March 28 & 29, 2020

Minnetonka Community Center

14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

Minnetonka, MN 55345

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Cost: $ 285 ( till January 20th, 2020)

               $ 315 (January 21st, 2020 onwards)


Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC born in Colombia (South America)  is a psychotherapist in private practice, author of several books, chapters and articles, and a lecturer internationally known for her innovative work with children and adolescents.

Ana Gomez is an EMDRIA approved consultant; an EMDRIA advanced training provider, an EMDR Institute and  EMDR-IBA trainer and a trainer of trainers.

Furthermore, Ana has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). She  has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by trauma and adversity for almost 25 years. Ana has presented in more than 35 cities in the USA. She has also presented in multiple cities in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton, Toronto), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne), New Zealand, Japan, Denmark (Copenhagen) ,Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), UK (Edinburg, London), Argentina, Chile, Brazil (Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba) , Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica. 


This workshop focuses on specific strategies that will assist clinicians in following EMDR therapy principles and procedures while meeting the developmental needs of traumatized children. It also provides theoretical and practical strategies to assist clinicians working with children with dysregulation or constriction of the affective system: Children exhibiting insecure patterns of attachment, developmental trauma and dissociative symptoms. Strategies to effectively prepare children for EMDR therapy. This includes a wide and rich variety of resources for stabilization and affect regulation. How to use EMDR therapy strategies directed to titrate the amount of trauma and keep children within manageable and tolerable levels of activation to facilitate reprocessing will be demonstrated. Moreover, “access routes and portals” into the memory networks will be presented along with a wide range of child-friendly interweaves.

Schedule and objectives

First day

  • Develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP). [8:30 am to 10:15] am
  • Break [10:15 to 10:30]
  • Identify key factors when establishing the client’s readiness for EMDR therapy trauma processing. [10:30 am to 11:45 am]
  • Lunch [11:45 am to 1:00 pm] 
  • Effectively prepare children for EMDR therapy. This includes a wide and rich variety of resources for stabilization and affect regulation. [1:00 pm to 2:30 pm]
  • Break [2:30 to 2:45]
  • Use effective strategies with children to prepare the nervous system before reprocessing traumatic material to optimize the child’s integrative capacity. [2:45 to 4:15 pm]


Second Day

  • Use “staging” strategies and provide a platform that optimizes the child’s integrative capacities before moving into processing phases of EMDR therapy. [8:30 am to 10:15 am]
  • Break [10:15 am to 10:30 am]
  • Use advanced interventions to provide distance, titrate and help children overcome the phobia of the trauma and its accompanying effect. [10:30 am to 11:45 am]
  • Lunch [11:45 am to 1:00 pm] 
  • Use a wide range and types of interweaves that are child-friendly and more suitable for children. [1:00 pm to 2:30 pm]
  • Break [2:30 to 2:45 pm]
  • Use a wide variety of strategies geared to modulate arousal during reprocessing with children that tend to move into hyper- or hypo-arousal states. [2:45 pm to 4:15 pm]

Continuing Education Credits

Participants who attend the full 2 days workshop will receive  11 to12 hours of continuing education credits from MN boards of Psychology, Social Works, Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. The applications for CE approval is in process. The workshop is currently approved to earn 12 EMDRIA credits. 

ADA Needs : We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please  reach out via email to nkaistha@lifeandlightllc.org or call 612-889-2975


Crowne Plaza Hotel

Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441, Phone: 763-559-6600. They have a free shuttle that will take you to and from   the workshop ( 10 mile radius). There is an onsite restaurant (but no complementary breakfast) and access to a full fitness facility.


LaQuinta Inn Suites, Minneapolis-Minnetonka

10420 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55427, Phone: 952-541-1094. No shuttle service or restaurant. Free daily breakfast included included in room rent.

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