Beyond Desensitization: EMDR to Expand the Window of Tolerance with Children/Teens
Children and teens with a traumatic past are often reactive to ordinary present-day feelings and events in addition to direct reminders of trauma such as a difficult math assignment or interruption of playtime. Participants will learn to implement EMDR therapy with the goal of expanding children’s feelings tolerance to ordinary daily stressors and eliminating meltdowns, aggression, and other reactive behaviors. Lecture and videos will illustrate creative methods for activating emotions in session, playful methods of engaging children in processing, and interweaves to activate processing, strengthen emotional coping, and deepen the experience of self-regulation.
Participants will be able to…
- Apply the feelings brain-thinking brain activity to increase access to adaptive information.
- Initiate Self-Regulation Development and Installation through coaching the child/teen who is dysregulated in session and reinforcing the positive shift with BLS.
- Implement the domino activity followed immediately by EMDR Future Rehearsal with a child/teen who easily dysregulates.
- Apply an ego state interweave during EMDR reprocessing of a current trigger with a child/teen with a history of developmental trauma.
1 hour Activating the Thinking Brain and De-escalating Shame
1 hour Expanding the Window through S-RDI
1 hour Dominoes, Future Rehearsals, and Two-Drawings
1 hour Interactive and Ego State Interweaves for Processing Current Triggers