Since 2013, the EMDR North West Regional Committee has organised annual or bi-annual workshops and training events. These have all been approved for content and quality and awarded CPD points by the Association.

We welcome ideas and suggestions for future learning events.  

Next Event: 10th April 2021


Derek Farrell MBE

EMDR Therapy Protocol & Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Up-date for Structured Case Conceptualisation and Treatment Planning



EMDR is an internationally recognised, empirically supported treatment for pathogenic memories. Despite its substantiative growth in the last 30-years, EMDR is still viewed with certain degrees of scepticism, particularly amongst other contemporaneous treatment interventions, particularly around its teaching and learning, and secondly, its research and development strategy.


For the purpose of this workshop a comprehensive review of EMDR will be undertaken, stripping back to the core architecture of each of the eight phases, and then expanding upon the adaptive information processing framework, its usefulness in making sense of clients, and then using it to determine effective, and efficient treatment planning and strategy.


In addition, the workshop will explore the next generation of EMDR, and how this may impact on clinical practice and policies, teaching & learning, research & development, and trauma capacity building.


Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically consider EMDR as an eight-phase protocolised treatment intervention

  2. Reflect on the application of AIP as a theoretical framework pertinent to pathogenic memories, and how these impacts on case conceptualisation and treatment planning

  3. Explore the utilisation of EMDR therapy as either a sole, serial or parallel treatment intervention

  4. Offer a critical review of the next generation of EMDR in terms of policies, practice, training, research and capacity building



Dr Derek Farrell MBE is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology, an EMDR Therapy Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, a Chartered Psychologist, Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). He is past President of the EMDR UK & Ireland Board, President of Trauma Aid Europe, Past Vice President of EMDR Europe Board, Chair of the EMDR Europe Practice Committee and a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He is involved in Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building programs in Pakistan, Turkey, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Lebanon, Poland, Philippines, Palestine and Iraq. His PhD in Psychology was researching survivor’s experiences of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and he has written several related publications. Derek was the recipient of the ‘David Servan Schreiber Award’ (2013) for Outstanding Contribution to EMDR Therapy, shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement (TES) Awards (2017) for ‘International Impact’ for his Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building work in Iraq with the Free Yezidi Foundation and Jiyan Foundation for Torture and Human Rights, and awarded the Trauma Aid Europe ‘Humanitarian of the Year Award’ (2018). In 2020 Derek became a Member of the Order of the British Empire, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his contribution to Trauma and Psychology.

Tickets available at:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emdr-therapy-protocol-aip-update-for-structured-treatment-planning-tickets-137761705971?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Registration from 9am for a 9.30am start!!