Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP)

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Program/Intervention Name

Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP)


Attachment Interventions, Trauma Treatment

Program/Intervention Description

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. Four components of team treatment: Family Therapist, EMDR Trauma Therapist; Peer Consultation, Integrative Parenting Class.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)


Program Goals/Outcomes

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.

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 2: Adapted for Adoption or Guardianship

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 3: Emerging Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Cathy Schweitzer; Stefanie Armstrong


The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska

Contact Email

Contact Phone


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