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Digital Seminar

EMDR for PTSD from a Natural Disaster

Laurel Parnell, PhD
55 Minutes
Jan 01, 2015
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Digital Seminar
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Imagine being a four-year-old child, left home alone with your siblings as major hurricane was approaching. You and your siblings are forced to seek refuge from the howling winds and bending trees at the neighbor’s house, all while your parents are away at a party. The terrifying memory of grasping your sibling’s hands while you are nearly being blown away by the gale force winds, along with the careless neglect of your parents, triggers hyper-arousal and a distressed state when facing hurricanes as an adult.

Watch EMDR expert Laurel Parnell, PhD, use the three-part protocol to bring the client to a grounded state in which he feels solid, relaxed and confident he can manage future events. In just one session, Dr. Parnell uses bilateral stimulation and the protocol to help the client

  • Process the pain and memories associated with past trauma
  • Identify and process the present stress
  • Image a future scenario of security and serenity


Laurel Parnell, PhD's Profile

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Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

Private Practice

Laurel Parnell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR. One of the world's leading experts on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she is the originator of the EMDR-related therapies Attachment-Focused EMDR and Resource Tapping. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University. She is the author of several books and videos on EMDR, including, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR and Tapping In. Dr. Parnell keynotes conferences, trains clinicians in EMDR, and teaches workshops internationally on Attachment-Focused EMDR, Rewiring the Addicted Brain and Resource Tapping. Learn more about Dr. Parnell at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell maintains a private practice and is the director of the Parnell Institute, LLC. She receives compensation as an EDMR trainer, and she receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Parnell receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Analyze the three parts of the modified EMDR protocol, and how the protocol informs clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Establish bilateral stimulation preferences with the client during the therapeutic session.
  3. Create resources and metaphors for safety and peace during while implementing the three-part protocol.


  • Establishing Bilateral Stimulation Preferences
  • Establishing a Signal for Stop and Keep Going
  • Create resources and metaphors for safety and peace
  • Target Development
  • Refining the Picture
  • Checking the Target with Child Self
  • Designing Imagination Interweaves
  • Checking the Target with Child Self
  • Checking the Target
  • Installing a Positive Cognition (PC)
  • Complete a Body Scan
  • Checking the Present Situation
  • Imagine a Future Pace
  • New Positive Cognition

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

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