An EMDR Model to Heal Intergenerational Trauma in Children & Parents with Complex Trauma
Generational wounding legacies, narratives and stories are often passed through implicit non-conscious procedural messages that take place in the parent-child relationship. These hidden burdens held in memory become core organizers of the individual’s sense of self. This presentation will address the complexities of the treatment of intergenerational transmission of unresolved trauma and attachment patterns.
Adults with unresolved states of mind do not receive the experiences necessary to develop a coherent sense of self. They build defenses and internal representations of the self as inadequate, shameful and unworthy and the other as unavailable and incapable of meeting deep needs for connection and safety. Such adults, see, feel, perceive and interpret their children’s needs and behaviors through the lenses of these defenses and internal representations.
For parents with unresolved trauma, their child’s routines may serve as activating stimuli that shift the parents’ attention from their child’s needs, to their own survival and self-preservation. As a result, the parent’s integrative functioning and with it the capacity to hold the child’s mind in mind is thwarted and compromised. These misattuned, asynchronous-traumatic-dyadic interactions may be one of the routes from which generational wounding is passed on. This presentation will introduce an attachment informed EMDR model to work on healing the child, the parent, strengthen the attachment bond and end the cycle of generational wounding.
This session was originally presented as a live conference session in April 2021
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Identify different levels of intervention with parents and caregivers that are interwoven within the eight phases of EMDR therapy
- Utilize strategies to increase parent’s mentalizing, relational, affect tolerance and self-regulation capacities
- Utilize attachment- based play and other creative strategies to support parents and children
- Cite the characteristics of the dysregulated, collapsed and disorganized caregiving system
- Identify different levels of intervention with children that are interwoven within the eight phases of EMDR therapy
Presenter: Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC
Presenter Bio: Ana M Gómez, MC, LPC is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in Phoenix, AZ. She is an EMDR Institute, and EMDR-IBA trainer of trainers. She is a psychotherapist, author, and an international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma as well as generational wounds and dissociation. She has been the keynote and invited speaker at numerous conferences and workshops around the world and has presented in over 70 cities and 15 countries around the world.
Ana is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation and several books, book chapters and articles on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents.
She is the author of eight children’s books that address trauma and EMDR therapy. She also co-authored with Dr. Francine Shapiro, an article on the use of EMDR therapy with children, published in 2013. Ana was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award.”
Ana has de developed numerous intensive programs and protocols that include the “EMDR-Sandtray Protocol” and "The Systemic, EMDR-
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