Mark Grant, MA Psych.
10 EMDRIA Credits
Over 100 years ago medically unexplained pain (or Hysteria) stimulated the development of modern psychology. Medically unexplained pain continues to challenge and confound sufferers and those treating them. Behind its “not me” stance and misdirected physical focus, chronic pain invariably conceals unresolved trauma and failed attempts to deal with vulnerability and survival needs (‘the body remembers’). Given its efficacy with trauma, EMDR presents as a promising approach, but the unique demands of pain demand certain modifications and additional practices. Participants will learn how to ‘see’ physical pain as a symptom of psychic pain; how to help clients make that connection; select effective targets for reprocessing, deal with stuckness and develop resources for living with treatment-resistant pain. The emphasis will be on providing process-driven practical, experiential tools, grounded in AIP theory. The material will be illustrated through case-histories, videos, demonstrations and experiential activities. This course is suitable for clinicians who have at least a basic training in EMDR.