All webinars will be held on Saturday mornings from 9am-12pm AEST

(7am-10am in Western Australia, 11am-2pm in New Zealand)

The webinars are free of charge for EMDRAA members, but members must register using the links below

There is a limit of 100 places available for each webinar


 23 June

Haunted: EMDR Therapy for First Responders and Public Safety Professionals

Presented by Robbie Adler-Tapia

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First responders or Protective Service Workers who respond to manmade and natural disasters experience daily career exposure to acute stress and trauma. By working in professional positions in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency medical services, search and rescue, 911 operators and dispatchers, emergency room staff (including doctors and nurses), child welfare workers, and even psychotherapists, these individuals experience direct or secondary trauma from the work environment. The work of caring for the emotional and physical needs of others takes its toll on those in the trenches. In these inimitable circumstances, the exposure can lead to direct traumas and/or vicarious trauma for the professional in a first responder role.

Case conceptualization is considered through the lens of the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP). The reader will learn how to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with methods for advanced resourcing skills and treating professional traumas specific to first responders.  Psychotherapy requires a dance between ongoing encounters with trauma in the line of duty while considering complicated forensic issues.  Personal and professional trauma arises out of the mission of first responders whose role it is to protect and serve the public.

This webinar will focus on clinical skills for providing emergency mental health services to first responders while adhering to the EMDR therapy phases in the treatment of those professionals who are exposed to trauma in the line of duty.

Dr. Adler-Tapia works with First Responders and Public Safety Professionals in a variety of ways:

  • Provides crisis response and post-shooting debriefings to Law Enforcement Officers
  • Has written and presented workshops at international conferences on working with First Responders and Public Safety
  • Has presented to the Arizona Bar on working with First Responders in a training entitled “PTSD: Treatment Issues and Complexities of Diagnosis”
  • A co-founder of PISTLE (Post Incident Stress and Trauma in Law Enforcement), an external Peer Support Program for Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Currently volunteers as a Mental Health Consultant for PISTLE
  • Is in the process of starting a Peer Support Program for Firefighters entitled BUCKETS (Beginning to Understand and Cope with Emergencies, Trauma, and Stress)
  • Has worked as a Mental Health Consultant for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation presenting on mental health in Firefighting and teaching death notification
  • Is the Founder of the EMDRIA Special Interest Group (SIG) for First Responders and Public Safety Professionals
  • Was a volunteer EMT/Firefighter during high school and college.


 25 August Flash Technique

Presented by Graham Taylor

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The Flash Technique, developed by Philip Manfield and colleagues, was featured in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of EMDR Research & Practice. It has since generated more interest than any other innovation on the field of EMDR in the last decade. It is used to rapidly desensitise memories where SUDs are so high that clients are either dissociate or are flooded with affect. Within a few minutes clients can then transition to standard EMDR.
This webinar will include videos of Flash being conducted and will include live demonstrations with volunteers from the audience, and a group demonstration with the entire audience.
The presenter, Graham Taylor, has conducted Flash at several EMDR trainings in the last year, and is about to commence a Randomised Control Trial investigating variations of the original Flash Technique.
Participants will receive detailed handouts.
27 October Friend and Foe in Equal Measure: Utilising EMDR in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presented by Pam Virdi

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The aim of the presentation is to help participants understand:

  • What factors and influences shape the development and maintenance of eating disorders
  • Why understanding and working with ambivalence is essential to successful treatment
  • How to manage and minimise medical risk arising from disordered eating and compensatory behaviours
  • How to select appropriate targets for EMDR intervention and the adaptations that need to be made to the Standard Protocol
  • When it is helpful to use of the Addiction/Feeling State Protocols to work with eating disorder symptoms and behaviours and to neutralise inappropriate positive affect

Pam Virdi is an accredited EMDR Consultant, Integrative Psychotherapist, Lecturer and Supervisor who now works full time in private practice with adults, couples and young people. She specialises in the treatment of eating disorders but also has extensive experience of working successfully with a broad range of other clinical difficulties including complex trauma and PTSD. She is an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and EMDR Europe. She started her career in mental health 36 years ago when she completed her core training as a psychiatric nurse. The last 24 years of her career in the National Health Service (UK) were spent working as a specialist psychotherapist and trainer in an Eating Disorder Service in Birmingham. As a lecturer, she has experience of developing, co-ordinating and delivering programmes of study up to Masters level and ran a year-long Eating Disorder Pathway (part of a BSc Mental Health Studies degree) at Birmingham City University. This scheme of study ran successfully for 8 years and made a valuable national contribution in training professionals of all disciplines to work in this highly specialist and challenging area of work.  She has served as a member on the Editorial Board of the European Eating Disorder Review Journal (1998 – 2008) and has set up and chaired national special interest groups for eating disorders both generally and EMDR specific. She has experience of working with the media to promote a better understanding of eating disorders and has given newspaper and radio interviews and regularly presents at national and international conferences. She is associate editor for a book called Trauma-Informed Approaches To Eating Disorders which is due to be published in August 2018 by Springer Publishers.