DNMS Home Study Course

DNMS Home Study Course

Home Study Course

If you’re just beginning to learn the DNMS, we strongly recommend starting with our 10-hour, on-line webinar, Ego State Therapy Interventions to Stabilize Your Most Wounded, Belligerent, & Dissociative Clients. This training was developed in 2016 to help therapists develop a solid foundation for understanding the DNMS approach to stabilizing wounded parts of self. Take the Home Study Course afterwards, to learn the advanced DNMS interventions.

The 7-module Home Study Course teaches psychotherapists how to competently execute the advanced DNMS protocols. It starts by covering some ego state therapy basics. It explains how to mobilize a fully-vetted Resource team, how to find and turn off recordings of old wounding messages, and how to help wounded parts get all the unmet developmental needs met by the Resources. There’s a section on how to handle protocol complications and blocks in general, and blocks to specific protocols in particular. Each Course module (described in detail below) consists of a narrated slide show and an illustrated study guide with study questions and answers. The slide shows explain key concepts with animated illustrations. Review questions are provided throughout the slide shows to check comprehension of the material. Modules 3-7 include recordings of real sessions to demonstrate specific protocols.

Modules will come on a DVD that will play on most Windows-based and Macintosh computers. You can see what the Home Study Course slide shows are like by watching our 25-min DNMS slide show.

You can purchase the complete Course for $375, or purchase modules individually (module prices below). When you buy the DNMS Book along with the entire course, you will get $25.00 off the price of the book. 20 CEs are available for this course for an additional $26.

If you are just beginning your study of the DNMS, we strongly recommend that you start with our online, pre-recorded webinar. In addition to providing you with tools and guidance you can use immediately with your clients, it provides additional background material that will make it easier to work through and understand the Home Study Course.

Module 0: Introduction to the DNMS    FREE
A free 25-minute introductory slide show about the DNMS. The Home Study Course modules will be similar in format to this slide show. You can watch it on-line here.

Module 1: DNMS Background and Overview $25.00
This module consists of a 63-minute slide show and a 19-page illustrated study guide. It provides a brief description of the basic principles, goals, and limitations of the model, a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings, and descriptions of each DNMS protocol. It is intended to serve as an overview for therapists who are: considering studying the DNMS, beginning the whole Home Study Course, and/or wanting another tool for explaining the DNMS to their clients.

It covers the following:

What is the DNMS?

Parts of Self:

  • Reactive Parts
  • Introjects
  • Introjects and Reactive Parts Interact

Theoretical Foundation

About the Process

Resource Development Protocol:

  • Spiritual Core Self
  • Nurturing and Protective Adult Self
  • Healing Circle

Switching the Dominance Protocol

Protocols for Identifying & Healing the Most Important Child Parts

  • Attachment Needs Ladder Questionnaire
  • Conference Room Protocol
  • Needs Meeting Protocol

Overcoming Processing Blocks

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 1 you should be able to:

Describe the basic theoretical underpinnings of the DNMS.
Describe how parts-of-self form.
Describe introjection.
Describe the key features of the Resource Development Protocol.
Describe the key features of the Switching the Dominance Protocol.
Describe the key features of the Conference Room Protocol.
Describe the key features of the Needs Meeting Protocol.

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Module 2: Ego State Therapy Basics $35.00
This module consists of a 80-minute slide show and a 28-page illustrated study guide with 40 study questions and answers. It provides a solid introduction to general ego state therapy principles, and DNMS-specific ego state therapy principles. It contains the background material necessary for understanding and executing the DNMS protocols taught in Modules 3-7.

It covers the following:

Background

Ego State Therapy: General Information

  • Ego States/Parts of Self
  • Self-System
  • Ego State Therapies
  • Executive Control & Recognizing Ego States in Clients
  • Differing Points of View & Internal Conflicts
  • Talking to Individual Parts of Self
  • Tucking In
  • System-Wide Announcement

Ego State Therapy: DNMS-Specific Information

  • Reactive Parts
  • Introjects
  • Childhood Trauma Introjects
  • Other Types of Introjects

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 2 you should be able to:

Describe the core concepts of ego state therapy.
List the DNMS model parts-of-self categories.
Distinguish between similar types of parts of self.
Describe how introjects and reactive parts interact.
Describe they ways children can introject others during traumatic experiences.
List 6 different types of maladaptive introjects.

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Module 3: Resource Development Protocol $50.00
This module consists of a 91-minute slide show and 24-page illustrated study guide with 40 study questions and answers. It provides an in-depth description of the Resource Development Protocol, including detailed instructions for handling potential complications. An audio track of a typical Resource Development session is embedded in the slide show.

