NE England EMDR Region in conjunction with Yorkshire EMDR Region announce the:

3rd EMDR Autumn Workshop

on Friday 7th October 2011 at Finchale College, Durham

A skills-based conference for EMDR clinicians of all levels of experience

Theme: 'Developments in EMDR Practice'

Topics include:

  • EMDR and Eating Disorders
  • EMDR and OCD
  • Using EMDR with Mindfulness
  • EMDR and the law and
  • Positive Psychology and EMDR

For more details, visit the EMDR North website or contact the NE England Regional Secretary, Lillian Moore 01325 301433
or email the Yorkshire Regional Co-ordinator, David Blore:

2009 Workshop Archive

The second Autumn Workshop was held in Leeds on Friday 16th October 2009.

The day consisted of 10 workshops and they were:

Keynote Workshop - The EMDR basic protocol: a review and update

Richard Mitchell, EMDR Trainer

The eight-phase protocol is the bedrock of EMDR, however, the way it is taught has evolved over the years. We will review how EMDR is currently taught and highlight some of the common mistakes and misunderstandings made by clinicians. Attendance at the workshop will therefore make certain that all delegates can proceed to the other workshops during the day, 'armed' with the latest information.

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Kay Toon, EMDR Consultant

This workshop is aimed at all EMDR clinicians who sometimes struggle with the standard protocol. It highlights some of the common difficulties encountered when using EMDR, and offers practical solutions based on the theoretical background. We will consider responses to questions frequently asked in supervision including: Why is processing so slow with this client? Why has it stopped? How do we speed it up again? Why does processing result in my client being overwhelmed? How can we slow it down again? What if the client doesn't have a negative thought?

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Phobia Protocol

Manda Holmshaw, EMDR Consultant & Trainer

Many phobias and current anxieties have their roots in past events, often unremembered. The EMDR phobia protocol follows Shapiro's three-layered approach. This workshop illustrates the use of the touchstone memory, the future template and the float-forward technique in processing phobias and current anxieties.

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Recent Traumatic Event (RTE) Protocol

Sandy Browning, EMDR Consultant

Advanced workshop for practitioners who work with people in the immediate aftermath (2-3 days afterward) of trauma. A knowledge of stabilizing and grounding people in shock essential. Recent traumatic events can be more fragmented and not yet integrated into existing schemas so that they may not readily be represented or generalized by any single scene from the event. With care, EMDR can be a useful tool at this stage to help reduce somatic and other symptoms whilst supporting the 'normal' response to trauma. Current research examined and use of protocol explored along with IES-R scale.

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Closing Incomplete Sessions

Annette Morris, EMDR Consultant

This workshop explores ways of managing sessions when there isn't time to complete the eight stage protocol, and considers the factors that make closure rather than resolution the appropriate response, timing, skills and techniques to bring down high levels of affect and contain unresolved material. This presentation includes discussion and experiential practice.

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EMDR and Bereavement

Fokkina McDonnell, EMDR Consultant

The use of EMDR to facilitate the healthy and complicated mourning process; how EMDR can be combined with traditional approaches, such as creative work.

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Blind to Therapist Protocol

David Blore, EMDR Consultant & Trainer

The Blind to Therapist (B2T) Protocol (Blore & Holmshaw 2006, 2009), is aimed at helping provide EMDR in special circumstances � particularly where the client is unwilling to describe a target image either because the client fears that the therapist will be disgusted or overwhelmed by the content - as in sexual abuse trauma, and/or where the client is reluctant to relinquish further perceived control for the purposes of conducting EMDR. In essence, the B2T protocol abandons the idea of 'client avoidance' and modifies EMDR so as to accommodate avoidance until the client is ready to identify traumatic material.

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Derek Farrell, EMDR Consultant & Trainer

This workshop will review the significance of using cognitive interweaves within EMDR and underline why they are an essential part of the EMDR clinician's psychotherapeutic repertoire. However In complex trauma cases often process cognitive interweaves are insufficient and therefore more elaborate ones are needed in the form of content interweaves and relational interweaves. Consequently this workshop will revisit the utilisation and elaboration of using cognitive interweaves in EMDR.

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Pain Protocol

Helen Macdonald, EMDR Practitioner

The Pain Protocol workshop will focus on the practical application of the Pain Protocol (based on Grant and Threlfo 2002); in the context of evidence available regarding its effectiveness. The emphasis of the workshop will be on clinical work using the protocol, and sharing experiences in practice. It is aimed at participants who have completed EMDR training, but who may have not had extensive experience working with this client group using EMDR.

