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Live Workshops

Working with Complex Trauma, Attachment Wounds and Dissociation Across the Life Span

Children and adults with complex, early chronic relational trauma and wounded attachment systems have developed defenses and negative internal representations of themselves. This presentation addresses latest research and literature on complex, early attachment trauma and its effect on the body, biological and emotional systems and brain circuitry.
Important elements of what constitutes a comprehensive treatment of complex, relational trauma will be covered. Strategies designed to modulate arousal, maintain dual awareness and a mindful presence, challenge procedural memory, challenge the window of tolerance, meet unmet attachment needs, nurture the younger self and the inner family, complete truncated defenses, and reconnect to the mind, the heart and the body in fresh and novel ways will be presented.
Participants attending this seminar will be able to:
1.   Cite theories that directly address the key elements of attachment security.
2.   Learn how thwarted attachment experiences and trauma that occur early in life affect the capacity of the individual for regulation, connection and present awareness.

Intensive Program in EMDR Therapy with Children

EMDR Child Specialist Level 1 Intensive Program: 
8 hours of online training
30 hours of intensive-retreat training-
A total of 38 CEUs (EMDRIA CEUs)
Cost:  (Includes training materials, 6 hours of online training, 30 hours of intensive training, 8 hours of consultation & all breakfasts)
In the EMDR child specialist level 1 intensive program you will receive 6 hours of online training, 30 hours of intensive training and 8 hours of consultation where you will learn:
1.    In depth case conceptualization using the AIP (Adaptive Information processing) model, attachment theory, and the polyvagal theory.  
2.    Following these 8 hours, you will attend an intensive-week long training in beautiful Sedona, AZ in an intimate setting where you can learn advanced skills and practice under the direction of Ana Gomez, the HOW TOs of EMDR therapy with children.

Advanced Workshop - Step By Step: Making EMDR Therapy Effective and Developmentally Appropriate with Children and Adolescentes

This two-day workshop focuses on specific strategies that will assist clinicians in following EMDR therapy principles and procedures while meeting the developmental needs of children and adolescents. Clinicians will learn how to make EMDR therapy successful and effective even with difficult clients. This workshop has 18 video clips that explain step by step each phase of EMDR therapy.

Advanced Workshop 2 - Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociative Symptoms

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.

Advanced Workshop 3 - I See You, I Feel You, I Know You: An EMDR Attachment-focused Model to heal the Parent-Child bond

EMDR clinicians face the challenge of working with children with wounds and trauma occurring within the parent-child relationship.  Caregivers that lack reflective function and mentalizing capacities (Fonagy & Target), or mindsight skills (Siegel) all of which are constructs related to the ability of the human mind to see itself and see the mind of the other, are unable to promote attachment security. These thwarted attachment experiences remain buried in the minds of the parent and the child in implicit nonconcious memory, making it difficult for the clinician to access such information. Children with insecure patterns of attachment have not been “seen, felt, understood and known” by their important caregivers and as a result have not developed a coherent sense of self.