Training for professionals

We provide training for professionals working with traumatized children, young people and their families, such as therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, residential staff, foster care workers, caregivers, and teachers.

You can can become certified as Sleeping Dogs Trauma Specialist. We organise online and face to face training on trauma-related topics.

About the training

We organise online and face to face training on trauma-related topics (see calendar) such as:

Trauma, attachment and treatment

The impact of domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect and chronic traumatization on children and families

The treatment of chronically traumatized children

Dissociation and the assessment and treatment of dissociative disorders in children


The use of EMDR in children

Trauma treatment and the use of EMDR in infants 0-4 years

The assessment of children with (suspected) sexual abuse

Trauma-informed safety planning

Conversational techniques and systemtic interventions with prepetrator-parents.

Working with denial and disputed abuse

Creating Trauma healing stories.

In-company Training

We can also provide in-company training, workshops and presentations on the Sleeping Dogs method or customised for teams working with children in foster or residential care.

How to become certified

After participating in Sleeping Dogs level I training and reading the book, clinicians can use the Sleeping Dogs method with clients in their daily work. However, these cases can be complex and difficult, and many professionals and organizations choose to maintain and further develop their skills. Individual practitioners can become certified as Sleeping Dogs Trauma Specialist. The training program to become a certified Sleeping Dogs trauma specialist is competency based and has three levels. Level II and III are usually done in-company. 

Sleeping Dogs Level I

Workshop: Treating Chronically Traumatized Children

This one-day or two-day workshop provides an introduction to the method and the interventions and participants are able to use the Sleeping Dogs method after this workshop, and after reading the book. However, the more practice, the more this method is used effectively. After the training, participants can join a supervision group or participate in individual supervision. The basic modules in level I:

• Identification of trauma
• Introduction to trauma treatment
• Resistance and motivation in engaging in treatment
• Using the Sleeping Dogs Method
• Providing psychoeducation
• Analysis of barriers to trauma treatment
• Treatment planning and interventions

Sleeping Dogs Level II

Workshop: Practising the method

This two-day workshop focuses on practising the method with difficult and stuck cases and using the interventions. The content of the workshop depends on the participants’ experiences and needs and can be customised. Topics such as how to motivate children, to discuss acknowledgement and responsibility with perpetrator-parents and how to work with traumatized parents with limited abilities can be covered. The basic modules level II:

• Treatment plans
• Talking to children about trauma
• Motivating children
• Stabilisation and preparation of children for trauma treatment
• Support for traumatized parents
• Systemic conversation with perpetrator-parents about the responsibily for the trauma

Sleeping Dogs Level Iii and IV

Workshop: Practising the method

These levels consists of a two-day workshop or a series of competency-based sessions, and the completion of a number of Sleeping Dogs treatments of chronically traumatized children ranging in ages with a variety of problems. Clinicians work on their own goals in the context of their own practice to become certified as Sleeping Dogs Trauma Specialist. This can be done individually or in a team or group. The basic modules of level III and level IV:

• Treatment plans in challenging cases
• Trauma Healing Stories
• Sexual abuse
• Denial / disputed abuse 
• Dissociation

Consultation or supervision

We offer face-to-face and online supervision and consultation on complex cases, individually or in groups, in English, Danish and Dutch. Arianne Struik is also an EMDR Consultant for adults and children accredited by EMDR Europe, EMDRAA and EMDR NZ