EMDR with Adoption in Play Therapy v1.0

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Course Description:

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 in the playroom for reducing dysregulation relating to developmental trauma. Steps for implementing an EMDR Developmental Protocol for play therapy will be explained.




Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to identify and assess for trauma resulting from early life events in both parent sessions and play therapy sessions
  2. Identify two stabilization skills used in play therapy to reduce dysregulation from early attachment wounds
  3. Explain how to use the EMDR developmental protocol with children in the playroom
  4. Demonstrate an EMDR Phase 2 intervention in the playroom through a breakout session that involves roleplaying as children
  5. Explain how to use the EMDR story intervention in the playroom
  6. Identify how and when to include caregivers in EMDR sessions with children in the playroom

Journal Article

  1. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000136

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: http://my.apa.org
  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: http://my.apa.org

  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 (age 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.