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Wednesday May 8, 2024 and Thursday May 9, 2024

9AM -5PM Eastern Time

–with Child & Family Expert Cherilyn Rowland Petrie


About This Course

EMDR Therapy can be very effective with children and teens, but even simple cases require modifications and complex cases require advanced case conceptualization and clinical interventions. This two-day training includes lecture, video, and practicum exercises designed to help clinicians successfully integrate EMDR Therapy into their work with children. We’ll move beyond Basic EMDR Training so you can work more confidently with children who present with complex trauma, including attachment injury, abuse, and neglect.


We’ll begin with how to set up a playroom with the Adaptive Information Processing model in mind, how to engage children in each of the 8 Phases, and how to create play and expressive arts interweaves.  Participants will also review the neuroscience of trauma in children.
We will then focus on developing advanced skills to work 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 substantially titrated processing work to support comprehensive EMDR treatment.
We’ll cover more in depth neuroscience, including the neurobiology of attachment and shame.  Participants will learn when and how to implement advanced strategies such as Tip of the Finger processing to address therapeutic blockages and actively triggered disturbance. The goal is to recognize, prevent and/or move through those “stuck points” that can stall progress.
Material will follow the Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy whenever possible and any deviations from that model will be explained so that participants can make effective clinical adaptions.
All times reflect the Eastern Time Zone as Cherilyn is based in central Florida. To convert to your time zone, use the World Clock feature on your iPhone home screen or click here.