EMDR with the Autism Spectrum and ADHD – Sat Nov 28 2020 online with Caroline van Diest

The EMDR Association UK’s regional East Anglia group are thrilled to have secured our Consultant and Trainer colleague Caroline van Diest to take us through how, as EMDR therapists, to recognise and work with clients on the Autistic Spectrum and with ADHD.

Where: Online, on Zoom.

When: 0930-1630 Saturday November 28 2020

How to book and cost: via Eventbrite here. £50 for Association members, £55 for non-members

Points: 6 EMDR UK Association CPD Points to be applied for.

Caroline is an EMDR Europe Approved Trainer/Consultant
A BABCP Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
A Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse (RNLD)
MSc in Applied Social Learning Theory & Counselling

As all of us know working with EMDR, there’s been an explosion in recent years of awareness around what are formally termed Autism Spectrum Disorders, including what used to be – and still widely is – known as Aspergers Syndrome.

But what does the ordinary EMDR therapist without a specialist knowledge of ASD need to bear in mind when identifying and then tackling the impact on our clients of being on that spectrum, whether high- or lower-functioning, whether officially diagnosed or not, and whether they became aware of why they were different earlier in life or very much later?

And what and where are the overlaps between ASD and another relatively recent diagnosis in the DSM and ICD cookbooks of mental “disorders”, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders or ADHD.

Caroline is one of the EMDR UK’s leading authorities – and certainly our most enthusiastically engaged – on ASD, and presented some fascinating research at the 2016 national EMDR UK conference in London.

For her online day with us in November (noting of course that in these Corona times of virtual training, you don’t have to be a resident of East Anglia to join), she’ll introduce us to the history of clinical and social understandings around autism and ADHD, much more recent than many realise and still fast evolving.

With case examples and powerful personal stories, Caroline will outline how effective EMDR with appropriate adaptations can be in working not just with the internal felt experience of those on the Autism Spectrum of being different to what’s now termed the “neurotypical” mainstream, but how to work with the traumatic impact of those differences on relationships with self and the world, bewildering until understood for both the individual and those around them.

Using Zoom’s now familiar larger meeting tools (well practised for our last regional event in April on intergenerational EMDR), we’ll also have the opportunity in breakout rooms to explore Caroline’s ideas in smaller groups.

She’ll probably kill us for posting this, but here’s Caroline and her then fresh-out-the-oven Dutch husband Rene on their wedding day in 2018… A day of truly bilateral joy…

Caroline will probably kill our own regional group founder Mark Brayne who posted this invitation for sharing this fabulous photograph of her and her then very freshly-baked husband Rene (himself also an EMDR Consultant) on their wedding day in May 2018.

At the ripe age of 70, Mark earlier this year became one of the increasing number of people being diagnosed in sometimes much later life with High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers, and will be supporting Caroline through the day (and straining not to overshare his own suddenly-understood experiences as lifetime Aspie…)

If the picture inspires you meet and be inspired by Caroline on this our next regional networking day, we hope she’ll agree the posting has served its purpose

Join us and be inspired!