Improving Assessment and Readiness of Clients for Phase Four (AIP) - Deborah Conlon - 19.07.24



Improving Assessment and Readiness of Clients for Phase Four (AIP)

Deborah Conlon

19th July 2024 – 3.00pm – 6.00pm online via Zoom


EMDR practitioners can feel overwhelmed at the start of the therapy, struggling to know where to start feeling unsure of when a client is ready to begin processing. This can lead to drift or avoidance of EMDR.

The workshop reminds us that EMDR can be employed at the very start of therapy to work on blocking beliefs.  The workshop also highlights skills to improve case conceptualisation and assessment of client readiness that will aid effective facilitation of processing in phase four (Adaptive Information Processing, AIP). It outlines a model that both Practitioners and Consultants can use in supervision to formulate a treatment plan that immediately addresses obstacles.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn how to identify and begin working with general blocking beliefs which impede processing in phase four (e.g. “don’t show emotions”).
  2. Develop therapist’s awareness of transference and countertransference communications and how to actively use this information to enhance effective case conceptualisation.
  3. Considering how trauma affects the client’s bodily state in order to plan appropriate preparation/resourcing before processing.

Understanding these factors within phases one – treatment planning, and phase two – preparation stages of the protocol will improve engagement and access to AIP in phase four.


Deborah is an Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and EMDR Consultant. She has over twenty years of experience working with mild to complex cases within different settings, and is now working in private practice. Her work continues to be mixed, with a focus on attachment and complex trauma, working both short-term and long term.  Deborah values the importance of both transparency and collaboration within the therapeutic relationship. Assessment and treatment planning is a special interest for Deborah.  She is enthusiastic about making therapy as efficient as possible, to help her clients reach their therapeutic goals.

Deborah has facilitative style to her training, encouraging independent learning through her use of clinical examples.

3 CPD points have been awarded by the EMDR Association UK.

Cost:  £30 members   £45 non-members

The session will be recorded and will only be available for 28 days after the event.