EMDR with children with complex trauma


Have you done the EMDR training a while ago and it everything a bit rusty or are your clients very challenging? Using EMDR therapy with children and young people with complex trauma can be challenging. In this comprehensive two-day Masterclass Arianne Struik will go through EMDR treatment from referral to closure to integrate all different aspects of using EMDR with children and young people with complex trauma.

We will start conceptualising complex case presentations from an EMDR framework, identifying memory clusters, and selecting and planning targets. Participants practice with case vignettes or bring their own cases. We will then discuss how to decide when the child can start with reprocessing and which preparation is needed. Arianne will refresh participants knowledge about Flash, Flash Forward, Future Template, CIPOS, RDI and when to use these techniques

Then we will practice extensively using the EMDR child Protocol with children in all age categories or developmental levels: 0-4 years old, 4-6, years old, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old, 12-18 years old, including using EMDR with preverbal trauma. Through video material and case examples, we will discuss and practice how to understand, prevent and manage abreactions and dissociation during EMDR. Arianne will present on the latest EMDR research and the working memory theory and how understanding this theory can help with managing difficulties in the reprocessing phase. She will show the use of EMDR 2.0 techniques with children and young people and young people. Then we will discuss which changes to expect and how to determine whether treatment is completed.

In this Masterclass we focus on practice with case vignettes and roleplays, with some theory to refresh and update your knowledge. Would you like to be more confident and skilled in using EMDR with children with complex trauma? Join my Masterclass to practise your skills in how to apply EMDR with children and young people in all age groups.


This Masterclass is for participants working in Australia and New Zealand with children and young people. Participants need to have completed a level 1 Adult training (weekend 1) and an EMDR child training.

It is recommended for participants to have completed the workshop Treating Chronically Traumatized Children with the Sleeping Dogs method: info

Learning objectives

  • Participants can conceptualise complex case presentations
  • Participant are able to use EMDR with children and young people in all age groups
  • Participants know how to handle dissociation and abreaction.
  • Participants are more confident about using EMDR with children and young people

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The ICTC uses Tickettailor for registration and payment. Payments can be made with Stripe or Paypal and with Applepay. Payments with IDEAL can be made via Stripe. Multiple participants can be registered at the same time.

About the trainer

Arianne Struik is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and EMDR Consultant, originally from the Netherlands. She is  director of the Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children (ICTC) from which she provides specialized trauma treatment in remote areas, as well as workshops, training, supervision and research. She developed the award-winning Sleeping Dogs method, described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children and teaches internationally on the treatment of trauma and dissociation in children. She is member of the ESTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the Australian Psychological Society EMDR Interest Group national committee



8am-3pm Queensland time zone
9am-4pm Melbourne/Sydney time zone


700 AUD ex GST

Early Bird 640AUD ex GST until 1st of Nov 2024 

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What others are saying

Arianne and her training workshops have built my confidence in using EMDR with chronicallytraumatised children and have inspired me to not wait but to be brave and jump in to doingEMDR early on in therapy (where deemed safe).
Sam MacGibbon
Child and FamilyPsychologist
Arianne’s Master Class for Children with Complex Trauma was by far the most grounded andhelpful EMDR training I have done.
Bodhi P
Psychotherapist, Family Therapist
Arianne is a wonderful, intuitive and knowledgeable presenter. I would wholeheartedly recommend her trainings.
Mark Rosario
Loved this training, it really increased my confidence in using EMDR with children.
I highly recommend training with Arianna, she has excellent experience and knowledge
Arianne presents complex concepts and presentations in such an approachable way, such ahelpful training to develop my EMDR knowledge and confidence.
Highly recommend this training for working with children and young people 4 to 18 withcomplex trauma. How to make a difference in a timely manor by processing their distressingmemories and changing their cognitions then improving their self-worth and attachmentrelationships.
This training is practical, structured and builds confidence in being able to help children healfrom complex trauma quickly and respectfully.
Arianne is an expert in using EMDR with traumatised children and has a gift for sharing herknowledge and experience with the child protocol and sleeping dogs method to achievesuccess for children of all ages and from all sorts of trauma backgrounds