Welcome to the 15th EMDR Europe Conference taking place in Edinburgh. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of this beautiful city is the "Royal Mile" leading to the impressive Edinburgh Castle. While walking this mile, one sees many interesting sights, while the castle on top of the hill remains in view. This conference will try to be both the Royal Mile and the Castle. It will give its participants a look at the many different developments that have taken place over the past 25 years of EMDR's development, while keeping the "big picture" of EMDR in mind.
The conference will be composed of many workshops and presentations focusing on "the state of the art of EMDR" in both the research and practice arenas. In addition, the different key notes will provide us with the larger perspective of both EMDR and the world around it.
One very special guest and key note speaker at this conference will be Dr. Francine Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro is both EMDR's originator and the one pushing it forward to new horizons. Listening to her is always an inspiring experience to her audience. In the past, she has received an especially warm welcome from the EMDR Europe board and community, and another such welcome, this time with a Scottish flavour, is planned.
Thank you for joining us in Edinburgh for our 15th EMDR Europe Conference. The conference's theme is "Looking forward to the future", I am sure that we will do that. An experience of growth, inspiration and that of being part of a large community is awaiting all of us.
Very much looking forward,
Udi Oren, Ph.D.
President, EMDR Europe