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Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children (Part 1 of 2)

Attachment-Focused EMDR

Presented by Laurel Parnell Ph.D.

Thursday, November 21, 2019  |  Calgary, ab

!  Important Notice:

Online registration is now CLOSED for this event. You can arrive up to one hour early to register for this event at the door.

Please note both of Dr. Parnell’s workshop times have been extended by 30 minutes, the new workshop times are 9:00am – 4:30pm.

Date & Location

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Thursday, November 21, 2019

9:00am – 4:30pm

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

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.

While no prior EMDR training is required to attend, eligibility for EMDRIA credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved basic EMDR training. 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. 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.

This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 EMDRIA credits. You must attend both day one and day two to be eligible for EMDRIA credit. 

Recommended Reading


While the readings are not required, we recommend you review some introductory materials to EMDR for better comprehension at the workshop if you have not completed an EMDRIA certification course.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1: Day Two of The Canadian Mental Health Summit

Attachment-Focused EMDR

In this part of the workshop 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.

Learning Objectives

Day 1 & 2:

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • 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.
  • Name three techniques for working with dissociation
  • Describe four ways to integrate an attachment‐focus into the desensitization, installation, closure and reevaluation phases of EMDR.
  • Utilize at least four interweave strategies
  • Describe how and why to adapt the standard EMDR protocol for clients with attachment wounds.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Laurel Parnell Ph.D.

Laurel Parnell Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation, A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children. An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR bringing a client-centered, attachment-focused approach to the work.

More information: www.emdrinfo.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates” or block Id “10575”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888

To book online please visit https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.61102.html?groupId=P80KB1C1


Single $135.00 | Double $135.00 | Triple $150.00 | Quadruple $165.00


Single $1160.00 | Double $160.00 | Triple $175.00 | Quadruple $190.00


Single $210.00 | Double $210.00 | Triple $225.00 | Quadruple $240.00


Single $230.00 | Double $230.00 | Triple $245.00 | Quadruple $260.00

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: November 17, 2019
The early bird date has passed. Regular rates apply.

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