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Written for all EMDR child therapists—new and seasoned—this text is a comprehensive guide toward the effective practice of EMDR therapy with children, from infants to adolescents. It offers step-by-step instructions translating each of the eight phases in creative and developmentally appropriate ways for children and teenagers while providing advanced protocols for therapists. The third edition combines the updated guide and accompanying treatment manual into one volume for greater convenience. Chapters now integrate content, explanations, and instructions with associated checklists, protocols, and worksheets for quick access to crucial information. The book also provides new leading-edge chapters on EMDR therapy regarding telehealth, cultural and social responsiveness, and addictions and includes inventive methods, techniques, resources, and protocols. ​ Additionally, the third edition features engaging exercises for target identification, a child client readiness checklist, and a brochure explaining EMDR therapy with children. The book offers abundant case examples, drawings, tables, detailed scripts, and complete instructions along with useful links and resources for therapists to apply in their practice.

Some key features of this new third edition are:

  • Integrates powerful, creative play and art therapy interventions with EMDR therapy

  • Offers child-friendly exercises for target identification

  • Contains a reference table listing developmental adjustments to the eight phases of EMDR therapy for children 0 to 18 years old

  • Provides a chapter on diagnoses specific to children, including attachment, dissociation, neurodiversity, and more

Carolyn Settle Publicatons

Chapters and Articles

A list of books and journals that Carolyn Settle
has contributed content to or co-authored.
Chapters and Articles
Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse

Published in October, 2011, Ms. Settle co-authored a chapter with Robbie Adler-Tapia and Francine Shapiro in the book The Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment. The chapter titled “Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) With Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse and Trauma” discuses case conceptualization from single incident sexual abuse to more complex multiple sexual abuse traumas of children within the welfare system.

EMDR Scripted Protocols

The book EMDR Scripted Protocols: Special Populations, edited by Marilyn Luber, includes the chapter “EMDR Assessment and Desensitization Phases with Children: Step-by-Step Session Directions.” by Robbie Adler-Tapia and Carolyn Settle. This chapter provides a script for EMDR child therapists so they can implement adopting EMDR language with children while staying true to the EMDR protocol.

Treatment of Traumatized Adults and Children

In the book The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Based Practice Series: Treatment of Traumatized Adults and Children, edited by Allen Rubin and David Springer, is the chapter “Healing the Origins of Trauma: An Introduction to EMDR in Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents.”   by Robbie Adler-Tapia and Carolyn Settle. This chapter explains the basics of EMDR with children and reviews the current research. The book gives overviews of many evidence-based therapies.  This chapter gives a basic explanation of EMDR that is both useful for lay people or therapists unfamiliar with EMDR.

Journal of EMDR Practice and Research

In the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, the article “Evidence of the Efficacy of EMDR With Children and Adolescents in Individual Psychotherapy: A Review of the Research Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals.” by Robbie Adler-Tapia and Carolyn Settle, reviews all of the current EMDR child studies. This article compares all the studies to the gold standard for research (Maxfield and Hyer). The purpose of the article is to show the efficacy of the current research and provide direction for future research with EMDR and children.

The Counseling Children and Young People Journal

The Counseling Children and Young People Journal, published by the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy Publishing Company, contains the article “Getting Started with EMDR and Children.” by Robbie Adler-Tapia and Carolyn Settle, March 2009. The article explains EMDR to the non-EMDR therapist and how EMDR can be used with traumatized children. It can also be used to give to parents to explain EMDR.

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