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Advanced Workshop 2 - Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociative Symptoms

Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociative Symptoms: Treating Children with Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation Using EMDR Therapy and Adjunctive Approaches

Advanced Workshop 2

Two- day Workshop

This advanced workshop provides theoretical and practical strategies to assist clinicians working with children with severe dysregulation of the affective system such as: Children exhibiting insecure patterns of attachment, complex PTSD and dissociative symptoms . How to use EMDR therapy, attachment theory and adjunct approaches such as Ego State Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Theraplay, sand tray therapy and somatic interventions with children is addressed. Strategies directed to titrate the amount of trauma and keep children within manageable and tolerable levels of activation to facilitate reprocessing is demonstrated. 

Participants attending this seminar will be able to:

  • Use strategies for EMDR therapy case conceptualization and treatment plan development with children with complex trauma using the AIP model.
  • Use effective resources for stabilization and affect regulation that are suitable for dissociative and highly dysregulated children.
  • Use advance interventions to provide distance, titrate and help children overcome the phobia of the trauma and its accompanying affect.
  • Utilize EMDR therapy, attachment theory and adjunct approaches such as IFS, Sandtray therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Theraplay with children to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic material.
  • Clinicians working with children with severe deficits in affect regulation face the challenge of having these children become extremely aroused or dissociated during trauma reprocessing. These two responses (hyperarousal and hypoarousal) can interfere with the child’s ability to integrate traumatic material. Participants attending this seminar will learn strategies to keep children within manageable levels of arousal and maximize the child’s integrative capacities.
  • Utilize creative interweaves effectively with highly dysregulated children.