EMDR and Complex Trauma in Children - Sarasota, FL May 2024

$ 380 usd
+ available add-ons
Wed, May 8, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT – Thu, May 9, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
All Star Children's Foundation Clubhouse, 3300 17th St, Sarasota, FL, US Map
Dates Breakdown
Wed, May 8, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT – Thu, May 9, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
EMDR and Complex Trauma in Children  - Sarasota, FL  May 2024

EMDR and Complex Trauma in Children

In Person Training with EMDRIA-Approved Consultant Cherilyn Rowland Petrie

May 8-9, 2024 Wednesday & Thursday from 9am - 5pm Eastern Time

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

12 EMDRIA Credits Program #17019-77

12 CEs Provided By CE-Classes.com

This training is hosted by All Star Children's Foundation

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This course will be followed on May 10th by Legacy of Love: EMDR Therapy for (Wounded) Parents of Wounded Kids. Register for both trainings and learn how to reduce the intergenerational transmission of trauma by working effectively with kids and caregivers. If you will attend both trainings, use the coupon code FAMILY to take $70 off when you register for Legacy of Love

About This Course

EMDR Therapy can be very effective with children and teens, but even simple cases require modifications and complex cases require advanced case conceptualization and clinical interventions. This two-day training includes lecture, video, and practicum exercises designed to help clinicians successfully integrate EMDR Therapy into their work with children. We’ll move beyond Basic EMDR Training so you can work more confidently with children who present with complex trauma, including attachment injury, abuse, and neglect.

We’ll begin with how to set up a playroom with the Adaptive Information Processing model in mind, how to engage children in each of the 8 Phases, and how to create play and expressive arts interweaves. Participants will also review the neuroscience of trauma in children.

We will then focus on developing advanced skills to work with children who present with complex trauma including attachment injury, abuse and neglect. These children need a specialized approach that facilitates successful relational resourcing, development of affect regulation skills, and substantially titrated processing work to support comprehensive EMDR treatment.

We’ll cover more in depth neuroscience, including the neurobiology of attachment and shame. Participants will learn when and how to implement advanced strategies such as Tip of the Finger processing to address therapeutic blockages and actively triggered disturbance. The goal is to recognize, prevent and/or move through those “stuck points” that can stall progress.

Material will follow the Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy whenever possible and any deviations from that model will be explained so that participants can make effective clinical adaptions.

Learning Objectives Day 1:

  1. Identify informational plateaus, targets, and resources using sand tray and other expressive arts interventions.
  2. Describe the Polyvagal theory and how it relates to complex trauma in children.
  3. Describe 3 theoretical models of dissociation (Liotti, Structural Dissociation, Neurobiological).
  4. Identify 5 areas to evaluate when conceptualizing client needs and readiness for EMDR Therapy.
  5. Assess for experiences of neglect and absence using AIP-informed History Taking for target identification.
  6. Identify 5 skills or resources to implement in Phase 2 Preparation.

Learning Objectives Day 2:

  1. Explain Nathanson’s Compass of Shame and shame-based behavioral responses.
  2. Identify 5 skills needed for effective Phase 2 Preparation of children with dissociative presentations.
  3. Identify 3 skills for needed for parts work with children who have a dissociative presentation.
  4. Apply Tip of the Finger processing to address therapeutic blockages, stuck points, and actively triggered disturbances.

What People Are Saying

  • “Thanks for all the new techniques! I feel like I can finally help some of my most traumatized kids.”
  • “Everything was wonderful! It reiterated my previous learning and expanded my knowledge and skill base.”
  • “Wonderful! I left with practical interventions and great resources for further study”
  • “Cherilyn is awesome! She is well-versed in the material and I learned so much from her.”



$30 - 12 Optional CEs

12 CEs requested from CE-Classes (full CE Information Below)
12 EMDRIA Credits Program #17019-77

Cancellation policy: full refund minus a 2.9% credit card processing fee prior to two weeks before the start of the training. There are no refunds available after that time.

About The Presenter

Cherilyn became a Florida Qualified Supervisor in 2006 and was credentialed as an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant 2013.

For 20 years, Cherilyn worked as a therapist and then Clinical Supervisor for the Mental Health Team at Kids House, a Children’s Advocacy Center in Seminole County, Florida. There, she specialized in using EMDR Therapy to treat children and adolescents who have experienced early trauma, attachment injury, and neglect, and who have complex clinical presentations.

Now in private practice, Cherilyn remains committed to training others to meet the needs of these traumatized children. She believes in supporting other professionals as they navigate the learning curve of EMDR Therapy and is excited about helping them find creative and effective ways to intervene in the lives of children.

Cherilyn understands the needs of community mental health agencies and the investment they make in training. She is dedicated to helping agencies develop working environments that foster retention of EMDR-trained staff.

Schedule for Each Day – Eastern Time Zone

9 am -9:15 am Sign-In and networking

9:15 am - 12 pm Lecture, Practice, & Videos with 15 minute break

12 pm - 1pm Lunch

1 pm – 5 pm – Lecture, Practice, & Videos with 15 minute break

About our Host

We are so grateful to the team at All Star Children's Foundation for welcoming us to their All Star Community Clubhouse on the Campus of Hope and Healing, where children and families within the foster care system receive the services they need to find healing and success.


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Attandance Policy

Participants must attend all training days in their entirety and actively participate in all supervised practice exercises in order to receive a certificate of completion for this training. Those who attend this workshop in full and complete all the appropriate evaluation forms are eligible to receive CE credits. Those who miss more than 15 minutes of any portion of the training, at any point during the training, will not receive a certificate of completion, CE credits, or a refund.

ADA Assistance

Our in-person trainings are held in facilities that are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Please contact Claire at Claire@ConnectEMDR.com or (407) 970-7915 if accommodation is required for this online training.

Statement of Proactive Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

Connect welcomes trainees and consultees from all cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all trainees and consultees, including Black People, People of Color, Indigenous People, and LGBTQ People. We pledge to proactively address issues of cultural competence and culturally-based trauma during every phase of professional development.


Connect seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to 

info@ConnectEMDR.com Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

There is no known conflict of interest nor commercial support for this program.


Connect EMDR’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Claire Mauer (407) 970-7915


Cherilyn Rowland Petrie


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All Star Children's Foundation Clubhouse, 3300 17th St, Sarasota, FL, US


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