Attachment-Informed EMDR: A Fundraiser and Detailed Introduction, with Mark Brayne.

Online, 0930-1630 Saturday January 14, 2023

£40 EMDR Association UK Members: £60 for Non-Members – note this is an event specifically to raise funds for an AI-EMDR Research Project with the University of the West of England (UWE)

EMDR Association UK CPD points to be applied for.


Most EMDR East Anglia colleagues will have heard by now of Attachment-Informed EMDR, and many of us are already trained in the model and find it powerfully effective when working with complexity.

For those already familiar with the basics, and especially for those who’d like to know more without yet committing to further training, EMDR East Anglia’s own Mark Brayne is now taking his ideas out to a wider public, and this is your chance at minimal cost to find out what the buzz is all about.

Attendees’ contributions are all going to support an exciting research project between the EMDR UK Association and the University of the West of England (UWE) into how Attachment-Informed (AI)-EMDR matches up against the Standard Protocol for working with what’s being termed “Attachment-Informed Complexity.”  

Christine Ramsey-Wade

The EMDR East Anglia Regional Group have made sponsoring EMDR research a priority to raise the profile of EMDR nationally and its mission of alleviating suffering.

We look forward to lead researcher Christine Ramsey-Wade of UWE introducing details of the project to the January meeting.

Christine adds: “I’m delighted to be working with EMDR EA and EMDR UK on this exciting new research project.  While the evidence base around EMDR is relatively strong, there is a need for further research on online EMDR and on EMDR for complex trauma. 

“We also need to show that any variations on the standard protocol are at least as effective as the original.  This project will explore how best to research these areas.  I look forward to sharing our work in progress with you all.” 

EMDR East Anglia’s first sponsored research project with Sheffield University in 2021 published a very reassuring exploration of the experience of EMDR online from both a practitioner and client perspective, the largest of its kind globally so far with contributions from more than 600 EMDR therapists worldwide and nearly 200 clients.

You can read that research paper below.

Coming back to the picture at the top, this summarises the six key principles that Mark’s AI-EMDR brings to EMDR’s Standard Protocol – captured in the unforgettable mnemonic Charlie Chaplin Recognises That Attachments R (Are) Seriously Salient.

In plain English that’s Case Conceptualisation, Resourcing, Target Identification, Appropriate Activation of the Target, Reprocessing/Rewiring and finally Session Structure.

Having studied and worked closely over many years with Dr Laurel Parnell, whose adaptations of the Standard Protocol are also reflected in the AI-EMDR approach, Mark proposes that this way of working could revolutionise the practice of EMDR, enabling therapists to address almost any issue or “diagnosis” however complex.

We’re applying for the usual EMDR UK CPD points (traditionally six for an event like this), and please note that although the day will touch on the full range of AI-EMDR ideas, including advanced dream work, intergenerational trauma and working with Parts, it won’t constitute a proper training in AI-EMDR.

A day not to be missed.

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