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Digital Seminar

Attachment-Focused EMDR for Early Child Sexual Abuse by a Stranger

In this demonstration video, Dr. Parnell works with the client who presents with a history of sexual assaults and childhood physical abuse. The client reported symptoms of dissociation and present-day triggers that were troubling to her. She believed the abuse had impacted her interpersonal relationships, particularly her ability to trust people.

The video shows the use of an Attachment-Focus in the use of EMDR through the therapeutic relationship, the use of resources, and the use of the modified protocol that allowed the client to feel safe enough to enter into and process the traumatic material.

We began by exploring the history of the presenting problem, her symptoms and triggers and then installed resources. We decided to target the earliest abuse memory; that of molestation by a stranger when she was a young girl. We used the modified protocol to develop the target. She processed very distressing material without apparent strong affect. The processing became stuck in some places, which required interweaves to unblock them. She processed the trauma to full resolution, installed positive cognitions, had a clear body scan and closed with her resources.


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Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jan 01, 2015
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Digital Seminar
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.


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Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

Private Practice

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook. Dr. Parnell is at work on her newest book: Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, which will be published by WW Norton in 2013. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University.

An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Laurel Parnell is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Laurel Parnell has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Recognize when the client has installed of a good team of resources during the therapeutic session


  • Explore the presenting problem, symptoms and triggers
  • Establish safe boundaries and preferences for bilateral stimulation
  • Create and install resources and metaphors for nurturing, wisdom and peace
  • Establish a signal for stop and keep going
  • Target development
  • Refine the picture or scene
  • Integrate bilateral stimulation
  • Check the target
  • Explore the processing block
  • Design and install imagination and Socratic interweaves
  • Revisit the picture or scene
  • Check the target
  • Install a positive cognition (PC)
  • Check the trigger scene
  • Process the trigger scene with new feelings
  • Check triggers
  • Closing and debriefing

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 22


ARTHUR C - Hopedale, Massachusetts

"The wrap ups are very insightful"

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