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Recognizing & Treating Youth with Dissociation: Weaving together play therapy, family therapy and trauma therapy protocols

presented by Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW, RPT-S, Annie Monaco, LCSWR, RPT and Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT

March 10-12, 2023, Each day- 8:30 AM ET – 4:15 ET – Start Times • 7:30 AM CT • 6:30 AM MT • 5:30 AM PT

18 credits: EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians. 18 Association of Play Therapy CEs (details below).

“Everything we know about dissociation”
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In this training, the distinguished author of The Fractured Child, Fran Waters, is joining Ann Beckley Forest and Annie Monaco in a 3 day intensive training on treatment of the most dissociative children and youth. Three days, three experts, in a single training! This unique in depth learning opportunity will be in person, livestream and on demand! 


BestSelf Behavioral Health Center Training Room
3176 Abbott Rd, Suite 800N
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Livestream/on-demand viewing: This option includes participation via livestream during the training and/or access to the recorded training for 90 days following the live event.

  1. Option to watch as a community from remote locations at a discounted rate
  2. Discounts for non-profit agency professionals and groups (information below)


Program Fees (includes 6 CEs):
THREE DAYS: $465 early pricing/$495 after March 5, 2023

$70 discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

LIVESTREAM/ON-DEMAND VIEWING: When you purchase this on-demand viewing option, BeaconLive will provide you with instructions on how to access the program and tech support contact info. You can then watch the program whenever you’d like for 90 days (with a $40 per month extension available if you want more time). At the end of the program, you will see prompts to a quiz to demonstrate your participation. Once you pass the quiz (unlimited chances), you’ll have access to a downloadable CE certificate.

Full refunds until February 10, 2023; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after March 3, 2023.


Children with complex trauma must receive effective treatment early in their lives before their symptoms reach an apex necessitating hospitalizations, residential placements, or ruptured home placements. Dissociation is one of the domains in children with complex trauma which has a profound influence on the other domains, i.e. attachment, affect regulation, behavior control, and cognition. Yet, dissociation is often misunderstood or unrecognized in its impact on traumatized children who have an array of more commonly recognized symptoms that become the diagnostic focus. Dissociation is comprised of convoluting symptoms that are a constellation of indicators. Consequently, specialized interventions are required for successful treatment that addresses such disturbing and disruptive symptoms that are encapsulated in dissociation. These specialized interventions with children with dissociation can be incorporated into treatment modalities, such as play therapy, family therapy, and EMDR.

This workshop will describe core symptoms of dissociation, and how these symptoms can overlap with other more commonly recognized symptoms and disorders. Dissociative checklists will be presented, including a new comprehensive checklist for caregivers and children, Checklist of Indicators of Trauma & Dissociation with Youth, CIT-DY, Waters, F. S. The use of a specialized doll, ©Allmee, as well as other play therapy and expressive therapy tools will demonstrate how to help children describe their inner life of self-states and how to lay the groundwork for treatment and reprocessing of traumatic experiences.

Case examples of children with significant dissociation will highlight the full treatment process utilizing EMDR, family and play therapy as we move through assessment, extended preparation and resourcing to a titrated approach to processing and integration. Participants will be able to practice specialized interventions and treatment approaches for youth who have dissociation.

Day 1: Introduction: 3 Layer Cake motif: Intersection of Dissociation, Play Therapy, & Trauma Therapy

  • STAR models-5 theories – Attachment, Child Development, neurobiology (includes Polyvagal theory) dissociation and family systems
  • Assessment Phase
  • Stabilization Phase


Day 1 Training Schedule (all times Eastern):

  • 8:30am: STAR model Grounding activities
  • 10:15: Break
  • 10:30: Assessment Tool, Differential diagnosis & Practice assessment questions
  • 12:00pm: Break
  • 1:00: Stabilization & Identifying and befriending the parts (principles), case examples
  • 2:30: Break
  • 2:45: Stabilization – reframing Hostile parts– case examples
  • 4:15: Close
Day 2: Stabilization & Processing

  • Stabilization phase continued
  • Trauma Processing Phase


Day 2 Training Schedule (all times Eastern):

