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Digital Seminar

2-Day EMDR Therapy for Kids and Teens: A Step-by-Step Training to Create Playful Pathways to Trauma Healing

Ann Meehan, MS, LPCC, RPT-S™
Approx. 12 Hours
Aug 20, 2024
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EMDR therapy is a game-changer for kids and teens – providing the sense of safety and security they need to heal.

But let’s face it, they struggle just being in your office, let alone talking about the traumatic things that got them into therapy in the first place.

So, the standard protocol you learned in basic training…well, that’s out of the question. And let’s be real – you don’t want to mess anything up or accidentally make this process tougher trying to just “figure it out” on your own.

That’s why EMDR consultant Ann Meehan created this comprehensive training. She’ll show you exactly how to use EMDR therapy with kids and teens and integrate the therapeutic powers of play to achieve incredible treatment results!

This training is your ultimate kid and teen toolkit, giving you everything you need to unlock the full potential of your EMDR practice. With tons of tools, interventions, and techniques you can use in every phase of treatment, you’ll finish this course ready to:

  • Better engage kids and teens when the last thing they want to talk about is their trauma
  • Know exactly who is ready for reprocessing and who needs more resources
  • Prepare clients for successful reprocessing with techniques for state change and resourcing
  • Get a clear understanding of the path of processing targets
  • Confidently troubleshoot stuck points and blocked processing
  • And much more!

Don’t miss this chance to feel more prepared to walk alongside young clients so they can thrive on their journey toward a brighter future.

Let the healing begin.

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Ann Meehan, MS, LPCC, RPT-S™'s Profile

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Ann Meehan, MS, LPCC, RPT-S™, is a mental health therapist who specializes in helping children, adolescents, and families heal, grow and move forward from life’s difficulties, big emotions, and challenging behaviors. She is an EMDR consultant and Registered Play Therapist™ and supervisor. With a passion for inspiring and empowering fellow therapists, Ann supports professionals in honing their skills and thriving in their practices through her blog The Playful Therapist and the Meehan Mental Health Services Training Center, where she offers training in both EMDR and play therapy. She is the owner of Create Wellness Center for Child and Adolescent Therapy and is the president of the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ann Meehan maintains a private practice and is the owner of Create Wellness and Meehan Mental Health Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ann Meehan is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and EMDRIA.

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  1. Identify the clinical implications of how attachment and trauma impact brain development.
  2. Utilize trauma assessment tools specific to children and adolescents.
  3. Determine indicators of when a young client has achieved sufficient stability for trauma work.
  4. Compare the differences in the EMDR protocol for kids and teens versus the adult population.
  5. Adapt the 8-phase model of EMDR therapy to work with the developmental level of the client.
  6. Choose three techniques for gathering targets for children and teens in EMDR.
  7. Evaluate why integrating play-based techniques is beneficial for child and teen treatment according to brain development.
  8. Identify 2 play therapy theories that can be integrated with EMDR for kids and teens.
  9. Determine how to assess dissociation in child and teen clients.
  10. Determine target selection based on symptoms, attachment, trauma history, and level of distance.
  11. Employ EMDR resourcing skills to increase clients’ emotional regulation.
  12. Determine five play-based ways to engage in installation, body scan, and closing of EMDR sessions.


Child EMDR Fundamentals

  • Impact of trauma on children and development
  • Impact of attachment trauma or unmet needs for functioning and EMDR processing
  • Review of standard EMDR protocol
  • Review of past, present, future model
  • Review of Adaptive Information Processing
  • Adaptations of standard protocol for children and adolescents
  • Diagnoses and symptoms that would benefit for EMDR for kids and teens
  • Research, treatment risks and limitations

Child and Teen EMDR Toolkit

  • Powers of play therapy
  • Combine play therapy techniques with EMDR
  • Sand tray and EMDR

Creative Play-Based Ways to Master Target Selection and More in Phase 1

  • Target assessment during diagnostic assessment
  • Direct target assessment with parents only vs. directly with kids and teens
  • Assess for secondary gains
  • Assess the attachment relationship
  • Assessment of adaptive information processing bank
  • Target selection and house metaphor for kids and teens
  • Creative play-based ways to gather targets
  • Discussion of level of distance as a factor for selecting targets
  • Creation and considerations for target timeline
  • Considerations of flooding and overwhelm for gathering targets

Child Dissociation

  • Assess for dissociation for kids and teens
  • Signs of dissociation
  • Special considerations for dissociation

Psychoeducation, Readiness Factors, and Play Therapy Activities for Phase 2

  • Psychoeducation for kids and teens and use of metaphor
  • Psychoeducation for parents, caregivers, and support systems
  • Factors for readiness for EMDR with kids and teens
  • State change activities
  • Develop containers
  • Play therapy activities to help increase ability to engage in phase 3 activities
  • Play therapy modalities to use in Phase 2
  • Considerations for an extended Phase 2

Resource Development

  • Explanation of resources and resourcing
  • Identification of clients that could benefit from resourcing or extended resourcing
  • Resource development examples

Play Therapy Integration and Confidence-Building Activities for Phase 3

  • Build your EMDR toolkit to adapt the assessment phase for kids and teens
  • Play therapy-based activities to help increase confidence and comfortability with ratings
  • Stop sign review
  • Age considerations and expectations for phase 3 reporting

Master Phase 4: Strategic BLS Selection, Play Therapy-Based Processing, and Troubleshooting

  • BLS selection
  • Play therapy-based methods for processing
  • Play therapy-based methods for reassessment
  • Importance of no new modalities or materials for the first time in phase 4
  • How to assess for dual awareness and window of tolerance
  • How to identify blocked processing
  • Troubleshoot the cause of blocked processing
  • Interventions for blocked processing
  • Use interweaves with kids and teens

Navigate Phases 5-8: Play-Based Body Scans, Effective Closure, and Strategies for Session Completion

  • Play based body scans for kids and teens
  • Closure procedures for EMDR sessions with kids and teens
  • Phase 8 strategies for complete sessions
  • Phase 8 strategies for incomplete sessions

Unlock the Full Potential of EMDR’s Future Template with Kids and Teens

  • Review of future template
  • How to utilize future template in the past, present, future flow of the EMDR model
  • Alternative uses for future template to widen window of tolerance
  • Future template for upcoming distress-based events

Closing and Additional Resources

  • Review of main points of adapting EMDR to children and teens
  • Review of resources for further support
  • Virtual therapy and child and adolescent EMDR
  • Additional special considerations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Play Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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