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Update - EMDR Regional Annual Conference Northern Ireland

We have now been granted 6 CPD credits by EMDR UK & Ireland for those all attending the conference. These credits will be acknowledged in the Attendance Certificates.
Registrations are still open and we also would like to inform you that now we have Group Discounts as follows:
Groups of or above 5 people will receive a 10% discount of the total fees.
Groups of or above 10 people will receive a 15% discount of the total fees.

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2016 EMDR therapy Regional Annual Conference, Northern Ireland 

Thursday 26th May 2016, 9am – 5pm

Ulster University Belfast Campus, 25-51 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED.

We are delighted to invite you to the EMDR therapy Regional Annual Conference in Northern Ireland with the intention for this to become an annual event.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Gus Murray M.Sc. (Psych.), M.HRD, is Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland. He is an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and Consultant and an Integrative Psychotherapist accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

‘The Therapeutic Interweave and its application in working with defensive, dissociative and dysregulated states.’

Notwithstanding the effectiveness of EMDR therapy in the resolution of type I PTSD, it is widely acknowledged by EMDR Practitioners and Consultants that a considerable challenge still exists to achieve similar success in the resolution of Complex Trauma. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is developmental in origin and is found to be maintained through deep rooted secondary dissociation involving complex fragmentation of the personality producing multiple dissociated states and survival adaptations. The need for interweave strategies to assist with EMDR processing in these situations has been widely acknowledged. A further challenge for EMDR practitioners is to incorporate such interweave strategies in a way that maintains the integrity of the EMDR/AIP model without departing into a parallel therapeutic approach. 

Parallel Session / Afternoon Workshops:

1) ‘EMDR therapy for Psychotic Disorders, including Schizophrenia: a practical guide to case selection and the 4 ICoNN Treatment Protocols’ by Dr Paul Miller.
This workshop presents a methodology for assessing and understanding presenting problems in psychosis within a trauma formulation that enables the application of EMDR therapy. This model is referred to as the ICoNN (Indicating Cognitions of Negative Networks) Model. Four ICoNN categories of cases are delineated that allow the experienced EMDR clinician to utilise both the standard 8-phase/ 3-pronged protocol and modified protocols.

Dr Paul W. Miller MD DMH MRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician, accredited EMDR therapy Consultant, Facilitator and EMDR Trainer-in-Training with Worcester University. He is a popular speaker, nationally and internationally, and has recently published a book with Springer in the USA ‘EMDR therapy for schizophrenia & other psychoses’. He introduced EMDR therapy to the NHS in Northern Ireland & founded Mirabilis Health: the first private psychiatrist-led clinic specialising in EMDR therapy.

2) ‘EMDR therapy Research and Practice Development Workshop’ by Iain McGowan and Derek McLaughlin.
This workshop will look at the practical issues in devising, planning and conducting research in the clinical setting. It will explore how this can be built into routine clinical practice. Issues about Governance, Ethics and Evaluation will be addressed. The workshop will look at both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and assist the participants which approach or combination of approaches is better suited to their needs. Research priorities for EMDR Therapy in Northern Ireland will also be explored.

Iain McGowen, MPhil, BSc (Hons), RN, FHEA. Lecturer in Nursing at Ulster University.
Iain is a lecturer in nursing at the University of Ulster. He is course director for the MSc programme Nursing and is currently an associate member of Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster. Iain graduated with a diploma in mental health nursing from the Queens University of Belfast and BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences from the University of Ulster. He completed his Post- Graduate Diploma in Education for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors in the University of Ulster in 2005. He is a registered mental health nurse and nurse tutor. He was awarded an MPhil from Ulster in 2016.

Dr Derek McLaughlin, RN (MH), BSc (Hons), PGCE, D.Phil., FHEA., Assoc. Course Director BSc Hons (MH) Nursing.
Derek has been a mental health nurse for over 25 years. He has extensive experience of alcohol and drug care and treatment, more recently he has developed his knowledge and skills in the care and treatment of people with trauma related problems. He is skilled in the management of a wide range of mental health difficulties. Derek believes emotional problems are best addressed in partnership and that real healing occurs when a person is cared for in a holistic manner.

