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EMDR Child Specialist Certificate Intensive Program – Online

October 25 - November 3


EMDR Child Specialist Intensive Certificate Program

Live Online with Ana Gomez

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 25,25, 27, November 1,2 & 3, 2024
10:00am - 5:00pm Eastern

9 hours of online training
36 hours of intensive training


In this intensive certificate training clinicians will learn advanced skills and practice under the direction of Ana Gomez (or one of the AGATE Institute's trainers), the HOW TOs of EMDR therapy with children. This training will teach in depth case conceptualization using the AIP (Adaptive Information processing) model, attachment theory, affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, play therapy and the polyvagal theory. In addition, preparation strategies and EMDR games that will provide children with a solid foundation to face traumatic material will be thoroughly presented. This level is recommended for clinicians starting to use EMDR with children or clinicians that need the foundational skills. A thorough hands on approach is used, as Ana Gomez and her team of trainers and facilitators will walk participants through the eight phases of EMDR therapy with children with simple and complex clinical presentations. This intensive certificate program will present elements of the Multimodal Approach  that uses EMDR therapy procedural steps and the AIP model as the overarching structure while incorporating other models and  approaches such as play therapy, expressive arts and more to  meet the developmental demands and needs of children. Clinicians will learn how to make EMDR therapy successful and effective for children. Participants will be able to develop the skills and strategies that are necessary for case conceptualization and the effective implementation of EMDR therapy with children. Theory, videos and supervised practice will be combined  to provide a very tangible experience.

Program level: Full EMDR training required.


This intensive certificate training will provide a comprehensive body of knowledge and advance techniques so clinicians can effectively implement the eight phases of EMDR therapy with children.

Clinicians will be able to:

(1) Develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans based on the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP), attachment theory, affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, play therapy theory and the polyvagal theory.

(2) Develop advanced skills in treatment plan development and will have advanced supervised practice in global and phase specific case conceptualization.

(3) Develop basic and advanced skills in preparing children for EMDR trauma processing. This includes resources for stabilization and affect regulation as well as strategies to identify targets using playful and developmentally appropriate float back and mapping strategies.

(4) Utilize advance preparation strategies appropriate for children as well as the organizing principles of initial phases of treatment. This training will cover in depth the skill-building model and the use of EMDR games with children to facilitate the use of the eight phases of EMDR therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of making children acquainted with the different components of EMDR therapy prior to moving into the assessment and desensitization phases. Play therapy strategies to helping children develop cognitive, emotional and somatic literacy so they can access the cognitive, affective, and somatosensory aspects of the trauma memories will be demonstrated.

(5) Utilize concrete and playful strategies to engage children during the assessment phase. In addition, clinicians will learn advanced strategies to set up processing sessions to optimize the child's integrative capacities. These strategies are especially helpful when working with children with sensitized sympathetic nervous systems and children with sensitized dorsal vagal systems.

(6) Participants will also learn how and when to use playful  interweaves that are more suitable for children and the Interweave System's Model (Gomez) as well as a guide and markers for the decision-making process.

(7) This intensive training will cover  play therapy strategies that can be used during the installation, body scan and reevaluation phases of EMDR therapy. In addition, how to help children make new choices and incorporate appropriate behaviors in the future through the use of the future template protocol will be addressed.

(8) Clinicians will have the opportunity to practice in small groups and receive individualized feedback.


8:30 am to 12:00 pm
12 pm to 1 pm- Lunch
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 to 4 pm

Online training:

Upon registration you will receive the links for the three Online modules


EMDR Basic Training Level 1 & 2

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  • The American Psychological Association (APA) CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2025
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225 Expires 02-2025
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board - Approval from a state licensing board for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists is accepted by the OH CSWMFTB.
  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education
    Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers
Grievance Policy - All grievances must be in writing to Jim Mason at info@AnaGomez.org, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.
ADA Policy - This training is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact info@AnaGomez.org if special accommodation is required.
Conflict of Interest - There are no known conflicts of interests for this workshop
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