EMDR with Generational Trauma – Friday April 26, CCPE London

A One-Day Experiential Workshop

With Parnell Institute Trainer in Attachment-Focused EMDR

Mark Brayne

CCPE, 2 Warwick Cres, London W2 6NE

Friday, April 26, 2019, 0930-1700

Mark’s father and grandfather in World War Two, as officers in the Indian Army.

EMDR therapist colleagues already trained in working with Attachment and Laurel Parnell’s Modified Protocol for complex trauma were invited to join Mark Brayne and his EMDR Focus team for a still somewhat experimental exploration of working at depth with generational trauma.

Building on Dr Parnell’s revolutionary approach to bridging for EMDR target identification and her use of active resourcing and creative imagination, this day was designed to equip participants to bring the same powerful tools to bear on what in the language of psychodynamics might be termed family and parental introjects.

After all, how often do we find ourselves exploring attachment trauma and developmental dysfunction with our clients and sense so strongly that this “isn’t their stuff”, but mother’s distress or father’s family story handed down and internalised, both explicitly and implicitly.

This one-day workshop in the delightful surroundings of London’s Little Venice offered the chance to explore with Mark – including a live demonstration of how this is done – his exciting new discoveries in the power of targeting client trauma held by parts/ego states within what Richard Schwartz would call their Internal Family System.

The day began with an introduction to the theory and a reminder of the basic principles of Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused approach to EMDR and to the language of parts, the recording of a live demonstration, and then practical opportunity during the afternoon to experiment in pairs and triads.

The day was open to any therapist colleague trained to at least Level 3 in EMDR, but was most beneficial to those already familiar with AF-EMDR, and who ideally had worked with either Laurel or Mark and/or knew Laurel’s books well.