Mark Brayne on EMDR with Intergenerational Trauma, Ely, Saturday April 25 2020 – and East Anglia regional EMDR networking day

Mark Brayne as tiny infant, with father and grandfather, Spring 1950

Ely Beet Sports & Social Club, 83 Lynn Rd, Ely CB6 1DE

Saturday April 25 2020, 0930-1630

£55 for members of the EMDR Association UK, £60 for non-members.

6 EMDR Association UK CPD Points to be applied for – click here to book.

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 idea of trauma being handed down from parents to children is of itself nothing new. In Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, the Bible notes that God visits the “iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and fourth generation (of those that hate him.)”

What is new is how neuroscience is observing and also seeking to explain how those traumatising patterns are actually transmitted, through attachment patterning and culture, and also it’s now understood to some extent through the genes. Dr Rachel Yehuda in NY has confirmed for example how a sensitivity to PTSD can be transmitted epigenetically down the family line.

In classic EMDR terminology, these patterns can be understood as dysfunctionally-linked memory networks. In psychodynamic theory, this is about the parental introject. In John Bowlby’s model of early attachment patterning, we can describe the target as the client’s internal working model. Followers of Richard Schwartz would recognise this as client’s internal family system.

Mark’s workshop will focus on the practical application of Intergenerational EMDR to case conceptualisation, target identification and bridging, and then Phase Four processing.

With videos of generational EMDR sessions and interactive discussion, Mark will explore how attendees can take Dr Parnell’s core AF-EMDR approach and with marginal adaptation and extension identify and creatively work with (usually) parental introjects, clearing and reprocessing handed-down scenes and stories that continue to drive client’s dysfunctions in the present.