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Group Protocol Series for Adults, Children, & Parents GTEP, C-GTEP & The Parenting Wheel with GPEP

JANUARY 13, 14 & 15, 2023

10 am to 5 PM EST

This series will provide powerful protocols that can be used within a wide range of populations utilizing the power  offered by group work. This series begins with Group Traumatic Episode protocol (G-TEP) developed by Elan Shapiro. This protocol has robust research supporting its effectiveness with adults. During the second day, participants will learn the Group Traumatic Episode protocol with Children(G-TEP) adapted by Ana Gomez. A rich training that will offer multiple tracks in which C-GTEP can be used with children. The third day, the parenting wheel and the Group Parent Empowering Protocol will be thoroughly covered. Clinicians will learn how to use the power of metaphors, images and group work as we teach parents complex concepts like co-regulation and reflective communication. The combination of both GPEP, which is a resource protocol, with GTEP which is both, a resource and a processing protocol will be addressed. Even when using a group approach, a systemic lens may be used by having children’s groups parallel to parenting groups.

Currently, many community mental health agencies, clinics and residential treatment facilities are experiencing high volumes of clients that exceed their resources. It is important to keep in mind that not every child, adult or parent need individual and comprehensive therapeutic work with extensive stabilization. Incorporating group treatment within an EMDR approach, has the potential of  optimizing institutional resources and with that reach a higher number of children, adolescents, parents and adults in need of services. GTEP, C-GTEP, the parenting wheel, and GPEP offers the opportunity to work with small as well as large groups such as refugees, schoolchildren and  communities affected by trauma. It  may be used as a stand-alone treatment, or be a part of an extensive group treatment in which psychoeducation and in-depth stabilization are used, culminating in the processing of traumatic episodes with C-GTEP.

At the end of this series, clinicians will be fully equipped with multiple group protocols that can also be used individually with their clients. This series will expand and enrich the scope of your practice!

Group Traumatic Episode protocol (G-TEP)

  • This training is for EMDR clinicians who have not yet been trained in the Group Traumatic Episode protocol (G-TEP) developed by Elan Shapiro.
  • Clinicians will receive the worksheet as well as the GTEP manual.

The G-TEP protocol is a valuable tool for clinicians who serve disaster victims, refugees, families, and individuals who have been subjected to adverse and  traumatic experiences and are in need of attaining  emotion regulation, lower levels of disturbance of stress, and balance.

Group protocols optimize institutional resources and allow them to provide services to more clients in need. Criteria will be discussed as well as instruments that can be used to determine who is suitable to receive these protocols.

The GTEP provides resources as well as a path to gradual processing, without overly activating the client/patient in order to stabilize and create greater emotional balance.

Objectives:

Participants attending this workshop will be able to:

  1. Cite the theory and principles of GTEP based and founded on EMDR Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP).
  2. Cite the differences between traumatic event and episode.
  3. Follow procedural steps of the four elements to support client’s stabilization and safety.
  4. Utilize GTEP procedural steps with disaster victims, refugees, families, and individuals who have been subjected to adverse and traumatic experiences and are in need of attaining  emotion regulation, lower levels of disturbance of stress, and to regain balance.

Group Traumatic Episode protocol with children (G-TEP)

  • This training is for EMDR clinicians. If the EMDR clinician does not yet have the training in GTEP, they can either take course #1 or watch at no cost an introductory video. Please know the introductory video of GTEP does not prepare you to use it, but it provides the foundation for you to better understand and use the C-GTEP. We encourage you to get the full training in GTEP so you can use it with adults and parents.
  • Participants will receive a 77-page illustrated book that will guide them in the application and administration of C-GTEP as well as the butterfly worksheet and the container protocol.

C-GTEP is an adaptation for children of the original protocol developed by Elan Shapiro. This group protocol has procedural steps that guide children to work through traumatic episodes. It also guides children to create and connect with numerous resources as well as to gradually enter segments of the traumatic episode. The Butterfly Journey guides our little clients to navigate through adversity while staying supported by their resources and the butterfly metaphor.

Participants in this training will learn how to utilize C-GTEP in three different formats that include play, expressive arts, and movement, which stimulate and engage the ventral vagal system.

Objectives:

Participants attending this workshop will be able to:

  1. Cite the theory and principles of GTEP based and founded on EMDR Adaptive Information processing Model (AIP).
  2. Cite the differences between traumatic event and episode.
  3. Follow procedural steps of the Container protocol included in phase one of C-GTEP.
  4. Utilize C-GTEP procedural steps to disaster victims, refugees, families, and individuals who have been subjected to adverse and traumatic experiences and are in need of attaining  emotion regulation, lower levels of disturbance of stress, and to regain balance.
  5. Utilize the C-GTEP workbook with children.
  6. Utilize the C-GTEP in the sand tray with children
  7. Utilize the C-GTEP “on the ground” with children

The Parenting Wheel (PW) and the Group Parent Empowering protocol (GPEP)

  • This training is for EMDR clinicians.
  • Attendees will receive access to the guide book on this course.
  • The protocol aims to empower and support parents who have faced or are facing situations of stress and adversity in addition to having to parent children with traumatic histories. It contains the “Wheel of Parenting” (Gómez) and elements inspired by GTEP (E. Shapiro) and DIR (Leeds & Korn).

When caregivers are in a state of survival and stress, their ability to serve as external co-regulators and co-organizers of experience is impaired, resulting in shared asynchrony. The PW uses metaphors, analogies and images to support the parent in integrating concepts that may be complex, such as how to be an external regulator and a co-organizer of experience for the child.

This protocol deals exclusively with resources to increase the capacity for regulation, mentalization and state change, as well as integrating parental resources.

Clinicians may use the PW, GPEP and GTEP in combination to strengthen resources, provide parenting education. This culminates with the processing of the trauma that may be interfering with the parent’s capacity to connect, resonate and respond contingently to the needs of the child.

Objectives:

Participants attending this workshop will be able to:

  1. Cite the theory and principles of the parenting wheel that teaches parents principles and hands on techniques to co-regulate and co-organize the child’s experience, mirror, parent from the most balanced self, connect with playfulness as they parent and establish boundaries.
  2. Utilize images and metaphors to support the parent in learning parenting skills founded on attachment theory, Polyvagal theory, regulation theory and the AIP model.
  3. Develop resources with parents utilizing procedural steps inspired on the GTEP and the Resource Development and Installation protocol (RDI) (Korn & leeds, 2002).
  4. Utilize EMDR based GPEP to empower parents as they parent their children.

 

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