The webinar will look at some of the implications of the General Data Protection Regulations for EMDR practitioners both in private practice and in the NHS. We will look at the legal basis for keeping data and sharing it, and when it may or should not be shared. We will also look at the implications for data breaches.

This may sound boring but is very important information for all practitioners to consider. There will be space for questions.

Wednesday 24th February 2021 1700-1800
Meeting ID: 845 6682 5124
Passcode: 250022.

No need to register just click the link on the day.  There is no number limit on attendance.

Aims: To discuss GDPR and emphasise need for awareness in presenting client issues online.

Learning Outcomes: 1. To understand more about GDPR. 2. To appreciate the legal basis for processing information 3. To understand consent does not outweigh legitimate interests.

Teaching Methodology / Format: PowerPoint presentation / questions

Target Audience: Members of the EMDR Association or EMDR trained practitioners.  There will be some non-EMDR content as GDPR is not directly linked to EMDR but it will be related to the needs of EMDR practitioners.  1 CPD credit has been applied for and certificates will be available to download after the event in the Dropbox folder where the recording will be stored.–QGeqBfqU4z-SS6a?dl=0

Cost: Free

Please note: The meeting will be record for clinicians to watch back if they cannot attend the live event and by attending you are consenting to being part of that video and agreeing not to discuss any patient identifiable information

The Presenters

Ericka Johanson is an EMDR Consultant and works in the NHS. She is a trustee of the EMDR Association UK, a member of the governance committee and the Association’s Data Protection Officer.

Louise Mackinney is also an EMDR Consultant and works in private practice. She is Secretary of the EMDR Association UK, Chair of the governance committee and was the previous Data Protection officer.

Conference flyer 2021

We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Conference & AGM on Friday 19th March 2021.  Due to the ongoing restrictions, it will be a Virtual Conference rather than as originally planned in Glasgow.  You will note we have an interesting and varied programme which opens with a presentation to mark the 25th Anniversary of Dunblane; and includes topical issues reflected in the keynote, specialist workshops and research presentations. We are confident we will have a stimulating and enriching conference.

As you may recall we planned the EMDR UK conference as a one-day event due to EMDR Europe 2021 Dublin Conference in June, this will now also be a virtual conference, it is hoped EMDR UK members will attend both events.

Conference enquiries:

EMDR Conference Programme – updated

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Using EMDR with Clients on the Autism Spectrum

 Naomi Fisher, EMDR Consultant and Facilitator, and Caroline Van Diest, EMDR Trainer

Can we use EMDR with clients on the autistic spectrum?  How? Increasing numbers of clients are coming forwards for EMDR with diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders and therapists often feel ill-equipped, not knowing how to approach the particular needs of this client group and what the diagnosis means.

In this webinar you’ll learn what the autistic spectrum means (and doesn’t mean), what the research shows and special considerations when using EMDR with people on the autism spectrum.

The seminar will be 90 minutes long with the last 30 minutes being for questions.  1 CPD credit is being applied for from the EMDR Association UK.


Naomi Fisher

Naomi Fisher is an EMDR training facilitator, consultant and clinical psychologist who works with adults, adolescents and children. In 2018 she moved to Paris and has worked online since then.  She has been using EMDR therapy since 2005, including with clients from primary care, NHS complex trauma services, the Metropolitan Police and in private practice.  She supervises remotely across the NHS.   Naomi was the lead presenter for the series of 5 webinars on Online EMDR which the EMDR Association organised in March and April in response to the Covid-19 crisis.  She was also key in the development of the national guidance for Online EMDR published earlier this year by the Association.

Caroline Van Diest

Caroline is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant. Her teaching style has been described as highly effective, safe and encouraging, enabling her audience to positively learn and develop their clinical practice to a high standard.  Caroline worked in the NHS for 16 years alongside running her own independent CBT/EMDR practice which now operates full time. Caroline is accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP and provides therapy and supervision utilising CBT and EMDR. Caroline has a keen and special interest in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She has provided a number of inhouse presentations on adapting CBT and EMDR for this client group. Caroline has presented at National and Regional conference of adapting EMDR Therapy with individuals with ASD. Caroline continues to provide clinical supervision for an extensive range of staff and services.

