EMDR for Children

The goal of this training is to enable EMDR therapists to acquire the expertise necessary to adapt the 8 stages of the EMDR adult protocol to children, according to their developmental stage.

Participants will learn to develop an EMDR treatment plan to fit their young clients. They will acquire tools for resource development, for processing early and preverbal trauma and for strengthening parents’ ability to support the EMDR process.

Issues that will be dealt with in the training

  • How to concretize the AIP model within the framework of EMDR psychotherapy and the developing child.


  • How to adapt the 8 phases of the EMDR protocol to suit specific developmental needs.


  • How to relate to treatment planning, taking into account family dynamics, attachment history, and the use of a developmentally appropriate child interview model.


  • The preparation phase. Finding resources within the here and now of the therapy room



  • How to focus on and access crucial events in the child’s life.  “The search for TARGETS”


  • How to navigate the assessment phase according to the developmental level of the child.


  • How to develop and process the traumatic narrative when working with early trauma


The material will be taught through lectures, case examples, watching and discussing therapy films and direct practicing of the material

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About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Wizansky is a senior clinical psychologist and supervisor with over 20 years of experience treating children and adolescents. She has worked in both the public and private sector, active in establishing programs for parents, health care providers and educators.  For the major part of her career she has been closely associated with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit of the Sheba Medical Center in Israel, dealing with pathology in all its forms.  As a trauma specialist she was responsible for treating and supervising the treatment of children suffering from the full range of simple and complex trauma. She also served as a consultant to the Child Development Unit of the hospital, a project whose aim was sensitizing the staff to the effects of early medical trauma and cooperating in developing treatment protocols. She has supervised and taught courses in trauma and focused therapies both in the Sheba Medical Center and a number of municipal settings in Israel.

Barbara has been involved in EMDR since 1999, trained as a facilitator and later as a European Child Trainer with Bob Tinker and Sandra Wilson. Together with Esther, she has developed child and adolescent training programs, which she has taught in Israel and internationally.  She is a member of the EMDR – European Child Section.



Esther Bar Sadeh is a senior educational psychologist and supervisor, specializing in treating children and adolescents effected by trauma. She served as the head of the Educational Psychologist Service in Nazareth Elite  and the founder of the “Child Sexual Abuse Unit”, in that city.   She also works with the Israeli-American Joint Distribution Fund and the Ministry of Education developing the knowledge and skills of psychotherapists who work with high risk children and youth. As a trauma specialist she serves as a consultant for a number of municipalities in Israel, supervising individual therapists who treat trauma and acting as advisor to teams, treating at risk children and adolescents. Esther is also a member of, the Faculty of “Children at Risk”, at Oranim” College “.

 She began her training in EMDR under Francine Shapiro, continued her training as a facilitator and trainer in the European organization with Bob Tinker and Sandra Wilson. Esther is an Accredited Child Trainer, training EMDR child therapists in Israel and internationally. She is a member of the EMDR – European Child Section , she chairs the European trainers committee.. Together with Barbara, she has developed child and adolescent training programs, which she has taught in Israel and internationally.  She is a member of the EMDR – European Child Section.


Course Details

Dates Monday and Tuesday, February 6-7, 2017
Times 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presenter Barbara Wizansky and Esther Bar Sadeh
Prerequisites EMDR training Level 1
Price for Training 1,600 nis
Price for Supervision Approximately 650 nis for five meetings necessary for final certification. Time and dates to be announced.
Limited Space Full payment ensures your place