Organising this event was a huge task for myself and Committee colleague Del Atkins and HACP Administrator, David Brown and I am very pleased to report that the event was overall a big success. I arrived early to meet the trainer Dr Ines Santos, who I had met before, when she assisted at my own EMDR training with the late Sian Morgan. Ines was assisted by two Consultant colleagues Helen Lea and Deborah Fish.

There was a large cohort of 36 HACP members present for the training and a very excited buzz in the air. New Place is a beautiful setting and we took over the Stratford Suite, which consisted of a large training room, 4 outbreak rooms and a separate coffee lounge. New Place is an old building and there were challenges with the plumbing and temperature regulation, but our catering needs were well attended to and the two-course hot lunch was a delightful surprise. The grounds provided a peaceful and tranquil break from the intensity of the training. Del and I did not sit in during the training sessions, but remained available in the background, resolving logistical and organisational issues as they arose and joined in with the chatter and debrief at break times.

 Feedback from members was excellent, and they highly rated the quality of the training and its delivery.  Members appreciated the handouts and found the training to be comprehensive, professional and great value.

Part Two is taking place online on 9th February 2024 which because it is a day of supervision and practice, I am not joining. I am however very much looking forward to seeing everyone for the conclusion at Part Three, 11th to the 13th April 2025 and experiencing how their confidence and enjoyment of EMDR has evolved.

Group photo below to evidence we all made it through to the end of day three. Well done everyone who attended. It was a pleasure to host such a wonderful cohort. May I once again extend my heartfelt thanks to the wonderful trainers, Ines, Helen and Deborah and also to my HACP colleagues Del and David for working so hard, above and beyond, to make this training happen.

Julie May