Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children-Minneapolis

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Jun 28 2019 - 9:00am - Jun 29 2019 - 5:00pm
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United States
Laurel Parnell

Over the last two decades, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has emerged as one of the most powerful clinical tools available for treating trauma. In this workshop, Laurel Parnell, PhD, will teach you how to integrate an attachment focus into EMDR, and to use EMDR in combination with a variety of complementary techniques.
Using video footage of real clinical sessions, Parnell brings EMDR training to life. You will see for yourself how to apply the ideas and procedures to your clients. As an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training Provider, as well as an experienced and highly skilled therapist, Parnell’s workshops are as enjoyable as they are instructive, and consistently receive glowing reviews.

About EMDR
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Successful outcomes are well documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, adaptive information processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach—which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges—results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers (EMDRIA 2012).

DAY 1: Attachment-Focused EMDR​
On Day One, you will learn to use the five basic principles of attachment-focused EMDR. For many traumatized patients, attachment repair is a critically important component of successful treatment—a component that can be accomplished effectively and efficiently by using EMDR within a positive therapeutic alliance. Video recordings of demonstrations, discussion, and practice will help you define the differences between attachment-focused EMDR and a more traditional approach. Parnell will emphasize how Resource Tapping can be used to repair developmental deficits as well as to help prepare clients for trauma processing work. Watch Parnell’s expert use of Resource Tapping, practice the technique in real time, and learn how to integrate it with EMDR.

DAY 2: Working with Adults Abused as Children
On Day Two, in addition to modified protocols, Parnell will present standard EMDR protocols that work effectively with this very challenging population. Victims of early abuse may easily become distressed, dissociated, or avoidant. EMDR therapists may need a specific and advanced understanding of the EMDR method, as well as additional skills, to work with them successfully. Topics addressed during the day will include: how to modify standard EMDR procedural steps with patients abused as children when necessary; developing appropriate targets; recognizing and dealing with blocked processing; using interweave strategies, working with abreactions, dissociation and memory chaining; and much more. You will leave with an array of new insights, ideas, perspectives, and techniques that will help clients be more effective with victims of childhood abuse.

EMDRIA Credits - Please Note:
This workshop is not considered an EMDR Basic Training Course. Completion of EMDR basic training is recommended and important to the comprehension of this workshop’s content. The Institute for Better Health (IBH) maintains responsibility for this course and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards. Partial completion of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training is required. Attendees with only partial training are not eligible to receive EMDRIA credits. If you are not already EMDR trained, it is recommended that you complete the full EMDR basic training, and have training and experience in working with EMDR and this population before using this material.

12 CE/CME Credit Hours Available