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Dr Robbie Adler-Tapia is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with clients who have experienced trauma. Even though she works with clients of all ages Dr Robbie specializes in working with young children. Dr Robbie provides therapy for clients with attachment and adoptions issues, child abuse histories, and for law enforcement. She is an EMDR Institute Facilitator and EMDR/HAP Trainer. With the EMDR HAPKIDS Program, Dr. Adler-Tapia volunteers to assist with coordinating research, consultation, and training for therapists working with children internationally. She has also provided specialty trainings on treating attachment and the dissociative sequelae, working with young children in the child welfare system and on EMDR with children. Along with her co-author, Carolyn Settle, Dr. Adler-Tapia is co-author of the book, EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children and accompanying treatment manual, and a chapter on EMDR with Children in the soon to be released book edited by Allen Rubin and David Springer, The Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice Series, Volume 2, Treatment of Traumatized Adults and Children.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Workshops by Dr. Robbie

This post is to give the reader some information on the workshops I present. Since I am trained in child development and attachment, I especially love this first presentation. I hope to have chapters on this topic in a new book. I have presented workshops in attachment, infant-toddler mental health, EMDR in psychotherapy with children, and our research on EMDR with children that resulted in the reduction in depressive symptoms in traumatized children. For a list of workshops I have presented, please check out my curriculum vitae (CV).
Treatment of Attachment Trauma and the Dissociative Sequelae
in Clients of All Ages:
EMDR and Case Conceptualization

Presented by
Robbie Adler-Tapia, Ph.D.

When earliest relationships are traumatic, attachment injuries can significantly change the trajectory of one’s life. Bonding and attachment are neurobiologically driven survival mechanisms; but when irreconcilable conflict exists within these innate mechanisms, individuals can experience extreme distress leading to mental health disorders and physical disease. Although these conditions may begin in infancy, if untreated the aftereffects can endure for a lifetime. It is essential that attachment disruptions be addressed in both children and adults experiencing complex trauma reactions, including Axis II conditions and dissociation. EMDR provides a comprehensive, integrative, and effective approach to the treatment of attachment and dissociation.

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