Notice how both EMDR Therapy and the practices of Mindfulness Meditation bring a person to focus on his or her own mental contents, mental states and body sensations. And explore the potentials of these practices to help people reach into higher states of conscious awareness, however briefly, to find solutions to the problems of life.

Explore and discover through lecture, experiential exercises, and video in this unique 4-hour webinar.

The Miracle of Mindfulness
The Miracle of EMDR

presented by

George Abbott PhD

A Live Webinar via Zoom Video
Friday July 23rd 2021
11am - 3pm EST

Discover the growth potentials of EMDR Therapy and the practice of Mindfulness Meditation with Vipassana practitioner and EMDR trainer, George Abbott.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience and reflect on EMDR and Mindfulness. And consider what the practice of mindfulness can teach us about EMDR and what EMDR can teach us about the practice of mindfulness!

Learn more about EMDR from the ancient techniques of meditation.
And, learn more about mindfulness meditation from the art of leading clients into states of dual attention, as we do in EMDR therapy.

Learn to recognize and value the occasional spontaneous appearance of higher states of consciousness during EMDR therapy.

Take part in a profound exploration that can raise awareness in your work to assist those who are affected by trauma.
What's in the workshop?

Dr. Abbott will explore similarities and differences between mindfulness and EMDR therapy. Participants will come to understand more about EMDR from mindfulness and more about mindfulness from EMDR!

The workshop will include lecture, case illustrations, experiential practices, video and discussion.

How will these teachings enhance my EMDR practice?

Alan Watts wrote.. 

"Mindfulness, is neither a philosophy nor a religion, but something more nearly resembling psychotherapy.”

This workshop is designed to explore these two practices, how their applications can lead to changes in mental states and stages of consciousness.

EMDR therapy and mindfulness practice are intended to eliminate human suffering. While EMDR seeks to relieve extraordinary suffering, mindfulness practice seeks to relieve everyday, mundane suffering. The two approaches complement each other in the goal of relieving all human suffering

Participants will explore how these practices can help promote the development of higher waves of human consciousness. Participants will be invited to consider client profiles suggesting referral for EMDR therapy, mindfulness training, or both. Finally, the benefits of mindfulness training for the life and work of a therapist will be discussed.
What can I expect to learn?...

  • Stories illustrating the Miracle of Mindfulness and the Miracle of EMDR from the treatment room

  • Why Francine Shapiro was initially concerned about equating EMDR therapy with mindfulness practice

  • The Explanatory Model for EMDR: “Transmutation” and “Reconsolidation" of Memory

  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

  • The Explanatory Model of Vipassana: "To See Things As They Are"

  • The related goals of eliminating "Old Stuff" & "Old Sankhara"

  • What Eastern Psychology identifies as "Healthy" vs. "Unhealthy" Mental Factors 

  • Experiential exercises evoking "healthy mental states", e.g., Insight, Proficiency, etc. using EMDR Resource Enhancement

  • Models of the development of consciousness, from archaic and mythological to conventional, and from person-centered to post-personal forms, such as nature mysticism and deity mysticism

  • How to know when to apply EMDR therapy vs. when to refer clients for Mindfulness training, or both EMDR therapy and Mindfulness

"Your presentation was stimulating and deeply appreciated. I found it to be a real invitation to reflect more upon the processes that promote change... I especially appreciated the consideration of western and eastern concepts of developmental stages. You summarized and compared the similarities and differences in these two methods of inquiry in a very organized and efficient manner that could engage therapists with a wide range of experience with meditation and EMDR."

"Thank you! It was a nice time to reflect on the ideas and explore how I can grow more as a person and as a clinician."

"The case studies, the experiential meditations, and discussions flowed seamlessly."

"I appreciated the discussion of "peak/peek" experiences through both EMDR and mindfulness. I feel I gained a greater structure within which to understand and work with these."

Learn the essence of how cultivating mindfulness practice delivers major benefits for the EMDR therapist's life and work.

4 CE Hours through NBCC for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs are included

Contact: Vivian Brock

George Abbott is on the clinical faculty of the EMDR Institute. He is a senior national trainer for the EMDR Trauma Recovery / Humanitarian Assistance Programs, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. He has taught clinical and child clinical psychology at Smith College. 

Dr. Abbott has presented workshops at various regional events and at EMDRIA Conferences. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA. Dr. Abbott founded the Association for the Advancement of Skill in Clinical Hypnosis and served as its chairperson for 20 years.

Dr. Abbott has also given numerous radio, television & newspaper interviews re: child abuse, drug abuse, foster care, adolescents, hypnosis, EMDR & stress management. Dr. Abbott founded, and for 10 years directed the mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Holyoke Medical Center, in Holyoke, MA.

He has been avidly practicing Meditation [Vipassana] for 24 years.