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Topic: Using EMDR with Clients on the Autism Spectrum 1400-1530 hrs
Time: Nov 18, 2020 02:00 PM London
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EMDR North East Region Workshop “EMDR with every Client” with Gus Murray

Sat, October 17, 2020

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

EMDR North East Region is presenting a One Day ONLINE Autumn workshop via the Zoom Platform; this event will introduce the participants to Gus Murray. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers towards the end of this workshop, with regular comfort breaks throughout the day.

Further information from Gus on the workshop:

“EMDR with every Client” – The use of EMDR as a comprehensive system of Psychotherapy.

Abstract: The effectiveness of EMDR therapy in the treatment of trauma and PTSD is now well established and is supported by numerous randomised control studies. Additionally, a growing body of research is demonstrating the effectiveness of EMDR therapy for the treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions and populations e.g. anxiety disorders – phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder; depression; grief and loss; somatic problems – migraines, chronic pain, eating disorders etc.; performance anxiety; addictions; attachment disorders; personality disorders etc. etc. Similarly, a growing body of clinical and research evidence supports the application of EMDR therapy across the full spectrum of low, moderate and high functioning clients. Notwithstanding these developments, feedback from clinicians and consultants would suggest that the full potential of the clinical application of EMDR therapy is still compromised in terms of the scope of its application to a full range of clinical conditions. Many clinicians also seem to experience difficulty and or reluctance regarding their use of EMDR therapy with more complex and disordered clients. It would appear also that many clinicians stop short of embracing EMDR as a comprehensive system of Psychotherapy and instead introduce EMDR as an element within their existing approach. This workshop aims to address these issues and will provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to guide the effective integration of EMDR into their clinical practice

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn: 

1. A comprehensive approach to case formulation, treatment planning and target identification in EMDR Therapy.

2. A comprehensive approach to contracting and developing a working alliance in EMDR Therapy.

3. An expanded appreciation of the role of positive resource networks and their use in EMDR therapy.

4. To address the challenge of maintaining client regulation while accessing and processing traumatic memories in EMDR therapy.

5. To explore the use of EMDR therapy along a continuum from low, moderate to high functioning clients.

6. To explore the use of EMDR therapy in the treatment of a range of clinical conditions and populations.

Workshop content: The workshop will include: 

1. Illustrated presentations of relevant material

2. Demonstrations

3. Experiential application

4. Discussion and questions

Information on the Presenter:

Gus Murray is an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the use of EMDR therapy.

He is a highly experienced Counselling and Psychotherapy trainer having been Programme Director and Lead Trainer at the Cork Institute of Technology for over 25 years.

He is an Integrative Psychotherapist accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has also completed basic and advanced level training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and is an accredited SE practitioner. Additionally, he has completed basic and advanced level training in Internal Family Systems (Ego State) therapy and has extensive experience in the teaching and practice of Ego State therapy.

Gus was the recipient of the Carl Berkeley memorial award (2017) from the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling and psychotherapy profession

Gus is coordinating the development of EMDR Therapy in the Republic of Ireland and represents the Republic of Ireland on the boards of EMDR UK and Ireland and EMDR Europe. He has presented at EMDR conferences and events throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom.


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Chronic Pain and The EMDR Standard Protocol-Free EMDR UK Webinar

1 CPD Point Awarded to EMDR UK Members

Aims: To introduce the varieties of Chronic Pain and how the EMDR standard protocol can help, if not resolve pain completely.

Learning Outcomes:

To Understand the difference between Acute and Chronic Pain

To Be aware of differences in treating Musculoskeletal vs Neuropathic pain

Precautions the treating therapist should take to protect themselves

How EMDR can reveal the precise associative pathways that underlie each pain

This Free Webinar is aimed at Psychological therapists who may have clients with co-morbid Chronic Pain and therapists who specifically get referrals for Chronic Pain Treatment.

Zoom Link for the day is:

Topic: David Pike- Chronic Pain-Free EMDR UK Webinar
Time: Oct 16, 2020 04:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 883 6637 9489
Passcode: 252978


This will show how the AIP model works in practice with a very difficult client group and give ideas for creativity in how the standard EMDR protocol is implemented

Join us for a full-day workshop: EMDR and Addiction presented by Philip Andrews – EMDR Consultant and EMDR and Dissociation presented by Louise Mackinney EMDR Consultant on the 31st October 2020 from 9.30 am-5.30 pm

6 EMDR Association CPD points awarded for this event.

This will be an online event and CPD Certificates will be awarded following submission of the feedback form.

Working with clients that have an addiction can present some of the toughest challenges that we face as EMDR therapists.

