The 2021 EMDR Europe Conference will be a special opportunity to come together, sharing with each other what are the EMDR responses not only to the Covid-19 Pandemic but also to this decade that is unfolding in front of us.
EMDR therapy is a great resource to deal with many challenges that our complex world is presenting us, most of which are unexpected. What EMDR clinicians and researchers have accomplished so far, all the developments in which we all have been actively involved are going to be the grounds that will help us and make us feel prepared for this decade that is just starting.
It has been amazing to see how EMDR evolved in Europe and internationally in the last decades. Every day there have been new things to learn, new perspectives to integrate, new opportunities and innovations to discover. These have been very exciting years. Scientific research, our clinical practice, our training standards, the growth of our Association, have developed side by side. This has brought us to increase our application of EMDR and to disseminate its effectiveness amongst the public, mental health professionals, institutions, stakeholders, universities and third parties. We have received tremendous feedback from our clients, encouraging us to grow, innovate and work on our capacity to respond to new needs.
We have achieved so much: publications, research studies, evidence-based outcomes, best practices, as well as being included in the major international guidelines. This Conference will give us the opportunity to capitalize our knowledge, turn it into action and take us to the future….
This year we have invited as keynote speakers international researchers and authors who are leaders in the field of trauma and EMDR therapy. We included in the program symposia where colleagues from different countries of Europe and outside Europe can share their experiences. EMDR Europe has significantly contributed to general knowledge about trauma and clinical work with different vulnerable populations in many fields.
EMDR Europe reached the number of almost 30.000 members. We are still very much impressed by this growth because this stands for many lives being helped, promoting long-term mental health and prevention. By this, EMDR therapy is going to be a protective factor for the challenges that we will be facing in this decade…. This is how we want to get prepared for this decade of EMDR therapy, with curiosity, strength, consistency and integrity and at the same time making more efforts to work for understanding and healing all kinds of trauma consequences and wounds, like the ones all European countries and humanity have been going through in 2020.
All this will be happening in our first “Virtual Conference” in June 11th- 13th 2021, so join us to be part of it and get ready as a professional community to respond to the challenges of the next decade……Isabel Fernandez
President of EMDR Europe