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EMDR with High Conflict Divorce, Custody, and Children who Resist Contact with a Parent

altCourse: EMDR with High Conflict Divorce, Custody, and Children who Resist Contact with a Parentchristywise

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 unique problems for clinicians, attorneys, and the family court system. These children and their parents are often experiencing trauma from the divorce and re-experiencing trauma incidents associated with one or both parents which impedes the child’s ability to participate in a relationship with their parent.

This workshop is for child custody evaluators (CCEs), and other court involved therapists (CITs), working with high conflict divorce cases. Clinicians will learn to understand how EMDR can be used with this difficult population to help these families move toward reunification. The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, created by Francine Shapiro, provides a structured treatment that can be used to efficiently process the divorce trauma.

This workshop provides an overview of the AIP model and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. The workshop will illustrate 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. Further, the workshop will present treatment strategies and recommendations for use in case planning and recommendations to help these children and their parents move past the trauma and rebalance their relationships. Myths and misconceptions about EMDR, as well as forensic issues regarding EMDR, treatment, protocol, and court testimony will be addressed.


Goals & Objectives:

  • Explain Advanced Information Processing (AIP) Theory.
  • Describe the eight stages of the AIP model.
  • Demonstrate the impact of trauma on family members in high conflict divorce.
  • Assess how and when EMDR can be used in case management in high with high conflict divorce families.
  • Discuss how EMDR helps resolve trauma with specific attention to children who resist or refuse contact with a parent.
  • Analyze the risks and benefits of using EMDR with court related families.


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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 pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(3)(11)(17)(21).
  • Reciprocity for Master's 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). Program Approval Number: #15002-DL23