This workshop will look at addiction through the lens of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP). We will look at working with addiction with the standard EMDR 8 phase protocol and also look at adaptions to the standard protocol that may need to be made that will include the Miller Feeling State Addiction Protocol, the Popky DeTUR protocol and the Hase CravEX protocol. We will also consider Parnell’s Attachment Focussed addiction approach.

Live case studies will be presented to you to consider during the workshop.

EMDR and Dissociation Workshop: Practitioners sometimes find it difficult to assess the level of dissociation in clients and the kind of adaptations we might need to make for those who are dissociative.

This workshop will first consider dissociative symptoms and will revise Structural dissociation. We will then think about ways of screening for dissociation, including the DES and the MID. We will explore ways in which standard protocol may need to be adapted and will look at the work of a number of practitioners, including Gonzalez and Mosquera, Paulsen, Knipe and others.

There will be an opportunity to practice some of the skills.

Learning outcomes for the day:

1. Critically consider Addiction through a trauma-focused framework.

2. Gain knowledge of Addiction specific protocols.

3. Reflect on the application of AIP as a theoretical framework pertinent to understanding addiction and subsequent treatment.

4. Explore the utilisation of EMDR therapy as either a sole, serial or parallel treatment intervention for Addiction.

5. Understanding Dissociation and how it presents.

6. Awareness of Clinical Measures used with regards to dissociation and safe practice.

7. Awareness of the theories related to dissociation.

8. Explore the utilisation of EMDR therapy with dissociation.

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Mindfulness-based EMDR

By Dr Alexandra Dent

Thursday 10th September 2020 4 pm to 6.30 pm

Mindfulness practice has become increasingly popular as a therapy and the principles of Mindfulness can be broad and far-reaching.  Mindfulness is often understood as ‘meditation’ but it is so much more than this.  It consists of ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ mindfulness practice.


Until recently, Mindfulness has not commonly been applied to EMDR therapy.  However, when used in the preparation stages, Mindfulness can have very beneficial and powerful effects.  The main resources currently used in EMDR include the safe place, container and light stream, all of which are very effective but learning Mindfulness can specifically help individuals stay grounded in the ‘present moment’.  Mindfulness increases a person’s awareness in everyday life, especially when they may have previously drifted or dissociated.  Clients learn how to stop getting caught up in distressing thoughts and emotions and instead notice a sense of present awareness, peace and calmness.  It can increase a person’s window of tolerance for processing distressing memories.  Mindfulness complements other techniques such as the Back of the Head Scale (Jim Knipe) and fits perfectly with key aspects of EMDR, especially learning how to tolerate difficult and distressing emotions, awareness of physical sensations and the body scan.  By learning the techniques of mindfulness, often in just one or two sessions, clients build up their resources and coping strategies and feel very prepared for EMDR desensitisation and beyond.


This webinar will cover:


  1. An overview of the benefits of Mindfulness.
  2. How to explain Mindfulness comprehensively but simply to clients – both informal and formal practice.
  3. How Mindfulness can be applied and implemented within EMDR therapy including tools to implement Mindfulness exercises to clients (both children and adults).
  4. This webinar contains a few videos (with the client’s consent). Please only attend the webinar if you consent to NOT recording (in any format) any parts of the videos.


Dr Alexandra Dent is a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist working with individuals across the age span in Independent Practice in the East Midlands, UK. Areas of interest include trauma, attachment, mindfulness and spirituality.  Alexandra is an active member of the EMDR community and is a Europe Accredited EMDR Child & Adolescent Consultant, EMDR Consultant, Training Facilitator, Chair of the EMDR C & A Committee and Chair of the SIG in EMDR & Spirituality.  She is trained in teaching mindfulness, has presented mindfulness workshops to the EMDR Community both National and Internationally, she attends retreats and embodies living mindfully.  She is also a published author, which includes writing about how to use mindfulness in clinical practice.



Topic: EMDR Association Free Webinar -Mindfulness-Based EMDR

Time: Sep 10, 2020 04:00 PM London


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Meeting ID: 858 1907 0685

Passcode: 584098


There is no need to register but just click the link 10-15 minutes before the event starts.


This is open not only to EMDR therapists who are members but also EMDR therapist non-members, so feel free to forward this to colleagues to ensure a broader reach for the event.


CPD credits will be awarded by the EMDR Association UK for this event for members.  A certificate will be available to download after the event on the EMDR Association website afterwards.


