TIR for Children

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Marian VolkmanTraumatic experiences can seriously affect a person and his or her ability to function and adapt in just about all aspects of life. Traumatized children often struggle a great deal because of their difficulty in communicating what troubles them.

Fortunately, there are ways of helping a traumatized child reach a state of emotional healing, realized to the degree and point that the effects of tramatizing circumstances and events no longer trouble them. It is gratifying to observe this sort of change in a child, change that can be both empowering and permanent.  Click below to  listen (26:20)

Marian K. Volkman, a guest on The Changing Behavior Network program, shares her experience and expertise on how positive outcomes with a traumatized child can be accomplished. Marian, a Certified Trauma Specialist, has been using Applied Metapsychology and a therapeutic approach called Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) since the 80s. In fact, she has taught TIR techniques all over the world. She is the editor of a collection of best practices of TIR with children, a book entitled, Children and Traumatic Incident Reduction: Creative and Cognitive Approaches.

Click HERE to register for an upcoming Children & TIR Workshop

TIR for Children

reFRESH Training Center and TIR Institute of Maine are excited to present the

NEW! TIR for Children Workshop*

You’ve been asking … Now it’s here!

12 CE Contact Hours

Resolve a child’s trauma early by learning how to apply TIR with Children

The first two workshops were held in Maine in May and June 2015 with Trainers Judi Steiner, Joan Angelakis and Cynthia Scott. Future dates will be scheduled … stay tuned!

Cynthia Scott, LSRT, TIRT & Joan Angelakis, LCSW, TIRT

Featuring Developer and Trainer

Judith Steiner Judith Steiner, LMHC, STIRT

TIR for Children is an excellent workshop necessary for those practitioners that work with children, as well as those who would like to work with children. The TIR Workshop for Children (TIRC) will give every practitioner the tools needed for resolving trauma with children of all ages.

 This 2-day workshop will teach TIR Facilitators* how to apply this evidence-based method with children. This technique incorporates the use of play with TIR. This is a structural, yet person-centered approach to resolving the emotional charge contained in a child’s trauma and eliminating the negative aftereffects in a brief amount of time. This workshop also teaches Unblocking especially designed for children, in a language that they can understand.

TIR is included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices 

*Prerequisite Workshop for TIRC: Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop (TIRW – 28 CE Contact Hours)

TIRC Registration (includes course instruction, workbook and “Children & TIR” book)

Objectives – As demonstrated through supervised activities and examination, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the theory and practice of TIR for Children
  • Know the variations of TIR for children 6-12 and children under 6
  • Explain the theory and practice of Unblocking For Children
  • Explain the reasoning behind modifying TIR to address children
  • Utilize communication exercises to increase rapport with clients
  • Describe the importance of using play with children
  • Become familiar with some relevant children’s measurements
  • Learn the importance of teaching children mindfulness and how it goes hand in hand with TIR

**12 CE Contact Hours – To obtain an Attendance Certificate for any workshop you must:

  • Complete course requirements, including attending all sessions
  • Pass the workshop quiz
  • Demonstrate competency in the skills taught to the satisfaction of the trainer
  • Turn in a completed course evaluation

A certificate of attendance will be mailed directly to the graduate from AMI upon receipt of workshop information from the trainer.

Program Presenters


Judith is a LMHC, LMHC Intern Supervisor, Certified Senior TIR Trainer and Facilitator and Certified LSR Trainer and Facilitator. Her private practice, the Center for Family and Personal Growth in Venice, Florida where she works with trauma and associated disorders, as well as depression, anxiety and life stress situations. She has been treating children for more than 25 years; she has adapted the use of TIR and Unblocking to children and recently developed the TIR for Children Workshop for use internationally.

 Cynthia Scott, TIRT, TIRF, LSRT, LSRF

Cynthia is a Certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Trainer and Facilitator and Certified Life Stress Reduction (LSR) Trainer and Facilitator. She has been seeing clients with a variety of traumas and lifelong challenges in her home office in Guilford and via Skype since 2010. The first Certified TIR Trainer in Maine, Cynthia opened reFRESH Training Center in 2012 and has held TIR & LSR workshops in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, Farmington, Jonesport, Mt Vernon, Norway, Weld and Westbrook, Maine as well as Pune, India.

Joan Angelakis, LCSW, TIRT, TIRF

Joan is a LCSW and Certified TIR Trainer and Facilitator. Her private practice, Crown Cove Counseling, and training service, TIR Institute of Maine, are located in Smithfield, Maine.  Joan works with people suffering from the effects of trauma as well as depression, anxiety, co-dependency and other life stress related issues.  Joan believes that a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are intertwined and need to be addressed respectfully.



**Applied Metapsychology International (AMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Trauma-related training hours may also be submitted to the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) for certification and re-certification as a Trauma Specialist.

FMI: www.TIR.org

Click HERE for the 4-page, printable TIRC Brochure

TIRC Brochure