Conference

2nd Annual Parnell Institute Conference & Pre-Conference

Innovations in EMDR: Transforming Trauma, Mending Attachments, Supporting Resilience

Sep 06 - Sep 09 2018 Rhinebeck, NY

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register.

This Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) conference teaches an adaptive, client-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to the treatment of trauma.

Nearly every day it seems we hear about another traumatic event that impacts individuals and communities around the world. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Resource Tapping™ are effective treatments for trauma, and, as many therapists working in the field know, these methods must be adapted to meet the needs of the individual.

This EMDR conference focuses on how to use EMDR with clients who need more than a traditional approach—clients who require understanding and adaptations in order to heal from trauma. Through presentations, case material, videos of EMDR sessions, and experiential exercises, we learn methodology for an adaptive, client-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to the treatment of trauma that includes:

  • Adaptations for EMDR protocols in clinical practice for adults, children, and adolescents
  • Ideas for how to work cross-culturally, in a way that is safe, sensitive, and inclusive
  • Innovative applications in the treatment of addictions, anxiety, childhood trauma, attachment trauma, and pain

In this conference, led exclusively by EMDR-trained therapists, you gain new ways to use EMDR that will enhance and improve your clinical practice.

The pre-conference begins Thursday at 9:00 a.m.; arrive Wednesday if you are attending both. The conference begins Friday at 8:30 a.m.; arrive Thursday if you are attending the conference only.

CE and CME credits are available and included in the tuition.

Schedule

2nd Annual Parnell Institute Innovations in EMDR Conference

September 6-9, 2018

Pre-conference workshops:

THURSDAY September 6, 2018

9:00am – 5:00pm

Rewiring the Addicted Brain: An EMDR-Based Treatment Model for Overcoming Addictive Disorders - Laurel Parnell, PhD

In this workshop participants will learn a holistic, integrative approach to the treatment of addictions and dysfunctional behaviors that is brain-wise, resource-based, trauma-informed, and attachment-focused.  According to research, the addictive process is an interaction of impairments in three functional systems: motivation-reward, affect regulation, and behavioral inhibition. (Goodman, A, 2008) 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, (Parnell, 2013), Resource Tapping™(Parnell, 2008) and a new technique Connecting the Consequences™ (CC™) into treatment. The information presented is from Dr. Parnell’s newest book, Rewiring the Addicted Brain.

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic model for Rewiring the Addicted Brain.
  • Participants will be able to name 3 resources that can be tapped in for managing anxiety.
  • Participants will be able to name 2 resources that can be tapped in for boosting morale and motivation in recovery.
  • Participants will be able to describe two ways to work with urges and triggers for addictions.
  • Participants will be able to describe the Connecting the Consequences™ protocol for addictions

 

EMDR and Somatic Interventions: Oh Corpus, When Do I Appeal to Thee? - Sean Frankino, LCSW, Esq

The body holds the implicit, but if body doesn't register much in EMDR therapy have we done an effective EMDR treatment? And how do we know what somatic interventions to use and when? This workshop will explore the theoretical bases for consciously including the body in EMDR treatment. Participants will learn how sensitivity to the body is helpful in assessing for EMDR readiness, how tracking and resonance can aid in integration and deepening of the EMDR process, and how implicit and explicit movement can aid in working through stuck traumatic experience.  Case examples and experiential exercises will be used to augment the material.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for integrating somatic interventions within the eight phases of EMDR treatment.
  • Explore the relationship between EMDR readiness and somatic inquiry.
  • Describe how to track in the body.
  • Demonstrate somatic interventions with EMDR through video and live demonstrations
  • Experience and discuss three different kinds of somatic interventions that promote present orientation and embodiment.

 

CONFERENCE

Friday September 7 – Sunday September 9, 2018

FRIDAY

8:30am – 9:00am - Welcome

9:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session – Keynote

Attachment-Focused EMDR in the Treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Laurel Parnell, PhD

Clients who have experienced childhood traumas that have impacted their sense of safety and capacity to form close emotional relationships in adulthood require adjustments to the EMDR phases and procedural steps. In this plenary, Laurel Parnell will provide the framework for Attachment-Focused EMDR, along with practical tools for work with adults with complex PTSD.

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic principles of Attachment-focused EMDR.
  • Participants will understand how to create and tap in an ideal mother for developmental repair.
  • Participants will understand how to repair developmental deficits with the use of imagination and bilateral stimulation.

 

11:00am –12:30pm and 2:00pm –3:30pm - Choose one of the following, which will convene for both the morning and afternoon sessions. (NOTE: You must attend the morning and afternoon sessions to receive the 3 CE Hours.)

