The Miracle of Mindfulness | The Miracle of EMDR

presented by
George Abbott PhD

 Both EMDR Therapy and mindfulness meditation are intended to eliminate human suffering. While EMDR Therapy was developed to relieve extraordinary suffering from traumatic experiences, the aim of mindfulness practice is to relieve everyday, mundane suffering. The two approaches complement each other in the goal of relieving all human suffering.

The workshop is designed to explore these two practices and how their applications can lead to changes in mental states and traits (stages) of consciousness. Participants will explore how these practices can help promote the development of “higher waves” of human consciousness. You will be invited to consider client profiles suggesting referral for EMDR Therapy, mindfulness training, or both. Finally, the benefits of mindfulnesspractice for your own life and work will be discussed.


Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
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This is a live online webinar via Zoom.

Pricing Overview:

Regular Rate: $125

 BIPOC/Working 30+ hours in community mental health Rate: $90

Repeat Attendee: 50% discount*

*Must include details of past attendance in the Discount Notes section when registering. Only applies to prior attendees of the Miracle of Mindfulness event with George Abbott, not for attendees of other Abbott-Lobenstine events.


The workshop provides 5 EMDR CEs and 5 CE hours through NBCC for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs are included. Some states (such as NY State) may require separate approval for CEs in that state. Clinicians in those states will not receive professional CEs.


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About George Abbott

Dr. Abbott is on the clinical faculty of the EMDR Institute. He is a senior national trainer for the EMDR Trauma Recovery / HAP, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. 
George founded, and for 10 years directed mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Holyoke Medical Center, in Holyoke, MA.
He has presented workshops at various regional events and at EMDRIA Conferences. He founded the Association for the Advancement of Skill in Clinical Hypnosis and served as its chairperson for 20 years. George has also given numerous radio, television & newspaper interviews re: child abuse, drug abuse, foster care, adolescents, hypnosis, EMDR & stress management. He has taught clinical and child clinical psychology at Smith College.

Dr. Abbott is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA, and a Vipassana practitioner for 27 years.



What's in the workshop?

Dr. Abbott will explore similarities and differences between mindfulness meditation and EMDR Therapy. Participants will come to understand more about EMDR from the twenty-five-hundred-year-old practice of mindfulness AND more about the practice of mindfulness from the 30-year-old practice of EMDR Therapy!

The workshop includes lecture, case illustrations, experiential practices, video, and discussion.

Alan Watts wrote:

"Meditation is neither a philosophy nor a religion, but something more nearly resembling psychotherapy.”

What can I expect to learn?

  • Stories illustrating the Miracle of Mindfulness and the Miracle of EMDR from the treatment room
  • Why Francine Shapiro was initially concerned about comparing EMDR Therapy with mindfulness meditation
  • The explanatory AIP model for EMDR: “Transmutation” and “Reconsolidation” of memory.
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  • The explanatory model of Vipassana “To see things as they are”
  • The related goals of eliminating “Old Stuff” and “Old Sankhara” (old conditionings)
  • What the Abhidhamma, the central text of Eastern Psychology, identifies as “Healthy” vs. “Unhealthy” mental factors
  • Experiential exercises evoking “healthy mental states”, e.g., Insight, Proficiency, etc. 
  • Using EMDR Resource Enhancement
  • Models of the development of human consciousness: From archaic and mythological to conventional and from person-centered to post-personal forms, such as nature mysticism and deity mysticism
  • How to recognize the spontaneous emergence of higher levels of consciousness during EMDR Therapy sessions—and what to do about it?
  • How to know when to apply EMDR Therapy vs. when to refer clients for mindfulness training, or both EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness.

See how both EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation bring people to focus on their mental contents, emotions, and body sensations. Consider the potentials of these practices to help patients reach into higher levels of consciousness, however briefly, to solve problems that evade conventional levels of consciousness.This event presents a unique opportunity to reflect on information as provided by the leader in conjunction with your own professional and personal experiences, including engagement with various exercises in the workshop.

Discover what the ancient techniques of mindfulness meditation teach us about EMDR. And, learn more about mindfulness meditation from EMDR Therapy! Recognize and value the occasional spontaneous emergence of higher states of consciousness during EMDR Therapy. Take part in a profound exploration that can raise awareness in your work to assist those who are affected by trauma — especially traumatic loss.