Listen in to hear Jen and Bridger’s discussion with Annie Monaco and Nicole Wolasz where they discuss the ins and outs of working with teens and their families using EMDR. To learn more about the work Annie and Nicole are doing in the world, here’s a bit of information from Annie:

Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute Trainings

I am a faculty member of the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute. I provide trainings in the following: EMDR and Progressive Counting. Descriptions can be found on the Trauma Institute website at I provide workshop trainings locally, nationally, internationally and virtually.

EMDR Basic Training in EMDR Training

EMDRIA-Approved training in EMDR Therapy. This course is the complete basic training and includes the required consultation. 40 CE’s are included.

For more information, contact me or see the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute EMDR Basic Training description.

  • Pre-Approval from me is necessary prior to registering
  • All dates are mandatory. You must attend all hours of the training.
  • The course is designed for you to learn and practice in between modules.
  • You must have an active caseload to take the course.
  • Most participants have 3 years or more clinical experience before taking this advanced level trauma-treatment course.
  • EMDR trainings conducted virtually as well. I can conduct EMDR trainings in your state or country.

Progressive Counting

With Nicole Wolasz, LCSWR, we offer this extensive trauma therapy training locally and nationally. This is a hands-on clinical skills training for working with children and teens that have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. This in-depth extended training will cover impact of trauma and loss, identification and assessment of traumatized individuals, working with parents and other caregivers to help traumatized kids, practicing scripted interventions that directly helping clients to manage their symptoms. Therapists will also learn to resolve trauma/loss memories via Progressive Counting (PC).

Past Trainings

  • Virtual Trainings conducted 2020 to present
  • In person trainings from 2015 to present
  • Child & Adolescent Trauma Training (PC included): St. Lucia, assisted Dr. Greenwald.
  • Child and Adolescent Trauma Training for Case Managers: Certificate Program for the Child Welfare Training Academy (CWTA) in Washington, DC. July to September 2014.
  • Child Trauma Institute Certificate Program. Co-facilitated with Nicole Wolasz (2012)
  • Child Trauma Institute extended training: (3 years) Catholic Charities. Co-facilitated with Jerry Kelly and Ann Beckley-Forest (2010 to 2013).
  • Child Trauma Institute extended training: (2 years) Child & Family Services (2010 to 2011)
  • Progressive Counting Trainings are held every year.

Integrating Play Therapy and EMDR

With Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW, RPT-S, we offer integration of  Play therapy and EMDR Therapy. We offer these trainings locally, nationally, and in Asia (China and Singapore).  Our book was released during September 2020 EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An integrated Approach.

Visit the Playful EMDR website to view and purchase the book

Attachment and Dissociation Workshops

Workshops on the topics of Attachment and Dissociation in Children and Adults are on the upcoming trainings page. The workshop includes many attachment interventions as well as ways to manage dissociation.  We offer these trainings virtually, locally and nationally.

Dealing with Challenging Clients: Why Don’t They Just Get Over It?

This workshop is based on the Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR) program through the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding through the Eastern Mennonite University. I am a STAR Level 2 trainer and I provide these experiential workshops locally and nationally with Sue Klassen, MA in conflict transformation with an emphasis on Restorative Justice. These trainings are for human service professionals and para-professionals such as mediators, lawyers, clergy, human service workers and anyone working with potentially traumatized individuals.

In the experiential training you can learn the following:

  • Common responses to trauma: emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, behavioral
  • Transforming trauma: breaking the cycles of victimhood & violence
  • Trauma intervention for individuals, communities, and societies
  • Self-care for leaders and caregivers
  • Restorative justice as a response to trauma—reconciling victims and offenders

Learn more on the STAR website.

Managing Dissociative Symptoms Using Soothing and Grounding Tools

With Nicole Wolasz, LCSWR, we offer this training locally and nationally. This training provides an opportunity for staff and clinicians working with children, adolescents and young adults to increase their confidence in talking to clients about trauma, identifying dissociative symptoms, and to effectively manage these symptoms through creative and play-based soothing and grounding tools.

This workshop will provide scripts, demonstration video’s, and photo images of varied ways of using the techniques. Participants will also practice a variety of the 30 soothing and grounding tools.

Trauma Informed Trainings for Schools, Agencies and Organizations

I provide trauma trainings to many schools, agencies, and organizations in the area and out of state. Trainings range from 3 hours to a full day.

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Executive Directors: Jennifer and Ryan Savage, Melissa Bentinnedi, Bridger Falkenstein

Hosts: Jennifer Savage, Melissa Benintendi, and Bridger Falkenstein

Filmographer: Tyler Wassam

Podcast Producer: Jamie Eggert

Original Music Composers: Bridger Falkenstein and Caleb Boston

Show Notes: Jordan Murray-Harper