Francine Shapiro called EMDR the therapy that “plays well with others” and the AIP model invites innovation and integration in our quest to make the benefits of EMDR available to clients of all ages and developmental levels, neurodiversity and background. This presentation aims to offer a rationale, basic framework and specific examples of using play therapy techniques to support EMDR therapy with children throughout the preparation and processing phases to make the benefits of EMDR therapy possible with children who may be avoidant or too young to grasp elements of the standard protocol. We will also reflect on challenges with maintaining model fidelity when providing consultation to integrative child clinicians, and the presenters will draw upon our own experiences as consultants and consultee to add depth to this conversation and raise different perspectives.
- Participants will be able to describe 2 examples of integrating play therapy strategies within the preparation phase of EMDR.
- Participants will be able to describe 3 examples of bridging from play therapy activities to EMDR processing.
- Participants will be able to apply a case consultation checklist designed to assist play therapy-trained EMDR clinicians with EMDR fidelity and flexibility.