EMDR in Play Therapy v1.0

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This training requires participants to first take an EMDR basic training before taking this advanced training. Participants are required to be post basic training, however, are not required to be certified in EMDR.


In this training, participants will learn how to target material relating to the child’s early attachment wounds, including targets without an explicit memory. Participants will identify specific stabilization skills useful for reducing dysregulation relating to developmental trauma in the playroom. Steps for implementing an EMDR Developmental Protocol for play therapy will be explained.



Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to assess for EMDR targets using both parent sessions and play therapy sessions.
  2. Discuss how to explain EMDR to parents in parent sessions and to children in play therapy.
  3. Describe two ways to have dual-attention stimulation in play therapy
  4. List two symptoms of dissociation in play therapy
  5. List two creative interventions in play therapy to use for EMDR in play therapy
  6. Demonstrate how to adapt EMDR to play therapy through a breakout session

Journal Article – There are 2 Journal Articles:

  1. The effect of EMDR versus EMDR 2.0 on emotionality and vividness of aversive memories in a non-clinical sample
  2. Exploring Child-Centered Play Therapy and Trauma: A Systematic Review of Literature –

How to Get the Journal Article:

**Additional $17.95 purchase of APA PsycNet journal article is required for non-APT members. If you are an existing APT member, please see below for instructions on how to access the journal article.**

To access the journal article:

APT members can access current and past journal articles via the American Psychological Association website. 

  1. Visit the APA website:
  2. Request your password by clicking “Forgot your password or email/username?” and entering the email address APT has on file for you. 
  3. Then create a new password.  
  4. Once logged in to the APA website, you can use the link provided in the training to access the article.
  5. Read the article and complete the quiz.

Non-APT members can purchase the journal article on this website:

  1. Click the link provided in the training to access the article.
  2. Click “Get Access on the APA website.”
  3. Purchase PDF.
  4. Read the article and complete the quiz.


Nik Johnson, M.S., LPC, RPT, EMDR Consultant

Nik has been a private practice counselor at the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships since 2017. He works with children (aged 4+), adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy. Previously Nik worked at an agency in Missouri providing play therapy to children in the foster care system. He offers continuing education to professionals, especially within the topics of working with developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, and play therapy.