EMDR- Parent-Child & Attachment Specialist Intensive Program


This program covers the “Attachment- Informed EMDR Program to Heal Intergenerational Wounding and Repair the Parent-Child Attachment Bond” developed by Ana M Gomez.

It is recommended that you take the EMDR-Child specialist program first unless you are a highly experienced EMDR clinicians. In the intensive  EMDR Parent-Child treatment Specialist program you will learn to work with adults (parents) and children using attachment-informed EMDR therapy. You will receive 9 hours of online training where you will learn latest research and literature on attachment theory, the use of the AAI (Adult Attachment Interview) and specific tips on how to use it clinically to identify parent’s potential tendencies towards insecure states of mind with regards to their own attachment experiences (This does not constitute a formal training in the use of the AAI).  In addition, you will learn about other tools to assess and explore the quality of the parent-child attachment bond. Following these 9 hours, you will attend an intensive-week long training (40 hours) where you will learn how to use the eight phases with parents and children to heal intergenerational trauma.  You will learn an original model developed by Ana Gomez to work with parents and children that include four different levels of parental involvement:

Level 1- Psychoeducation

Level 2- Emotion regulation and mentalization work,

Level 3- Processing

Level 4-Dyadic work.

You will learn how to work with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind throughout the eight phases with parents. In addition, you will learn how to help parents develop attunement so the capacity to “hold the child’s mind in mind” (Fonagy) can be promoted. Case conceptualization strategies and Preparation tools that include protocols to enhance the parent’s capacity for differentiation and boundary awareness as well as linkage and connection will be addressed. The use of videos to promote the development of attunement and the capacity of the parent to synchronize to the child’s internal states will be studied. In addition, the use of Theraplay strategies and the installation of dyadic-regulated states (Gomez) with the child and the parent will be demonstrated. Moreover, how to resource the "parent's younger self" and "the child's little self" will be covered. A wide range of interventions and interweaves will be presented and thoroughly practiced under the supervision of Ana Gomez. These strategies are used with the purpose of assisting parents in assimilating and integrating thwarted attachment experiences that currently inhibit the parent's ability to respond contingently and synchronically to the child’s needs and inhibits the child's capacity to connect and attach securely. Dyadic sessions will be presented and demonstrated as well. This program will present a model and a program where a combination of group and individual EMDR therapy may be used. When the parent and the family dynamics are wounding agents, EMDR therapy needs to be used systemically and intergenerationally.

The level 1, EMDR-child specialist program is highly recommended before taking this training. This program will not cover foundational skills of EMDR therapy with children and case conceptualization so it is important that clinicians attending this training have either taken the level 1 or are highly experienced in the use of EMDR therapy with children. Not having a strong foundation in EMDR will significantly impact how much you can integrate the information provided in this training. 



Full program includes training materials, 9 hours of online training, 40 hours of training, 4 hours of consultation included as part of the 40 hour training and all breakfasts and lunches


  • 9 hours of online training
  • 40 hours of intensive-retreat training


Level 1-EMDR-child specialist program is highly recommended but not required

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Clinicians will learn:

  • Advanced case conceptualization skills to use with children with complex clinical presentations due to presenting with attachment and intergenerational trauma where the wounding is occurring within the sacred parent-child relationship.
  • The Basics of the use of the Adult Attachment Interview. How to identify tendencies towards dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind. How to listen to the children and the parent's narratives.
  • How to identify wounding parent-child dynamics.
  • How to identify and work around children's mechanisms of adaptations such as: Idealization, role reversal, controlling behaviors etc.
  • How to use EMDR group protocols and individual work with children and parents.
  • How to develop resources during preparation phase such as:
  • Safe-calm-happy place with the parent and the child
  • The use of Theraplay and the installation of dyadic-regulated states.
  • Dyadic-RDI (Resource Development and Installation) with parents and children
  • How to resource and work with the "inner child" of the parent and the child
  • Strategies to promote the parent's mentalizing capacities
  • The boundary protocol
  • How to use dyadic-reparative interweaves with children
  • Interweaves directed to assist the "inner child" of the parent in his/her own individual sessions in meeting unmet attachment needs.
  • Interweaves that repair and explain intergenerational wounds.
  • Dyadic processing and the use of dyadic-reparative interweaves will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, interweaves that heal the child’s “little me” using inner child strategies, ego states and Internal Family Systems (IFS) will be demonstrated and practiced. "Storytelling" and intergenerational interweaves that can repair attachment wounds will be presented, demonstrated and practiced.

Continuing Education Credits

CEC Information: You will receive 40 CECs from The EMDR Institute:
NBCC: EMDR Institute has been approved by NBCC as an approved ACE Provider, ACEP #5558. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EMDR Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
APA: EMDR Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists.  EMDR Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.

RN: EMDR Institute, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #9755 for 40 contact hours/weekend
SW: EMDR Institute, provider #1206, is an approved provider for SW continuing education by the Association of SW Boards (www.aswb.org), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. EMDR Institute maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 8/10/17-8/10/20. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for ce credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 40 clinical social work ce clock hours.
NYSW: EMDR Institute is recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0125. 40 contact hours.
40 EMDRIA CE Hours: Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC is a General provider approved by EMDRIA. EC Provider #07005

Grievances and complains are reviewed within 8 working days. If you have a formal grievance please do it in writing.  Please expect a response within 10 working days.
“Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.” 

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