Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment

Addiction is costly . . . not only for our clients, but for their families, friends, employers, and communities as well.

And when we consider the cost of lives lost to addiction, the toll can be overwhelming.

While there are a number of programs targeted toward helping people overcome addiction, recovery often remains elusive or short-lived for all too many.

As practitioners, it can be heartbreaking when clients aren’t able to find the relief they so desperately need.

How could Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR Based Treatment improve outcomes for clients battling addiction?

Some of the latest research is now showing us that, in order to help clients break free from the addiction cycle, it’s crucial to target our interventions toward three functional systems: motivation-reward, affect regulation, and behavioral inhibition.

Although some treatment strategies focus on one or more of these elements, successful treatment requires an understanding of how all three systems interact to sustain addiction.

By applying brain-wise EMDR-based techniques to our work with addiction, we can help clients change their neurobiology and rewire the addicted brain toward health and wholeness.

Introducing a Home-Study Course:

Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR Based Treatment

Laurel Parnell, PhD is recognized worldwide as a clinical psychologist, author, consultant and EMDR trainer.

In this newly recorded workshop, Dr. Parnell integrates her innovative Attachment-Focused EMDR into the treatment of addiction – one of the most clinically challenging therapeutic issues practitioners face.

She’s developed techniques that are brain-wise, resource-based, trauma-informed, and Attachment-Focused that you can use to help clients break the addiction cycle.

Based on her newest book, Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment, Dr. Parnell will show you how to apply EMDR-based techniques in a holistic, integrative approach to the treatment of addictions and dysfunctional behaviors.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll get in this comprehensive home-study course:

  • List three practical strategies for helping clients control addiction-related urges.
  • Discuss why EMDR is especially helpful for targeting core, unresolved emotional issues linked to addictive behavior.
  • Apply a 3-Part EMDR Protocol for reprocessing traumas that are linked to the desire to use.
  • Explain the application of the bridging technique to help clients overcome problematic behaviors.
  • Identify 3 roadblocks to recovery using EMDR.
  • Describe connecting the consequences protocol and its use in disrupting the addictive pattern.

You’ll also get in-depth case material that will give you practical strategies you can use in your work with clients who are struggling with addictions and addictive disorders.

This is the complete recording of the workshop that Dr. Parnell offered at the first-ever Parnell Institute Innovations in EMDR Conference.

Now you can experience the same in-depth, comprehensive teaching from your own home – without the hassle and expense of travel.

Plus you’ll get 2 complete client session videos that will show you how Dr. Parnell applies these techniques in practice. Get more than 6-hours from Dr. Parnell on either digital download (so you can watch and listen at your convenience), the complete downloadable Power Point presentation, and video of 2 actual client sessions demonstrating practical, clinical applications of these techniques.

Here’s what your colleagues are saying about Dr. Parnell’s training:

. . . solid and user-friendly treatment suggestions to stabilize, resource, and change the addicted brain . . .

Dr. Parnell has provided a hopeful and healing life-line to my college-age clients and young adults who are vulnerable to the challenging temptations and pressures to use, or are already caught in the rip-tide of substance abuse. Not only does this exciting book bring a compassionate understanding of the early issues that can give rise to many addictions, but it is full of solid and user-friendly treatment suggestions to stabilize, resource, and change the addicted brain towards health and wholeness.

Stephanie Small, LMFCT, Certified EMDR clinician specializing in adolescents, couples, and families; Co-Founder of the international non-profit: Erik’s Cause.

. . . a paradigm shift in the field of addictions.

Dr. Parnell has written a hopeful and user-friendly book that is a paradigm shift in the field of addictions. Rewiring the Addicted Brain reframes the painful and clinically challenging issue of addictions and is full of treatment suggestions that can be understood and applied by anyone who reads it – clinicians of every stripe, and lay people as well. 

Constance Kaplan, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, EMDR Senior Trainer and Faculty, Parnell Institute

. . . a central and powerful way of using our amazingly powerful therapy to facilitate the essential repair work of trauma therapy.

At the heart of attachment rupture is a splitting of that body and mind, and Dr. Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR has become, to me, a central and powerful way of using our amazingly powerful therapy to facilitate the essential repair work of trauma therapy.

Mark Brayne, an EMDR Europe Consultant and Parnell Institute Facilitator

. . . new tools to bring back to my practice.