It covers the following:

Protocol Overview

Nurturing Adult Self and Protective Adult Self

  • Caregiver Skills & Traits
  • Discussing Caregiving Experiences
  • Checking for Blocks
  • The Meditation

Spiritual Core Self

  • Discussing Peak Spiritual Experiences
  • Checking for Blocks
  • Checking for Blocks
  • Four Meditations

The Healing Circle

Sample Session of Resource Development Protocol (40 minutes)

Potential Complications

  • Discussing Caregiving Experiences
  • Discussing Items on Caregiver Skill List
  • Modifying the Caregiver Skill List
  • Processing Blocks
  • Mental Pictures
  • Difficulty Visualizing the Resources
  • Provisional Resources
  • Alternate Wording for Healing Circle
  • Common Therapist Errors

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 3 you should be able to:

Describe the three DNMS Resource ego states.
Use the Resource Development Protocol worksheet to help a client connect to DNMS resource ego states.
Handle the most common misunderstandings that interfere with the Resource Development Protocol.
Navigate the most common complications that arise during the Resource Development Protocol.

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Module 4: Switching the Dominance Protocol$65.00
This module consists of a 137-minute slide show and 35-page illustrated study guide with 50 study questions and answers. It provides an in-depth description of the Switching the Dominance Protocol, including detailed instructions for handling potential complications. Two audio tracks, with typical Switching the Dominance sessions, are embedded in the slide show. The study guide also includes a Switching the Dominance Protocol worksheet.

It covers the following:

Protocol Overview

Review: Parts of Self

  • Reactive Parts Overview
  • Maladaptive Introjects Overview
  • Parts of Self Can Appear as Metaphors

Identifying Introjects

  • Treating Specific Current Issues
  • Understanding the Client’s Experience
  • Inviting Parts of Self Forward
  • Classifying Parts of Self
  • Chain Reaction
  • Collecting Information About an Introject

Protocol Details

  • Step 1: Permission to Speak to Child Behind Mask
  • Step 2. Welcoming the Child Behind the Mask
  • Step 3. Contrasting the True Nature of the Child with the Dysfunction of the Mask
  • Step 4. Getting the Child Part’s Age
  • Step 5. Explaining the Illusion of Significance
  • Step 6. Checking on the Appearance of the Mask
  • Step 7. Mini-Interventions Help Shift Dominance
  • Step 8. Assessing the Mask’s Animation
  • Step 9. Highlighting the Child Part’s Importance
  • Step 10. Pocketing the Remains
  • Step 11. Orienting the Child and Tucking In
  • Step 12. Temporary Nature of the Shift
  • Follow-up

Two Sample Sessions of the Switching the Dominance Protocol (57 minutes)

Potential Complications

  • A Reactive Part Answers the Questions
  • General Complications
  • Complications While Looking for the Introject
  • Problematic Introject Message
  • Step 1 Complications
  • Step 2 Complications
  • Step 3 Complications
  • Step 6 Complications
  • Step 10 Complications

Other Protocol Issues

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 4 you should be able to:

List the three applications for the Switching the Dominance Protocol.
Use the Switching the Dominance Protocol worksheet to help heal a maladaptive introject.
Navigate the most common complications that arise during the Switching the Dominance Protocol.

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Module 5: Selecting Ego States for Processing$70.00
This module consists of a 143-minute slide show and a 39-page illustrated study guide with 40 study questions and answers. It provides an in-depth description of the steps for selecting ego states for the Needs Meeting Protocol, starting with a discussion of whether to address a client’s attachment wounds, or a particular current problem. It explains how to use the DNMS Attachment Needs Ladder questionnaire and how to execute the Conference Room Protocol. It includes guidance for handling a number of potential complications that can arise while administering the questionnaire or the Conference Room Protocol. An audio track of a real session is embedded in the slide show. The study guide also includes four revised handouts: an Attachment Needs Ladder, a Conference Room Map template, and a Conference Room Protocol worksheet.

It covers the following:

Overview

Finding the Reactive Parts Associated with a Target Issue

  • Targeting a Specific Current Problem
  • Targeting Old Attachment Wounds

Conference Room Protocol

  • Step 1: Explaining the Process for the First Time
  • Step 2: Recording Information on the Conference Room Map
  • Step 3: Connecting to Resources
  • Step 4: Picturing the Conference Room
  • Step 5: Checking for Processing Blocks
  • Step 6: Inviting Child Parts Into the Conference Room
  • Step 7: Engaging the Most Upset Child Part
  • Step 8: Classifying the Part of Self that Appears Across the Table
  • Step 9: Collecting Information about the Presumptive Introject
  • Step 10: Switching the Dominance
  • Step 11: Repeating Steps 7-10
  • Step 12: Preparing for the Needs Meeting Protocol

Sample Session (49 minutes)

Potential Complications

  • Belief Ratings Complications:
  • Step 5 Complications
  • Step 6 Complications
  • Step 8 Complications
  • Overwhelming Number of Introjects
  • Follow-up Rating Complications

Other Protocol Issues

  • Introducing the Process to Clients
  • Adult Parts Appear in the Conference Room
  • Reactive Parts Disappear in the Conference Room
  • More than One Part of Self is Wearing an Introject Mask or Costume
  • Resuming the Conference Room Protocol
  • Starting the Needs Meeting Right Away After a Resumed Conference Room Protocol

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 5 you should be able to:

Find reactive parts associated with a target issue.
Explain how and when to use the Attachment Needs Ladder questionnaire.
Use the Conference Room Protocol worksheet to find and help heal introjects connected to a target issue.
Navigate the most common complications that arise during the Conference Room Protocol.

