I See You, I Feel You, I Know You: An EMDR Attachment-Focused Model to Heal the Parent-Child Bond
Advanced Workshop 3
Two day workshop
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. As a result, they have developed defenses and internal representations of the self as inadequate, shameful and unworthy and the other as unavailable and incapable of meeting deep needs for connection and safety. This presentation will discuss the latest research and literature on the link between attachment security and mentalizing capacities. In addition, this workshop presents an innovative multilevel EMDR attachment-focused model to work with parents with insecure states of mind and their children. This includes: Psychoeducation, emotion regulation, trauma processing and parent-child dyadic work. The use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) will be discussed providing tips on how to use it clinically to identify the parent’s buried tendencies towards dismissing, preoccupied or unresolved states of mind with regards to their own attachment experiences. Case conceptualization strategies and Preparation tools that include protocols to enhance the parent’s capacity for differentiation and connection will be addressed. In addition, this workshop will briefly address the ethical considerations and challenges of working therapeutically with children and their parents.
Participants attending this seminar will be able to:
1. Cite theories that directly address the key elements of attachment security in infants and children and the accompanying elements of the caregiving system.
2. Identify and apply key elements to develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans using attachment theory and the AAI.
3. Use a multilevel EMDR attachment-focused model with parents with insecure states of mind and their children. This includes: Psychoeducation, emotion regulation, trauma processing and parent-child dyadic work.