. . . the workshops I attended gave me new tools to bring back to my practice. Equally important, however, is the deepening knowledge that what seems to keep clients safe and moving forward – far from a rigid adherence to EMDR protocols – is the creative use of EMDR tools nestled in a safe therapeutic relationship; a relationship that invites client choice and therapist creativity while remaining steadfastly attuned to individual needs throughout EMDR processing.

Caryn J. Lowe, LCSW

. . . Dr. Parnell guides therapists of all levels through reparative techniques

With compassion, attunement and intelligence, Dr. Parnell guides therapists of all levels through reparative techniques that address the many layers involved in healing; from core trauma to consequential addictive behaviors to enhancement of self-esteem, resilience, and reduction of shame.

Dr. Julie T. Anné, Licensed Psychologist & Eating Disorder Specialist

. . . a landmark book which is a must read for anyone struggling with substance abuse and/or addictive behaviors

. . . and for the people who support and counsel them.  Rewiring the Addicted Brain provides a nuanced, compassionate and client-centered approach to treatment… specific tools for resource development that have the capacity to build new neural circuitry that supports resilience and balance in the nervous system and an integrated shift towards health and wholeness.

Kim Cookson, Psy.D., Director of Trauma and Resiliency Training and Services, Southern California Counseling Center

. . . Parnell adds her perspective to a growing collection of EMDR-related interventions

In her latest offering, Parnell adds her perspective to a growing collection of EMDR-related interventions on a topic that is near and dear to my heart, addiction recovery. Clinicians and human services workers with a passion for healing the suffering caused by and connected to addiction receive plenty of new ideas for working with clients… You can never have too many strategies for helping individuals struggling with chemical dependency, process addictions, and co-dependency issues.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., Author, EMDR Made Simple and Trauma and the Twelve Steps

. . . Parnell’s work is an invaluable resource for anyone who works with people who are impacted by addiction

Since its introduction in 2013, I have used Parnell’s Attachment-Focused EMDR in my work with persons, both inpatient and outpatient, who are stuck in life destructive behaviors that are driven by addiction. In the complex addiction cases that I work with, Parnell’s work has provided a clinical framework that functions to reprocess traumas that drive addictive behavior and help the individual stop their addictive behaviors by building stronger internal resources. These new internal resources allow the addicted individual to have more mature and healthy coping strategies in response to life stress, along with adaptive behavioral responses that help to rewire those dysfunctional neural circuitries that underlie and perpetuate their addictive behavior. In her latest work Rewiring the Addicted Brain, Parnell shows how to use “Resource Tapping”, EMDR, and her new “Connecting the Consequences” protocol to help addicted persons be successful in their efforts to develop a life free of addiction. Parnell’s work is an invaluable resource for anyone who works with people who are impacted by addiction. For the professional clinician, this work provides the tools that will help you help your clients develop life changing internal capacities and skills, allowing them to live a life free of addiction. I recommend it highly.

Roy A. Blankenship, MA, LPC, LMFT, CSAT, CAADC, Chief Executive Officer, HopeQuest Addiction Recovery Center, Woodstock, GA

Home Study – Designed with You in Mind

Travel is expensive, and your time as a practitioner is valuable. So we developed this home-study course in a format that you can easily fit into your busy schedule.

All 6 hours of Dr. Parnell’s teaching is available to you via either digital download. That means you can participate according to your schedule. You’ll be able to take in the recorded workshop all at once, or over the course of weeks, or even months.

You decide what works best for you.

And because you’ll own the recordings forever, you’ll be able to review key concepts from Dr. Parnell’s teaching whenever, and as often as you want.

You’ll get more than 6 hours of expert training, masterfully presented by Dr. Laurel Parnell – without having to leave home.

Here’s What You’ll Get:

  • Over 6 hours of in-depth, practical, home study delivered via digital download
  • Video of 2 actual client sessions demonstrating practical strategies for applying EMDR-based techniques to addiction and addictive disorders
  • Complete set of Power Point presentation notes that you can download and keep in your professional library

Note: Although not a substitute for EMDR Basic Training, this course is designed to provide practical, easy-to-learn skills that any practitioner can use with clients who are battling addiction or addiction disorders.

Digital Download Option: $125


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