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EMDR Therapy and Theraplay: Healing Complex Trauma & Attachment Wounds

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT

$162 – $180
CEs Available: 6    |     Three Day Training      |     Virtual

Integrating two therapies, Theraplay and EMDR, can have a synergistic effect of facilitating healing of children with complex trauma and attachment injuries. Theraplay can provide the building blocks to strengthen the parent-child attachment bond, restore co-regulation, rebuild the caregiving system among others. EMDR therapy can process traumatic events and with it treat the deepest roots of the child’s symptoms. This training will address the benefits and intricacies of using EMDR therapy and Theraplay, as these two powerful approaches can complement and benefit each other in the treatment of highly traumatized children. It will highlight case conceptualization and the framework in which two approaches can co-exist while honoring the heart of each. Participants will learn when and how to best integrate these two treatment models in order to give voice to both the right and left brain. This training will emphasize the importance of addressing intergenerational trauma and how Theraplay and EMDR both contribute to the healing of generations. Presenters will put emphasis on working systemically and generationally. These two approaches can significantly support the healing of the caregiving system and move it out of survival and self-preservation into  co-regulation and connection. Participants will walk away with inspiration, ideas, and tools that they can implement into their work with children and families, including:

  • Theraplay activities that can be used throughout the eight phases of EMDR therapy
  • How to use inner-child strategies to heal the “hurt little self” during Theraplay-EMDR sessions; and
  • Theraplay and EMDR strategies to access parent’s unresolved trauma that blocks their capacity to “hold the child’s mind in mind.”



Additional Information


This special program will take place June 13-15, 2023 from 10:00am-12:15pm CDT each day.


Ana M Gómez, MC, LPC is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in Phoenix, AZ. She is an EMDR Institute, and EMDR-IBA trainer of trainers. She is a psychotherapist, author, and an international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma as well as generational wounds and dissociation. She has been the keynote and invited speaker at numerous conferences and workshops around the world.

Learning Objectives
  1. Cite the similarities (theories and methods) between EMDR Therapy and Theraplay.
  2. Describe the benefits of combining EMDR Therapy and Theraplay in the treatment of children with complex trauma.
  3. Identify when and how to integrate EMDR Therapy with Theraplay to increase affect regulation and affect tolerance.
  4. Describe how to utilize the four dimensions of Theraplay while adding a Dual Attention Stimulus (DAS) to enhance child’s regulated moments.
  5. Exhibit ways of increasing affect tolerance while engaging in Theraplay activities in the four dimensions.
  6. Explain how to help a client access and process trauma memories using EMDR therapy supported by Theraplay strategies.
  7. Describe ways of using inner child strategies to heal the “hurt little self” during Theraplay-EMDR sessions.
  8. Analyze how to work with parents to increase mentalizing capacities using videos and incorporating EMDR strategies.
  9. Identify Theraplay and EMDR strategies to access parent’s unresolved trauma that blocks their capacity to “hold the child’s mind in mind” .
  10. Demonstrate ways of supporting the body in completing truncated defenses utilizing Theraplay activities.

Who Should Attend?

People who work with children and families in many different capacities will benefit from training programs offered by The Theraplay Institute. Visit our Who Should Attend page for more information. This course’s Content Level is Intermediate.


View this program’s bibliography for books and other materials referenced in the development of the content for this program.


Special Notes: Our cancellation policies have been temporarily adjusted to reflect our response to the pandemic and local government and health department directives. Please review this policy before completing your registration. We urge all participants to put their health and that of members of their communities first.

For information about our CE process, cancellation policy, and how to contact us with questions and concerns visit our FAQ page. Attendance of the entirety of a program (in-person or virtual) is required in order to receive continuing education or a letter of completion.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Registration Terms and Conditions


June 13
10:00 am - 12:15 pm CDT
$162 – $180
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