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EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room

An Integrated Approach

Ann Beckley-Forest (editor) Annie Monaco (editor)

ISBN: 9780826175922

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Paperback

By highlighting the work of innovative EMDR therapists and play and expressive art therapists and their pioneering clinical work, this book provides a fully integrated approach to using EMDR in a play therapy context while being faithful to both play therapy principles and the eight phases of the EMDR standard protocol.

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Maximizes treatment of childhood trauma by combining two powerful modalities.

This pioneering guidebook fully integrates the theoretical foundations and practical applications of play therapy and EMDR in order to maximize healing in in children with trauma. By highlighting the work of innovative EMDR therapists and play and expressive art therapists and their pioneering clinical work, the authors provide a fully integrated approach to using EMDR in a play therapy context while being faithful to both play therapy principles and the 8 phases of the EMDR standard protocol.

This book provides in-depth discussions on how leading innovators integrate their modalities–TraumaPlay, sand tray, art therapy, Synergetic Play therapy, Child-centered and Developmental Play Therapy–with EMDR and includes real life examples of assessment, parent and child preparation, developing emotional resources for reprocessing trauma using EMDR in play or expressive therapy, and a comprehensive look at complications of dissociation in trauma processing and how to manage these. Corresponding to the eight EMDR phases are twelve interventions, comprised of a brief rationale, step-by-step directions, materials needed, case examples, and supporting visual materials.

Key Features:
  • Integrates EMDR and play therapy to create a powerful method for treating children suffering from trauma
  • Includes contributions from dually credentialled EMDR clinicians and registered play therapists, art therapists, and sand tray practitioners
  • Offers a fully integrated approach to EMDR and play therapy faithful to the eight phases of standard EMDR protocol and play therapy principles
  • Includes a chapter on culturally sensitive EMDR and play using Latinx culture as the lens Describes how traditional play therapy creates an emotionally safe space for trauma work for children
  • Provides hands-on play therapy interventions for each EMDR phase in quick reference format
  • Delivers multiple interventions with rationale, step-by-step directions, materials required, case examples, and visual aids
  • Foreward by Ana Gomez, leading author on the use of EMDR with children
  • Available in print and eBook format
Pages 422
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Subject/s Clinical psychology   Psychotherapy   Child & developmental psychology   Abnormal psychology  
  • Section One: Models for Integration
  • 1 Using both EMDR and prescriptive play therapy in Adaptive Information Processing: A rationale and essential considerations for integration
  • 2 TraumaPlay and EMDR: Integration and nuance in holding hard stories
  • 3 Room for everyone: EMDR and family-based play therapy in the sandtray
  • 4 Synergetic Play Therapy Combined with EMDR Therapy
  • 5 Treating trauma in young Children: Integrating EMDR, Child-centered Play Therapy, and Developmental Play Therapy
  • 6 EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy: How expressive arts therapy can extend the reach of EMDR with complex clients
  • 7 Playful and creative approaches for EMDR therapy with Latinx children Viviana Urdaneta
  • 8 Understanding and responding to dissociation in children with play-based approaches
  • Section Two: Play-based Interventions for EMDR Phases
  • 9 Taking a play-based trauma history Ann Beckley-Forest
  • 10 Building a Calm/Safe Place in the play therapy room with the Fort Tent Alice Stricklin
  • 11 Using trauma-sensitive yoga and embodied play therapy for stabilization and resourcing Jennifer Lefebre
  • 12 The Pocket Smock as a preparation phase resource
  • 13 The "Lemon Squeezies" metaphor for EMDR processing with children
  • 14 EMDR-infused Theraplay
  • 15 Resource Wand for Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR Therapy
  • 16 Using the Superhero Shuffle for bilateral stimulation in EMDR with children
  • 17 "Splatting" out the trauma with movement in EMDR processing
  • 18 Using the Color Hands approach to bilateral stimulation (BLS)
  • 19 Play therapy targets for EMDR processing: How to get a "bulls-eye"
  • 20 Effectively managing closure and reevaluation phase with parents
Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW, RPT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Buffalo, New York. Her specialties include attachment and child and adolescent trauma, and she also works with adult survivors. She is a Registered Play Therapist and supervisor and Approved Provider of play therapy continuing education through the Association for Play Therapy. She is also an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant and a faculty member of the Child Trauma Institute, in addition to serving as the training chair for the EMDRIA Special Interest Group for children and adolescents. She provides clinical consultation in person and remotely, and gives trainings locally and around the US and Asia. Her primary interest is in the intersection of play therapy and EMDR and has previously published on this topic in the Play Therapy magazine and the EMDRIA magazine, Go with That.

Annie Monaco, LCSW, RPT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Registered Play Therapist and a faculty member of both the Child Trauma Institute and of University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Annie travels throughout the US and internationally providing trauma-informed trainings and agency and therapist consultation. She is a trainer of EMDR, Progressive Counting and Attachment & Dissociation and is the Chair of the EMDRIA Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group.

She has extensive training in complex trauma, family therapy, play therapy, and restorative justice and over 25 years' experience in serving children, teens, families and adults. Her private practice in Amherst, New York includes complex issues such as foster care, out of country adoptions, juvenile justice and dissociation.

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