Advanced applications of EMDR in child psychotherapy


This presentation is for therapists who have learned the basic EMDR protocol and are interested in expanding their skills in using EMDR in individual treatment with children. The information for the presentation comes from the trainers fidelity study on EMDR with children. The trainers will initially provide a description of Adaptive Information Processing Theory integrated with theories of human development in the treatment of children with EMDR. The presentation then will focus on teaching therapists to use EMDR with specific childhood diagnoses, or presenting problems including children who are gifted, and children who present with symptoms consistent with ADHD, dissociation, anxiety, attachment disorders, and sexual reactivity. Therapists will also learn how to use EMDR with regulatory issues in children including sleep issues and toilet training, as well as with behavioral issues such as school phobias. Each protocol follows the eight phases of EMDR with additions or modifications as indicated to adjust for the specific symptom of the child. The EMDR therapist will learn how to expand the use of the protocol to other childhood diagnoses in addition to trauma. The presentation will include the use of play therapy, behavioral therapy, and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy integrated into the eight phases of EMDR. Training will include case studies, videos and case conceptualization when using EMDR with specific childhood disorders.






Robbie Adler-Tapia
Carolyn Settle

Original Work Citation

Adler-Tapia, R., & Settle, C. (2014, June). Advanced applications of EMDR in child psychotherapy. Preconference presentation at the 15th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland



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