Therapists already familiar with basic EMDR protocols are invited to join a continuing series of EMDR Focus weekend workshops with detailed and practical training in the Attachment-Focused approach to working creatively and effectively with client dysfunctions rooted in developmental experiences in childhood.
Personally endorsed by Dr Laurel Parnell, author of the key EMDR texts Attachment-Focused EMDR and A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, these two-day workshops are built around teaching, discussion, a full live demonstration of Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) in action, and supervised dyad work including full supervised practicums as both therapist and client.
We’re using the term magic for these UK workshops not, obviously, in the literal sense, but reflecting how almost miraculous EMDR can feel as it roots out emotional distress that other forms of therapy find difficult to reach – as pretty much every EMDR therapist knows.
So, just to reassure, magic in the sense of releasing metaphorical spells cast by past traumatic experience and stored, sometimes for decades, in the client’s nervous system in emotional, cognitive and somatic form.
Feedback from our previous Release the Magic of EMDR workshops has been very positive:
Brilliant! I was staggered at the speed of the modified / simplified protocol.
It was just the most incredible weekend, absolutely life changing personally and professionally. It has changed and shaped my EMDR practice for ever more. Thank you!
We had plenty of opportunity to practise and get our teeth into the process. I also liked the relaxed feel to the whole thing.
What an amazing weekend. I learned so much, the support and love that was shown by everyone was awesome. All you the facilitators and us students.
There is a real lack of [advanced] EMDR courses out there with live practice. The fellowship with other professionals and the practicum was crucial to my learning.
I’d like to say a big thank you for the weekend. Your passion and enthusiasm is contagious and your knowledge incredible. I feel a lot more confident to use an attachment-focused approach.
It was a wonderful and inspiring weekend – learning on so many levels, and this approach certainly expands the possibilities for EMDR within psychotherapy.
Attendees will be introduced to:
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 the bridging technique 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;
working intuitively with transgenerational trauma, dreams and resistances/blocks;
and the importance and value of session structure when working with childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
Mark Brayne’s own research into Dr Laurel Parnell’s AF-EMDR, presented at the March 2018 London conference of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland, drew on returns from nearly 90 AF-EMDR-trained therapists and nearly 50 clients treated with this approach, and highlighted the value and power of working in this way with more complex presentations.
Without challenging the place of the Standard Protocol in EMDR training, the workshop aims to inspire and resource clinicians currently struggling with how best to use EMDR with complex clients, also generating practice-based evidence in how appropriately to work with more difficult client groups.
Note that these workshops include a full, in-depth and live demonstration on day one of AF-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.
On day two, participants are invited to work in pairs on similarly real issues, using the tools of AF-EMDR, and this too can go surprisingly deep.
We find that participants value this opportunity, both as therapist and client, but some have been unsettled in the past at how powerfully this unfolds.
You will of course have the opportunity to decline to take part, but please do be prepared to bring to this training a willingness to be vulnerable, as well as to be bold. That’s how we learn!
For biographies of our training Facilitators, see here. And to remind…