Attachment-Focused EMDR – Minneapolis

Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children

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

About This Workshop

Over the last two decades, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has emerged as one of the most powerful clinical tools available for treating trauma. In this workshop, Laurel Parnell, PhD, will teach you how to integrate an attachment focus into EMDR, and to use EMDR in combination with a variety of complementary techniques.

Using video footage of real clinical sessions, Parnell brings EMDR to life. You will see for yourself how to apply the ideas and procedures to your clients. As an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training Provider, as well as an experienced and highly skilled therapist, Parnell’s workshops are as enjoyable as they are instructive, and consistently receive glowing reviews.

About EMDR

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Successful outcomes are well documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, adaptive information processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach—which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges—results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers (EMDRIA 2012).

DAY 1: Attachment-Focused EMDR

On Day One, 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. Video recordings of demonstrations, discussion, and practice will help you define the differences between attachment-focused EMDR and a more traditional approach. Parnell will emphasize how Resource Tapping can be used to repair developmental deficits as well as to help prepare clients for trauma processing work. Watch Parnell’s expert use of Resource Tapping, practice the technique in real time, and learn how to integrate it with EMDR.

DAY 2: Working with Adults Abused as Children

On Day Two, in addition to modified protocols, 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. You will leave with an array of new insights, ideas, perspectives, and techniques that will help clients be more effective with victims of childhood abuse.

EMDRIA Credits - Please Note:

View the EMDRIA definition of EMDR.

Approved for 12 EMDRIA Credits. IBH EC Program Approval # 16001-13

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.

This course has been approved by the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy for 12 CE hours. Board Approval #2019-066.
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.
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, June 28

Attachment-Focused EMDR

8:00 am to 9:00 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

9:00 am

  • Welcoming and Introduction
  • Laying the Groundwork
  • The Five Basic Principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR

10:45 am

  • What is Needed From the EMDR Therapist for Attachment Repair
    • Empathy and attunement
    • The ability to separate “what is yours” from “what is the clients”
    • A “right-brain to right brain” connection
    • Therapist intuition and presence
    • Body-sensing and mindfulness
  • Tapping In: The Four Most Important Resources
    • Peaceful place
    • Nurturing figures
    • Inner wisdom figures
    • Video 1: Tapping In Resources

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (On your own. Not available for CE)

2:00 pm

  • Creating New Parents
    • Repairing Developmental Deficits
    • Video 2: Repairing Birth Trauma with EMDR

3:45 pm

  • Utilizing Love Resources
    • Those you love and those who love you
    • Circle of love
    • Loving Kindness meditation
  • Other Attachment Repair Resources
    • Therapist as resource: What to do and what to avoid
    • Moments of connection and healthy attachment
    • Accessing positives

5:00 pm

  • Adjourn

There will be two fifteen minute breaks around 10AM & 3PM

Saturday, June 29

Working with Adults Abused as Children

8:00 am to 9:00 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

9:00 am

  • The Tragic Consequences of Abuse and Neglect
  • Preparing Clients for EMDR
    • Ego-strengthening techniques
    • Resources Installation

10:45 am

  • Successful Target Development
    • Developing targets from distressing scenes, flashbacks, other sources
    • The Bridging Technique: Its use in target development
    • Video 3: Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (On your own. Not available for CE)

2:00 pm

  • Modifying the Standard EMDR Procedural Steps
  • Helping Clients with Processing Difficulties
    • Working with abreactions
    • Helping clients who dissociate during EMDR
    • Working with numbness, sleepiness and memory chaining

3:45 pm

  • Recognizing and Finding the Cause of Blocked Processing
    • Techniques and suggestions for unblocking blocked processes
  • Interweave Strategies
    • At least 4 different interweave strategies will be covered during this segment
    • Video 4: Using Interweaves
  • Closing Incomplete Interweaves

5:00 pm

  • Adjourn

There will be two fifteen minute breaks around 10AM & 3PM

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. Discuss how an attachment-focus can be integrated into the history taking and preparation phases of EMDR.
  3. 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.
  4. Repair early developmental stages using imagination and bilateral stimulation.
  5. Describe how and why to adapt the standard EMDR protocol for clients with attachment wounds.
  6. Describe four ways to integrate an attachment-focus into the desensitization, installation, closure, and reevaluation phases of EMDR.
  7. Utilize at least four interweave strategies.
  8. Name three techniques for working with dissociation.

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.


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.


This program is open to professionals and advanced students in health-related fields. Learners may have a beginner-advanced knowledge base in this topic.

Recommended Reading

Parnell, L. (2013). “Attachment focused EMDR healing relational trauma.” New York: Norton.

Parnell, L. (2007). “A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR: Tools and techniques for successful treatment.” New York: Norton.

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


“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)”. The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse. March 2013.

Seidler, G.; Wagner, F. (2006). “Comparing the efficacy of EMDR and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of PTSD: a meta-analytic study”. Psychological Medicine 36 (11): 1515–1522.

Feske, Ulrike (1998). “Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder”. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 5 (2): 171.

Greyber, Laura; Catherine Dulmus, Maria Cristalli (17 June 2012). “Eye movement desensitization reprocessing, posttraumatic stress disorder, and trauma: A review of randomized controlled trials with children and adolescents”. Child Adolescent Social Work Journal 29 (5): 409–425.

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.

June 28–29, 2019

Available Discounts

  • Register 2 or more people at once for a 20% discount.
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