3) ‘When the Negative Cognitive is True – Using EMDR therapy with Children and Adolescents at Risk’ by Dr Alistair Black.
This presentation will explore the challenges of utilising EMDR with children and adolescents whose traumas may be ongoing. The issues of target selection and target ordering will be explored along with how realistic it is to achieve stabilisation or a safeplace with this group. Issues such as the impact of current risk on SUDs ratings will be addressed along with the setting of realistic treatment goals and the use of modified future templates. 

Dr Alastair Black, EMDR Consultant and Facilitator. He is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Trainer and BABCP Accredited CBT Supervisor. Dr Black is Consultant Psychotherapist – Head of Psychological therapies at the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT) and is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to The Northern Ireland Regional Child and Adolescent In-Patient Service and consults with various other CAMHS teams. He lectures at Queen’s University Belfast and has provided consultations and workshops at national and international level and has a special interest in ‘man-made’ trauma.

*Early Bird fees are available until 31st March 2016. 
Discounted prices for members of EMDR UK & Ireland.
To become a member of the association please refer to

*Member Early Bird £120.00
Member Standard Rate £135.00
*Non Member Early Bird £135.00
Non Member Standard Rate £150.00

Fees include: Access to all sessions of the day, exhibition and posters area, refreshment break and lunch. Delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance - EMDR UK & Ireland CPD applied for.

Attendance at this event will attract 6.5 participatory hours CDP per day for nurses toward NMC revalidation. Psychiatrists’ CPD will be according to peer group approval as usual.
Note that this event will be paperlight therefore speakers’ notes will be provided online via Dropbox.

Please download here both the (PDF) Information Sheet and the Registration Form. (Word Document format is available upon request)

Living Life with Meaning; Logotherapy in Practice

Thu 19th May 2016, 2pm – 5pm

Mirabilis Health, Holywood House

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, sometimes known as the ‘Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy’ and following on from Freud’s Psychoanalysis and Adler’s Individual Psychology, was formulated by the Psychiatrist and Neurologist Professor Viktor Frankl. As a meaning-centred psychotherapeutic approach, Logotherapy is both internationally acknowledged and empirically based.

Logotherapy has a wide-range of applications from the clinical to the pastoral and beyond. It is typically used in a clinical setting to deal with depression, anxiety, phobias and trauma. In the pastoral setting it can assist those who are questioning or exploring the meaning of life, death, relationships, work or study. Moreover, logotherapy can help to re-orientate individuals experiencing meaninglessness, boredom, emptiness, despair or fill frustrated in their quest to reach their full potential in their career.

If you are a Psychiatrist, Therapist, or Carer/Pastoral Carer (Minister/Priest/Chaplain or working in a secular role), or are just interested in finding out more about the basics of logotherapy and its application, then we'd like to invite YOU to attend this exciting workshop.

1. The seminar will cover an overview of the core tenets of logotherapy ranging from its philosophical basis to the practical application in a range of settings.
2. Of key importance will be exploring the role of meaning in life as a means of enhancing wellbeing, facilitating attitudinal change and fulfilling potential/setting direction in all aspects of life.
3. The tools explored during the seminar will enable participants to reflect on the application of meaning-based approaches in their own specific settings.
4. There will be time for refreshments, reflection and discussion.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie BSc., MSc., MDiv., PhD., GradCertTh, FRSA, Academic Associate in Logotherapy (Dublin), Diploma in Logotherapy & Existential Analysis (Dublin/Vienna) is a Logotherapist and Existential Analyst offering one-to-one therapy sessions and training at Mirabilis Health. Scott is an ordained Minister and has experience in pastoral care in a range of settings; he has also been offering mindfulness training and spiritual direction at Mirabilis for a
number of years. He is currently writing a chapter (‘Spirituality and Mental Health’) in 'Journeying with Psyche and Soul: Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling in Dialogue', edited by Rev. Prof. Peter Gubi.

Venue                                                                                 Price
Mirabilis Health                                                                    £45.00
Holywood House                                                                  Payments can be made by cash, credit/debit card or cheques written to ‘Mirabilis Health’
1 Innis Court
BT18 9HF

In order to secure your place in this seminar please confirm your attendance in advance.

Please download here the (PDF) Information Sheet
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For more information and to register for the Conference please contact:

Rosie Marshall
MIRABILIS PA/Administrator
Tel: 02890 426918
Fax: 02890 836507

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