The EMDR Association’s East Anglia group was delighted to welcome our very own Derek Farrell, former Association President and international expert on all things EMDR, for a classic regional networking day with a special focus on working with what he terms Unspoken Trauma.
Derek spent the morning at this new venue for us, Chelmsford’s cricket ground, taking us through the standard, structured EMDR approach for clients who can’t or aren’t ready to share specific and often intimate details of what happened to them.
“Certain trauma experiences have ‘no voice’,” says Derek, “often when traumas involve deep-rooted shame, or fear of retribution”.
The workshop (Powerpoint handout here) outlined some of the key components of ‘unspoken trauma’, relating for example to child abuse, gender-based violence, conflict, atrocities and human rights violations.
£55 for members of the EMDR Association UK, £60 for non-members.
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Building on Dr Laurel Parnell’s use of bridging for EMDR target identification, with active resourcing and creative imagination, this is a unique opportunity to explore how the powerful tools of Attachment-Focused EMDR can be brought to bear on what in the language of psychodynamics might be termed family and parental introjects.
There’ll be our usual regional opportunity for afternoon networking, and in the morning Mark will take colleagues through the principles of Intergenerational EMDR as presented to the annual conference of the Parnell Institute in San Francisco in October 2019.
Put simply, the IG-EMDR protocol uses the client’s and the therapist’s shared imagination to take Dr Parnell’s modified protocol back up the generational line to work on the dysfunctional mother or father (or grandparent, sibling or other key figures in the attachment history) internalised by the client in their early childhood development.
The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday 27th April 2019 to host Pam Virdi at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry for an expansive one-day training session on using EMDR with eating disorders.
The presentation was an ideal introduction for EMDR therapists new to working with this often-misunderstood client population, and a powerful refresher for a good number of very experienced professionals in the room – their presence a tribute to Pam’s reputation as a first-rate trainer in this field.
Pam began by highlighting the need for clients with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia, to commit to restoring sensible weight and eating patterns as essential to recovery, given how many come to therapy wanting change without letting go of their patterns.
The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday 9th February 2019 to welcome Dr Jamie Marich back to the UK on a further training visit since her last visit to us in April 2017 where she inspired us in Norwich with a day on Making EMDR Simple.
Jamie is rapidly
establishing a reputation as one of EMDR’s leading international trainers. This
time we were lucky to experience a brand-new workshop debunking myths around
dissociation and giving us a practical and sensitive orientation to how the
dissociative mind works.
The plan for the day was to
participate in a highly interactive workshop that would give us a primer on
working with grounding skills in the stabilisation and preparation phases of
EMDR, with special attention given to using expressive arts and
We were given the
opportunity to our own dissociative profile and internal system of parts as an
illustration of the theory of structural dissociation.
The EMDR Association’s East Anglia Regional Group was delighted on Saturday November 17 to welcome one of our community’s newer and especially inspiring trainers, Matt Wesson, to take us through his expertise on EMDR with the military and the uniformed services.
Enhancing your efficacy with clients through the power of process.
Saturday February 9, 2019. 0900 for 0930 – 1630
Ely Beet Sports & Social Club,
83 Lynn Road, Ely CB6 1DE
£55 for Association members, £60 for non-members. Fee includes lunch and refreshments.
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The EMDR UK Association’s busy East Anglia regional group is delighted to welcome Dr Jamie Marich back to the UK on a further training visit , picking up and taking forward Dr Mel Temple’s fabulous day with us in Ely in Spring 2018 on working with dissociation.
As EMDRIA-accredited Trainer and Consultant based in Ohio, USA, and author of several books on EMDR Therapy, Jamie is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of EMDR’s leading international trainers.
The EMDR Association’s Regional Group in East Anglia is thrilled to welcome the UK’s leading EMDR-and-the-Military trainer, Matt Wesson, for a day’s workshop with us in Cambridge on using EMDR with the uniformed services.
