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Enroll in Intro to EMDR and Advanced EMDR together for a $25 discount! Advanced EMDR will take place on July 26th, 2024.


Workshop Title: Introduction to EMDR in the Playroom

Facilitator: Kira Collins, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S™

Training Date: July 12th, 2024

Training Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm CST

Location: Equal Shares Parenting Family Activity Center, 9715 Olive Blvd, St. Louis MO 63132

APT Continuing Education Hours: 6.0 APT Contact CEs


Workshop Description:

Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a proven effective clinical treatment model to address a variety of issues in children including anxiety, depression and trauma. This introductory workshop will explore the benefits of implementing EMDR into the playroom with children and adults. Participants will learn to integrate EMDR skills into individual and family play therapy sessions, with special attention spent on the use of sand tray prompts to explore safe places in the first phase of EMDR with adults. This workshop will also explore the integration of play-based activities into the eight phases of EMDR including play therapy interventions to identify value systems and address maladaptive core beliefs in children and adults. Participants will also explore the use of play-based interventions to engage caregivers in the reprocessing of negative cognitions in family play therapy sessions. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Compare play-based interventions in the use of EMDR with adolescents and adults.

  2. Discuss play-based interventions to integrate into the eight phases of EMDR in the playroom.

  3. Identify play-based interventions to support resourcing skills in individual & family play therapy sessions.

  4. Describe sand tray prompts to use in individual play therapy sessions with adults.

  5. Explore the use of play-based interventions to address maladaptive core beliefs.

  6. Explain the use of play-based interventions to lock in positive cognitions.



  • 9:00 am-10:30 am Lecture & experiential learning
  • 10:30 am-10:45 am  Break
  • 10:45 am-12:00 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch break 
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm-4:15 pm Lecture & experiential learning
  • 4:15 pm-4:30 pm Q &A and wrap-up

Introduction to EMDR in the Playroom - STL

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