EMDR and The Art of Psychotherapy With Children

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"...[This book contains] invaluable material for the child therapist with varied theoretical backgrounds to more confidently apply EMDR to children."

-- Frances Klaff, for Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 3, Number 3, 2009

In this book the authors present an overview of how therapists can get started in conceptualizing psychotherapy with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) methodology through Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory. The focus of the book is to teach therapists to effectively use the entire EMDR protocol with young children.

The first chapter provides a comprehensive overview of how to get started with EMDR after completing basic training. The book continues with chapters that detail the basic skills in using EMDR with children and then transitions to more advanced skills in using EMDR with children with specific diagnosis and presenting issues. They follow with a chapter summarizing the published evidence to date supporting the practice of EMDR with children. Data is then incorporated into a chapter summarizing their research on EMDR with young children in order to provide evidence of therapists' ability to adhere to the EMDR protocol with children, and to document their research findings about training therapists to use EMDR with children.

Finally, they conclude the book with goals for the future of EMDR with children while encouraging therapists to consider conducting research in order to compel the practice of EMDR with children into the mainstream of child psychotherapy. It is a major task of the book to inspire therapists to begin thinking about conducting research and how important research is to therapists in order to validate and advance the practice of psychotherapy.

In the end, the most significant goal of this book is to provide best practice for children who are in need of expert psychotherapy in order to change the trajectory of their lives. The hope is to provide guidance and support to therapists in order to launch them in their practice of EMDR. This is the art of treating children with EMDR.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826111173
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,077,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie Adler-Tapia
, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children and families for 25 years. Her work has been at the cutting edge of treating trauma in young children as she has worked as a psychologist, educator, consultant, researcher and writer. She has extensive experience in child welfare, in the forensic arena, and working with first responders. Dr. Adler-Tapia is co-author of EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children, along with several invited chapters on treating trauma in children in the child welfare system and trauma treatment for children who have experienced sexual abuse. She has presented internationally on the treatment of trauma in children including using EMDR for attachment and dissociation. She has taught graduate level course work at the university level and supervised interns. Her volunteer work includes promoting EMDR HAPKIDS, while working internationally to train therapists working with children orphaned by AIDS.

Carolyn Settle, MSW, LCSW, is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant an EMDR Institute Facilitator, and an EMDR HAP Trainer-in-Training. Carolyn has been an EMDR Facilitator for seven years and has facilitated in Japan, as part of the HAP team in New Orleans, and for the psychiatric residents at the University of Pittsburgh. Along with her colleague, Dr. Adler-Tapia, Ms. Settle has conducted a fidelity study on using EMDR with children under ten years of age.

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Table of Contents

1 Theoretical Underpinnings and Research on EMDR with Children 1

2 Getting Started with EMDR 19

3 EMDR Phase 1: Client History and Treatment Planning 43

4 EMDR Phase 2: Preparation Phase 69

5 EMDR Phase 3: Assessment Phase 99

6 EMDR Phase 4: Desensitization 157

7 EMDR Phases 5, 6, and 7: Installation, Body Scan, and Closure 193

8 EMDR Phase 8: Reevaluation 207

9 Emotional Resources, Coping Skills, and Strengthening Mastery Experiences for Children 219

10 Tools for Blocked Processing and Cognitive Interweaves 239

11 Specialty Topics on Using EMDR with Children 257

12 The Future of EMDR with Children 309

App. I Consent/Assent for Treatment Form 323

App. II EMDR Client History/Treatment Planning Form 325

App. III Child/Adolescent Symptom Monitoring Form 327

App. IV Safe/Calm Place Protocol for Children Worksheet 329

App. V Mapping Targets for EMDR Processing 331

App. VI Graphing EMDR Targets or Symptoms 339

App. VII Recent Event Protocol for Children 345

App. VIII Scripts for Assessment, Desensitization, Installation, Body Scan, Closure, and Reevaluation 347

App. IX Kids' List of Cognitions 357

App. X EMDR Fidelity Questionnaire 359

References 361

Index 367

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