Attachment-Focused EMDR for Panic and Anxiety: Two Case Videos with Clinical Discussion – Part 1 - Laurel Parnell, PhD

Clients who experienced abuse, neglect, early losses, or parental misattunement may present in therapy with symptoms of anxiety, panic, and phobias. In order to provide safety, reprocess early traumas, and create secure, healthy neuropathways, it is helpful to use attachment-focused EMDR in treatment, with its four basic principles.

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic principles of Attachment-Focused EMDR.
  • Participants will be able to describe why an Attachment-focused approach can be important when working with clients with panic and anxiety.
  • Participants will be able to describe the EMDR modified protocol and the rationale for using it with clients with panic and anxiety.
  • Participants will be able to describe the bridging technique for finding targets for EMDR processing of panic and anxiety symptoms.
  • Participants will be able to name 3 interweaves to use for clients with panic and anxiety when processing is stuck or looping.

 

When EMDR Goes Off the Rails: Preventing and Remediating Processing Train Wrecks - Part 1 - Leah Leatherbee, LCSW-R  

Leah Leatherbee LCSW-R will present a conceptual framework for how and why processing goes off the rails, as well as concrete strategies for preventing, recognizing, stabilizing and remediating processing nightmares. This workshop will be part didactic with case examples and opportunity for attendee participation, and part demonstration of 1-2 actual sessions where extreme troubleshooting was necessary.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the range of factors that can contribute to EMDR processing derailments
  • Describe concrete strategies at the relationship-building, history taking and EMDR preparation phases for neutralizing those factors and preventing derailments from occurring in the first place
  • Identify derailment once it is happening
  • Demonstrate techniques for stabilization once the dreaded train wreck has occurred
  • Describe guidelines for assessing what went wrong; repairing with the client if necessary; and altering procedure going forward to prevent further derailments

 

Integrating AEDP and EMDR into psychotherapy Part 1 - Pat Gallagher, LCSW

In this presentation AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) will be briefly described as well as ways in which AEDP- informed interventions can enhance and deepen EMDR work especially when addressing issues arising from relational and/or attachment trauma. Similarities between AEDP and EMDR will be outlined and ways to integrate aspects of AEDP into EMDR processing will be explained. The 8 phases of EMDR will be reviewed and how to bring AEDP-informed interventions to each phase pointed out. Case examples will be used to illustrate points. No prior knowledge of AEDP is necessary.

  • Participants will be able to identify two goals of AEDP therapy.
  • Participants will be able to identify two AEDP- informed interventions.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways in which the goals of AEDP and AF-EMDR are similar.
  • Participants will be able to identify ways that AEDP can be used to enhance AF-EMDR.
  • Participants will be able to identify two phases of the AF-EMDR protocol where AEDP techniques can be used.

 

12:30pm-2:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm-3:30pm - Continue the morning three sessions

4:00pm – 5:30pmPanel 

EMDR with Clients from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds - Laurel Parnell, PhD, Christie Sprowls, , PsyD, Priscilla Marquis, , PhD, and Julie Probus-Schad

Using EMDR with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds requires sensitivity to cultural differences and a willingness to adapt our use of EMDR in ways that work for the individual. How do we adapt EMDR to work with Syrian refugees for whom therapy concepts are unknown? How do we work with clients from the inner cities who are traumatized and distrustful of people from the therapist’s culture? Presenters will share their experiences working with clients from diverse backgrounds. There will be case material presented and time for audience sharing and Q and A.

  • Participants will be able to name three ways EMDR can be adapted to work with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Participants will be able to explain why it is important to use a client-centered approach when working with diverse populations.
  • Participants will be able to describe how Resource Tapping™ can be used cross-culturally and why it may be preferable to EMDR in countries where there are few mental health professionals.

 

SATURDAY

8:30am – 9:00am - Welcome and Meditation - Laurel Parnell

9:00am – 10:30am - Keynote

How Do We Attachment-Focused EMDR Therapists Respond to the Times We Live In? Constance Kaplan, LMFT 

We have been on the front lines responding to our clients’ intense anxiety following a shocking onslaught of terrorist attacks with guns and vehicles on iconic streets and venues here and abroad and in places of worship, images of gassed villages in Syria, the cyber-hijacking of our Democracy, the subjectivity of “facts” and a denial of consensual truths such as global warming and with it, our communities decimated by fires, floods and hurricanes. These events and others, shock our sensorium. How do we use our tools to, one by one, further the healing of a national soul and facilitate dialogue without resorting to false dichotomies and extremism?

