EMDR and The Art of Psychotherapy With Children

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EMDR and The Art of Psychotherapy With Children

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Author: Robbie Adler-Tapia PhD, Carolyn Settle MSW


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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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 16, 2008
  • Page Count 408
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826111173
  • EISBN 9780826111180

About The Author(s) 

Robbie Adler-Tapia , PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Her work as a psychologist, educator, consultant, researcher, and writer has been at the cutting edge of treating trauma in young children. She has extensive experience in child welfare, the forensic arena, and working with first responders and public safety. Dr. Adler-Tapia is co-author of EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children and author of Child Psychotherapy, Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice. She has authored several invited chapters on treating trauma in children in the child welfare system and children who have experienced sexual abuse. Dr. Adler-Tapia presents internationally on treating trauma in children including using EMDR Therapy for attachment and dissociation. She has taught graduate level course work at the university level and supervised interns. Her volunteer work includes promoting EMDR Therapy for the most vulnerable children including training therapists worldwide working in the child welfare system and with children orphaned by AIDS, along with volunteering for a non-profit for law enforcement – PISTLE.

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Robbie Dutton
  1. Theoretical Underpinnings and Research on EMDR with Children
  2. Getting Started with EMDR
  3. EMDR Phase 1: Client History and Treatment Planning
  4. EMDR Phase 2: Preparation Phase
  5. EMDR Phase 3: Assessment Phase
  6. EMDR Phase 4: Desensitization
  7. EMDR Phases 5, 6, and 7: Installation, Body Scan, and Closure
  8. EMDR Phase 8: Re-evaluation
  9. Emotional Resources, Coping Skills, and Strengthening Mastery Experience for Children
  10. Tools for Blocked Processing and Cognitive Interweaves
  11. Specialty Topics on Using EMDR with Children
  12. The Future of EMDR with Children

  13. Appendix I: Parent Consent/Child Assent Form
    Appendix II: Client History Form
    Appendix III: Client Monitoring Form
    Appendix IV: Safe Place Protocol for Children Worksheet
    Appendix V: Mapping
    Appendix VI: Graphing
    Appendix VII: Recent Events Protocol for Children
    Appendix VIII: Scripts for Assessment, Desensitization, Installation & Body Scan Phases of EMDR
    Appendix IX: Kids List of Cognitions
    Appendix X: Fidelity Questionnaire
    Appendix XI: RDI Worksheets for Children