EMDR Therapy and Complex Trauma in Children

Saturday, September 29, 2018; 8:00am – 4:00pm

One Partnership Circle, Abingdon VA 24210

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Sponsored by:

Highlands Community Services


Presented by:

Cherilyn Rowland-Petrie, MA, LMHC
6 EMDRIA credits, program number 17019-10
Approved for 6 CEs, Program #; Approved for 6 EMDRIA Credits Program #


About This Course

EMDR Therapy can be highly effective with children and teens, but complex cases require advanced case conceptualization and clinical interventions.  This six hour workshop is designed to take you beyond Basic EMDR Training so you can work more confidently with children who present with complex trauma, including attachment injury, abuse, and neglect. These children 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 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.”



$125 prior to August 28, 2018 (Discount applied at checkout)
Registration Closes – 08/25/2018
Includes CEs


About The Presenter

Cherilyn Rowland-Petrie Cherilyn became a Florida Qualified Supervisor in 2006 and was credentialed as an Approved Consultant in EMDR Therapy in 2013 through the EMDR International Association.  She is a Training Facilitator for both Trauma Recovery/HAP and the EMDR Institute.  Currently, Cherilyn is the Clinical Supervisor for the Mental Health Team at Kids House, a Children’s Advocacy Center in Seminole County, Florida.  There, she specializes in using EMDR Therapy to treat children and adolescents who have experienced early trauma, attachment injury, and neglect, and who have complex clinical presentations.  Cherilyn is committed to training others to meet the needs of these traumatized children.  She believes in supporting other professionals as they navigate the learning curve of EMDR Therapy and is excited about helping them find creative and effective ways to intervene in the lives of children. Cherilyn is a gifted teacher and frequent presenter at both state and national conferences.



8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration, coffee and housekeeping
8:30 am – 11:45 am Session with 15 minute break
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch on site
12:30 pm – 3:45 pm – Lecture, Practice, and Videos
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Wrap Up


Thanks to Highlands Community Services for hosting this training!

If you would like to bring an EMDR Basic or Advanced training to your community, contact Claire Mauer at:
Claire@ConnectEMDR.com or (407) 970-7915

Continuing Education credit for this program is under review by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 6.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 6.0 continuing education hours of credit.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 6.0 CE hours of credit.
Refunds: Participants cancelling up to 48 hours prior to the event will receive a refund, minus a 3% credit card processing fee.

Grievances: Connect CE/U provider Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accessibility: Connect EMDR’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Claire Mauer (321) 765-3961.

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