9:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday 28 October 2023

Livestreamed online

Please note that this event is only open to accredited EMDR Europe Consultants and not to Consultants-in-training.

The Workshop carries 6 CPD Points.

Programme and timings

Firstly the Accreditation Committee will be available to discuss and answer issues in relation to the accreditation process; in particular the digital form algorithm and mitigation issues.

This will be followed by a keynote and workshop titled: Diversity and Transgender in EMDR Therapy to be presented by Karsten Boehm.

The Workshop will not be recorded because it might include sharing of confidential information and a recording could make it impossible to ascertain who might subsequently see the recording.

In addition, the workshop will involve participation and the opportunity to interact, ask questions and use small group exercises.

Thus watching a recording could not count towards any CPD points awarded by the EMDR Association Accreditation Committee in due course.

9:30 to 9:45 Welcome.

9:45 to 12:30 Accreditation committee.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch break.

1:30 to 3:00  Keynote: Diversity and Transgender in EMDR Therapy led by Karsten Boehm.

3.00 to 3:15 Coffee break.

3:15 to 4:15 Two small group works and case supervision:

1. How diverse am I?

2. Practical work of discrimination experiences.

4:15-4:30 Wrap up.

Diversity and Transgender in EMDR Therapy

Diversity and Transgender are discussed a lot in literature and newspapers in the last years. EMDR Therapy is based on humanistic point of views by Francine Shapiro, but diversity wasn’t directly named by her. Plurality is the future of psychotherapy, not a uniform “one fits all” approach. What does that mean for an EMDR Therapy? This workshop demonstrates the topic of diversity out of a point of view of modern psychotherapy. Many transgender persons experience traumatic events on their way to become themselves or by showing themselves in public. In this practical workshop, EMDR is presented as a psychotherapy in the treatment of those traumatic events. It also reflects the new ICD-11 and how to accompany patients of gender changing operations. In this, the individual is always focused and the aim of treatment is the individual development (Humanism).


•     Demonstrate use of the EMDR-protocol for diversity topics in speech and small group work

•     Create specific interweaves for transgender persons

•     Differentiation between the use of EMDR in Diversity and PTSD

•     Gender changing operations in EMDR to prepare and accompany

Content of the presentation (theory/practice/research): < 20% / 30 – 50% / 20 – 30%

Programme for the Keynote

1.30 – 3.00 Learn how diversity works in detail and what are problems and topics to work on in psychotherapy. EMDR Phases 1 and 2. Difficulties in treatment relationship and conflicts. Target selection

3.00 – 3.15 Break

3.15 – 4.15 EMDR Phases 3 to 7: How to use the EMDR protocol in Transgender persons and Diversity. Treatment plan and interweaves in blocking situations. EMDR Phase 8: how to work out a long lasting treatment plan & make it work in daily life. Small Group work. Summary.


·        Leichsenring F, Abbass A, Hilsenroth MJ, Luyten P, Munder T, Rabung S and Steinert C (2018) “Gold Standards,” Plurality and Monocultures: The Need for Diversity in Psychotherapy. Front. Psychiatry 9:159. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00159

·        Böhm, Karsten (2016). EMDR in der Psychotherapie der PTBS, Springer, 2. Auflage, Heidelberg.


Dr. phil. Karsten R. Böhm, Clinical Psychologist, is a Senior Trainer in EMDR and Consultant in CBT and specialist in Karsten BohmOCD, Anxiety Disorders and PTSD psychotherapy.

He is chair of the German EMDRIA board and also member of the German National Guideline Commission on the treatment of OCD. He is also a lecturer for psychotherapy at the EMDR-Institute Germany, institutes for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Stuttgart, Basel in Switzerland), medical councils and on different congresses (DGPPN Congress Berlin etc.).

He has published a number of books, articles, chapters and working materials on the use of EMDR.

From 2003-2009, he worked as a clinical and ward psychologist at the University Hospital of Freiburg and from 2009-2021 as a leading psychologist (latest in Clinic Friedenweiler in the Black Forrest close to Freiburg, Germany).

He is currently working in his own private practice and on some new books and psychotherapy research.


This event is generously sponsored by the EMDR Association and attendance is free of charge to all attendees, however, it is a fundraising event for Trauma Aid UK and a donation of £80 to Trauma Aid UK is recommended.

We cannot invoice an employer for an amount which is a ‘donation’ rather than a ‘fee’ so you are welcome to attend free of charge although you are invited to make a personal donation if you wish.

Please complete the form below to register for the event.

Shiraz Farrand

President of Trauma Aid UK