Dissociation SIG

SIGs are an important link between its members and the national EMDR UK Association. The role of a SIG is to adhere to the Association’s ethical guidelines, promote best practice, fidelity and the integrity of EMDR (SIG Handbook). SIGs are a vital communication link with the Board on matters of interest to members and ensure they have a voice by being proactive in seeking members’ feedback and informing the Board of members opinions and needs. SIGs disseminate information and provide CPD about EMDR by organising small scale conferences, workshops and by other appropriate activities (SIG Handbook).

Most clients that present for treatment have multiple traumas and present with complex trauma with/without dissociation. The SIG Dissociation is an opportunity to discuss ways of working with complex trauma and dissociation and to think about the evidence, ongoing research and research ideas for the future. This is evidence-based practice. There is an abundance of literature on complex trauma and dissociation and this can be overwhelming. Practice-based evidence, supervision and learning from colleagues provides an additional way of sharing about best practice. The SIG Dissociation provides a forum for this. It was evident from the responses of individuals who completed the SIG Dissociation membership form that there is a vast range of questions about how to work with this presentation. Whatever questions clinicians may have in terms of clinical problems, passing on knowledge or just talking about a topic that members are enthusiastic about, the SIG Dissociation provides a space for that.  

This SIG is for EMDR therapists who have completed their standard EMDR training and who have an interest in working with complex cases with dissociation. We strongly recommend that members have an EMDR Consultant Supervisor to support their work with complex cases. EMDR trained therapists are encouraged to join the SIG and if they have not previously been a member of the EMDR UK Association, they will receive one year’s association membership for free. If you wish to join the SIG Dissociation, please email Sharon Croskin at mindalot@croskin.co.uk and request a form. Please return your completed form to Sharon so that you can be added to the SIG Dissociation email group.

We currently have over 100 members and our first meeting was held on 4 October 2022. We aim to have 3 to 4 meetings a year and are looking to include events for which CPD points have been awarded. There will be a fee for these CPD events. The time and day of the CPD events are at the discretion of the presenter. Other meetings will be general meetings and these will be held on a Tuesday from 6.30-8pm. Dates will be decided in advance and all members will be informed by email.  

The committee consists of:

Chair: Sharon Croskin
Treasurer: Andre Bolster
Secretary: Rebecca Andrew
Ordinary Members: Darren James, Emma Bradshaw, Louise Mackinney, Eirini Vislaki, Rebecca O’Callaghan

Privacy Statement for the SIG Dissociation: The EMDR UK Association Privacy Policy applies. Pertinent here is how we collect/ed your membership information and how it is stored.

In order to join the SIG Dissociation a membership form needs to be completed. Once your information has been received it is stored with safeguards, both in terms of procedures and technology, to keep your personal information secure. All email correspondence with SIG Dissociation members about membership has been converted to PDF form and safeguarded with password protection, along with personal data. If at any time you wish to remove your information please do so by contacting the chair of the SIG, Sharon Croskin, at mindalot@croskin.co.uk