Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and Handouts

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1: Children and Trauma

    • Module 1: Children and Trauma

  • 3

    Module 2: Play Therapy

    • Module 2: Play Therapy

  • 4

    Module 3: Bibliotherapy

    • Module 3: Bibliotherapy

  • 5

    Module 4: EMDR and Children

    • Module 4: EMDR and Children

  • 6

    Module 5: Combining EMDR and Play Therapy

    • Module 5: Combining EMDR and Play Therapy

  • 7

    Module 6: Phase 2 Resourcing and Interventions

    • Module 6: Phase 2: Resourcing and Interventions

  • 8

    Module 7: Limits and Considerations

    • Module 7: Limits and Considerations

  • 9


    • Playing Through Phase 2 Bibliography

  • 10

    Getting your APT and EMDRIA CEs

    • Getting your APT and EMDRIA CEs

Want to add more tools to your toolbox for Phase 2 of EMDR?

You love working with children and Play Therapy, but aren’t quite sure how to put it all together with EMDR.  You have been trained in EMDR and know the model, but struggle to apply the phases in developmentally appropriate ways when working with children.

You also are tired of struggling with Phase 3 Assessment where kids don’t really know how to find their Negative Cognitions or Positive Cognitions and struggle to identify feelings or body sensations. By the time you get it all together their dual awareness is lost, they are frustrated, or want to move on. Can’t we just play Uno?

You get blank staresshort answersfrustrated sighing, and a lot of confusion. You’re not sure the NC is “right”, they tell you “nothing” came up. Maybe they are just telling you what you want to hear so they can be done with EMDR.


In short, it leaves you feeling overwhelmed and hesitant, like you have all the pieces but aren’t quite sure how to put them together

You are looking for more concrete ways to integrate Play Therapy and EMDR in the Preparation phase in a way that is engaging where kids are excited and want to participate


In the course Playing Through Phase 2: Combining Play Therapy and Bibliotherapy for Phase 2 of EMDR you will learn exactly how to integrate directive Play Therapy techniques and Bibliotherapy to help support all of the components in the Preparation Phase of EMDR to take your child EMDR practice from overwhelmed and hesitant to confident and prepared! 

This course will introduce you to 14 books and paired directive Play Therapy activities to help children in the preparation phase who:

  • have an age appropriate understanding of just what exactly this “EMDR thing” is

  • are engaged and excited to do EMDR 

  • have a wide enough window of tolerance to tolerate the distress of trauma work 

  • can engage in multiple forms of state change 

  • have multiple creative resources 

  • are a pro at scaling questions 

  • know exactly what a Negative and Positive Cognition is 

  • have a wide emotional vocabulary 

  • are able to connect with their bodies and identify sensations 

  • know exactly what you are talking about when you say “notice that”

  • can tell you exactly “what came up” between sets


What difference would that make in your practice? With your clients that are on your caseload now? What healing could happen?


What would it be like for you to take your child EMDR practice from a process that is cumbersome and overwhelming to seamless, confident, and prepared?


When you “play through Phase 2” children are more engaged with the process, are better able to stay in their window of tolerance when approaching trauma work, increase comfort with the tools, techniques, and toys used in the later phases of EMDR, and they even have FUN doing it! 

All of this will help you with developing a trusting relationship and solid foundation for effective phases 3-8. 

Want to learn more? Check out the details below! 

CE Information:

This course is approved for 3.5 APT Non-Contact hours by Meehan Mental Health Services (APT Approved Provider 19-580).  Meehan Mental Health Services is an EMDRIA EC Provider (#21013).  Approved for 3.5 EMDRIA Credits#21013-DL01. Training is taught by Ann Meehan, MS, LPCC, RPT-S.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how Play Therapy and Bibliotherapy can be combined for use in Phase 2 and Resourcing for EMDR and why it is effective. 

  • Demonstrate at least 10 differences in and adaptations for EMDR therapy with children versus adult population. 

  • Identify and describe at least 14 books and directive Play Therapy techniques that can be used in Phase 2 of EMDR. 


Course Format:  Train when it works for you! This course is a pre-recorded online self paced course where the modules are broken up into smaller digestible chunks that can be completed during a client cancellation, on the weekends, early in the morning, late at night - whenever! You can login at your own pace, re-watch content, and have unlimited access to the course. This course is designated "Non-Contact" by the Association for Play Therapy.

Who should attend:  This program is only open to clinicians who are fully trained in EMDR. Material is appropriate for beginning to advanced level Play therapists who want to incorporate Play Therapy into their EMDR practice.   

Cost: $87.00

Play Therapy Credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.  There are no refunds for this recorded course.  Meehan Mental Health Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA requirements. The program site is ADA compliant.  Please contact Ann Meehan at if special accommodations are required. See Meehan Mental Health Services full policies and procedures for online and in person trainings here