This webinar will not be recorded as it has clinical material and consent has only been given for the sake of the delivery of the webinar not to be stored by EMDR Association UK. It is also limited to 500 guests.

David is a Consultant Clinical & Health Psychologist (Chartered) and EMDR Consultant-in-Training, in private practice.  Specialising in Adult Mental Health he later focussed on Chronic Pain, both before, and now after, the new-fangled EMDR.  Along the way, he has been a Yoga teacher and a Martial Arts instructor.

This webinar will illustrate the essence of trauma as experienced by high-speed train drivers faced with ‘causing’ death, having had no hope of avoiding it. Sometimes their trauma is intense, and it is not unknown for drivers to go on to commit suicide themselves. All of them were referred for EMDR as the counselling they had already received was not working, leaving them off work for months, often making matters much worse. A key area for discussion will be how the interaction of personality, ACEs, family life and the working environment can all conspire to make treatment a potential nightmare in itself.

This will be a sharing of clinical material that turned out to be extremely useful with this client population, including how to recover when things go wrong. A very high percentage of drivers seen returned to work with only one or two making a positive career change instead. While this is a specialist area, some of the theory and practice presented here will be generalisable to therapy for anyone with complex PTSD following the belief they have caused someone’s death.

This is open not only to EMDR therapists who are members but also EMDR therapist non-members, so feel free to forward this to colleagues to ensure a broader reach for this event.

The event will be run through Zoom, it is limited to 500 registrants, but if you cannot log on, it will be recorded and available on EMDR Association UK website the following week.  There is no need to register but just click the link 10-15 minutes before the event starts. The Zoom link will also be on the association website under CPD events and here below.

Topic: EMDR Association Free Webinar 

“EMDR therapy with train drivers subject to fatalities” David Pike.

Time: Jul 17, 2020 04:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 815 0920 0839
Password: 723104

If you are not able to make this, the recorded version will be available a few days following the event if you follow this link HERE. This is also where all the previous webinars recordings are saved if you still wish to access these.  The CPD certificate will also be loaded with the recording in due course.


Following the success of our free webinar series on Online EMDR therapy, we have further free webinars being planned.

The first of which will be available on Friday 3rd July 2020 1600-1700 – “An introduction to the Dream Completion and Flash Techniques, and their integration into EMDR Therapy.” By Justin Havens PhD, EMDR consultant and board member.

This 1-hour webinar will provide a brief explanation of these 2 techniques, that can be used as part of the EMDR preparation phase. To make the most of the webinar, Justin recommends you to have a look at an online demonstration of Flash (top right video on and the extended version of the Dream Completion Technique animation (

This is open not only to EMDR therapists who are members but also EMDR therapist non-members, so feel free to forward this to a colleague to ensure a broader reach for this event.

The event will be run through Zoom.  There is no need to register but just click the link 10-15 minutes before the event starts. The Zoom link will also put on the association website under CPD events.

Join 3rd July 1600-1700

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Meeting ID: 849 6241 3046
Password: 18541

If you are not able to make this, the recorded version will be available a few days following the event if you follow this link hereThis is also where the recordings of the previous webinars are saved if you still wish to access these.  The CPD certificate will also be loaded with the recording in due course.

I hope you enjoy the event.

Matthew Wesson

President Elect, Website and IT coordinator

EMDR Association UK



EMDR UK Virtual Conference & AGM Fri 12th & Sat 13th June 2020

I am pleased to announce the opening of the booking line for the EMDR UK Conference & AGM; see below links to download the conference programme and the booking form.

Booking Form

Conference Programme

Booking: Members registered for the Cardiff conference may either transfer to the virtual conference or request a refund, please contact Eyas Event Management – Amy Donohoe:

Members not registered for the Cardiff Conference now have the opportunity to attend the virtual event, as we do not have a delegate number restriction.

Virtual Conference: The conference keynotes and main workshop presentations will be professionally live-streamed on the above dates; delegates will have the opportunity to join the conference live and/or access a recording of the event for up to 28 days.  There will also be access to pre-recorded Child & Adolescent workshops, practice-based evidence symposiums and special interest presentations for the same period post conference.

CPD Credits: The conference is awarded 6 EMDR CPD Credits per day.

NB: In the event of a financial surplus from the conference EMDR UK will allocate funding to support EMDR and other charities conducting scientific research into the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Keep safe and well.

Kind regards,

Marian Tobin

Chair of Conference Committee

EMDR UK Association