March 21, 2015 at Oakland's Preservation Park
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March 21, 2015 workshop abstract:
Abstract for EMDR Regional Meeting March 21, 2015
Joan Lovett, MD with Phil Manfield, Ph.D
Children and Adults Processing Childhood Memories with EMDR
This presentation demonstrates similarities and differences between young children addressing traumatic memories and adults processing traumatic childhood memories. Adults can usually explain what happened and have the adult perspective available during processing. They may need cognitive interweaves asking about safety, responsibility and choices. Children need to have cognitive interweaves in the form of information, reassurance and imaginative interweaves. With children and adults processing early childhood memories, its important to process memories one step at a time, beginning before the traumatic experience, similar to adults processing recent events.
Young children who are normally developmentally egocentric and adults with early childhood traumatic memories tend to believe that they are bad (or not good enough) and that the bad things that happened are their fault. There is confusion about what happened, their part in the trauma, and who they can trust. It is important to target the confusion and to make sure the child, as well as the adult, has a coherent narrative about the traumatic event and its place in their history.
The presentation will feature slides, lecture, videos and discussion. Videos include a 4 year old child discussing and processing an accident and his experiences in the hospital, an 11 year old processing a memory of his parents fighting when he was 4 years old and an adult processing a memory of her parents fighting when she was 3 years old.
Program Objectives. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the importance of identifying and resolving confusion in children who have been traumatized and adults who were traumatized as children
2. Explain the role of developmentally normal egocentricity in children and discuss how it leads to distortions in perceptions of responsibility in both children and adults
3. Discuss how to address distortions of responsibility in both children and adults
4. Identify two developmental differences in processing memories between young children and adults that would impact EMDR processing
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