Attachment-Focused EMDR for Addiction – Houston

Healing Relational Trauma and Rewiring the Addicted Brain With EMDR-Based Treatment

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )

About This Workshop

Addiction is costly—not only for our clients, but for their families, friends, employers, and communities as well. And when we consider the cost of lives lost to addiction, the toll can be overwhelming. While there are a number of programs targeted toward helping people overcome addiction, recovery often remains elusive or short-lived for all too many. The good news is that there are proven-effective methods for treating it, such as attachment-focused eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Over two days, you will learn a holistic, integrative approach for treating addictions and dysfunctional behaviors that is brain-wise, resource-based, trauma-informed, and attachment-focused. Research has shown that the addictive process is an interaction of impairments in three functional systems: motivation-reward, affect regulation, and behavioral inhibition. When we can focus our treatment in these three areas—using EMDR-related techniques to help support motivation, increase affect regulation, and increase control over dysfunctional behaviors―we may be better able to break the addiction cycle, and support our clients in a life free of addictions.

This workshop addresses these areas integrating methods from attachment-focused EMDR, resource tapping, and the Connecting the Consequences Protocol™.

Attachment-focused-EMDR extends the use and benefits of EMDR and bilateral stimulation for use with clients who have been typically less responsive to traditional EMDR protocols due to acute or chronic relational trauma and attachment deficits. Those deficits include the effects of childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect, early losses, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug or alcohol abuse, caregiver misattunement, secondary trauma, and the cumulative effects of all. Drawing from her extensive clinical experience, Laurel Parnell, PhD, has found that to work more successfully with addictive behaviors, it is important to incorporate an attachment-repair orientation to all phases of EMDR work. She found that by making adjustments to the EMDR phases and procedural steps, clients experienced more complete resolution. Are you ready to help your clients with addictions heal?

Through lecture, slides, and videos of live client sessions, you will learn how to integrate an attachment-focused, brain-wise approach into treating clients with addictions and dysfunctional behaviors, as well as practical tools you will be able to use immediately with your clients.

Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.

EMDRIA Credits - Please Note: View the EMDRIA definition of EMDR.

Approved for 12 EMDRIA credits. EC Program Approval Number: #16001-14. IBH maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA Standards.

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.  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.

Prior to registering, please click here to review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.

*A hotel room block is not available for this event.


Friday, September 6 | Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

8:30 am to 9:00 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • Introduction to Attachment-Focused EMDR
  • The Five Basic Principles
  • Resource Tapping for Attachment Repair and Emotional Regulation

10:30 am to 10:45 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:45 am to 12:00 pm 

  • Video Demonstration
  • Q & A

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:30 pm to 3:45 pm

  • Attachment-Focused EMDR Trauma Processing
  • Working with Blocked Processing and Dissociation

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Video Demonstration
  • Q & A
Saturday, September 7 | Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment

8:30 am to 9:00 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • Overview of Treatment Model and Addiction Treatment Resources

10:30 am to 10:45 am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:45 am to 12:00 pm

  • Video of Attachment-Focused EMDR with Meth and Porn Addiction

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

  • Reprocessing Traumas with EMDR Big “T” Traumas as well as Traumas Associated with Use

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

2:45 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Video Demonstrations: Attachment-Focused EMDR with a Sex Offender
  • Defusing and Deactivating Urges and Triggers
  • Connecting the Consequences Protocol
  • Q & A

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the five basic principles of attachment-focused EMDR and how they can be integrated into the treatment of relational trauma.
  2. 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.
  3. Describe how to repair early developmental stages using imagination and bilateral stimulation.
  4. Name three techniques for working with dissociation.
  5. Describe four ways to integrate an attachment focus into the desensitization, installation, closure, and reevaluation phases of EMDR.
  6. Utilize at least four interweave strategies.
  7. Describe how and why to adapt the standard EMDR protocol for clients with attachment wounds.
  8. List the basic principles of attachment-focused EMDR and how they can be integrated into the treatment of complex trauma.
  9. Explain how an attachment focus can be integrated into the history-taking and preparation phases of EMDR.
  10. Describe the basic model for rewiring the addicted brain.
  11. Name three resources that can be tapped into for managing anxiety.
  12. Name two resources that can be tapped into for boosting morale and motivation in recovery.
  13. Describe two ways to work with urges and triggers for addictions.
  14. Describe the Connecting the Consequences Protocol™ for addictions

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 12 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • ASWB – National Social Workers
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • EMDRIA – EMDR Professionals
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses
  • WESPSB- Educators




Mental health professionals who have some training in EMDR.

Recommended Reading

Rewiring the Addicted Brain by Laurel Parnell, PhD. 2018: Green Tara Books.
Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma by Laurel Parnell, PhD. 2013: W. W. Norton & Company.


van Dam, D., Vedel, E., Ehring, T., & Emmelkamp, P. M. (2012). Psychological treatments for concurrent posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse disorder: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32 , 202–214.

Hruska, B., & Delahanty, D. (2014). PTSD-SUD biological mechanisms: Self-medication and beyond. In P. Ouimette & J. Read (Eds.), Trauma and substance abuse: Causes, consequences, and treatment of comorbid disorders (2nd ed., pp. 35–52).

Najavits, L., Kivlahan, D., & Kosten, T. (2011). A national survey of clinicians’ views of evidence-based therapies for PTSD and substance abuse. Addiction Research and Theories, 19 (2), 138–147.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.

September 6–7, 2019

Available Discounts

  • Groups of 3 or more professionals receive 20% off at checkout
  • Register before July 26 for a $50 discount.
  • Student registrations are not eligible for ANY discounts
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