Live Monthly AI-EMDR Therapy Demonstration/Discussion Workshop

Colleagues already trained in EMDR and curious how the Attachment-Informed version works are welcome to join us for live online AI-EMDR sessions with a monthly volunteer.

Feedback since these began in September 2021 has been (see below under Testimonials) very positive.

These workshops are continuing through the English spring and summer as Mark Brayne is on sabbatical, always on the first Thursday of each month at the US-friendly time of 1630-1830 UK, and then every fourth Wednesday, 0830-1030 UK time, for colleagues in Australia/NZ as well as the UK.

See boxes on the right for dates and details – and note that the Zoom link is the same one those already Unleash-trained will have had from the original workshops.

These sessions don’t have EMDR Association UK CPD points, but on request we can issue attendance certificates for your continuing professional development documents for BACP, BABCP, UKCP or other accrediting bodies.

Note that recordings will be made of these sessions for sharing only with those personally present on the day.

Each week’s workshop is two hours, with (usually) a full 50-60 minute live session at its heart, demonstrating all eight EMDR phases as we explore the tight focus and structure of Attachment-Informed EMDR.

We take all appropriate measures to keep volunteers safe and within their window of tolerance.

Those putting themselves forward are, needless to say, asked to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and safety, with a shared understanding of this work as educative for the wider group as well as hopefully personally useful for that individual.

In plenary (and the groups are usually really quite small, just a handful or two of colleagues at the moment) we unpack what happened and why.

Note this webinar involves no separate individual practice or breakout groups, and there is no facilitation.

It’s good if colleagues can commit to attendance in the longer term, helping create a safe context in which to explore what can be quite deep and challenging material.

However we live in the real world, so while encouraged to be present for as many weeks as they can, colleagues are welcome to attend individual sessions, as long of course as they are there for the full two hours.

Zoom links for the live session and for the subsequent recording will be shared with participants only once booked and paid.

As on Unleash Part 1, these sessions show in practice how the following principles can be brought to bear on EMDR on the front line.

  • 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 bridging/floatback 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 essential importance and value of session structure when working with attachment-informed developmental deficits from childhood.

What comes to mind as I’m writing this is the detective Columbo, who notices everything and asking questions in curious ways helps him to put the pieces together in the puzzle in order to catch out the murderer but in the client’s case it’s the target.

I really liked being able to see your notes live. This gave me insight into the direction you were taking in real time and the levels of trauma and rupture that you are able to capture. This was clearer for me to reflect on the case conceptualisation and the way that you sought to find where the attachment rupture was.

Wow, there was so much going on for L and the direction could have gone several ways. However, as usual Mark skilfully navigated the session to elicit the appropriate target.

I liked the way you took your time exploring the chunks of info coming up and how you used the video interweave for a clearer picture of what was going on when L was 8.

I have spent a lot of time reflecting on this session and also wanted to watch the session again as it helped me to put some pieces in the “jigsaw puzzle.” After the session I felt “lighter” and this stayed with me for several days. I have been very curious about this, both from the client perspective but also from an observer.

I had the feeling sense of my inner child as well as my adult self but at the same time as the observer looking at the interaction between those parts as well as with you Mark the therapist.

I really enjoyed this one. Seeing the “redo” but I also saw this as IG (intergenerational) work. Not the standard IG you usually do, but a chance to work on the attachment in utero. The way that K was able to be intuitive in her mother’s experience was particularly significant and reliving her own experience “in utero” is a concept I’d love to be explored.

As always another powerful and skilful session. What is starting to penetrate with me is the curiosity in your questioning and seizing the moment when noticing how the client is communicating their story.

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.

While we find that participants value this opportunity, the experience can be triggering. For our part, we commit to doing our best to keep the workshop 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.

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.