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EMDR Protocol for Use with Families and Children Who Resist Contact with a Parent 

altCourse:EMDR Protocol for Use with Families and Children Who Resist Contact with a Parent christywise

altInstructor: Stacey White Kinney, M.S., LMFT

alt Approved for 2.0 Hours of CE Credit

altFulfills License and EMDR Requirements

alt High Resolution Video


Program Description:

Children who resist contact with a parent present with many challenges for families and clinicians. When there are no immediate safety issues, these children present with high anxiety, distorted perceptions, and maladaptive, avoidant behaviors that cut them off from a parent both physically and emotionally. The trauma of separation, divorce, divided loyalties, guilt, and shame all factor into the child’s alignment with one parent, with emotional cutoff with the other. 

The goal of a successful reunification program involves establishing healthy, balanced relationships with both parents. EMDR can be effectively used with high conflict families, including the challenging client who avoids or refuses contact with a parent, the aligned parent and the rejected parent. This intermediate workshop is for EMDR clinicians who want to expand their knowledge of EMDR and work with families involved in high conflict divorce when a child resists or refuses contact with a parent. The workshop introduces the Resist Refuse Protocol, integrating the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model into treatment of this difficult population. By treating the trauma, processing distorted perceptions and faulty belief systems, family members can move forward to reestablish more balanced relationships. The workshop will apply the Resist Refuse Protocol to EMD, EMDr and EMDR and demonstrate how these interventions can be used in conjunction with an existing case plan. In addition, a review of guidelines and research of the effectiveness of EMDR in trauma treatment, as well as practical applications of EMDR with high conflict divorce families will be explored. 

Often this dynamic presents within a forensic setting, requiring additional work by the clinician for case management and treatment. The workshop will familiarize the clinician with ethical considerations and guidelines for treatment planning, court testimony, and cooperating with attorneys and judicial officers.  


Goals & Objectives:

  • Summarize the AIP model.
  • Recognize the therapist’s role working with high conflict divorce families.
  • Describe the treatment of trauma in high conflict divorce.
  • Use the Resist Refuse Protocol for children and adults.
  • Apply EMDR with family members involved in high conflict divorce.
  • Create a plan for using EMDR in a forensic setting.


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CE Approval Information

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists and licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Reciprocity for Master Degree clinicians may vary by state. Please check with your state licensing agency or board.
  • The Steve Frankel Group is an approved EMDRIA Credit Provider (EC Provider Number:15002).