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Working with trauma: art therapy & EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) - BOOKING CLOSED

This introductory course will provide an insight into EMDR methods and signpost to qualifying training pathways. Specific relaxation techniques and coping strategies will also be demonstrated to enable practitioners to help calm people in immediate distress and teach them to self-soothe. These techniques can be used to help individuals and groups, clients and staff, adults and children.

Saturday 16th July 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm


(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent 1 week before)

Booking now closed. Joining instructions to registered delegates have been sent. Please check your spam/junk folder first or if you haven`t received it email us at

Please note BAAT staff work flexibly, contacting the office on the day or evening before the start date will not always be responded to prior to the course starting.


**This course is open to all qualified professionals from the UK and Internationally**

EMDR used in art therapy sessions can speed up the therapeutic process and achieve results in a way that psychotherapy often cannot. EMDR has the potential to improve services, provide better value for money and produce stronger evidence of positive outcomes due to an inbuilt measuring scale.

Self-care for people working with trauma is crucial, so vicarious trauma related to working within both the charitable and public sectors will also be addressed.  

In order to develop a better understanding of what EMDR therapy is and how it can fit within art therapy practice, the course will include group work, presentations, experiential (relaxation techniques), art making and child and adult case examples (EMDR & Art Therapy combined). We will look at strategies for helping calm clients in distress, anger management, body based work (breathing exercises, mindfulness mediations), and posture work. We will also focus on vicarious trauma; how to recognise it and guard against.


Lee Anna Simmons is a state registered art therapist and is also fully trained and accredited in EMDR therapy with specialist Child and Adolescent training. She is based in London and also working in the Balkans. Lee runs 'Social Art Therapy Ltd, a small clinic in South East London and is partly based in Covent Garden www.EMDR.London. She uses EMDR & Art Psychotherapy to address specific blocks, phobias and past trauma. Lee has experience working in Adult Social Services in Greater London, a refugee camp and addiction centre in Lebanon, and primary, secondary and alternative provision schools in the UK. She also supervises social workers and therapists. Lee’s qualifications include a Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University, and Masters in Art practice from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. She is also qualified as a climbing instructor, occasionally taking people climbing as part of their trauma therapy.

Additional Information:

Please Note: Limited places available 

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.



x3 Reduced Rate for Unemployed Members: £85.00

Please Note: We can not reserve reduced rate places.


Unemployed or Retired Member: £110.00


Underemployed Member: £120.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £130.00


Associate Member: £130.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £200.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £220.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.

Convenors: Lee Simmons

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