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Using EMDR With Psychoses presented by Prof Paul Miller

December 6, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Friday 6th December 2019 (registration at 9.15am for 9.30pm start) and 4.30pm finish.


  1. The participant will be able to develop and articulate the nosological and phenomenological issues around the dissociation / psychosis conundrum in this constituency of clients
  2. The participant will be able to evaluate the benefits of using a trauma-focused formulation and an AIP model for understanding schizophrenia specifically and psychoses in general
  3. The participant will be able to critically consider the available case material for EMDR therapy for psychoses and schizophrenia and analyze it alongside the current published international research.
  4. The participant will be able to critically consider the ICoNN model and its modifications of the standard EMDR therapy model.



  1. By repatriating schizophrenia into the spectrum of dissociative disorders (Moskowitz, Schäfer, & Dorahy, 2008), we can apply a trauma-focused formulation to schizophrenia and psychoses. Ross looks at the phenomenological conundrum of ‘psychosis or dissociation’ and states, “Because of the way the two disorders are defined in the DSM-IV-TR and the clinical and research literatures, they cannot be separated into two discrete categories. They are too much and too often the same thing.” (Ross, 2004, Page 16).
  2. If trauma results in a Dysfunctional Memory Network (DMN), which is adapted to through dissociation, this suggests that if the DMN driving the dissociation (psychosis) is processed, the psychosis may resolve: consistent with the AIP model.
  3. Several research groups in different regions have published and are actively researching EMDR therapy’s application to psychosis and to schizophrenia (Berg, Vleugel, Staring, Bont, & Jongh, 2013; Akiko Kikuchi, 2008; Kim, 2010; Laugharne, Marshall, Laugharne, & Hassard, 2014; Miller, 2014; Miller 2010; Roques, 2008).
  4. Clinically encouraging outcomes have been observed and patients who respond positively can achieve long-term symptom control without the need for medication.



Dr Miller will teach with the focus on how the AIP formulation, with a trauma focus can be applied using the ICoNN model for psychosis. This workshop presents a methodology for assessing & understanding presenting problems in psychosis within a trauma formulation that enables the application of EMDR therapy. Four groups are delineated that allow the experienced EMDR clinician to utilise both the standard 8-phase/ 3-pronged protocol and modified protocols. This model is referred to as the ICoNN (Indicating Cognitions of Negative Networks) Model. Lots of clinical examples from the recent Springer book will be included.



Obj 1 – 90 mins

Obj 2 – 90 mins

Obj 3 – 90 mins

Obj 4 – 90 mins


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