Creative adaptations for EMDR with children displaying complicated behaviors
For some children, the ability to process information has remained underdeveloped due to very early neglect, trauma, and sometimes additional developmental issues. Unusual behaviors and dissociation serve as a way to block and cope with buried trauma and disturbing emotions. Specific adaptations for overcoming blocked affect will be illustrated with demonstrations and videos including the “tip of the finger” method for reducing resistance during the preparation phase and the 2-handed approach and the 2-drawings approach to increase awareness of negative and positive choices and associated thoughts and affect during EMDR. The use of puppets and plays to help children access small portions of trauma memories will be also be illustrated with demonstrations and video.
Original Work Citation
Armstrong, S., Schweitzer, C., & Wesselmann, D. (2014, September). Creative adaptations for EMDR with children displaying complicated behaviors. Presentation at the 20th EMDR International Association Conference, Denver, CO
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