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EMDR with Children and Youth: Advanced EMDR Workshop with Ana Gomez

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Mount Royal University

4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest

Calgary, Alberta T2X 3S1


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Workshop description: Day #1

Step by Step: Making EMDR Therapy Effective and Developmentally Appropriate for Children

This workshop focuses on specific strategies that will assist clinicians in following EMDR therapy principles and procedures while meeting the developmental needs of children.

Clinicians will learn how to make EMDR therapy successful and effective even with difficult clients. This workshop has numerous video clips that explain step by step each phase of EMDR therapy.

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP).

  • Identify key factors when establishing the client’s readiness for EMDR therapy.

  • Effectively prepare children for EMDR therapy. This includes a wide and rich variety of resources for stabilization and affect regulation as well as the use of RDI (Resource Development and Installation).

  • Identify targets using developmentally appropriate float-back, affect scan and mapping strategies.

  • Use play therapy strategies to assist children in identifying past memories of trauma and adversity, triggers and the future desired outcome.

  • Use a wide range and different types of interweaves that are child-friendly and more suitable for children.

  • Use “The Skill Building Phase” and EMDR Games to facilitate and enhance the use of EMDR therapy with children.

  • Use effective strategies with children to prepare the nervous system before reprocessing traumatic material to optimize the child’s integrative capacity.

  • Use a wide variety of strategies geared to modulate arousal during reprocessing with children that tend to move into hyper- or hypo-arousal states.

Workshop description: Day # 2

The World of Stories and Symbols: An Introduction to the EMDR- Sandtray Protocol (*formal training in Sandray not required)

It is not necessary to have the formal training in Sandtray therapy as this protocol has its own procedures and principles rooted within the AIP model.

This is an innovative training that presents an introduction to the EMDR- Sandtray protocol developed by Ana Gomez. This training covers an overview of the eight phases of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents and the use of the EMDR Sandtray Protocol.

This is especially useful for children that present with dysregulation of the affective system and require greater distance from the traumatic material. In addition, children that use a number of mechanism of adaptation such as avoidance can highly benefit from using this protocol. The EMDR-Sandtray protocol offers various levels of distance from the traumatic material: The actual memory of trauma where the self is present in the story, to the general story/world where the self is absent.

One of the wonderful assets of the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol is its capacity to access implicit and right hemisphere material through the use of stories, symbols and archetypes.

This seminar will prepare you to work with children that do not acknowledge or do not want to talk about the traumatic or adverse events, as well as:

  • Children in the child protective system

  • Children living in unpredictable and chaotic environments

  • Children with parents that are not able to provide appropriate support

  • Children with attachment injuries and unmet attachment needs

  • Children that use avoidance as a mechanism of adaptation

  • Children that become dysregulated or dissociative when trauma memories are brought up or activated

  • Children that despite going through a lengthy preparation phase cannot tolerate the accessing of traumatic material

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop case conceptualization skills to use with children and adolescents with complex clinical presentations that may require a greater level of distance from the traumatic material.

  • Learn basic Sandtray therapy procedures such as how to set up the sand tray, miniature collection etc.

  • Effectively set the various levels of distance offered by the EMDR-Sandtray protocol

  • Learn how to develop resources during preparation phase using the sand tray protocol, including: Safe-calm-happy place, Helpers, Resource spots, The little self-healing place

  • Learn to set up the assessment phase honoring the various levels of distance.

  • Learn how to use interweaves within the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol such as:

    Interweaves directed to meet attachment needs
    Interweaves directed to modulate arousal

  • Learn to playfully do the installation phase and body scan using the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol.

  • Videos and lots of pictures of therapeutic work will be presented to give workshop attendees a very tangible and concrete experience.

Workshop description: Day # 3

Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociative Symptoms: Treating Children with Emotion Dysregulation and Constriction Using EMDR Therapy.

This workshop provides theoretical and practical strategies to assist clinicians working with children with severe dysregulation or constriction of the affective system: Children exhibiting insecure patterns of attachment, developmental trauma and dissociative symptoms.

How to use EMDR therapy and attachment theory strategies directed to titrate the amount of trauma and keep children within manageable and tolerable levels of activation to facilitate reprocessing is demonstrated.

In addition, clinicians will learn advanced strategies to work with dissociative children and children with insecure patterns of attachment throughout the eight phases of EMDR therapy.

Participants 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 or emotionally constricted children.

  • Use advanced interventions to provide distance, titrate and help children overcome the phobia of the trauma and its accompanying effect.

  • 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 hypo arousal) 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.

  • Master the use of interweaves with children with complex and developmental trauma.

About the Instructor: Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents. Ana Gomez is an EMDRIA approved consultant; an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute, EMDR-IBA and EMDR-HAP trainer.Ana-Gomez-Photo

Ana has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma and adversity for almost 20 years.

Ana has been a guest lecturer for plenary sessions and pre-conference workshops on several occasions. She has been a guest speaker at the 2008 (Phoenix) and 2014 (Denver) EMDRIA conferences and the pre-conference workshop and plenary presentation at the EMDRIBA conference in Costa Rica. She has been a keynote speaker at the 2008 EMDR Brazil conference, the Touchstone Annual Childhood Trauma Conference in 2013 and 2014 and the SWS Annual Conference in 2014.

EMDRIA CEC's available (6 credits per day).

Schedule: 9 am - 5 pm each day. Breakfast and snacks included.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $895 plus admin fee + GST (Total $983.15 before September 1st, 2018).

REGULAR PRICE: $1050 plus admin fee + GST (Total $1151.54 after September 1st, 2018).

Contact information: Dominique D'Anjou at or 403-801-6710

For our Toronto event, hosted by Jillian Hosey MSW RSW, please click here.

Refund policy: Refunds on purchased tickets are available only until October 2nd, 2018. There is a $75 processing fee for all refunds. *Prices subject to change.

Campus Information
Please refer to the following link for the MRU Campus Map here.
• Visitor Parking is available in the East Gate Parkade for a day rate of $16.00/vehicle. The rate for evenings (after 4pm) and Saturdays is $8.25/vehicle.
• Visitor Parking is also available in our Day Lots for a day rate of $8.25/vehicle.
The rate for evenings (after 4pm) and Saturdays is $5.00/vehicle.
• Parking is free on Sundays.
• Guests have the option to pay at the designated machines with coins/bills, VISA or MasterCard.
• Please refer to the map via the link above for the parking lot locations.
Local Hotels:
MRU Residence 5-minute walk to the training) Hotel here.
Grey Eagle Resort (Free shuttle to the training) here.
Hotel Elan here.

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