In this Keynote Address, through lecture and multiple case examples, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify vulnerable clients whose earlier traumas have been retriggered by destabilizing current events
  • Apply innovative Attachment - Focused EMDR interventions to alleviate suffering in traumatically re-activated clients
  • Recalibrate ourselves as clinicians during these activating times

 

11:00am-12:30pm - Workshops

EMDR Treatment of Anxiety Disorders Part 1 - Priscilla Marquis, PhD, and Christie Sprowls, PsyD

Priscilla Marquis and Christie Sprowls will present on the treatment of Anxiety Disorders using EMDR. Panic symptoms, phobias, generalized anxiety, somatization, and their interaction with underlying trauma.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic Anxiety Protocol and how to use it with their clients.
  • Discuss how Anxiety Disorders interact with trauma.
  • Describe the Adaptive Information Processing Model and how it applies to Anxiety Disorders.
  • Apply the Basic Anxiety Protocol for EMDR therapy to OCD, Panic Disorder, Hoarding Disorder and Phobias.
  • Discuss research relevant to EMDR Therapy and Anxiety Disorders.

 

Somatic Techniques to Enhance EMDR Effectiveness Part 1 - Sean Frankino, LCSW, Esq

By consciously integrating the body into EMDR Therapy we can improve its effectiveness. Somatic interventions support integration, reinforce dual attention awareness, deepen resourcing, and reveal stuck or unconscious material for processing. Learn specific somatic skills you can incorporate into your practice, and discuss the variety of clinical reasons for choosing to engage with the body.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for integrating somatic interventions within the eight phases of EMDR treatment.
  • Describe the relationship between EMDR readiness and somatic inquiry.
  • Use language to facilitate tracking in the body.
  • Discuss somatic interventions to improve EMDR effectiveness through video presentation.
  • Experience and discuss three different kinds of somatic interventions that promote present orientation and embodiment.

 

Energy Psychology Integrations for the EMDR Clinician - Bruce Patterson, LCSW

“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”

This tenet of the most popular energy psychology, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is not the way most therapists think of emotions, yet an increasing body of evidence supports it.  As a simple, one-size-fits-all version of the original meridian-balancing method, Bruce  integrates EFT into EMDR as both a resource in the preparation phase and a way to stop a client from looping during desensitization.

Come learn his EMDR-friendly version of a meridian tapping sequence tailor-made for complex anxiety that clients can use safely between sessions, as well as what Bruce calls two “energy interweaves” for stuck processing.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how energy psychology can enhance the EMDR experience
  • Discuss a meridian-tapping sequence for anxiety that clients can safely use as a resource between sessions
  • Describe two “energy interweaves” that can get blocked processing going again

 

When Everything Changes in an Instant:Utilizing Early EMDR Interventions (EEI)with Recent Traumatic Events and Critical Incidents - Julie Probus-Schad, LCSW

Mudslides, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, floods, bombings, mass shootings; nearly every day somewhere in the world people are left in the wake of natural or man-made disasters;  lives change in seconds. The Modified Protocol for Recent Traumatic Events (Parnell) and the Group Traumatic Episode Protocol(Jarero et al.) can be used immediately following an incident to treat acute distress (before trauma memories have been integrated) and provide brief interventions that strengthen resilience and helps re-regulate the client's nervous system.

This workshop incorporates and extends existing protocols together with additional measures such as Resource Tapping TM for containment and safety. Julie will present practical applications for simplified utilization with recent traumatic events, critical incidents, and emergency situations via lecture, case illustrations, and an experiential practicum.

Participants will be able to:

  • To identify when Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) is appropriate.
  • To apply Early EMDR clinical skills with additional measures for containment and safety, incorporating Resource Tapping TM.
  • To recognize the key features and concepts of the Modified Recent Traumatic Events Protocol.

 

12:30pm-2:00pm - Lunch

2:00pm-3:30pm - Workshops

EMDR Treatment of Anxiety Symptoms Part 2 - Priscilla Marquis, PhD, and Christie Sprowls, PsyD

Somatic Techniques to Enhance EMDR Effectiveness Part 2 - Sean Frankino, LCSW, Esq

Master Therapist Case Presentation - An Airplane Phobia with a Frequent Flyer: Processing Multiple and Surprising Roots - Constance Kaplan, MFT 

 At 35,000 miles high, it came out of the blue. A successful businessman who logged many hours flying overseas was thrown into his first full blown panic attack. This lecture will detail the power of resources to immediately recalibrate the autonomic nervous system and provide internal stability to reduce symptomology prior to processing his phobia, and the techniques used to locate and process multiple and surprising targets at the root of his presenting issue.

Through lecture and a full case example, participants in this class will learn how to:

  • Creatively utilize the Bridging Technique to uncover early and multiple targets at the root of a Flying Phobia
  • Develop and apply resources prior to and during processing as well as resourcing the triggers
  • Resolve to completion and prevent re-occurrence of symptoms by running a mental videotape and reprocessing all remaining contributants linked to the Flying Phobia

 

EMDR Attachment-Oriented Resourcing & Interweaves: How to Create and Maintain Inter and Intra-Personal Stability Prior to and During Reprocessing - Jeannine Crouse, LCSW-R

This workshop will review and discuss when and how attachment-oriented interventions are useful, if not necessary, in EMDR trauma therapy. Special attention will be given to usage with Complex PTSD, as well as therapists and clients' attachment styles. Resources, interventions & interweaves related to attachment-oriented EMDR will be reviewed, and then demonstrated through Complex PTSD Case Presentations.

