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Michelle Anspaugh, LCMFT, LPC and Susan Wulff, LPC


EMDR Integrative Attachment Trauma Protocol for Children (IATP-C)


Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP


Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP

March 27-28, 2020

8:45 am - 5:00 pm



Learn to implement EMDR to strengthen attachments, develop self-regulation, and heal attachment wounds rooted in a history of abuse, neglect, early medical trauma, or changes in caregivers through slides, case presentations, and over 30 videos of our work with severely traumatized, complex children. You will be able to immediately apply innovative strategies and help children with even the most severe behaviors, including stealing, lying, aggression, sexualized behaviors, elimination problems, and defiance.


This is a practical workshop that is rich with creative interventions, inspiring cases, and numerous videos that will allow you to leave the workshop prepared to:

  • Involve parents in “detective work” to understand child behaviors from the AIP model.

  • Facilitate the development of self-awareness and self-regulation skills in children.

  • Process preverbal trauma with EMDR through the therapeutic story.

  • Help parents attune and respond with sensitivity to the emotions and traumatic memories underlying the child’s behaviors.

  • Implement EMDR Attachment Resource Development (ARD) to enhance parent-child attachment prior to memory work.

  • Apply EMDR Self-Regulation Development and Installation (SRDI) to increase affect and behavioral regulation.

  • Utilize EMDR empowerment interweaves and other creative interweaves for children with stuck thinking.

  • Use puppets, plays and stories to help children process the past with EMDR.

  • Heal and find safety for the “inner child within the child.”

  • Use EMDR with role plays to process current triggers and develop future templates.

  • Learn to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues to create an effective family-EMDR treatment team.


Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an EMDR treatment plan for a child with a history of attachment trauma.

  • Identify an EMDR resource development method to increase the sense of attachment security between parent and child.

  • Identify an EMDR resource development method to increase the child’s ability to regulate emotions.

  • Name a rationale for keeping parents present during EMDR trauma work.

  • Identify 3 common obstacles to reprocessing during the desensitization for children suffering from attachment trauma.

  • Describe 3 “empowerment interweaves” for a child stuck in feelings of powerlessness.

  • Name a rationale for the utilization of puppets, plays, stories, or drawings to target a small piece of the child’s traumatic past.

  • Name a strategy for implementing future template with children who are concrete, hands-on learners.


Participants may submit cases prior to the workshop for review in consultation groups during the workshop (limited to the first 10 submissions).  To submit a case for consultation, click here to download the Case Consultation form. After completing the form, email it to cathy@atcnebraska.com by no later than March 20, 2020. In the email Subject Line type: Case Consultation Gray Matters Training 2020.


In addition to the training, participants will receive:

  • A FREE 1 hour virtual Q & A session the month following the workshop (April 2020)

Plus the following are available to participants through The Attachment Trauma Center Institute and must be used by December 31, 2020:

  • TWO follow up virtual 2-hour group consultations related to the workshop material for 50% OFF the standard price of $120/consultation – a savings of $60/consultation.

  • 25% OFF – The Attachment Trauma Center Institute’s Virtual Integrative Attachment Trauma Family Therapy: The Family Therapy Component of the IATP-C Model.


$335 Early Bird Fee – Must be received/postmarked by Thursday, February 27, 2020

$360 Regular Fee – When received/postmarked after Thursday, February 27, 2020


Non-Profit Discount

There is a $40 discount for attendees employed by a non-profit organization.

$295 Non-Profit Early Bird Fee – Must be received/postmarked by Thursday, February 27, 2020

$320 Non-Profit Regular Fee – When received/postmarked after Thursday, February 27, 2020

Click here to download a PDF of workshop details.

If you are having difficulties registering on-line, prefer to submit payment through the mail, or having multi-payers for your registration, please click here for a registration form you can print, complete, and mail. 



Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP has specialized in treating trauma and attachment problems in adults and children in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska for 28 years. She is an EMDRIA-approved consultant and is a member of the faculty of the EMDR Institute and serves on the editorial board for The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.  Wesselmann has co-authored articles, chapters, and books related to attachment and trauma, including two chapters that were co-authored with Francine Shapiro and the recent treatment manual for the EMDR and family therapy integrative model.  She has been invited to give workshops and keynotes at numerous conferences nationally and internationally.

Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LIMHP specializes in treating trauma and attachment problems in children and adolescents in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska.  She is co-author of books, articles and chapters related to an EMDR integrative model for the treatment of traumatized children.  Schweitzer has extensive experience working in the private and public school systems.  She is co-investigator on research related to attachment trauma in children. She has presented nationally and internationally at numerous parent and professional conferences.  She is an EMDRIA-approved consultant and certified EMDR practitioner.



Friday, March 27, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020


University of Kansas Edwards Campus

12600 S Quivira Rd

BEST Conference Center

Overland Park, KS 66213

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Gray Matters Therapy Workshops (GMTW) provides opportunities for mental health professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills through workshops presented by experts in the field. 


GMTW was created in 2018 by Michelle Anspaugh and Susan Wulff to continue the 20 year legacy of EMDR Spring Break Workshops sponsored by Larry Nieters, who retired from sponsorship in 2018.  With Larry’s blessing, we continue to bring nationally and internationally known presenters to Kansas City. 


We are passionate about promoting the education, development, and networking of mental health professionals in the Kansas City area through sponsorship of exceptional workshops. In total, we have volunteered for over 14 years to help grow the local EMDR community through the sponsoring of EMDR basic trainings, creation of the first Trauma Recovery Network in Kansas City, and as part of the Greater Kansas City EMDRIA Regional Network (EMDRGKC).


Michelle Anspaugh is a member of both the EMDRGKC Steering Committee and the Heartland Trauma Recovery Network Steering Committee.  Susan is a Co-Coordinator and Steering Committee member for EMDRGKC.  Michelle and Susan are both EMDRIA Certified Therapists practicing in the Kansas City area.

Previous Workshops

2019:  Advanced Issues in Working With Complex Dissociative Disorders: Chronic Shame, Resistance, and Traumatic Memory (with & without EMDR) with presenter Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN


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14.0 EMDRIA credits approved by the EMDR International Association