The Body's Melodies and Narratives: EMDR Therapy and Somatic Interventions with Children
8 hour virtual workshop divided into 3 modules: Two modules of 3 hours and one of 2 hours - for therapists fully trained in EMDR therapy
This online workshop provides advanced strategies borrowed from somatic therapies to enhance the work necessary to assist children with complex clinical presentations process traumatogenic material. Clinicians will be able to develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans based on the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP) while including more actively the information that is held somatically. (2) How to efficiently work with the body during preparation phase will be presented. Clinicians will learn to identify, access and enhance positive bodily states and utilize the body as a resource with children. Playful strategies are introduced to mindfully direct children to listen to how the body tells its story and develop “somatic narratives.” (3) Considering that children with complex trauma present with attachment injuries inflicted when lower brain areas of the child were still developing, their capacities for affect regulation can be compromised (Ogden & Gomez, 2012). The use of strategies that work directly with subcortical brain regions and the body can assist children in becoming more resourced to access the aftermath of chronic early trauma. Clinicians will learn how to give “voice” to the body so children can access playfully somatically held maladaptive information. Interweaves focused on modulating arousal and the use of somatic strategies such as: tracking, oscillation/pendulation, titration, directed mindfulness, tracking movement and the actions of the body and sensorimotor sequencing among others. (4) Clinicians will learn how actively involve the body in a developmentally appropriate fashion during the installation phase and body scan.
- Participants will be able to cite aspects of the Adaptive Information Processing model in conjunction with the concept of dysregulated arousal, top-down/bottom-up processing, the polyvagal theory and the triune brain when doing EMDR therapy case conceptualization with children.
- Participants will learn basic principles of somatic therapies that can be used and applied throughout the eight phases of EMDR therapy with children.
- Children with complex clinical presentations and small windows of affect tolerance often times do not respond well to resources that are "too cognitive." This workshop will present numerous body oriented resources and strategies that work with the lower brain.
- Participants will be able to use metaphors and analogies to explain the body’s alarm system and the triune brain with children. How the body creates its own narrative and how to help children see the body as an intelligent unit that has its own story and its own way of telling it will be covered. Clinicians will learn strategies and specific ways to help children understand the connection between "the mind, the heart and the body" and how it is disrupted when trauma occurs.
- Participants will be able to use EMDR games to help children develop sensory and somatic awareness and literacy. Participants will be able to use interweaves that directly work with somatic material while addressing the different plateaus of information processing:
• Power and control.
- Participants will be able to use interweaves that allow children to complete defense responses and meet unmet needs expressed through the body. In addition somatic interventions with the child that involve the caregiver will be addressed.
- Participants will learn how to follow procedural steps of EMDR therapy while allowing the body to participate through singing and dancing to the rhythm of the positive cognition.