N. California EMDRIA Regional Meeting
March 25, 2006 at Oakland's Preservation Park





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Case Formulation and Target Development for EMDR

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.

Workshop description:
It is important in EMDR therapy to develop a good working case formulation that will
guide your treatment. Although EMDR was developed for treating posttraumatic stress disorder, clients seek EMDR to treat a range of presenting problems. In this workshop participants will learn some guidelines for case formulation for clients with posttraumatic stress disorder as well as for clients with other presenting problems.

The development of targets is an important step in EMDR, which causes many therapists difficulty. Targets are doorways into the memory network. Finding the best doorway enables clients to enter deeply into the information processing. In this workshop participants will learn tips for effective target development, the bridging technique to develop targets from symptoms, recent triggers, transference, emotions, body sensations and negative cognitions. Protocols for using dreams as targets will be presented as well as how to use art as EMDR targets.

About Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.:

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized clinician, author, consultant and EMDR trainer. The author of Transforming Trauma: EMDR and EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, she has been published in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and The EMDR Casebook. Her latest book, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment will be published this summer. Dr. Parnell has trained thousands of therapists in EMDR and is a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences.



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