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Module 6: Needs Meeting Protocol$70.00
This module consists of a 149-minute slide show and a 43-page illustrated study guide with 40 study questions and answers. It provides an in-depth description of each of the 20 steps to the Needs Meeting Protocol, including detailed instructions for handling potential complications. An audio track of a real needs meeting session is embedded in the slide show. The study guide also includes a revised Needs Meeting Protocol worksheet, and a guide for taking notes during a needs meeting session.

It covers the following:

Overview

The Needs Meeting Protocol:

  • Step 1: Connecting to Resources
  • Step 2. Checking for Processing Blocks
  • Step 3. Inviting the Child Parts into the Healing Circle
  • Step 4. Strengthening the Sense of Safety
  • Step 5. Asking for a Generalization Effect
  • Step 6. Explaining the Process
  • Step 7. Meeting Needs
  • Step 8. Processing Painful Emotions
  • Step 9. Bonding With the Resources
  • Step 10. Heightening Awareness of the Adult Body
  • Step 11. Checking In
  • Step 12. Returning to the Wounding Experiences
  • Step 13. Returning to the Care of the Resources
  • Step 14. Repeating Steps 12 & 13
  • Step 15. Shifting Attention Back and Forth
  • Step 16. Checking In
  • Step 17. Strengthening a Positive Belief
  • Step 18. Tucking In the Child Parts
  • Step 19. Counting Up
  • Step 20. Checking on the Outcome

Sample Session (39 minutes)

Potential Complications:

  • Fear of Losing a Familiar Sense of Identity
  • Unclear Replies Require Investigation
  • Aversive Reactions to the Processing
  • Premature Empathy for Wounding Role Models
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Child Parts are Fixated on the Past
  • An Upset Adult Self Interrupts the Processing
  • Step 1 Complications
  • Step 7 Complications
  • Step 8 Complications
  • Step 9 Complications
  • Step 16 Complications
  • Step 20 Complications
  • Incomplete Processing

Other Protocol Issues:

  • Explaining the Needs Meeting Protocol to Clients
  • Strengthening Positives with Alternating Bilateral Stimulation (ABS)
  • Dialogue Between Child Parts and the Resources
  • Child Parts Report Needs in the Negative
  • Needing Parents to Meet a Need
  • Child Parts “Need” a Positive Trait
  • If the Resources Had Been Your Parents Then…
  • Processing Other Painful Emotions
  • Painful Emotions Arise Early in Step 7
  • Getting the Strongest Positive Belief
  • Interruption While Tucking In Child Parts
  • Closing an Unfinished Protocol
  • Resuming an Unfinished Protocol

Concluding Remarks

Upon completing Module 6 you should be able to:

List the steps needed to prepare first-time clients to the Needs Meeting Protocol.
Use the Needs Meeting Protocol worksheet to help selected reactive parts and introjects get totally unstuck.
Navigate the most common complications that arise during the Needs Meeting Protocol.

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Module 7: Overcoming Processing Blocks$60.00
This module consists of a 116-minute slide show and a 19-page illustrated study guide with 20 study questions and answers. It provides the core information needed to identify and handle processing blocks that are due to misunderstandings, maladaptive introjects, and issues with the Resources. It provides information not covered in the Potential Complications sections of Modules 3-6. A one-page Overcoming Processing Blocks Flowchart is included to simplify the learning process. Nine audio tracks of real sessions are embedded in the slide show, to provide examples of working through simple complications and complex blocks.

It covers the following:

Overview

Encouraging Clients to Disclose Processing Blocks

  • Sudden versus Preexisting Disturbance

Complications with the Resources

  • Diagnosing Resource Complications
  • Addressing Resource Complications

Eliciting the Concern

Classifying the Concern

Handling Misunderstandings

Handling Blocking Introjects

  • Starting with a Negative Belief
  • Starting with a Wounding Message

Verifying a Block Has Been Cleared

Two Paths to Resolving Blocks

Session Excerpts (9 excerpts, 63 minutes total)

Upon completing Module 7 you should be able to:

Describe two ways to encourage clients to disclose processing blocks.
List several clues that suggest a complication with one or more Resources.
Describe ways to diagnose and address complications with the Resources.
Differentiate blocks due to misunderstanding versus those due to maladaptive introjects.
Use the Overcoming Processing Blocks Flowchart to elicit, classify, and handle both types of blocks.
Verify that a block has been cleared.

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