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EMDR Therapy for OCD – Leeds

7th July 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Derek Farrell and Paul Keenan will explore with you how to utilize EMDR Therapy with OCD clients. Secure your space and don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

6 CPD points are granted by EMDR Association UK & Ireland.

We looking forward seeing you on the 7th July in Leeds.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a bio-psycho-socio-cultural disorder that includes genetic, neural brain anomalies, traumatic experiences, and development of dysfunctional beliefs that can be learnt from others and from the environment. The current empirical research supports the utilisation of a specific form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Exposure and Response Prevention) however not all clients respond well to this intervention.

This workshop will explore the utilisation of EMDR Therapy as a possible treatment for OCD. It will highlight three important aspects: firstly, that the theoretical framework of EMDR Therapy (Adaptive Information Processing) can have a part to play (albeit partly) in explicating some of the symptoms encountered by individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Secondly that EMDR Therapy can be a useful adjunctive, rather than distinct, psychological treatment intervention for individuals with OCD. Thirdly, that the treatment impact of EMDR Therapy appears to be greater if there is distinct evidence of past traumatological experiences that are sufficient to generate a presently held level of disturbance. Targeting these dysfunctional memory networks has an impact on OCD symptomatology.

In summary, this one-day workshop will consider how EMDR Therapy may be used with clinical populations suffering from OCD.

Dr Derek Farrell

Dr Derek Farrell is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology, an EMDR Therapy Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). He is currently President of the EMDR UK & Ireland Board, President of Trauma Aid Europe, Co-Vice President of EMDR Europe Board and Chair of the EMDR Europe Practice Committee. Derek is also Scientific Advisor to the Board of Trauma Aid Germany. He is involved in several Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building programmes 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 consequently has written several publications on this subject matter. In 2013, Derek was the recipient of the ‘David Servan Schreiber Award’ for Outstanding Contribution to EMDR Therapy. In addition, Derek was also shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement (TES) Awards (2017) for ‘International Impact’ due to his Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building work in Iraq with the Free Yezidi Foundation and the Jiyan Foundation for Torture and Human Rights.

Paul Keenan, MSc. PG Dip. PGCE, FHEA, RMN

Paul Keenan is a European accredited Consultant and Facilitator in EMDR. He is an accredited Practitioner, Trainer & Supervisor in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists. He has recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in Post Graduate Professional Education and programme lead for the MSc in CBP at Edge Hill University, Liverpool, UK. Paul has been practising in EMDR since 1991 and has presented papers at many national and international conferences on the use of EMDR with OCD, Peri-natal PTSD, Vicarious Trauma and Morbid Jealousy. As a member of the Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP), he has helped train clinicians in Turkey in 1999, following the earthquake and India in 2005, following the tsunami and Pakistan following the earthquake in 2005. He is currently part of the Trauma Aid Europe team in Northern Kurdistan.

Paul is married with three children and two grandchildren.

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7th July 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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