Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP) guides the use of EMDR. The theory is based on the belief trauma is stored and stuck in the brains neural network. Any memory of a traumatic event causes the child to connect to the negative feelings and cognition associated with it. The goal is to add adaptive behaviors to the neural network. This is accomplished through bilateral stimulation, a process that creates new neural pathways and the ability to access the stored trauma. This allows for the reprocessing of the trauma and reduction of associated anxiety, thereby creating new associations with memories and increasing adaptive behaviors. EMDR is used for both children and adults. Four components of team treatment: Individual and Family Therapy, EMDR Integrative Team Model, EMDR trauma resolution, and Integrative Parenting.

Create a more secure attachment with caregiver; Increase child’s regulation of emotion and integration within the brain; Process the stuck trauma, a barrier to feeling safe and loved; Improve skills for overall functioning.