Gain Your Diploma in EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

2 Day Course - 9th and 10th November 2019 - Central London

with Dr Tom Barber
and Dr Sandra Westland

“Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance, what we are willing to do or are able to resist, all move in a positive direction.”
― Francine Shapiro

What is EMDR?

When a person experiences a trauma, it can become locked within its own memory network, and the sensory experience connected to the trauma can become frozen at that point in time in both the body and mind. There is thus difficulty in processing the trauma, and this leads to a variety of symptoms such as PTSD. This is where EMDR comes in.

EMDR aims, through a protocol of prescribed sequenced steps, to activate a client’s information processing system, and then stimulate the system through bilateral stimuli such as alternating eye movements. This is designed to stimulate accelerated information processing, and access channels of association. In doing so the trauma can be processed so as to clear out past disturbance through to an adaptive resolution, improving both present and future functioning.

EMDR was founded and developed during the 1980’s by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D, an American psychologist and educator. Dr Shapiro first published research to support the benefits of EMDR in 1989. To date she has written and co-authored more than 60 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR.

EMDR Recognition

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends EMDR for trauma-focused therapy, which is unsurprising considering the research confirming its efficacy.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an empirically validated treatment for trauma and negative life experiences. As of 2014, twenty-four randomised controlled trials support the positive effects of EMDR therapy in the treatment of emotional trauma and other adverse life experiences.

Seven of ten studies report EMDR therapy to be more rapid and/or more effective than trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy. Twelve randomised studies of the eye movement component noted rapid decreases in negative emotions and/or vividness of disturbing images, with an additional 8 reporting a variety of other memory effects.

Numerous other evaluations document that EMDR therapy provides relief from a variety of somatic complaints, and an efficient approach to address psychological and physiologic symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences (Shapiro, 2014).

Treating Trauma

Dealing with Trauma and Other Presenting Issues

Trauma emanates from devastating and/or ongoing events or experiences that cause somebody to develop faulty beliefs about themselves, and question the world and their being. Whilst EMDR is primarily used to overcome symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it has been found to help other mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder.

A review of published studies on how effective EMDR is for treating trauma-associated symptoms in people with psychosis, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and chronic back pain found that EMDR does indeed improve these symptoms.

The review also found evidence that EMDR may even help improve the other, non-traumatic symptoms found in mood disorders and may be useful as an additional treatment for people who have chronic pain. (Star, 2018)

How This Course Will Help

  • This 2-day course will guide you through the various aspects of EMDR Therapy that are vital to its success.
  • It will give you the full treatment protocol to help people regain control over their past trauma, and transform their physical and mental struggles back to self-mastery.
  • You will experience a range of ways of applying EMDR that suit the individuals you are working with.

“EMDR is a bizarre and wondrous treatment. We found that, of people with adult-onset traumas, a one-time trauma as an adult, that it had the best outcome of any treatment that has been published."
― Bessel A. van der Kolk

Here’s Some of What You Will Learn

  • Objective Forgiveness

Objective forgiveness is what can occur from the complete reprocessing of a traumatic event through EMDR. Differing from ‘sentimental’ forgiveness, it is where the psychological memory has moved to objective memory, leading to a different comprehension of what happened in the trauma event or experience.

There is a greater understanding of what happened in the trauma from an objective point of view, rather than the personal impact leading the client’s attitudes and reactions. The trauma is not forgotten, but there is a new ability to consider what happened, with the development of a coherent narrative (Siegel, 2002).

  • Memory Networks

Memory networks, sometimes referred to as neuronnetworks, complexes, or schemas, are webs of associations emanating from key experiences, which are referred to as ‘nodes’. The strands (described by EMDR founder Shapiro as channels) that make the webs can be comprised of sensory experiences, emotions, and cognition's.

  • Implicit Memory

There are two main types of long-term human memory – implicit and explicit memory. Implicit memory is what we have when we are born, and we later develop explicit memory. Implicit memory is stored in the right hemisphere of the brain and it is emotional, behavioural, somatosensory, perceptual and nonverbal, lacking any concept of time or self-concept.

