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Case Formulation and Target
Development for EMDR
Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.
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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