EMDR Europe Research & Practice Conference "The Journey of EMDR" will host 3 pre-conference workshops. Please find below the workshop schedule together with further details of each workshop below.

Please note that pre-conference workshops can only be booked in combination with the conference.

When: Friday 23rd June 2023 from 09:30 to 17:00
Where: Bologna Congress Center


09:00 - 10:30 Part I.
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Part II.
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30 Part III.
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Part IV.


Treating Headaches with EMDR Therapy

Steven Marcus received his EMDR Training from Dr. Shapiro in 1992. Soon after he became an EMDR Institute Facilitator assisting at EMDR Trainings. Dr. Marcus is a charter member of EMDRIA and is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and an EMDRIA Certified Therapist .

Dr. Marcus was the lead author on the 1997 & 2004 randomized controlled studies of EMDR Treatment of PTSD in an HMO Setting. In 2008 Dr. Marcus randomized controlled study Phase 1 of Integrated EMDR: An Abortive Treatment for Migraine Headaches was published in the Journal of EMDR Research and Practice.

Dr. Marcus has presented workshops in How to Treat Headaches with EMDR in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and the USA. Dr. Marcus was on the staff of Kaiser Hospital Psychiatry Dept. for 25 years, specializing in anxiety disorders, trauma, occupational problems, chemical dependency, stress reduction. Dr. Marcus now is in private practice in Los Altos Ca. treating anxiety disorders, trauma, occupational problems, insomnia and headaches.


Using Interweaves to Treat Complex Trauma

Deany Laliotis is an international trainer, consultant, and psychotherapist who teaches EMDR therapy using a relational approach to treating developmental trauma. Currently, Deany is the Founder and Director of The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy which offers intensive training from the Basic to Master courses. As Director of Training for EMDR Institute for many years, Deany worked closely with Francine Shapiro as EMDR evolved to become a more comprehensive psychotherapy approach. Deany was awarded the Francine Shapiro Award for Outstanding Service and Clinical Excellence by the EMDRIA in 2015. She is currently the co-chair of the Council of Scholars, an international think tank of EMDR thought leaders who are devoted to ensuring the future of EMDR therapy. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters and articles on EMDR and is currently writing her own book. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and EMDR trainer, Dan Merlis.


EMDR Storytelling: conceptual considerations, research findings and treatment aspects

Carlijn De Roos is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher, currently working at a center for child and youth psychiatry (Levvel) and the Amsterdam University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a senior EMDR Europe approved Child & Adolescent Trainer. Together with Renée Beer she developed the Child & Adolescent EMDR training in the Netherlands and delivered EMDR training and presentations nationally and internationally. Carlijn is specialised in the treatment of infants, children, adolescents and adults with trauma-related disorders and persistent physical symptoms. She conducted and participated in several RCT’s to investigate the efficacy of EMDR and trauma-focused CBT for traumatized children and adolescents and wrote her dissertation on this topic. Furthermore she is chair of the EMDR Europe child and adolescent committee and member of several the scientific committees.

Renee Beer is a clinical psychologist and a cognitive behavior therapist. She is a senior EMDR child & adolescent (c&a) trainer and has delivered many EMDR trainings and presentations in several countries within and outside of Europe. She is also accredited as trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and she likes exploring and exchanging how the best of different worlds can(not) be combined. She is chair of the EMDR Europe c&a trainers and an active member of the Global Child EMDR Alliance, that organized the first online World Congress on EMDR with c&a in 2021. She produced various publications on EMDR with c&a, including a Handbook for EMDR with children and adolescents (2017), edited in collaboration with Carlijn de Roos, written in Dutch. They are now preparing a Handbook for EMDR with c&a in English, that will be published by Oxford University Press. This will be a sequel to the Oxford Press EMDR Handbook, that includes a child & adolescent section, for which she co-authored 2 chapters.

EMDR within the Spectrum : Neuro-divergent Affirming EMDR modifications for Children with Autism and ADHD

Susan Darker-Smith is the clinical director of the Child Trauma Therapy Centre and a Senior Europe Accredited EMDR Child & Adolescent Trainer. She is a founding Trustee of the Trauma Response Network UK, a charity set up to deliver pro bono emergency EMDR therapy to those affected by mass trauma in the UK as well as being a founding member of the Global Child-EMDR Alliance, a non-profit set up during the Covid pandemic to provide support and free resources to EMDR therapists working with children and families. She has presented both nationally and internationally in the field of EMDR and Children and has co-writen a chapter on Neurodiversity-Affirming EMDR Therapy for children with Autism and ADHD in the Oxford Press EMDR Handbook. She is a passionate advocate for modifying EMDR to fit the needs of the child whilst remaining true to the standard protocol (the heart of EMDR).