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Argosy University, Phoenix to Serve as Host Site for event focused on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Clinicians working with children and adolescents

PHOENIX, AZ (August 20, 2012) --   Argosy University, Phoenix and Sierra Tucson are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for mental health counselors. The campus will serve as the host location for a workshop titled “Healing the Caregiving System: Using EMDR therapy, the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and attachment theory with parents.”

The workshop will take place August 24 – 25 at the campus, located at 2233 W. Dunlap Avenue, 4th floor in Phoenix, AZ 85021. Clinicians working with children, adolescents and adults with adverse attachment experiences and complex trauma would greatly benefit from attending this workshop and can earn a total of 13 continuing education credits by attending. It is designed for clinicians that have completed an EMDR International Association approved basic EMDR training (W 1-2).

This workshop, presented by Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC, offers an innovative attachment-focused model to work with parents within a comprehensive EMDR treatment that may include a team of clinicians. The use of the AAI will be discussed providing tips on how to use it clinically to identify parent's buried insecure states of mind with regards to their own attachment experiences as well as unresolved trauma and loss. According to research with the AAI, unresolved trauma and loss inhibits the parents' capacity to mentalize and as a result promote attachment security. This workshop will provide concrete and effective strategies to work with parents and adults with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind throughout the eight phases of EMDR therapy. Case conceptualization strategies and Preparation tools that include protocols to enhance the parent's capacity for differentiation and connection will be addressed.

In addition, this workshop will briefly address the ethical considerations and challenges of working therapeutically with children and their parents.

Ms. Gomez is a psychotherapist in private practice, a researcher and a national and international lecturer. She has presented in forty cities and close to ten countries on the use of EMDR therapy and other adjunct approaches with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries and dissociation. She was the recipient of the 2011 distinguished service award from the Arizona Association for Play Therapy. She is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, a specialty trainer on EMDR therapy with children and an EMDR-Humanitarian Assistance Programs trainer. Ana is the author of "The Thoughts Kit for Kids" and "Dark, Bad Day...Go Away", a book for children about trauma and EMDR which has been translated into four languages.

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About Argosy University

Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and its online program, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students in a supportive learning environment where academic knowledge is enriched by the acquisition of interpersonal skills vital to success.  Argosy University has seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law.  With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education.  The institution also offers bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice and, through The Art Institute of California, serves as an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts students and professionals.  Degree level and programs offered vary by location. Full and part-time law programs are offered through Western State College of Law. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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