Online Advanced Specialty Application Workshop

EMDR for Children with Developmental Trauma and Dissociation

Intended for mental health therapists, such as psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and LMFTs trained in EMDR Basic Training.

EMDR for Children with Developmental Trauma and Dissociation: clearing up shame, avoidance and rejection from a relational perspective.

During this 3-module workshop participants will learn to expand their understanding and conceptualization of early interpersonal trauma and dissociation cases, beyond the traumatic memories of specific events experienced by the child. When traumatic events occur repeatedly within the most significant interpersonal relationships, the maladaptive information is not only limited to specific memories about events (like the yelling, the beating or the sexual abuse), but includes also affective states like shame, entangled with the child's sense of identity, that can be easily triggered even if the child doesn't acknowledge feeling it. Avoidance as a coping strategy lies at the heart of both trauma and dissociation, often preventing the therapist from accessing traumatic memories, hampering EMDR efficacy.

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Adult clients with a history of early interpersonal trauma bring to their therapy memories of past events that occurred within their primary caretaking relationships. In adulthood these memories keep causing pain, but these clients are no longer dependent upon those relationships. However, when we work with children and adolescents they live with and heavily depend on their caretakers, sometimes, those who were actively involved in the child's traumatization, sometimes former traumatized children themselves.


The child therapist's first level of work is the child, but there is no way to work isolated from parents and caretakers: they will represent the second level of work. The treatment of these children takes place within a relational matrix including therapist, clients and clients' caretakers; this relational matrix has the potential to trigger powerful affects that might be overlooked by therapists unless they are addressed directly.

A special focus of this workshop is the work with adoptive parents and their children, because they present with the most challenging situations in terms of problematic interpersonal relationships. Mismatches in the first meetings between the child and the adoptive parents and parents´ rejection of the child will be specifically addressed through case presentations.


Therapy is above all a relational process involving not only the client, but also the therapist. Therapists are human beings and their knowledge doesn't shield them against pain and suffering.


Therapists can be triggered either by the child or by the parent, and they can, in turn, trigger either the child or the parent. The harder the issue to address, the easier it is to get triggered. Unless therapists pay attention to the powerful impact these stories and underlying issues might have on themselves, therapy won't be effective. As part of this workshop therapists will learn to recognize their own avoidance, shame and rejection patterns in working with this population.

Workshop Itinerary

What you'll learn over the course of our online advanced EMDR training workshop

Training Objectives

Details about what you will take away with you after completing this training


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Details and

Pricing for our training workshops, CEU's, and requirements to participate

3-Week Workshop Itinerary

MODULE 1 (Week 1)

  • The relational perspective in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental trauma and dissociation.

  • Attachment, connection and disconnection: the story of “Shrill Mother” by Jutta Bauer.

  • Components of secure attachment (Siegel), attachment affected by trauma and the end of the spectrum: attachment disorganization.

  • EMDR for PTSD and EMDR for developmental trauma and dissociation: same or different?

  • Environmental safety as ground zero. Case presentation: EMDR without environmental safety.

  • Assessing the relational matrix: the five levels of information for case conceptualization.

  • Case conceptualization with adoptive parents: the gap between expectations and frustration.

  • Educating parents about trauma and dissociation: how to use this information to clear up their misconceptions about their child's behavior.

  • Resource development: what are the adaptive neural networks of these children made of?

  • The Who I want to become in the future? exercise.


MODULE 2 (Week 2)

  • Building and strengthening connections: the child, the parent, the therapist. 10.15- 11.15: Fostering connections through loving kindness: case presentation.

  • Procedures to clear up parents´ negative expectations that prevent them from bonding to their child: a case presentation.

  • Relational triggers in the therapeutic relationship: a case presentation.

  • Attachment and dissociation: different parts keep different and contradictory memories about attachment experiences: a case presentation.


MODULE 3 (Week 3)

  • Shame: appropriate vs. core shame.

  • The shame circuit and the tricky shame: case presentation.

  • Befriending our own shame: brief exercise for the therapist self-awareness.

  • Avoidance: the trap of relief.

  • Learning to identify our own avoidance patterns

  • Uncovering avoidance with children

  • Overcoming avoidance: case presentation.

  • Targeting avoidance (J.Knipe): a case presentation.

  • Rejection: features and manifestations found in children, parents and the therapist.

  • Processing parents´ rejection: a case presentation.

  • Adoptive children and their problems to attach to new parents.

  • Adoptive children hold positive memories of their abusive parents: a case presentation.

  • Back to the beginning: learning more about ourselves as clinicians

Training Objectives
  1. Effective ways to gather information from five different relational levels for case conceptualization and treatment planning purposes.

  2. How to expand the use of education about trauma and dissociation to help parents change their misconceptions about their child's behavior.

  3. How to effectively process the contradictory information about attachment held by the child's different dissociative parts.

  4. How to safely address shame affect in the child.

  5. Procedures to foster connection within the child and between parent and child in order to process shame affect.

  6. Procedures to target avoidance in the child including different procedures to educate children about their own avoidant patterns without triggering shame.

  7. Procedures to process parental rejection towards the child.

  8. Empathic ways to acknowledge the clinicians' own patterns of avoidance, shame and rejection in the midst of difficult cases.


This 3-week course is designed to release portions of the on demand training each week. See schedule below:

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You will receive all three modules just moments after you register! There will be no live Q&A sessions, but you will be able to watch recordings of previously recorded Q&A's inside of our training Hub. 

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Details and Fees

(Note: This is a Commercial Workshop)


  • $325 USD - Standard Registration Price

  • $297 USD - Clinicians that work for nonprofit agencies, government organizations, retirees, schools and in rural areas

  • $150 USD - Auditors: People who have previously attended Sandra's training.


  • Skill Level: Advanced

  • Our intended audience are therapists who have completed an EMDRIA or EMDR Iberoamerica-Approved Basic Training. People only trained in EMDR by PESI are not eligible for the training.



  • This online training is non-refundable.

EMDRIA Continuing Education Units (CEU) Credits


This training provides a certificate for 12 CEU’s. These CEU’s will be provided by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR México. It is necessary to participate in 100% of the training to receive the credits of Continuing Education. A certificate for these CEU's is included in the price of the training. 


Note: Due to pending applications, additional CE's are not available for the Advanced EMDR online training at this time. Online course participants will still receive 14 EMDRIA credits. 

Sandra Baita

Sandra Baita is a clinical psychologist and child therapist, EMDR clinician and certified consultant graduated at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a Fellow member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), a member of the Child & Adolescent Committee of the same organization, and Faculty Trainer of two courses on Childhood Dissociation (one in English and one in Spanish). ISSTD awarded her twice (2012 & 2019).

Living and working in an environment with few resources in trauma and dissociation, led her to develop a language understandable for professionals from different fields that allowed her to give training to Judges and Prosecutors first in her own country and later in Uruguay since 2008 through 2019, through a UNICEF funded project. The EMDR National Organization from Perú gave her the status of Honorary Member for her supportive collaboration as regular consultant for the Programa de Solidaridad y Voluntariado of the same organization. She is the author of the first book written in Spanish language on childhood trauma and dissociation (“Rompecabezas: Una guía introductoria al trauma y la disociación en la infancia”) that was translated into Italian, and co-author of a book on child sexual abuse for the Justice System of Uruguay (“Abuso Sexual Infantil. Cuestiones relevantes para su tratamiento en la Justicia”). She has also authored papers and book chapters published in Italy, United States and UK. She lives in the city of Buenos Aires with her husband and two daughters, where she has her own private practice.


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