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FPOP presents: Using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing with Older People

21 June 2022 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Whilst not currently part of the Health Education England offer, EMDR is regarded as an evidence-based treatment approach for PTSD for children, adolescents and adults. 

It is recommended within several international treatment guidelines including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (2018) and the World Health Organization (2013), and given the same status as CBT and other evidence-based treatments for the use with people experiencing acute and chronic PTSD. 

Research exists for its effectiveness when working with other psychological difficulties including different anxiety presentations, depression, psychosis, multiple sclerosis, post-concussion-like symptoms, conduct problems and phantom limb pain, amongst others.

The evidence for using EMDR with older people is significantly limited. 

Many older adults are excluded from studies examining PTSD due to methodological factors despite research highlighting the high number of over 65s meeting the criteria for PTSD.  Whilst circumscribed, the research clearly shows the benefits of EMDR with older adults including those with a diagnosis of dementia.  

The literature also highlights the particular challenges and adaptations that need to be considered when applying the model to people in later life. 

This webinar hopes to present the research and literature relating to the use of EMDR and older people, alongside some case examples with a view to extending our understanding and encouraging further research into this area. 

Learning outcomes

  • A brief refresher on EMDR
  • A presentation of the available research and literature
  • The challenges older people and the therapist might face when using EMDR, and how it can be adapted to meet the needs of different people
  • Examples of practice using case material

 Target audience: clinical psychologists, mental health workers and those working with older adults of having an interest in the area.


11:00                   Introduction
11:05 Laura Hayward and Gemma Graham


Discussion of potential and challenges of developing EMDR in later life services


Closing Remarks


Dr Gina Campion

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Gina Campion is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working in Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked with older adults in community settings since qualifying in 2008. She is a Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner and Supervisor and has been practicing EMDR since training in the approach in 2017. She has an interest in trauma work and has developed a training package on Trauma-Informed Care for community staff working with older adults within Derbyshire Healthcare.

Dr Gemma Graham

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist, Lead Psychologist Older People's Mental Health Services, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust

Dr Gemma Graham is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Director for Psychological Professions within Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust. Gemma has worked across the range of older people’s mental health services for many years and currently leads the service in Rotherham. Until recently Gemma has played an active role in the FPOP National Committee both as Geographical Groups Lead and Honorary Secretary.

Dr Laura Hayward

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Laura Hayward is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working in Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  She has worked with people over the age of 65 across a number of settings including physical health, rehabilitation services, mental health community teams and crisis teams (both for people with a dementia and without).  She has a keen interest in trauma work and older people and wrote a piece for the FPOP Bulletin regarding older people and dissociation in 2019.  She has been EMDR trained since 2012 and uses this routinely in her work.  She is also a Committee Member for the DCP East Midlands Branch.  She recently took up a role as a Lead Psychologist and with colleagues hopes to support trauma informed ways of working within her service and beyond.

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