Level 2 EMDR Europe Accredited Child and Adolescent Training Presented by Susan Darker-Smith , Carrs Lane Conference Centre`, Friday, 07. June 2019

Infants, Children & Pre-Verbal trauma…  Why EVERYONE needs to know the child protocols 
When adults have been traumatised as children, their memories often become stuck in the mannerisms, language and recall of a small child.  As such, modifications which make EMDR accessible for children are equally important for clinicians who work with adults who have been traumatised as children. 
Being able to adapt and be flexible in the delivery of EMDR modifications alongside an awareness of language when processing early childhood traumas are important aspects to the successful delivery of EMDR. 
This workshop will include some practicums to help consolidate learning and flexibility in the delivery of EMDR – especially with a respect of adults traumatised as small children.
Course outline
This EMDR Child and Adolescent Training is designed to ensure that the over-arching developmental stages of children are taken into account when utilising EMDR to ensure the correct developmental protocols are used to maximise therapeutic benefit to the child and their family. 
During the training, an overview of working systemically with children will be taught alongside the technical modifications of standard EMDR components by age group, supported by videos of children which illustrate the different developmental protocols that are chronologically appropriate. Level 2 builds on this, extending the developmental protocols to increasingly more complex cases.
This practical 2-day training is offered to those who have completed, at a minimum, part 2 / level 2 of an EMDR Europe accredited training in EMDR and who have at least 1 year of experience in working with children / adolescents under the age of 18. The training will include practicums and skills-based learning to help consolidate learning and flexibility in the delivery of EMDR with children. The purpose of the training is to ensure that participants take into account the over-arching developmental stages of children when utilising EMDR with this population.
Learning Objectives
1. to ensure that participants learn how to identify and utilise the most appropriate developmental protocol to maximise the therapeutic benefit to the child and their family
2. to enable participants to learn the necessary technical modifications (adaptations) of standard EMDR treatment components by age groups (toddler, pre-school aged children, school-aged children and teenagers)
3. to demonstrate, via clinical case work and video material, ways in which different developmental protocols are used. To achieve these aims the Trainer will teach a range of topics and practical skills including:
(a) How to explain EMDR to children
(b) Eliciting a safe place appropriate to the child’s age and developmental stage • Working systemically with families 
(c) Stretching the window of tolerance to accommodate improved emotional regulation and examples of how children emotionally regulate differently to adults, will be also taught
During the course of the training there will be opportunities :-
(d) To learn what to do when processing becomes blocked including the use of interweaves with children
(e) For the introducation of  the 4-fields group protocol for children
Susan M. Darker-Smith is an accredited EMDR Europe Child Trainer and a member of the EMDR UK & Ireland Child and Adolescent Committee. She works in a CAMHS team in the NHS alongside working privately in supervising others. She is actively involved in setting up the Trauma Response Network for national disasters and acts of terrorism in response to recent events in the UK and Ireland. INTERIM GUIDELINES TO WORKING WITH CHILDREN : The EMDR Association UK & Ireland’s Interim Guidelines to Working with Children & Adolescents, written by the Child & Adolescent Committee sets a standard which is expected for those wishing to work with children and adolescents. By attending the level 1 training, there is an expectation that you agree to abide by these guidelines, developed to help those working with children & adolescents ensure safe practice.
(CPD points to be awarded) 
Car parking available next to the venue. Snow Hill railway station next to venue and New Street Station 5 minute walk from the venue.
Radisson Hotel and Travel Lodge are in walking distance.
Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham,B4 7SX,
Telephone: (0121) 643 6151,
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Level 2 EMDR Europe Accredited Child and Adolescent Training Presented by Susan Darker-Smith

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