EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents

Go With That Magazine™️ March 2019

Raising and nurturing children and adolescents is not an easy job. Even the most put-together, well-informed parent or caregiver still needs help when a child is struggling with mental health issues. EMDR therapists who might think that they are equipped to handle certain adult mental health issues find that working with children is different. This issue’s authors discuss play therapy, enhancing the parent-child connection, navigating the child welfare system as an EMDR therapist, suicidal children and adolescents, co-regulation through play therapy, and EMDR-sandtray integration.

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This issue includes the following articles:

 


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Exploring the Intersection of EMDR and Play Therapy

Exploring the Intersection of EMDR and Play Therapy

In considering what AIP looks like in children versus adults, it is essential to recognize that children do the majority of their learning through action and imaginative experimentation, not through the verbal reflection or even the visual imagery that is the primary portal of processing for most adults using EMDR.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R, RPT-S.

 


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Flip the Script: Messaging to Heal the Parent-Child Connection

Flip the Script: Messaging to Heal the Parent-Child Connection

Children develop their earliest sense of self when they begin seeing themselves as reflected through their parents’ eyes. Children develop a positive self-view in supportive and nurturing environments and a poor or unclear sense of self in neglectful and critical environments. Some children are highly sensitive. They take to heart even mild corrections or redirections with a negative interpretation that is not intended by their parents.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMPH, Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP, and Stefani Armstrong, MS, LIMPH.

 


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Perspectives in Practice: Navigating the Child Welfare System as an EMDR Therapist

Perspectives in Practice: Navigating the Child Welfare System as an EMDR Therapist

EMDR offers hope and healing to trauma victims of all ages and from all walks of life. Some situations, such as treating children in a child welfare system, however, can complicate EMDR treatment. While working within a child welfare system may seem daunting, several characteristics and skills will improve an EMDR clinician’s success and therapeutic outcomes.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S and Anne-Marie Brown, LCSW, MCAP, CIP, ICADC.

 


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Using EMDR Therapy with Suicidal Children and Adolescents

Using EMDR Therapy with Suicidal Children and Adolescents

Suicide is the second cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old. And, while death by suicide in younger children is rare, it has increased significantly in the last few years and has increased for adolescents as well. Much has been written about teen suicide, but little is known about younger children and suicide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018), and even less has been written about using EMDR with suicidal children and teenagers.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Carolyn Settle, MSW, LCSW.

 


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Parents as Partners: Enhancing Co-Regulation and Coherence through an Integration of Play Therapy and EMDR

Parents as Partners: Enhancing Co-Regulation and Coherence through an Integration of Play Therapy and EMDR

When a traumatic event occurs, parents can serve as partners in the reprocessing and integration of trauma content. Self-regulation develops as an outgrowth of co-regulation as attuned caregivers raise children.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S.

 


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The World of Stories and Symbols: The EMDR-Sandtray Protocol

The World of Stories and Symbols: The EMDR-Sandtray Protocol

Children are innately drawn to play. Fred Rogers, 1968-2001 PBS television host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was a vocal advocate of play: “Play allows us a safe distance as we work on what’s close to our hearts” (Rogers, 1994, p. 59). Children impacted by developmental trauma may have greater difficulties exploring, accessing, and processing memories of adversity and hardship. As a result, incorporating strategies and adjunct approaches that make EMDR therapy appealing, playful, and developmentally sound may be needed in some cases and imperative in others.

Learn more in this article from the March 2019 issue EMDR Therapy with Children & Adolescents of Go With That Magazine™️ by Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC.

 


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