  • 8:30am: Play therapy techniques and practice
  • 10:15: Break
  • 10:30: More Stabilization Interventions for Teens & Parts work with Caregivers case examples
  • 12:00pm: Break
  • 1:00: Making it to Trauma Processing – titration and gradual exposure work
  • 2:30: Break
  • 2:45: Storytelling & play therapy as a processing approach
  • 4:15: Close
Day 3: Trauma Processing, Integration & Post

  • Continuation of Trauma processing
  • Integration Phase and post-integration life


Day 3 Training Schedule (all times Eastern):

  • 8:30am: Family-supported trauma processing
  • 10:15: Break
  • 10:30: Adding embodiment movement and play therapy to trauma processing protocols like EMDR
  • 12:00pm: Break
  • 1:00: Integration Phase concepts, metaphors and interventions
  • 2:30: Break
  • 2:45: Post integration principles and case examples
  • 4:15: Close

Conflict of Interest Statement: The presenters have a small commercial interest in one of the materials in the presentation (ALLMEE) which we acknowledge. We offer other expressive alternatives.

18 CE total – normal listings for all credits and Play therapy credits available by Ann Beckley-Forest is APT Provider #15-406. 18 contact CEs for in person participants. 18 non-contact CEs for virtual participants after completion of a post test. Play Therapy credit will not be given to non- mental health professionals.

About the presenters:

Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW, RPT-S is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Buffalo, NY and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. She is a supervisor and approved provider of play therapy continuing education through the Association for Play Therapy. She is certified in EMDR therapy, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, an EMDR therapy trainer and a faculty member of the Child Trauma Institute. Her specialties include attachment and child and adolescent trauma, and she also works with adult survivors. She provides consultation in person and remotely, and she provides trainings locally and internationally. Her primary interest is in the intersection of play therapy and EMDR and has published on this topic including as co-editor of EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.

Annie Monaco, LCSWR, RPT is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist and a faculty member of the Child Trauma Institute & Trauma Institute and of University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Annie travels throughout the US and internationally providing a multitude of trauma-informed trainings and agency and therapist consultation. Annie is an EMDRIA approved trainer of EMDR, Progressive Counting and STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency). Annie also provides specialty trainings on attachment, dissociation, and EMDR with children. Annie has experience in complex trauma, family therapy, and play therapy, restorative justice and over 25 years as a trauma therapist serving children, teens, families and adults. Her private practice includes a focus on foster care, out of country adoptions, juvenile justice and dissociation. Annie also is a field liaison for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and co-editor of EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.

Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT is an international trainer, consultant, and clinician in childhood trauma and dissociation, and has presented extensively in 5 continents as well as authoring Healing the Fracture Child: Diagnosis & Treatment of Youth with Dissociation (2016), many chapters and articles on childhood trauma and dissociation. She has developed a comprehensive caretaker and youth checklists of indicators of trauma and dissociation, the CIT-DY (2020) and has produced several training videos on trauma and dissociation. She is the Past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and served as ISSTD’s Faculty Director of the Child Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Programs, as well as serving as the co-chair of ISSTD’s Child & Adolescent Committee, and ISSTD’s Child Treatment Guidelines Task Force. she currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Adolescent Trauma and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, has received numerous awards and maintains a private practice in Marquette, Michigan. USA.

GROUP DISCOUNT RATE: This rate is designed so that local colleagues can both co-register at reduced rates and have the option to link up for collaborative discussions about the training content. As a group member, you have many viewing options. You can simply watch the training individually or you can watch parts or all of it with your group members. You’ll have access to the livestream and the recorded training for 90 days after the training to watch/rewatch. You can create any opportunities you want to discuss and practice the techniques together. Please understand that it is unethical for non-paying clinicians to participate in the livestream/on-demand viewing option.

The rates are as follow:

  • 4 or more clinicians: $30 off per person per day
  • Once a group has been formed, the group organizer (captain) should register and, in the box below, indicate others in the group. Then those other group members can register using the group rate at checkout. Four are needed to start the group but additional members can add themselves to the group by mentioning their group leader’s name.

EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EMDR ATDL and APT maintain responsibility for this program and its content.

Association for Play Therapy CEs- Ann Beckley-Forest is Approved Provider 15-406 from the Association for Play Therapy. For live stream/delayed viewing learners, this special topics training is approved for 18 non-contact CEs (quiz involved). For attendees to the “in the room” training in Buffalo, NY this training is approved for 18 contact CEs.

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