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Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children

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EMDR |  Trauma
Laurel Parnell
2-Day Workshop
Audio and Video
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Live Webcast

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Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children

Over the last two decades, EMDR has emerged as one of the most powerful clinical tools available to trauma therapists. In this workshop, Dr. Laurel Parnell will teach you how to integrate an attachment focus into EMDR and to use EMDR in combination with a variety of complementary techniques.


Much of this workshop is built around videos of actual clinical sessions conducted by Dr. Parnell. These videos bring the training to life: participants can see, not just hear about, how the ideas and procedures they’re learning are used with real patients in the real world. Dr. Parnell is an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training Provider as well as an experienced and highly skilled therapist. Her workshops are as enjoyable as they are instructive, and consistently receive rave reviews.


Attachment-Focused EMDR

Today, you will learn to use the five basic principles of attachment-focused EMDR. For many traumatized patients, attachment repair is a critically important component of successful treatment - a component that can be accomplished effectively and efficiently by using EMDR within a positive therapeutic alliance. Videotaped demonstrations, discussion, and practice will help you define the differences between attachment-focused EMDR and a more traditional approach. In addition, Dr. Parnell will emphasize how the technique called “Resource Tapping” can be used to repair developmental deficits as well as to help prepare clients for trauma processing work. You will watch Dr. Parnell use Resource Tapping, will have a chance to practice the technique yourself, and will learn how to integrate it with EMDR.


Working with Adults Abused as Children

In addition to modified protocols, Dr. Parnell will present standard EMDR protocols that work effectively with this very challenging population. Victims of early abuse may easily become distressed, dissociated, or avoidant. EMDR therapists may need a specific and advanced understanding of the EMDR method, as well as additional skills, to work with them successfully. Topics addressed during the day will include: how to modify standard EMDR procedural steps with patients abused as children when necessary; developing appropriate targets; recognizing and dealing with blocked processing; using interweave strategies, working with abreactions, dissociation and memory chaining; and much more. Participants will leave with an array of new insights, ideas, perspectives, and techniques that will help them be more effective with victims of childhood abuse.

*EMDRIA Credits- Please Note:
Click here to view the EMDRIA definition of EMDR.
This workshop is not considered an EMDR Basic Training Course.  Completion of EMDR basic training is recommended and important to the comprehension of this workshop’s content. IAHB maintains responsibility for this course and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards. Partial completion of an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training is required. Those attendees with only partial training are not eligible to receive EMDRIA credits. If you are not already EMDR trained, it is recommended that you complete the full EMDR basic training and have training and experience in working with EMDR and this population before using this material. 


  • Describe the five basic principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR and how they can be integrated into the treatment of relational trauma
  • Discuss how an Attachment-Focus can be integrated into the history taking and preparation phases of EMDR
  • List the four most commonly used resources to install as well as other useful resources and how they can be integrated into EMDR with an Attachment- Focus
  • Repair early developmental stages using imagination and bilateral stimulation
  • Describe how and why to adapt the standard EMDR protocol for clients with attachment wounds
  • Describe four ways to integrate an Attachment-Focus into the desensitization, installation, closure and reevaluation phases of EMDR
  • Utilize at least four interweave strategies
  • Name three techniques for working with dissociation


Disclosure Information

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Workshop Agenda

Registration opens at 8:00AM for the live, in-person event. The workshop runs from 9:00AM-5:00PM daily. There will be two 15 minute breaks around 10AM and 3:00PM with an hour and a half for lunch.

For a complete agenda, please download the workshop brochure from the Brochures and Handouts tab.


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Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors – TX: IBH is a provider of Continuing Education for Certification and Recertification for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in the State of Texas. Provider #1847-12.
Counselor/MFT - IL: IBH is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Provider #168-000119)
Counselor/MFT - TX IBH has been approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs. Provider Number 154. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
NY Counselors - Institute for Better Health, Inc (IBH) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Educators - The Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim 12 hours for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
National Nursing - Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Psychologists - Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Physicians - ACCME The Institute for Better Health (IBH) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Work - TX As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IBH offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; MC 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719‐3521. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
NY Social Work - Institute for Better Health, Inc. (IBH), is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0091.This course is approved for 12 contact hours. 
EMDRIA This program has been approved for 12 EMDRIA Credits.  Program Approval #16001-16001-09.  IBH maintain responsibility for this program.
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors - NAADAC: This course has been approved by Institute for Better Health, as a NAADAC approved Education Provider for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #92713. Institute for Better Health is responsible for all aspects of the programing. This course is approved for 12 CEHs. 

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Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is one of the world's experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook. She is currently working on a new book Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, which will be published by WW Norton and will provide content for part of this workshop. 
Dr Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University in Northern California. An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.