EMDR Canada 2018 Annual Conference


The EMDR clinicians who gave birth to EMDR Canada in 1998 came from Newfoundland, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British-Columbia, Ontario and New-Brunswick. Ever since, EMDR Canada has made great efforts to provide services across Canada in both English and French.

We will continue to try to reach out as much as possible to all Regions across the country in the future. After a successful Conference in Banff 2017, this year’s Conference will be held at the Hôtel Palace Royal in Quebec city, Quebec on April 13-14-15.  On the West Coast, on the East Coast or in the Center of Canada, we all have the same goal to support and promote high standards of EMDR practice and research

It is most convenient to fly into Quebec airport (YQB) or Montreal Trudeau airport (YUL) if you are travelling via air.  Please note that Montreal airport is a 3 hours drive from the Hotel Palace Royal in Quebec city and Québec airport is a 30 minutes drive.  By train, it is around 3 hours 20 minutes trip from Montréal.  VIA RAIL, as a major ground transportation company is pleased to offer us a 10% discount. The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:


The entire conference will take place at the Palace Royal, so it is not necessary to have a car unless you want to do some sight seeing out of Québec City Area.  To learn more about the tourist activities to do in Québec City, visit the website QUÉBEC OFFICIAL TOURISM  WEBSITE.



parnell2KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.

Attachment-Focused EMDR: A Client-Centered Therapy for Healing Childhood Trauma and Neglect

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is the director of the Parnell Institute and developer of Attachment-focused EMDR™ . She is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, author, and leading expert on Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Since 1995 she has trained thousands of clinicians in EMDR both nationally and internationally.

Additionally, Dr. Parnell has also taught EMDR at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was core faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness. Currently, she teaches EMDR through the Parnell Institute, Alliant International University, Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, ID Institut in Kassel Germany, and the New York Open Center. She is the author of five books on EMDR, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, Tapping In, and her latest release Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma.

Dr. Parnell has a strong interest in the integration of EMDR cross-culturally. Fluent in Spanish, she was a member of the Spanish speaking team that brought EMDR to Argentina and Columbia. She has worked in mental health clinics serving low income clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and is dedicated to making EMDR and other bilateral stimulation therapies accessible to those in need. She currently resides in San Rafael, California and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

4KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Philippe Gauvreau, DPs & Guy Boucher, MA

EMDR with the Military, Paramilitary and First Responders. A Workshop for those who protect those who protect.

Dr Philippe Gauvreau, psychologist worked for 15 years in hospital settings and since 2008 has been full-time in private practice. He is a licensed psychologist with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec and with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

An EMDRIA Approved Consultant since 2007, Philippe joined the Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic EMDR Training Program as Facilitator, becoming a trainer in 2009. Since then he’s offered over 20 EMDR Therapy Basic Trainings in French or English in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes. Philippe has also presented at past EMDR Canada Conferences or offered advanced workshops on topics such as EMDR to treat Anxiety Disorders, Complex Trauma /Dissociation or Refining EMDR Clinical Skills. He has co-organized EMDR Workshops and was EMDR Canada’s 2014 Annual Conference Chair.

From 2004 to 2007 he did his Doctoral research on the efficacy of EMDR to treat Generalised anxiety disorder. His study was published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research in 2008.

Guy Boucher holds an MA in clinical psychology/neuropsychology from UQTR. He has been licensed as a psychologist/neuropsychologist with the OPQ since 1999. In 2011 Guy completed his EMDR Basic Training and went on to become an EMDRIA Approved Consultant by 2014 and works as a facilitator with Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic’s EMDR Basic Trainings. He is also a clinical professor with the Université Laval in Québec City. He mainly works with military, veterans and RCMP members at the OSI Clinic in Québec City.


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 Handouts Online


After a successful experience in 2017, handouts will be again available on our website this year. Unless otherwise specified, all handouts for the 2018 EMDR Canada Annual Conference will be available online on the EMDR Canada website as of April 6th until May 15th 2018.  The access code will be provided on your registration receipt.  All access code must be enter with CAPITAL LETTERS.  Please be sure to print or dowload the handouts for all the workshops you will be attending.  Hard copies will not be available at the conference.


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