EMDR and Mindfulness – with Dr Jamie Marich, London, Sunday April 23 2017

For the past two-and-a-half millennia, Buddhist mindfulness and the therapies and practices connected to this system of healing have brought psychological and spiritual relief to millions of people.

In more recent years, our own understanding of the brain and nervous system has added scientific and therapeutic underpinning to those old understandings of human wellbeing, with Francine Shapiro’s development of EMDR therapy and the AIP model representing a particular highlight.

In Dr Jamie Marich’s first training workshop in the UK, participants were challenged to consider how fusing two systems of healing – mindfulness-informed interventions and trauma-focused care guided by the EMDR approach to psychotherapy – can revolutionise the helping professions’ delivery of trauma responsive services.

Author of EMDR Made Simple and other books on trauma, addictions and dance, Dr Marich is currently working on EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care, co-authored with Stephen Dansiger and due out with Springer Publishing in Summer 2017.

This is the first major book in the EMDR canon directly to address the integration of EMDR therapy and principles of mindfulness in clinical work.

See here for videos of Jamie speaking about her work, including at TEDx.

The centrepiece of the workshop was a clinical demonstration in EMDR therapy.

Objectives

(a)  to define mindfulness in a classic sense and explain the meaning of mindfulness-informed interventions as a modern clinical term

(b)  to apply no fewer than five mindfulness-informed interventions in clinical situations, making appropriate adaptations in the spirit of trauma focused care

(c)   to modify classical mindfulness practices for receptivity by clients based on clinical needs for safety and flexibility

(d)  to define trauma with respect to the adaptive informational processing (AIP) model of EMDR therapy and explain clinical relevance for trauma focused care

(e)  to summarise the history of how EMDR therapy was developed, taking special care to emphasise the mind-body elements reflecting mindfulness principles and attitudes in the development of EMDR therapy

(f)    to critically analyse a demonstration in EMDR therapy (8-phase protocol) as an extension of mindfulness-informed practice

(g)  to discuss how fusing mindfulness-informed interventions and EMDR therapy offers a new solution for delivering trauma focused care in mental health and addiction services

(h)  to evaluate professional needs to enhanced training in either mindfulness-based interventions and/or EMDR therapy and to explain how such further training/formation can benefit clinical practice

Course contents:

Definitions, Basic Practices & Clinical Applications for Trauma Focused Application, and Review of Practices within Mindfulness Involving Bilateral Stimulation.

Trauma & EMDR Therapy Foundations: Review of Trauma, EMDR Therapy, & The AIP Model: Exploring Dr. Shapiro’s Roots in Mind-Body Approaches to Healing/Mindfulness, Neurobiology of Trauma and Mindfulness

Redefining the Paradigm: EMDR Therapy Demonstration & Discussion on Elements of Vipassana/Mindfulness Meditation Within the Standard EMDR Therapy Protocol

Wrap Up & Fusion: Clinical Needs Assessment, Movement-Based Mindfulness Skills Inspired by Bilateral Stimulation/ Dual Attention Stimulus, The Relevance of Mindful Values and Approaches in EMDR Therapy and in Trauma Focused Care as a Practice; Evaluation of Further Needs in Training and Formation .