR workshops are open to therapists already familiar with basic EMDR protocols (and trained to at least Level 3/4, or 2 in Australia/NZ/US), and are built around full live demonstrations of using EMDR with attachment-informed traumas, with teaching, discussion and full facilitated practicums as both therapist and client.
Uniquely we believe (for the moment) in advanced EMDR training in the UK, we give you the space to practise these new skills online in full and for real, with detailed support from our experienced (and friendly!) team of EMDR Focus facilitators.
- Identifying and targeting intergenerational trauma internalised both experientially in childhood and as passed down epigenetically (cf Rachel Yahuda’s research into Holocaust and 9/11 trauma in NY.)
- Learning what Janina Fisher calls the Language of Parts as they inform a client’s management of emotion and experience.
- Exploring Internal Family Systems (cf Richard Schwartz) and structural dissociation (Onno van der Hart et al) in their impact on affect management in the present.
- Unpacking dreams and their meaning, as a portal into the developmental networks where clients’ trauma is so often stored. This can be astonishingly powerful.
- And refreshing essential understandings of attachment- and narrative-informed case conceptualisation.
- A reminder/refresher in the proactive use of bridging/floatback to identify developmental targets most likely to deliver change in a client’s current life.
- Exploring again a wide range of imaginal and creative interweaves to facilitate client healing in accordance with the principles of Adaptive Information Processing.
- And above all, the importance and value of session structure when working with childhood trauma and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
One of the most powerful and valuable courses I have experienced. To be in such a safe place to engage fully in the supervised practicums meant that the learning was embedded at a very deep level, which can only be of benefit to both client and therapist.
This will make a significant difference to my practice, and I can already think of clients for whom this will be appropriate.
I loved this course, it was so informative, Mark was excellent, so warm and responsive. His style, and emphasis on attachment, warm, kindness was missing so much in our training.
Mark’s enthusiasm for EMDR, and his love of teaching, which is clearly a passion for him, is infectious and what makes training with him so enjoyable and leaves you wanting more!
Thank you so much Mark and Sarah, Jutta, James and Maxine. I loved my two days. Your presentation style is engaging and easy to understand and the demos were really useful. The supervision was both useful and tactful.
These workshops include full, in-depth and live demonstrations of 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 triads on similarly real issues, using the tools of attachment-informed EMDR, and this too can go surprisingly deep.
While we find that participants value this opportunity, both as therapist and client, the experience can be triggering. For our part, we commit to doing our best to keep the training safe and contained. We correspondingly ask participants to take responsibility for their own responses, and to remain at all times open and respectful towards the processes and learnings that will unfold as the workshops proceed.
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.
By registering for an EMDR Focus workshop, and recognising that participation can involve both observation and personal experience of sometimes profound trauma processing, participants agree to take appropriate responsibility for their own emotional wellbeing, and to ensure they have access to any necessary therapeutic and/or supervisory support following the workshop.
If you need to cancel up to six weeks before the workshop, we will refund your fee minus a 10% handling charge. After that, refunds will be at the discretion of EMDR Focus.