Sorry, but Matt’s event is now sold out with a long waiting list. New events coming soon… If you’re not already on our regional Google Group, click this link and we’ll keep you posted.
When: 1000-1630, Saturday November 17, 2018.
Where: Quy Mill Hotel (& Spa!) Church Rd, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AF
How much: £65 for EMDR Association UK Members, £70 for non-members.
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What’s it about? Read on….
Matt’s workshop aims to provide practical ideas for understanding and working with military personnel, veterans and the uniformed services (Police, Prison Officers, Fire Service, Paramedics, Security personnel, etc).
The workshop will address the special characteristics and culture of this population and how to adapt EMDR accordingly, with an emphasis on assessment, formulation and forming a strong collaborative alliance.
Matthew has had extensive experience of working with this client group, and will use his engaging presentation style along with interactive tasks and video material to help attendees improve their skills and confidence in this area.
The day will be a lively mixture of teaching, interactive exercises and video material
It will cover relevant research.
Clinical obstacles and therapy techniques to help engage this sometimes-challenging population into treatment.
The day will discuss risk and protective factors of common cultural issues and how they impact on treatment, history taking and ideas of conceptualisations.
Preparation, engagement and use of specific resources will be highlighted, and blocks to and during processing will be viewed.
The course is suitable for all levels of experience and previous knowledge of veteran or uniformed clients is not necessary
Myths, Facts and the Research around Military / Uniformed Services Mental Health
EMDR and combat related PTSD
Engaging the military/uniformed services client
Tailoring EMDR to this client group
Previous feedback on this workshop:
‘Excellent’, ‘Lots of new ideas’, ‘Great presenter’, ‘Clear and credible’, ‘Very good indeed’, ‘Clear delivery and a good case examples’, ‘Very interesting’, ‘Lively and credible’, ‘Well delivered and organised’, ‘Lots of interesting ideas I can relate to veterans work, and working with Police, Prison Officers etc’…plus many more postive comments.
Biography for Matthew Wesson
Matt is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, and has been using EMDR within his clinical work for nearly 20 years. He is also a BABCP Accredited CBT therapist. He works as an independent practitioner, supervisor and trainer.
Previous to that he served in the Armed Forces for 21 years delivering mental health care to serving military personnel across the UK and also including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has had several articles published in peer-reviewed journals on both CBT and EMDR, and has presented at international conferences. He has a particular interest in combat related PTSD and military mental health. He lives in Cheshire with his young family.
Cancellations more than two weeks before the event will be refunded minus a £10 handling fee. Cancellations within two weeks of the event will be refunded (minus the handling fee) only if a substitute participant can be found.
About 80 regional members of the East Anglia EMDR Association met at Ely Beet Factory Social Club on Saturday 27th April 2018 to explore best EMDR practice in working with dissociation.
Our expert trainer for the day was Dr Mel Temple, consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist, EMDR consultant and current clinical director and lead specialist in The Kemp Unit at The Retreat in York.
She has worked across secondary and tertiary NHS settings, with time spent also in military mental health services.The Kemp Unit at The Retreat in York is a residential setting for the stabilisation and treatment of patients with personality disorder, complex trauma and DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).
Kesgrave Community Centre, Ipswich, Saturday Nov 11, 2017
Morning Presentation by Mark Brayne, EMDR Consultant, with clients MJ and GV.
Mark began his presentation – to a capacity audience of some 70 colleagues – by reiterating the basic tenets and structure of EMDR Therapy (the eight phases, BLS, Dual Attention and Past-Present-Future) and answering the question, “What is the Transpersonal?”
He described how a transpersonal approach goes deeper than the conditioned ego to a discovery of a more enduring and essential self, and this expands our understanding of the magic of EMDR by helping clients to “break the energetic spells” that have trapped them, like Sleeping Beauty, in the emotional dysfunctions of their past.
This, and other recent developments, such as Laurel Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR, are contributing to the development and expansion of EMDR.