This is best illustrated in the hungry child that wants feeding immediately as that’s all that matters. Past and future are not yet developed as a concept for them. Now is all that matters. Implicit memory is what helps people perform certain tasks without conscious awareness of previous experiences of those tasks. It is implicit memory that allows people to remember how to tie their shoes, or ride a bicycle without consciously thinking about those activities.

Implicit memory is a primary focus of EMDR.

  • The Working Parts of EMDR Therapy

You'll learn about the major points of focus in EMDR, such as Nurturing Figures, Vipassana or Insight Meditation, Distancing Techniques, Case Formulation, Triggers, Procedural Steps, Negative Cognition's, Validity of Cognition, and Abreaction Management.

  • The Full 8-Phase EMDR Protocol

You will also discover how to conduct the full EMDR process through the experiential part of the course, enabling you to guide clients through each stage, such as Taking Client History, Preparation, Assessment, Desensitisation, Installation, Body Scan, Closure, and Re-evaluation.

You will come away from the course with a powerful treatment method that you can safely and ethically use in your work, and which will facilitate immediate benefits for the people you are helping with trauma, PTSD, and other distressing behaviours.

This Course Is For You If …

  • You have successfully completed the CCTS year 1 Diploma course (as we will APL your course to meet the standard accepted requirements for EMDR training). Students from other training establishments are also invited to join this 2-day training, subject to APL (accreditation of prior learning). Please CLICK HERE to check that your meet the pre-training requirements for this course.
  • You work with people that have suffered from a trauma and are experiencing PTSD or other distressing symptoms derived from past difficult life experiences.
  • You want to add an exciting and popular growing psychotherapeutic technique to your repertoire.
  • You want to help clients overcoming distress with a method that has proven results.

"More than 20 scientifically controlled studies of EMDR have proven its effectiveness in the treatment of traumatic and other disturbing life experiences.”
― Francine Shapiro

Course Award

The Diploma in EMDR Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming will be validated by Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies. Upon successful completion of the 2-day course and associated coursework (which will be explained on the course in detail), students will be able to gain their Diploma and a free listing on the CCTS Therapist Directory under the EMDR Qualified section.

Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland Romania 2014 Embodiment Workshop

The Course Is Led By ...

Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber, both highly experienced practitioners in working with trauma using the latest psychological approaches, including EMDR.

The methods you will learn are based on well established research. Sandra and Tom bring a combined experience of 40 years of psychotherapeutic client work, research, and teaching to the training.

Sandra has experienced and recovered from PTSD herself, and has many years of experience working with paramedics, ambulance technicians and crisis teams. She has found first hand, in her research on women and problematic weight, that trauma has a bearing on weight, food and body issues.

Tom has spent many years researching the impact of anger and emotion, both prevalent in traumatic events and experiences. He is one of the leading authorities on the experience of anger, particularly in men. His previous military service has provided him with a unique insight into the effects and treatment of trauma from conflict scenarios.

"A brilliant experiential course! Lots of content, well-paced, and supported with many practical applications and examples. These two days have really helped consolidate much of my own learning and understanding about eye movement therapy and trauma, and equipped me with additional tools and an effective protocol for working with trauma clients. Thank you both!"
~ Annie - 2019 EMDR Course London.

Booking Details

If you are booking an individual place please see below for booking details. If you are attending through a company who are paying for your place and you need an invoice, please email us at info@contemporarycollege.com


Date: 9th and 10th November 2019
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London - Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX - Map Here.
Time: 10am – 5.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
CPD Certification: 12 CPD hours, awarded by Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies.

Payment Options

  1. Early Bird Payment in Full before August 31st 2019 - 15% discount - £295
  2. Payment in Full after August 31st - 10% discount - £312.30
  3. Instalments - 5 Monthly Payments of £69.40 to start no later than 15th June 2019.

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