EMDR Therapy and Complex Trauma in Children

Children and teens with developmental trauma and neglect need a specialized approach that facilitates successful relational resourcing, development of affect regulation skills, and substantial titrated processing work to support comprehensive EMDR treatment.

This presentation will explore relevant neuroscience and will address issues of affect regulation including skill deficits and the ways in which early care templates impact current self-care. You will learn how to overcome common obstacles to identifying and accessing traumatic material. You will learn when and how to implement advanced processing strategies to address therapeutic blockages and actively triggered disturbance.

Material will follow the Eight Phases of EMDR Trauma Therapy whenever possible and any deviations from that model will be explained to participants so that they will be able to make effective clinical adaptions for this population. This workshop will primarily consist of lecture with a one-hour practicum at the end of the day.

Participants Will Learn To

  • Integrate current neuroscience research into their understanding of the effects of childhood trauma and neglect.
  • Conceptualize complex child presentations in terms of the Adaptive Information Processing model.
  • Apply skills for effective Phase 1 History Taking.
  • Develop skills for effective Phase 2 Preparation of children with complex presentations.
  • Recognize and address dissociative symptoms in children.
  • Understand and utilize “Tip of the Finger” processing to address therapeutic blockages, stuck points, and actively triggered disturbances.

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed EMDR Basic Training with an EMDRIA-approved training provider.

What People Are Saying
“Thanks for all the new techniques! I feel like I can finally help some of my most traumatized kids.”
“Everything was wonderful! It reiterated my previous learning and expanded my knowledge and skill base.”
“Wonderful! I left with practical interventions and great resources for further study”
“Cherilyn is awesome! She is well-versed in the material and I learned so much from her.”