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The Selection and Application of EMDR Protocols for Children and Adolescents

Anita Sabey, EMDR Practitioner

Anita will illustrate the importance of working within a developmental framework whilst working with children and adolescents. In particular she will illustrate which of the EMDR Protocols she has found most helpful with this client group. Drawing on case examples she points to how particular protocols might be adjusted to accommodate the needs of younger people.

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2008 Workshop Archive

The first Autumn Workshop was held in York on Friday 17th October 2008. We had a great venue, excellent facilities and some fantastic workshops delivered by a range of gifted presenters. The day was a total success and was completely sold out. In addition it gave every attendee 5 hours CPD to carry towards accreditation and re-accreditation.

The day consisted of 12 workshops and they were:

EMDR Supervision

What gets talked about? What the supervisee wants from EMDR supervision v. what EMDR accreditation requires: - David Blore EMDR Consultant & Facilitator.

This workshop is aimed at EMDR supervisors and supervisees alike, particularly those supervisees considering or already involved in working towards accreditation. Starting with the findings of the audit of supervision conducted earlier in 2008 immediately prior to the changing of the accreditation criteria, discussion will be focused on how to address supervisees needs and match those needs with the accreditation paperwork. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

EMDR Therapy in Groups

Kay Toon EMDR Consultant

This workshop will describe how 2 therapy groups in an NHS setting were run using EMDR to process severe traumas simultaneously in a group setting. The results (amazing!) and process will be discussed. Of interest to ALL LEVELS but only experienced practitioners would be able to run similar groups.

Using EMDR in Developmental Issues

Annette Morris - EMDR Practitioner

Workshop designed to explore some of the developmental issues encountered with clients and how to work with them. ALL LEVELS.

EMDR & Self Soothing

Sandy Browning - EMDR Consultant

A brief review of what is happening as a physiological neurobiological level and then looking at self soothing techniques to stabilise and strengthen client's resources to tolerate EMDR processing of the trauma. Mindfulness and other techniques demonstrated and explored in a group setting. Be prepared to try it yourself! ALL LEVELS.

EMDR & The Law

Charles Burdett EMDR Practitioner & Fiona Lucas EMDR Practitioner

This workshop will explore the legal aspects of working with people pre trial. ALL LEVELS.

Working with avoidance in EMDR

Pauline Fulham EMDR Consultant

Offering security to reluctant or fearful clients through an understanding of mechanisms and direct control of their own process in early therapy. Going beyond Psychoeducation, mindfulness/grounding and visualisation to consideration of techniques, timing and the nuts and bolts of process management. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

EMDR & Continuum Trauma

Derek Farrell - EMDR Consultant & Trainer

The premise of this workshop will explore idiosyncratic characteristics encountered by survivors of continuum trauma and to then consider these experiences in light of the conceptual framework of PTSD. These idiosyncratic trauma characteristics have implications with regards to appropriate psychological interventions for survivors. This will be discussed in more detail in considering the utilisation of EMDR with this particular group. ALL LEVELS.

Learning from EMDR Treatment Failures

Symon Day - EMDR Therapist

This workshop is not about giving you the answers, but about exploring questions - about how things don't always work out and what we can learn from each other. If you have a pathological need to appear flawless then this workshop may not be for you, otherwise we may all benefit from our wiliness' to share and learn from each others mistakes. ALL LEVELS.

EMDR & Children

Anita Sabey - EMDR Consultant

The use of EMDR with children and adolescents, in a CAMHS setting. Using case studies to demonstrate how EMDR is integrated within a child/person centred approach. ALL LEVELS.

EMDR & Pain

Helen Macdonald - EMDR Practitioner

This workshop will give participants an introduction to using EMDR with people who have persistent pain. The EMDR protocol (Grant and Threlfo 2002) can be used to promote more successful management of pain, and can change pain sensations. Targets might also include the impact of the pain on life situation. The workshop is aimed at people who have completed EMDR training, but who may not have applied it with this client group. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

Recent Event Protocol

Dr Art O'Malley - EMDR Consultant

Workshop by the international EMDR Consultant Dr Art O'Malley looking at the Recent Events Protocol and how to use this in clinical practice. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

EMDR in the MOD

Dr Jamie Hacker-Hughes - EMDR Consultant

Workshop to explore the issues and practice of utilising EMDR within the MOD. ALL LEVELS.

Feedback and comments from attendees:

“Excellent content, well done for the 1st event”

“Very enjoyable and informative day”

“Very good”

“Overall very very good”

“4x 1 hour workshops with good breaks - good arrangement very manageable”

“It was a warm welcome - thank you”

“Very enjoyable day”

“Spot on”

“Thank you for a very useful day”

“Excellent organisation and presentations”

“Useful day and well worth the trip from Suffolk”

“Congratulations and well worth attending”

“Lunch Good!”