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Agate Institute: LIVE – EMDR Parent, Child & Attachment Specialist Intensive Program Presented by Ana Gomez

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October 14-18, 2019
In-person location:  Phoenix, Arizona 

In the intensive EMDR Parent-Child, Attachment Specialist Intensive Program you will learn to work with adults (parents) and children using systemic-attachment-informed EMDR therapy.  You will learn an original model developed by Ana Gomez to work with parents and children that include four different levels of parental involvement:

Level 1- Psychoeducation & safety
Level 2- Emotion regulation and mentalization work
Level 3- Processing
Level 4-Dyadic work.

You will learn how to work with parents with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind throughout the eight phases with parents. In addition, you will learn how to help parents develop attunement so the capacity to “hold the child’s mind in mind” (Fonagy) can be promoted. 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 playful strategies and the installation of dyadic-regulated states (Gomez) 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 and thoroughly practiced under the supervision of Ana Gomez. These strategies are used with the purpose of assisting parents 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. Dyadic sessions will be presented and demonstrated as well. This program will present a model and a program where a combination of group and individual EMDR therapy may be used. When the parent and the family dynamics are wounding agents, EMDR therapy needs to be used systemically and intergenerational.
Full EMDR training required

Presenter Bio:
Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a national and international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy and other adjunct approaches with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries, and dissociation. Ana was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award.” She is a trainer of trainers for the EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA, and she is the founder and director of the Agate Institute in Phoenix. Ana is the author of Dark, Bad Day Go Away: A Book for Children about Trauma and EMDR Therapy, the Thoughts Kit for Kids, Stories and Storytellers, the Thinking Mind, the Heart, and the Body: A Book for Children about Healing and EMDR Therapy and the co-author of All the Colors of Me: My First Book about Dissociation. She has also authored several chapters in books on the use of EMDR therapy with children. Her latest book is EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociation. Ana has also developed several programs and protocols, such as the EMDR-Sandtray protocol and an attachment-informed EMDR program for parents and children to heal intergenerational trauma.

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
12 pm to 1 pm- Lunch
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to :

  • Recall theories that directly address the key elements of attachment security in infants and children and the accompanying elements of the  caregiving system
  • Recall theories and constructs linked to attachment security such as: Mentalization and reflective function (Fonagy & Target), Mindsight (Siegel), Mind-mindedness (Mein), Metacognitive monitoring (Main et. al.)
  • Define key aspects of EMDR therapy case conceptualization using the AIP model and attachment theory in the work with parents.
  • Apply a three level EMDR treatment model with parents of children with complex trauma or parents with collapsed caregiving systems
  • Apply key elements to develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans using the AIP model, attachment theory, the AAI.
  • Differentiate narratives that can potentially show tendencies linked to the different categories of adult attachment: Secure, earned secure, dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved. 
  • Apply elements of the AAI to develop EMDR therapy treatment plans (including the targeting sequence), based on how the parent has come to organize the memories and narratives of their own attachment experiences.
  • Demonstrate attachment based parenting skills to assist parents in responding more contingently to the child’s needs.
  • Apply resource protocols to assist parents in developing boundary awareness.
  • Identify how to use RDI with parents and children
  • Identify how to use the Polyvagal theory with parents and children
  • Identify how to move parents from self-preservation to safety and connection
  • Apply interweaves that contain strategies from Internal family Systems (IFS), ego states and part’s work to assist parents in healing attachment injuries and traumas.
  • Discuss interweaves and intervention strategies that can be used during the reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy with parents with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind to promote vertical and horizontal integration (Siegel, 1999, 2010)
  • Identify interweaves with the parent and “the little self” of the child.
  • Discuss how to use somatic interweaves with parent and children
  • Explain how to use reparative interweaves and meet unmet needs
  • Explain key aspects of the Adult Attachment Interview and its use during the eight phases of EMDR therapy
  • Apply psychoeducation tips and how to organize parenting skills training based on the parent’s state of mind tendencies
  • Identify three levels of intervention with parents grounded in the principles and core of EMDR therapy.
  • Identify how to use EMDR therapy during the preparation phase using a systemic approach with children and parents
  • Practice interweaves during the reprocessing phases of EMDR therapy to help the parent meet unmet attachment needs.

To register for this LIVE workshop please visit:  https://www.anagomez.org/

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  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 38 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
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  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
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