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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.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Treatment of Attachment Trauma and the Dissociative Sequelae Through The Lifespan: EMDR and Case Conceptualization

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 the innate mechanisms of survival
and attachment, individuals can experience extreme
distress leading to mental health disorders and physical
disease. Although these conditions may begin in infancy,
if untreated they can endure for a lifetime. It is so
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
the dissociative sequelae.

 List 3 aspects that form the theoretical basis for
conceptualizing treatment with EMDR for children,
adolescents, and adults based on the neurobiological
underpinnings of attachment
 Describe how the Adaptive Information Processing
model addresses the impact of attachment trauma
while providing support for the efficacy of EMDR as an
integrative treatment approach
 Illustrate how therapists integrate treatment strategies
throughout the eight-phase EMDR approach for clients
of all ages suffering from attachment disruptions
 Explore the practical usage of various theories linking
the contribution of attachment trauma to dissociative
symptoms with recommendations for treatment to
successfully repair attachment trauma and to improve
client symptom presentation
 Demonstrate 3 creative treatment techniques for both
improving developmental deficits and infusing an
emotional scaffolding for adaptive resolution of
traumatic experiences through the use of EMDR.
February 25-26, 2012
Reno, Nevada
November 3-4, 2012
Raleigh Durham, North Carolina
8:00-8.30am Registration/Coffee Service
8:30-5:00pm Workshop
12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break (Lunch on own)

EMDR Institute
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