The EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP)


for Partners affected by Relationship Betrayal from significant other’s Compulsive Sexual Behaviour


with Leigh Brown

Past Event on Saturday 22 January 2022

9.30am – 2.45pm

4 EMDR Association CPD points awarded

This was an online event via Zoom. 

Leigh Brown, EMDR Practitioner and Sex & Relationship Psychotherapist based in our EMDR South Central Region, shared her experiences of working with betrayed partners in a group setting.  Leigh introduced the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP) as a useful approach for you to include in your clinical practice.

Fee:    £ 30 for members and £40 for non-members of EMDR Association UK

During the COVID pandemic, factors such as lockdowns, social isolation, job losses, furloughs, insecurities, and increased anxiety have contributed to a corresponding sharp intake in the use of pornography. In turn, more people have been developing compulsive sexual behaviours on-screen.  There has also been an increase in illegal sexual material being viewed. These people will start showing up in your therapy room, and for those therapists who say that they don’t work with sex offenders, you may well find their traumatised partners in need of help.

Drawing upon her EMDR masters’ research and dissertation, Leigh explained the stages of recovery for a partner and discussed the psychometric measures she used, pre- and post- the IGTP intervention and shared the outcomes of her study.

The event included small break-out groups to discuss EMDR and the stages of recovery.  Participants had an opportunity to follow the stages with your own set of materials. 

Learning objectives included:

  • Consider an EMDR group versus an individual therapy approach through discussion of dissertation example and case study of individual use of the same materials.
  • Practise using the IGTP materials.
  • Learn about the stages of partner recovery and when EMDR can be effectively used.
  • Explore attitudes to this type of work, especially with sex offenders.
  • Consider psychometric tools and outcome measures for treatment efficacy.

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