Title EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room
Subtitle An Integrated Approach
Author Ann Beckley-Forest, Annie Monaco
ISBN 9780826175922
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 422
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2021
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Sales territory Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
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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 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
  • Foreword by Ana Gomez, leading author on the use of EMDR with children




Foreword (Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC)



Section I: Models for Integration

Chapter 1. Using Both EMDR and Prescriptive Play Therapy in Adaptive Information Processing: Rationale and Essential Considerations for Integration (Ann Beckley-Forest) • Two Communities of Therapists With One Goal • For EMDR Therapists: Understanding Play Therapy as a Clinical Approach • For Play Therapists: Understanding EMDR as a Clinical Approach With Children • Taking the Next Steps in Integration: The Eight Essentials • Essential 1: Safe Alliance Through Play • Essential 2: Holding Space for Posttraumatic Play • Essential 3: Playing EMDR With Prop-Based Bilateral Stimulation • Essential 4: Expanding Capacity for State Change • Essential 5: Expanding and Assessing Memory Targets in the Posttraumatic Play With EMDR • Essential 6: Build Bridges From Implicit to Explicit Trauma Work • Essential 7: Ongoing Reevaluation of Memory Targets • Essential 8: Involving Parents Throughout Treatment • Potency of Integrated Models of Treatment in Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociation • Conclusion

Chapter 2. TraumaPlay and EMDR: Integration and Nuance in Holding Hard Stories (Paris Goodyear-Brown and Eleah Hyatt) • TraumaPlay • Integrating EMDR and TraumaPlay • Assessment • Enhancing Safety and Security • Safe Place in TraumaPlay • Contamination of Safe Place • Soothing the Physiology and Parents as Partners • Assessment and Augmentation of Coping • Soothing the Physiology • Assessment Phase in EMDR • Parents as Partners • Relational Resourcing • Increasing Emotional Literacy • Posttraumatic Play and Play-Based Gradual Exposure • Experiential Mastery Play • Trauma Narrative Work • Nurturing Narration • Scaling • Addressing the Thought Life During Reprocessing • Titration and the Dance Toward and Away From Trauma Content • Somatic Experiencing With Trauma Targets • Making Positive Meaning of the Posttrauma Self • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Room for Everyone: EMDR and Family-Based Play Therapy in the Sand Tray (Marshall Lyles) • Adaptive Information Processing in a Family/Play Therapy Context • Sandtray as the Modality • Weaving EMDR, Sandtray, and Family Play Therapies • Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning • Phase 2: Preparation • Phase 3: Assessment • Phases 4 to 7: Densensitization, Body Scan, Installation, and Closure • Phase 8: Reevaluation • Conclusion

Chapter 4. Synergetic Play Therapy Combined With EMDR Therapy (JanSchaad and Lisa Dion) • SPT and EMDR: Long-Lost Best Friends • The Foundation • Synergetic Play Therapy and EMDR • The Therapist as an Instrument of the Regulation of the Child’s Autonomic Nervous System • Becoming the External Regulator • Dual Awareness • Therapist Activation • The Mirror Neuron System • Therapist Authenticity • The Synergy Between SPT and EMDR in the Playroom • Assessment: Is the Child Ready? • The Parent–Child Dyad in the Playroom • Developing Emotional Resources • Reprocessing Trauma With SPT/EMDR • Conclusion

Chapter 5. Treating Trauma in Young Children: Integrating EMDR, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Developmental Play Therapy (Roxanne Grobel) • A Case Study for Integrating CCPT, DPT, and EMDR: Introducing Peter • EMDR and Children • Play Therapy and EMDR History/Case Conceptualization • Conclusion

Chapter 6. EMDR and Creative Arts Therapy: How Creative Arts Therapies Can Extend the Reach of EMDR With Complex Clients (Elizabeth Davis) • The Development of Art Expression and Experience • Evidence for Using a Creative Arts Approach for Healing • MBT and Mentalization • Expressive Therapy as Mentalization Therapy • EMDR, Art Therapy, and Maximizing Mentalization for Processing • Integrating Creative Arts and EMDR: The Case of Ella • Conclusion

Chapter 7. Playful and Creative Approaches for EMDR Therapy With Latinx Children (Viviana Urdaneta and Viviana Triana) • Background and Latinx Term Clarification • Culture and Cultural Competence • Generational Differences and Acculturation Levels • Integrating Playful and Culturally Relevant Interventions Throughout the EMDR Phases • Additional Ideas: Group Protocol • Conclusion

Chapter 8. Understanding and Responding to Dissociation in Children With Play-Based Approaches
(Annie Monaco) • Using the Lens of Dissociation • What Is Dissociation, Why Does It Occur, and What Are the Theories? • Treatment • The Playroom Parts-of-Self Process • Treatment Examples • Integration • Conclusion

Section II: Play-Based Interventions for EMDR Phases

Chapter 9. Taking a Play-Based Trauma History (Ann Beckley-Forest and Melissa LaVigne) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Directions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 10. Building a Calm/Safe Place in the Play Therapy Room With the Fort Tent (Alice Stricklin) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 11. Using Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Embodied Play Therapy for Stabilization and Resourcing (Jennifer Lefebre) • Interventions • Case Example

Chapter 12. The Pocket Smock as a Preparation Phase Resource (Faith Thompson-Lee) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Case Example

Chapter 13. The “Lemon Squeezies” Metaphor for EMDR Processing With Children (Kristen Hurvitz) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 14. EMDR-Infused Theraplay® (Faith Thompson-Lee) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modification: Predictability • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 15. Resource Wand for Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR Therapy (Annie Monaco) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 16. Using the Superhero Shuffle for Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR With Children (Tyne Potgieter) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 17. “Splatting” Out the Trauma With Movement in EMDR Processing (Alice Stricklin) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Examples

Chapter 18. Using the Color Hands Approach to Bilateral Stimulation (Tyne Potgieter) • Description of Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions • Modifications • Considerations • Case Example

Chapter 19. Play Therapy Targets for EMDR Processing: How to Get a “Bulls-Eye” (Victoria McGuinness) • Step-by-Step Instructions: Explaining EMDR • Step-by-Step Instructions: In the Assessment Phase • Considerations • Case Example • On a Personal Note

Chapter 20. Effectively Managing the Closure and Reevaluation Phase With Parents (Annie Monaco) • Description of the Intervention • Step-by-Step Instructions: Closure Phase • Step-by-Step Instructions: Reevaluation • Modification: Caregivers Who Are Not Available • Considerations • Case Examples • A Creative Alternative to the Popcorn Night • Conclusion



About the Authors:

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.

Target Audience:

The book is for EMDR therapists who works with children with trauma.


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