Working with Trauma: An Introduction to EMDR and how it can combine with Arts Therapy Practices
Saturday 26th March 2022 (10am - 4pm), Zoom
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a trauma therapy can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy, including art, music, dance and dramatherapy; to help address blocks, phobias, anxiety and clinical PTSD. This course is aimed at those who are not trained in or using EMDR in their practice, yet. The course will provide an insight into EMDR methods and information about trainings as well as how it can be integrated to arts therapy practices.
EMDR used in arts therapy sessions can speed up the therapeutic process and achieve results in a way that psychotherapy often cannot. It has the potential to improve services, provide better value for money and produce stronger evidence of positive outcomes due to an inbuilt measuring scale. Self-care for people working with trauma is crucial, so vicarious trauma related to working within both the charitable and public sectors will also be addressed: how to recognise and guard against it.
This training will help build understanding of what EMDR therapy is and will include group work, presentations, experiential relaxation and trauma reduction techniques (including the flash technique), case studies (EMDR & Art Therapy combined), strategies for helping calm clients in distress, anger management, body based work (breathing exercises, posture, mindfulness mediations).
Please have some visual art making materials available, cameras on, a comfortable seat and space to stand. This course is for qualified health professionals only and not those trained in EMDR.
Lee Anna Simmons is an Art and EMDR Psychotherapist, fully trained and accredited in EMDR therapy with specialist Child and Adolescent training. She has experience using EMDR & Art Psychotherapy to address specific blocks, phobias and past trauma in children and adults in private practice: socialarttherapy.com (https://www.socialarttherapy.com/) and EMDR.London (https://emdr.london/), in schools (primary, secondary, pupil referral, international), in the Social Services in Greater London, for Victim Support in the U.K. a refugee camp and addiction centre in Lebanon and for charities.
Lee runs the first Arts and EMDR therapy supervision group, for which she combines the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis) and EMDR Europe models. Her qualifications include a Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University, and Masters in Art practice from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. She is also qualified as a climbing instructor, increasingly taking people walking and climbing as part of their trauma recovery.