Recorded Webinar

Self-harm, suicidality, shame and guilt


Powerlessness and anger are the two pilars of PTSD. When the anger towards the perpetrator is misplaced and turns inside, chronically traumatized children and young people can become depressed, selfharm, and engage in suidical and risktaking behaviour. They feel guilty and ashamed for what is done to them, or what they have done or feel like they should have done. During EMDR processing, these negative beliefs are dismantled and changed, however some children and young people get stuck in guilt and shame before or during processing, or we fear the client could get seriously injured or commit suicide when we start with EMDR. In this webinar Arianne will discuss how to assess the risk for a young person to start with EMDR, what is needed in preparation and how to set up the EMDR processing in a safe way.  She will also elaborate on Shapiro’s plateaus of processing and how to use this framework to understand why the client is stuck and which interweaves to use in which part of the processing.

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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


90 minutes starting




EMDR Europe CPD Credits 1.5

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