On Demand 9 Hour Video Course

Family Therapy Component of the Integrative Attachment Trauma Child Protocol: Help for Traumatized Children and Their Families

Training for EMDR and Non-EMDR Mental Health Practitioners

Presenters: Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP & Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LMHP

9 Hour Video Course 

The webinar consists of three 3-hour pre-recorded videos.  Watch and listen from the comfort of anywhere as Deb, Cathy, and Stefanie teach the steps of the IATP protocol through a colorful powerpoint presentation, case presentations, and over thirty plus videos of their work with abused and neglected children. Allow time for the presentations to download, and then start and stop wherever you like.  The videotaped presentations are very high quality and come with handouts that you can download and print.

(CEs pending)

This 9 hour on demand course is intended for master’s level or doctoral level clinicians.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate.


If you are with a non-profit, contact angidatcnebraska@gmail.com about non-profit discount.

Learn the family therapy component of the integrative protocol to help children with severe behaviors such as lying, stealing, aggression, sexualized behaviors, and elimination problems.  Shift parents from understanding their children as behavior problems to understanding them through the lens of trauma.  Coach parents in methods that help heal and integrate their child’s brain.  Learn to utilize “detective work” and the “domino method,” remove shame and create new insight for parents and children.  Identify children’s negative beliefs and triggers and understand their traumatic origins.  Create awareness and compassion for the inner child within the child and create a therapeutic story for healing.  Learn to integrate the family therapy component with EMDR as a solo therapist or through a collaborative team for the most efficient resolution of symptoms and behaviors in traumatized children.

  •  Learn to integrate the family therapy component with EMDR.
  •  Implement the protocol as a solo EMDR therapist or through collaboration with an EMDR therapist.
  •  View numerous videos of work with severe trauma cases.

 You will leave the workshop prepared to:

  • Show parents how to make sense of the severe behaviors of their complex child through the lens of trauma.
  • Identify signs of attachment disorganization related to early maltreatment or loss.
  • Coach parents in managing “downstairs” meltdowns and other severe behaviors.
  • Implement detective work in a non-shaming manner during family therapy to identify triggers, beliefs, and traumas driving problem behaviors.
  • Implement the domino method to remove shame and help children and parents interrupt dysfunctional patterns.
  • Help children strengthen their “most grown-up” self.
  • Help children and parents develop compassion for the “hurt smaller child within.”
  • Help avoidant children begin addressing traumatic memories and making sense of their past through psycho-education and timeline activities.
  • Write an effective therapeutic story for healing attachment trauma for children in permanent placements, foster care, or residential care.
  • Teach and practice self-regulation, communication, and pro-social skills with traumatized children and their parents.


  1. Complete the history-taking checklist regarding a hypothetical child case, identifying the child’s problem behaviors, early traumas, possible negative beliefs, and triggers.
  2. Identify 3 reminders for parents that can help parents become more attuned and supportive of the traumatized child.
  3. Identify 2 rationale for introducing the concept of “the smaller child within the child.”
  4. Identify 3 questions to help parents and child understand and interrupt “the domino effect.”
  5. Name 2 errors that can change the written therapeutic story from therapeutic to non-therapeutic.
 Module One

12:00-1:00  Conceptualization of Attachment Trauma through AIP Model and Overview of Integrative Model

1:00-2:00    Helping Parents Respond with Attunement

2:00-3:00    Mindfulness/Recognizing the Smaller Child Within

Module Two

12:00-1:30   Brainwork

1:30-3:00     Detective Work

Module Three

12:00-1:00    Dominoes

1:00-1:30      Meltdowns

1:30-2:30      Therapeutic Story

2:30-3:00     Dissociation/Q & A




IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DISABILITY OR CONCERNS: Please contact Debra Wesselmann –deb@atcnebraska.com or 402-981-6130.