Course curriculum

    1. Course Description

    2. PDF of Handouts

    1. Webinar Video: Virtual Offices & The 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy

    1. Resources

    2. References

    1. Course Post Test

    2. Copy of Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving Your CE Certificate

    3. Course Evaluation and CE Certificate

About this course

  • $45.00
  • 8 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

About the Course

This presentation will share strategies for adapting EMDR Therapy Standard Protocol for use with children who have experienced adverse life experiences.  Adaptations to the 8-Phase Standard Protocol include completing comprehensive history taking, teaching specific preparation strategies, and integrating creative, child-focused interventions to implement during desensitization through re-evaluation phases. Specific strategies will include: psychoeducation about trauma response and EMDR therapy, preparation skills, attachment exercises, and art and play-based interventions. Using the tenets of the Adaptive Information Processing model, this workshop will explore strategies to identify and resolve unprocessed information that is dysfunctionally stored as a result of trauma.


  1. Describe the triune brain model and the impact of trauma on the brain

  2. Describe the window of tolerance model and identify 2-3 grounding strategies to manage hyperarousal symptoms and 2-3 alerting strategies to manage hypoarousal symptoms

  3. Discuss the impact of preverbal trauma on development

  4. Describe dissociative symptoms as they present in children and adolescents

  5. Complete trauma-focused history taking with children and adolescents

  6. Identify 1-2 ethical considerations and challenges with working with children and adolescents

  7. Utilize case conceptualization strategies when working with children and adolescents using the AIP model

  8. Demonstrate 2-3 Phase 2 Preparation strategies for use with children and adolescents

  9. Identify 2-3 adaptations and interventions appropriate for children and adolescents for Phases 3-8

  10. Identify 2-3 situations during which an interweave may be appropriate or necessary

  11. Describe the storytelling technique for the integration of EMDR Therapy with children and caregivers

  12. Describe 1-3 alternative methods of therapy that can be integrated into EMDR Therapy


This is a pre-recorded webinar that was originally recorded November 18, 2020. This is an intermediate level course. Completion of all modules, a course evaluation, and post-test is required to receive CE certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course modules.  The post-test is comprised of true/false and multiple choice questions and requires a passing mark of 75%, and is administered after completion of the course evaluation. Upon passing the post-test, participants are able to download their CE certificate. 

You will have access to the course for 6 months after registration. If you need additional time to complete the course, please contact [email protected].  You may be charged an administrative fee for an extension.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at [email protected]

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the following organizations to offer 2 continuing education (CE) credits for this course:

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

EMDR International Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. This program is approved  for 2 EMDRIA credits (#-DL130).

Association of Social Worker Boards

Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 credits.

American Psychological Association

As of April 26, 2023, The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is no longer approved to sponsor HOMESTUDY continuing education for psychologists. 


Suzanne Rutti

Suzi Rutti, MSW, LISW-S owns and operates the private practice group Rutti Counseling & Consultation, LLC in Columbus, Ohio. She is a co-owner of Trauma and Wellness Institute, LLC and the Central Ohio EMDR Connection, LLC. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She is a Clinical Social Worker that works with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, and does not have a minimum age requirement. She specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD, dissociation/dissociative disorders, preverbal trauma, sexual violence, childhood abuse, traumatic birth experience, intimate partner violence, and other adverse life experiences. Suzi primarily practices using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and also integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness-based practices into her work. Suzi is an affiliate faculty member with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and provides EMDR therapy foundational training and Advanced Training topics. She provides clinical supervision and EMDR therapy consultation as an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant to clinicians across the nation. Suzi believes in the importance of making high quality trauma treatment accessible to all communities, and has presented to numerous local and national audiences on a variety of topics relevant to the impact of trauma and how best to support survivors.