One-day workshop on The MET(T)A Protocol
With Dr Stephen Dansiger, USA
CCPE, London (2 Warwick Crescent, W2 6NE)
0930-1700 Friday July 27 2018
£95 for the day (including attendance certificate, teas and coffees)
EMDR UK Association CPD points applied for.
MET(T)A is a new and innovative way to envision and implement Addictions treatment that is grounded in the almost 30 years of research, theory and practice of EMDR therapy within the AIP Model, and the research, theory and practice of Buddhist psychology.
This advanced training for EMDR therapists – coming to the UK for the first time – will allow participants to use EMDR therapy to its fullest potential as a complete psychotherapy with addictions and other complex issues.
Dr Dansiger’s approach leans heavily upon the invaluable work of those who have explored the use of EMDR therapy and the AIP Model with PTSD, and then with addictions and a variety of issues up until this juncture, including the recent literature on the Palette of EMDR Addictions Interventions.
It also leans upon the millennia-old wisdom specific to Buddhist psychology, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the 5 Hindrances, the 3 Poisons, the 3 Characteristics of Existence, the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness, and the 3 Refuges and 4 Sublime States.
All of these help both client and clinician navigate difficult terrain, honouring the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment in order to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long-term recovery.
The name is both META and METTA.
META represents an innovative use of the AIP Model and the 8-Phase Protocol of EMDR Therapy as a template to design and deliver treatment within a treatment center structure.
METTA means in Pali “lovingkindness”, the spirit and practice of which guides the MET(T)A Protocol.
The implications for EMDR therapists working with addictions and complex cases are myriad.
A deeper commitment to EMDR therapy as a complete psychotherapy is implied, a use of the AIP model as a primary case conceptualization and treatment template for addictions treatment is realized, the therapist is able to infuse all 8 phases of the standard protocol with elements of Buddhist psychology, and the use of alternative EMDR specific addictions protocols and interventions becomes part of a greater process rather than each as a singular addiction treatment.
At one treatment center in Los Angeles this new protocol has been in use since late 2015.
Case study research has been conducted regarding the effect on client outcomes, relapse prevention, increasing length of time in treatment, and checking the effects of EMDR therapy applied in this fashion against the research literature already established.
In addition to these case studies of clients, case studies on the effect of this method on clinical staff and line staff are also in progress. Additional treatment centers are now adopting the protocol, and private practitioners and general mental health professionals are adopting the approach as well.
The foundation of the theory behind MET(T)A is the belief that the role of an addictions treatment center at its core is to provide stabilization and preparation for a sober life, which we choose to frame as providing the first two phases of EMDR therapy (or the first stage of three stage trauma treatment as described by Pierre Janet) to every client who comes in.
By introducing all clients to the 8-phase protocol and the AIP model, we increase the possibility that we may be able to provide reprocessing of maladaptively stored memories while the client is still in treatment at one or another level of care. If not, the client can continue their EMDR treatment as part of their discharge plan.
Initial anecdotal and qualitative evidence indicates that this use of the 8 phase protocol, the AIP model and Buddhist psychology as the core theoretical orientation and organizing principle of a treatment center may improve outcomes as indicated by the research literature on mindfulness, EMDR therapy, trauma resolution and addictions.