Inside-Out & Bottom-Up...Play Therapy & EMDR...The Polyvagal Way!

Come along in this 4-hour workshop & discover how to integrate EMDR with Play Therapy and Polyvagal Theory while incorporating diversity within the work that we do!

By integrating foundational EMDR knowledge with cutting-edge neuroscience, the concepts of Neuroception, Proprioception, Equilibrioception, Interoception, Temperoception, Exteroception, & Nociception (the CeptionsTM) will be introduced through the Power of Play Therapy.

Practical play therapy applications infused with a Polyvagal twist will be explored as we create representations of the Ceptions, demonstrating inclusion comp
...Read moreetencies through an understanding of their own cultural and social identity, and its influence in the play therapy process. We will explore how these characters fit within the AIP model & the 3-pronged protocol, demonstrating how to blend them throughout all 8-phases of EMDR.

Participants will discover and practice how to use them to teach clients how to identify if they are in hyperarousal, hypoarousal, or optimal arousal states. The Ceptions can be used as “clue finders” for “body detectives” in order to teach clients how to become detectives of their own nervous systems, and participants will explore how to increase client’s mind-body awareness & monitor/reduce the distress response (SUDS) through the integrative use of EMDR, play therapy, & the expressive arts. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate & demonstrate the CeptionsTM & how play therapy can be utilized to explore, monitor, & modulate the nervous system of clients throughout the 8 phases of EMDR
  • Identify 3 key aspects of the neuroception of safety and their importance in EMDR applications when working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Describe & apply the 8 phases of the standard EMDR therapy 3-pronged protocol as integrated with Polyvagal Theory & Play Therapy when working with child & adolescent clients

Learning Levels

  • Must have EMDR Basic training before taking this course

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Live Interactive Webinar

03:00 PM EDT - 07:00 PM EDT

Register for this Webinar
EARN 4 CE Credit Hours

About the speaker


3:00 ~ Introduction

3:15 ~ Foundations of EMDR

4:15 ~ Neuroscience & Polyvagal Theory
5:15 ~ Therapeutic Powers of Play

5:25 ~ Neuro & the Ception Force FriendsTM 

Temperoception, Proprioception, Equilibrioception, Interoception, Exteroception, Nociception

5:45 ~ Applications for EMDR with children & adolescents


6:45 ~ Q & A

CE Information - Earn 4 CE Credit Hours

CE Approvals

Association for Play Therapy
This workshop meets APT’s definition of “Live Webinar” & was taught by Dora Henderson, M.A., LMHC, RPT-S, CST APT APPROVED PROVIDER #22-666
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
This workshop is approved by EMDRIA & was taught by Dora Henderson, M.A., LMHC, RPT-S, CST EMDRIA APPROVED PROVIDER #23002

CE Process Info

Dora Henderson ~ A Safe Space Counseling LLC (APT Approved Provider #22-666 & EMDR Approved Provider #23002) offers various play therapy training opportunities.  She provides the CEs for the Association for Play Therapy, as authorized. 

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  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

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