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VIRTUAL-I See You, I Feel You, I Know You: An EMDR Attachment-Focused Model to Heal the Parent, the Child and Strengthen Their Bond

Event Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015 to Saturday, June 6, 2015
Friday, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm

Module 1-May 29 from 9 am to 12 pm Arizona time

Module 2-May 30 from 9 am to 12 pm Arizona time

Module 3-June 5 from 9 am to 12 pm Arizona time

Module 4-June 6 from 9 am to 12 pm Arizona time
Do you work with children wounded within the parent-child relationship? Do you work with children with attachment traumas and injuries? Do you work with parents and children with unresolved trauma and loss? Do you work with intergenerational trauma? Do you work with clients with attachment injuries and unmet attachment needs?
Mentalization and reflective function (Fonagy & Target), Mindsight (Siegel), mind-mindedness (Meins), insightfulness (Koren-Karie), metacognitive monitoring (Main & Hesse) are all constructs linked to the parents capacity to develop infant’s attachment security. However, unresolved trauma and loss appears to impair these capacities in parents. This presentation is designed to provide step-by-step strategies to use the eight phases of EMDR therapy effectively with parents and children to heal intergenerational trauma.
An original model to work with parents and children that include four different levels of parental involvement:
Level 1- Psychoeducation
Level 2- Emotion regulation and mentalization work
Level 3- Processing
Level 4-Dyadic work
The use of the AAI will be discussed providing tips on how to use it clinically to identify parent’s potential tendencies towards insecure states of mind with regards to their own attachment experiences. How to work with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind throughout the eight phases with parents will be discussed so the capacity to “hold the child’s mind in mind” (Fonagy) can be promoted. In addition, how to utilize group protocols with parents and children especially for mental health agencies and clinicians in a group practice will be reviewed.
Case conceptualization strategies and Preparation tools that include protocols to enhance the parent’s capacity for differentiation and boundary awareness as well as linkage and connection will be addressed. The use of videos to promote the development of attunement and the capacity of the parent to synchronize to the child’s internal states will be studied. In addition, the use of Theraplay strategies and the installation of dyadic-regulated states with the child and the parent will be demonstrated. Moreover, how to resource the "parent's younger self" and "the child's little self" will be covered.
A wide range of interventions and interweaves will be presented that can be effectively used during the reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy with parents and children. Dyadic processing and the use of dyadic-reparative interweaves will be presented. Interweaves using ego states and Internal Family Systems (IFS) strategies will be demonstrated. In addition, "storytelling" intergenerational interweaves that can repair attachment wounds will be addressed. These strategies are used with the purpose of assisting parents and children in assimilating and integrating thwarted attachment experiences that currently inhibit the parent's ability to respond contingently and synchronically to the child’s needs and inhibits the child's capacity to connect and attach securely.
Program level: Full EMDR training required. 12 CEUs.
Virtual workshop presented in four modules of 4 hours each.

Clinicians will learn:
• Case conceptualization skills to use with children with complex clinical presentations due to presenting with attachment and intergenerational trauma where the wounding is occurring within the sacred parent-child relationship.
• The Basics of the use of the Adult Attachment Interview. How to identify tendencies towards dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind. How to listen to the children and the parent's narratives.
• How to identify wounding parent-child dynamics.
• How to identify and work around children's mechanisms of adaptations such as: Idealization, role reversal, controlling behaviors etc.
• How to use EMDR group protocols and individual work with children and parents.
• How to develop resources during preparation phase such as:
• Safe-calm-happy place with the parent and the child
• The use of Theraplay and the installation of dyadic-regulated states.
• Dyadic-RDI (Resource Development and Installation) with parents and children
• How to resource and work with the "inner child" of the parent and the child
• Strategies to promote the parent's mentalizing capacities
• The boundary protocol
• How to use dyadic-reparative interweaves with children
• Interweaves directed to assist the "inner child" of the parent in his/her own individual sessions in meeting unmet attachment needs.
• Interweaves that repair and explain intergenerational wounds.
Videos will be presented to give workshop attendees a very tangible and concrete experience.