Optimising the Power of the Therapeutic Relationship in EMDR and Schema Therapy


Presenter : Liam Spicer
Date : Wednesday 7th February 2024 on Zoom
Time : 5pm – 8pm AEDT

EMDR and Schema Therapy are both highly effective treatment options for a wide range of clinical presentations. As therapists there is often significant focus and emphasis on techniques, process, and protocol within these two therapeutic approaches. As important as these elements are, our connection and relationship with the client is a significant contributor in effective therapeutic outcomes and meaningful change, especially with complex presentations. In this 3-hour webinar, Liam Spicer will guide you through the theory, research, applications, and techniques to enhance the therapeutic relationship in both EMDR and Schema Therapy.

This will include:

  • Learn about the importance of the therapeutic relationship in trauma work, and in therapy with a diverse range of presentations
  • Learn about the therapeutic relationship from a neurophysiological perspective including approaches such as Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Learn ways to enhance the therapeutic relationship in EMDR and Schema therapy to enhance clinical outcomes
  • Learn ways to assess for the therapeutic relationship in both objective, observational, and subjective ways with a client
  • Understand the importance of the way your therapist room is set up in terms for therapy to enhance client comfort, and ability to be vulnerable
  • Learn about the importance of adapting therapy relationship principles and space when working with Neurodivergent clients
  • Understand the importance of our own therapist activation and ways to manage this effectively in the therapeutic space including recent research in this area
  • Learn about key in session regulation tools to use throughout reprocessing interventions such as EMDR and Imagery Rescripting to enhance attunement and connection with your clientsThis training is suitable for clinicians at any level of experience. It is helpful to be trained in EMDR and/or Schema Therapy, however this is not essential as the learning outcomes and principles can be applied across any modality.

    You will gain access to the recording for 3 months post event.


About the traininer

Liam Spicer is a Psychologist, Academic and Researcher based in Tasmania, Australia. He is an EMDR Consultant and Training Facilitator, and works in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults. Liam has experience both within government and private practice settings, and has a special interest in working with trauma, dissociation, grief, depression, phobias, anxiety and supporting neurodivergent clients.

Liam is actively involved in both training and research in the areas of trauma, grief, suicide, alexithymia, neurodivergence, EMDR, and schema therapy. He recently contributed to the International Handbook of Child and Adolescent Grief, and has published in peer reviewed journal articles. His PHD at Curtin University, Perth is focused on the use of Schema Therapy for Prolonged Grief. He has presented at various national conferences and events, and he currently holds a position at the University of Tasmania teaching clinical psychology skills to students.

Liam has a strong passion working in the neurodivergence space, being an AuDHD psychologist himself that works extensively with autistic and ADHD clients. Liam has worked in this area for over 10 years in various capacities and is enthusiastic about education and skill development regarding neurodiversity affirming practice. Liam provides consultation to other practitioners on neurodiversity affirming trauma therapy, incorporating EMDR and schema therapy approaches.

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