Leading the Way in Trauma Therapy

EMDR - Child & Adolescent

bookemdrca.gifEMDR In Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy


Based on the (included) book: Greenwald, R. (1999). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Description: This book guides readers through trauma-informed treatment - including the EMDR protocol - as it applies to children and adolescents. The author models the essential elements of skillful communication and demonstrates through engaging case examples and creative metaphors the art of working with children, adolescents, and their families. This book also offers specific tools for integrating EMDR into an overall trauma-informed treatment plan for children and adolescents with problem behaviors, post-traumatic stress, and other symptoms.

Note: Gaining competency in EMDR requires formal supervised training. However, any mental health professional can benefit from this program, which teaches about EMDR, emphasizes the overall trauma-informed treatment approach, and teaches many skills which will be immediately applicable, even without EMDR training.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma and loss can contribute to kids' presenting problems.
  • Describe the essential components of a trauma-informed treatment approach.
  • Describe the procedures involved in EMDR, and how these may vary in child/adolescent treatment.

Participants already trained in EMDR will additionally be able to:

  • Implement the practical technical skills needed to adapt EMDR for use with children and adolescents.
  • Adjust the EMDR protocol to accommodate the age of the child.
  • Work with parents to facilitate their support of EMDR.
  • Integrate EMDR into a comprehensive child treatment approach.