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EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociation

by Ana Gomez Springer Publishing Company
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Pbk 368 pages
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'This volume is a welcome and excellent resource for all clinicians working with severely traumatized children.' Francine Shapiro, PhD Founder, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs 'Over the past 15 years, Ms. Gomez has developed highly original and brilliant interventions for working with these very difficult to treat children. This book will be an enormous great gift to our field.' Dr. Susan Coates Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry College of Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University This is the first book to provide a wide range of leading-edge, step-by-step strategies for clinicians using EMDR therapy and adjunct approaches with children with severe dysregulation of the affective system. Written by an author internationally known for her innovative work with children, the book offers developmentally appropriate and advanced tools for using EMDR therapy in treating children with complex trauma, attachment wounds, dissociative tendencies, and compromised social engagement. The book also presents the theoretical framework for case conceptualization in EMDR therapy and in the use of the Adaptive Information Processing model with children. Principles and concepts derived from the Polyvagal Theory, affective neuroscience, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, developmental neuroscience and the neurosequential model of therapeutics, which can greatly support and expand our understanding of the AIP model and complex trauma, are presented. The text also offers an original and pioneering EMDR therapy-based model to working with parents with abdicated caregiving systems. The model is directed at assisting parents in developing the ability for mentalization, insightfulness, and reflective capacities linked to infant's development of attachment security. A unique and innovative feature of this book is the masterful integration of strategies from other therapeutic approaches, such as Play therapy, Sandtray therapy, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Theraplay and Internal Family Systems (IFS), into a comprehensive EMDR treatment maintaining appropriate adherence to the AIP model and EMDR therapy methodology. Key Features: Provides creative, step-by-step, 'how-to' information about the use of EMDR therapy with children with complex trauma from an internationally known and innovative leader in the fieldExplores thoroughly the eight phases of EMDR therapy in helping children with attachment wounds, dissociative tendencies and high dysregulationIncorporates adjunct approaches into a comprehensive EMDR therapy while maintaining fidelity to the AIP model and EMDR therapy methodologyContains an original EMDR therapy-based model for helping parents with abdicated caregiving systems to develop metalizing and reflective capacities

Contributors Foreword Preface Acknowledgments 1. EMDR Therapy, the Adaptive Information Processing Model, andComplex Trauma 2. Phase One: Client History and Treatment Planning 3. Phase Two: Preparation 4. The Skill-Building Phase and EMDR Games 5. Working With Parents and the Family System: The AIP Model and 6. Assessing and Diagnosing Dissociation in Children: Beginning theRecovery 7. Advanced Preparation Strategies for Dissociative Children 8. Phase Four: Assessment 9. Phase Five: Desensitization 10. Installation, Body Scan, Closure, Reevaluation, and the Future Template 11. EMDR Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy With Children 12. Using EMDR Therapy and Theraplay 13. EMDR Therapy and the Use of Internal Family Systems Strategies With Children Index

Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice, a researcher and a national and international speaker. She has presented in close to forty cities and ten countries on the use of EMDR therapy and other adjunct approaches with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries and dissociation. She received her professional degree in psychology with a specialization in clinical psychology from the Catholic University in Bogota, Colombia, and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. Ana has served as a practicum supervisor at the Educational Psychology Department at Northern Arizona University. She was the recipient of the 2011 distinguished service award from the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. She is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, a specialty presenter on EMDR with children and an EMDR-HAP trainer. Ana is the author of several children's books and book chapters on the use of EMDR therapy with children. She is also trained in Sensorimotor psychotherapy and Theraplay (first level), and the application and scoring of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).