EMDR Treatment of Pain Workshop - Hobart and Perth, Australia -2018

Workshop Overview:

Chronic pain is a syndrome with multiple causes including physical, psychological and neurological. Traditional methods have struggled to meet the challenge of pain, with a recent Cochrane review concluding that new ideas are needed.1 EMDR started out as a trauma treatment, but quickly broadened to include a range of problems, including chronic pain, which is now its second most researched application. Similar to its effects with PTSD, EMDR therapy appears to stimulate a change in the remembered component of chronic pain, including emotional and visceral elements. This represents a significant potential advantage over traditional, coping-focused, approaches. Based on 20 years of clinical experience and research, this workshop uses brain-based models of PTSD and chronic pain to inform a phased treatment approach to chronic pain, with EMDR. The emphasis is on clinical practice, particularly the skills of evoking and integrating somatic responses to bls, to change pain memories and pain-related emotions.

Workshop Objectives:

In this skills-oriented workshop you will learn how to apply EMDR to a wide variety of pain disorders.
Prerequisite: you must have completed at least a level one EMDR training.
For details of EMDR trainers see http://emdraa.org/training-and-certification/

1. Eccleston C, Williams AC de C, Morley S: Psychological therapies for the management of chronic pain (excluding headache) in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, issue 2. Art.No.:CD007407:DOI:10:1002/14651858.CD007407.pub2. 2009

Participants will learn:

• Current theoretical models of pain – AIP model (Accelerated Information Processing)
• How to assess the relative contribution of trauma, stress and personality factors to pain
• 3 types of dissociation common to pain
• A 7–step phase-oriented approach to overcoming pain using EMDR
• 5 key differences between the EMDR pain protocol and the standard PTSD protocol
• How to prepare chronic pain clients for EMDR treatment
• How to apply EMDR to relieve physical and emotional pain
• How to maximize effects of bls (bilateral stimulation) to enhance pain relief
• How to develop resources to help pain clients manage on-going pain
• How to address common ‘blockages’ and stuck points in treatment
• Integration of EMDR with adjunctive strategies and interventions such as somatic methods, (eg; contralateral stimulation), imagery/visualization, self-care

The learning process will consist of didactic instruction, demonstration/videoed cases and practice. You will also receive a package of educational materials with your registration.

23–24 February 2018

PsychologyWorks, Level 8, 39 Murray St
Hobart, TAS, 7000

Early bird rate $550 incl. GST (until 24th Jan 2018)
Normal rate $650 incl. GST (from 25th Jan 2018)

23–24 MARCH 2018

Mercure Hotel Perth, 10 Irwin Street,
Perth WA 6000

Early bird rate $550 incl. GST (until 25th Feb 2018)
Normal rate $650 incl. GST (from 26th Feb 2018)

REGISTRATION: www.overcomingpain.com/workshops CPD: 13 hours + pre reading hours.
ENQUIRIES: markgra@ozemail.com.au or 0402 122 173 All workshops include lunch and refreshments.

About the presenter:

Mark Grant (MA) is a clinical psychologist/researcher with over 20 years experience in the treatment of stress, trauma, and pain. His latest collaborative study documents the use of EMDR with 11 chronic pain sufferers of varying complexity.  His ideas about chronic pain have been cited in the New York Times. Mark is also the author of numerous books and CD’s including ‘Change Your Brain Change Your Pain,’ and ‘Pain Control with EMDR’. Mark has trained clinicians regarding the treatment of  pain with EMDR all over the globe. He is a past chairman of the EMDR Association of Australia.

Mark Grant