EMDR therapists who are also Family Therapists have integrated EMDR into their work mainly on a one to one basis. This workshop will demonstrate how to use EMDR conjointly with couples and families.
The first step is making the decision as to when to use EMDR with family therapy and then how to use it most effectively. This is a decision that should be made collaboratively with the clients. When specific goals have been established with the clients it is possible to measure the progress towards those goals as therapy progresses and at the conclusion of therapy. The next is the integration of EMDR into the theraputic approach of the therapist. This workshop will focus on Relationship Enhancement and Structural Family Therapy. We will discuss the mechanics of this process. The use of EMDR between and among family members will also be presented with case examples. The outcomes of this process may not always be predictable but EMDR takes the clients in the direction they need to go and the therapist should honour that path. At some point in the therapy it may be necessary to return to one on one EMDR therapy and how and when to do that will be discussed.