Transpersonal EMDR emphasises the development, with the client, of a “resource team” of archetypes and qualities which can play an important part in the processing itself, either spontaneously, or when called upon by the client, using active imagination.
Other techniques include target selection via bridging from present to past; the use of creative interweaves; the transfer of consciousness (e.g from Adult State to an apparently malevolent Ego State in order to discover its benevolent intention); dreamwork; an understanding of alchemy; and the impact and processing of trans-generational trauma.
Two of Mark’s clients attending as guests, MJ and GV, described their own experience of transpersonal EMDR, and their deep healing.
Their descriptions were interwoven with clarifications from Mark on how the work expanded and “petalled”, like a flower, but always within the container of the eight-phase process, so that he and the client return to all the targets that have emerged from the work, usually enabling an appropriate completion of each session, even when the target itself needs (sometimes much) further work in future sessions.
This presentation was enthusiastically received, and MJ and GV were applauded for their courage and openness.
Following questions, and lunch, the East Anglia Group held its AGM at which, with some 30 colleagues joining in, it was agreed that the Regional Steering Group would be reconstituted, with a Chair, a Chair Elect, and the Past Chair each holding that post for one year, serving therefore for three years in all in a specific role.
A new role is also envisaged, of Web Manager and Media Secretary, with responsibility both for the website and the Google group.
Specific roles will be voted on every two years – non-specific roles will be considered annually.
The Steering Committee will consist of no more than 10 members, and for the coming year is made up of the following colleagues:
Chair – Mark Brayne; Chair-Elect – James Thomas; Past Chair & Trauma Aid rep – Sonya Farrell; Secretary – Shirley Young; Treasurer – Joe Kearney; Richard Holborn; Morven Fyfe (new); Lauli Moschini (new – TA volunteer).
Janet Harvey and Balbindar Mann volunteered to be standby members for the committee.
Afternoon: Sonya Farrell gave a short talk about Trauma Aid, outlining its developing role in training EMDR therapists in troubled areas of Europe and the Middle East. Sonya encouraged us to join Trauma Aid (fee is only £15 a year).
She also referred to a sister organisation, the Trauma Response Network(TRN) recently set up to provide EMDR therapy following events in the UK such as the Manchester bombing and the Grenfell Tower disaster.
For more information about how to join Trauma Aid, or to volunteer for TRN, go to www.traumaaiduk.org (for TRN, click on “For Clinicians” then on “Volunteer for EMDR Trauma Response”.)
We then divided into six groups, to discuss issues such as mapping complex cases, working with disabilities, online therapy etc. A consultant or consultant-in-training, was present for each group.
This was followed by a very successful raffle for Trauma Aid, which raised £165, with prizes of a comprehensive library of EMDR books most generously donated by outgoing/retiring steering group member and co-founded of the regional group, Maeve Allison.
The day finished with our ever-popular consultants’ forum, which addressed details of consultants’ training; how EMDR could become more widely known; and Francine Shapiro’s latest book, due out in Feb 2018.
Dates and venues for Networking Days in 2018 were discussed, with Saturday April 28 earmarked for, it is hoped, a day with Derek Farrell on the Blind to Therapist Protocol, possibly in Ely (or Cambridge), with Saturday Nov 10 noted down for a meeting possibly in Chelmsford looking at EMDR and the military.
This was a well-attended and inspiring networking day and, without the usual focus on Powerpoint presentations, a relationally engaging experience!
Jamie started the day experientially by bringing us into presence in the way she starts her client sessions, guiding us to pay attention to the sensory experiencing of the room we were in: the sights, sounds, smells, physical sensations of touch and physical connection to chair and floor, and then our breathing, and finally encouraging us to move and stretch so we were bodily connected before she began engaging with us.
Jamie began by sketching out her personal journey of how she came to work with EMDR, both personally and professionally.
She highlighted the difference between having knowledge and understanding from participating in personal therapy and the 12-steps programme, and the effects of experiencing EMDR, allowing her to move into “becoming” as a result of a therapy that addressed bodily experiencing.