  • Participants will be able to name at least five attachment-oriented interventions to incorporate into their EMDR practice.
  • Participants will be able to define Peter Levine's terms, overcoupling and undercoupling, and how they may contribute to special challenges in attachment-oriented EMDR.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 2 reasons why installing and resourcing an Ideal Mother or Ideal Father may be particularly helpful with complex PTSD clients.

 

4:00pm-5:30pm – Panel

EMDR and Spiritual Experiences - Laurel Parnell, PhD, Julie Probus-Schad, LCSW, and Constance Kaplan, LMFT

Many clients of EMDR therapy report having spiritual experiences during and/or after their EMDR sessions. These experiences are very moving and inspiring to the clients and their therapists. In this panel, the presenters will describe their EMDR clients’ spiritual experiences, what elicited them, how they worked with them, and the effects they had on their clients after the sessions. There will be time for audience sharing and Q and A.

  • Participants will be able to describe two ways that EMDR is like Vipassana or Mindfulness meditation.
  • Particpants will be able to describe at least three types of spiritual experiences common for EMDR clients.
  • Particpants will be able to name two ways they can enhance or support client's spiritual experiences.

 

6:00pm – 7:30pm - Dinner Break

8:00pm-10:00pm - TAP-IN Dance Benefit

SUNDAY

8:30am – 9:00am - Lovingkindness Meditation - Laurel Parnell, PhD 

9:00am – 10:30am – Keynote

Tapping Around the World: Utilizing Resource Tapping™ As a Standalone Therapy for Activating Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation - Julie Probus-Schad, LCSW

In this dynamic, inspiring experiential presentation, Julie Probus-Schad, through story, visual media, and group engagement, will demonstrate how Resource Tapping can be utilized across cultures and throughout the life span as a tool to connect with our innate ability to heal and our inner strengths. Julie will share experiences of working with youth traumatized by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, youth affected by the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and more, and she will outline ways to incorporate Resource Tapping with other marginalized groups.

Participants will learn:

  • To recognize the key features and concepts of Resource Tapping TM as a tool to activate healing resources through bilateral stimulation.
  • To identify how to utilize Resource Tapping TM with cultural sensitivity.
  • To identify and Tap In 4 foundational resources.

 

11:00am – 12:00noon - Closing Remarks and Ritual

Resourcing Ourselves, Building Community, Planning for the Future Laurel Parnell, PhD and Parnell Institute faculty

In this final hour of the conference we will talk about ways we as trauma therapists can resource ourselves to prevent burnout and remain fresh and inspired in our work. We will reflect on what has been learned in the conference and ways this new learning can be implemented in clinical practice. We will talk about how we can support each other going forward, through creating new networks of connection in our communities and through the Parnell Institute and Trauma Institute International. Lastly, we will have a closing ritual for the entire group.

  • Participants will be able to name 4 resources they can use to lift their spirits.
  • Participants will be able to name 3 ways they can take care of their bodies.
  • Participants will be able to name 4 resources they can use to enhance their connection to spirituality.

 

Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch & Departure

Meet the Teachers

  • Laurel Parnell, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, author, and consulta ...
  • Sean Frankino, LCSW, Esq., is a therapist in private practice in New York City. He works with adu ...
  • Pat Gallagher, LCSW, is a trainer, facilitator, and consultant at the Parnell Institute. She is a ...
  • Julie Probus-Schad, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chesterfield, Missouri. She ...
  • Constance Kaplan, LMFT, is faculty, senior trainer and codirector of training trainers with Laure ...
  • Leah Leatherbee, LCSW-R, is an experientially oriented psychotherapist with a passion for therape ...
  • Christie Sprowls, PsyD, is a psychologist and executive coach with a focus on peak performance in ...
  • Priscilla Marquis, PhD, the anxiety team leader at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, specializes in the ...
  • Bruce Patterson, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist specializing in the energy psychologies, an EMDR ...
  • Jeannine Crouse, LCSW-R, is an EMDRIA-approved consultant, and Somatic Experiencing Practiti ...

Tuition & Fees

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register.

Title Price

2nd Annual Parnell Institute Conference & Pre-Conference

$725

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 3 Nights

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 844.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 976.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 705.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 761.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 820.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 619.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 549.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 526.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 526.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 410.00

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 345.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 50.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

Rhinebeck Campus

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Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

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