For the past 2600 years, Buddhist mindfulness and the therapies and practices connected to this system of healing have contributed to psychological and spiritual relief for millions of people. Over the last 25 years, our understanding and the treatment of trauma rela-ted disorders and difficulties have progressed, with Francine Shapiro’s development of EMDR therapy and the AIP model representing a particular highlight. In this workshop, participants are challenged to consider how fusing two systems of healing, mindfulness informed interventions and trauma focused care guided by the EMDR approach to psychotherapy can revolutionize the helping profession’s delivery of trauma responsive services. This workshop begins with the foundations of mindfulness practice and how they can be translated into clinical settings in a way that is as trauma informed as possible. This section draws on the elements of mindfulness inherent in EMDR therapy and also explores the core mindfulness focus in dialectical behavior therapy. From there, a general orientation to how the EMDR approach to psychotherapy views trauma is presented, with special care to highlighting how Francine Shapiro drew upon mind and body strategies in her development of EMDR therapy. For participants not trained in EMDR therapy, this workshop serves as an excellent orientation to the practice by looking at the mindfulness roots of the practice. For participants already trained in EMDR, this workshop serves as an advanced topics insight into how bolstering elements of mindfulness practice can enhance their efficacy in delivering EMDR therapy, particularly when it comes to improving attunement to clients, widening the skill set in EMDR Phase 2 preparation, and making wiser decisions about when and how to use interweaves. The centerpiece of the workshop is a clinical demonstration of EMDR therapy, followed by a discussion in which those who are trained and those who are considering training often learn a great deal from each other through exchanging observations and insights. The workshop concludes with a wrap-up exploring ways to use bilateral stimulation/dual attention stimulus as exercises in moving mindfulness, discussions about mindful practice in improving clinical outcomes, and assessment of further training and formation needs in EMDR therapy as enhancements to trauma focused practice.
(a) to define mindfulness in a classic sense and explain the me-aning of mindfulness informed interventions as a modern clinical term
(b) to apply no fewer than five mindfulness informed interventions in clinical situations, making appropriate adaptations in the spirit of trauma focused care
(c) to modify classical mindfulness practices for receptivity by clients based on clinical needs for safety and flexibility
(d) to define trauma with respect to the adaptive information pro-cessing (AIP) model of EMDR therapy and explain clinical relevance for trauma focused care
(e) to summarize the history of how EMDR therapy was develo-ped, taking special care to emphasize the mind-body elements, reflecting mindfulness principles and attitudes in the development of EMDR therapy
(f) to critically analyze a demonstration in EMDR therapy as an ex-tension of mindfulness informed practice
(g) to discuss how fusing mindfulness informed interventions and EMDR therapy offers a new solution for delivering trauma focused care in mental health and addiction services
(h) to evaluate professional needs for enhanced training in either mindfulness based interventions and/or EMDR therapy and to explain how such further training/formation can benefit clinical practice.