How to work with clients with interpersonal dependency and pathological bonding patterns (ID-PDP) within the EMDR-AIP model – 6 EMDR UK Credits
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How to work with clients with interpersonal dependency and pathological bonding patterns (ID-PDP) within the EMDR-AIP model – 6 EMDR UK Credits

Understand and assess interpersonal dependency, and learn specific techniques to treat this condition with Arun Mansukhani.

Holiday Inn, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
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6 EMDR UK Credits

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Initially developed to work with acute trauma and PTSD clients, because of its success, EMDR has been applied to a wider range of pathologies, proving to be successful in many cases and demonstrating that EMDR-AIP is a strong and solid therapeutic model to understand and treat different psychological and emotional disturbances. This also has led to understanding of how pervasive trauma is in a large number of emotional and mental disorders (Ross 2000), and the crucial role played by implicit pathogenic memories in development of psychopathology (Hoffman and Hase, 2012).

These new applications are testing the flexibility and the reach of the standard protocol.   As difficulties start to arise, new specific interventions and different approaches have appeared that are enriching the EMDR-AIP model and its clinical applications.  This has also brought the understanding of what acute trauma shares with other types of trauma (mainly attachment trauma) and in what aspects it is different, forcing us to adapt certain aspects of the standard protocol to patients under whose problems lie attachment trauma implicit memories.  This is especially true for patients with interpersonal dependency and pathological bonding patterns (ID-PBP). These patients often present some of the following problems for a standard intervention:

  1. Phase 1, history taking, is dysregulating and evocative (Steele 2016), destabilizing them at early stages of intervention.
  2. They are not conscious of the situations that caused their current difficulties, due to the attachment blind phenomena (Siegel 2012) and are unable to present potential targets for processing.
  3. They are so absorbed by their present problems and conflicts that processing past targets is nearly impossible.
  4. They present serious problems with recall of past events, due to dissociative features, defensive states, controlling strategies, etc.
  5. Present highly defensive or destabilized structures, with difficulties maintaining dual focus, being either too much in control or overwhelming.

Due to this, application of EMDR in these patients requires certain modifications in the standard protocol.  These patients also benefit deeply of a growing number of specific interventions within the EMDR-AIP working model.

In this workshop, Arun’s aim is to present a systematic way of working with adult patients suffering from ID-PDP problems as well as to offer a number of specific interventions for this population, always within the EMDR-AIP working model.

 Key Program contents:

  1. Interpersonal Dependency and Pathological Bonding Patterns (ID-PDP) as a major social and clinical problem.
  2. Description, types and subtypes of adult ID-PDP.
  3. Attachment and developmental pathways that lead to ID-PDP in adults. Types of trauma involved.
  4. Precautions that have to be taken in phases 1 and 2 to treat clients with ID-PDP.
  5. Phase 2 specific interventions for ID-PDP.
  6. Modifications and specificities in phases 3 to 6 for processing with these patients.
  7. Causes of blocks in the processing phase and resources that can be used to overcome them.
  8. Alternate EMDR-AIP interventions that can be used, depending on the type of dependency exhibited by the client.

Learning objectives:

  1. Provide information that helps understand and distinguish the different Interpersonal Dependency and Pathological Bonding Patterns (ID-PDP) types and the interactions that frequently lead to conflictive relationships.
  2. Understand the attachment and developmental pathways that lead to ID-PDP problems in adults.
  3. Help integrate the attachment perspective into an EMDR-AIP intervention.
  4. Analyse different aspects that can hinder or block processing with this type of patients and how to work through these problems with specific interventions.
  5. Revise the 5 big groups of patients we can encounter in EMDR and the most appropriate approach for each of them within the EMDR-AIP model.
  6. Discuss the modifications and particularities that we have to take in account in the standard protocol while dealing with IPD patients and specific interventions we can use with these patients.

This workshop is facilitated by Arun Mansukhani.  Delegates will be eligible to receive 6 EMDR UK and Ireland CPD Credits / 6 hours CPD.


This training event will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Holiday Inn Newcastle – Jesmond
Jesmond Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE2 1 PR

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Covid-19 – The training will take place in a large room with a minimum of at least 1 metre distance between delegates.    The Holiday Inn Jesmond has implemented a number of measures to safeguard the wellbeing of guests and colleagues including deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants, and enhanced procedures, which may include: face covering requirements, various ways to reduce contact throughout the hotel, social distancing measures within public spaces and procedures based on local authorities’ guidance and/or advice.

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Holiday Inn – Jesmond
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