Ego State Therapy Training – Live Workshops

Ego State Therapy Interventions to
Prepare Your Most Wounded, Belligerent,
and Dissociative Clients for EMDR

This workshop teaches fundamental client-stabilization
interventions. All therapists are welcome to attend.

Two-day Presentation by:

Lynn James, LCPC

December 17-18, 2018, Oshkosh, WI

13 Professional CEs and 13 EMDRIA Credits

Clients need to trust they’ll have a safe experience and get the best possible outcomes with their EMDR therapy. When treating clients with dissociative disorders and profound emotional wounding in childhood, this can be a challenge to deliver. As long as clients have fears about healing that block therapy, have belligerent child parts that sabotage therapy, or are so easily triggered they cannot tolerate trauma processing, the benefits of EMDR will be out of reach. This workshop teaches a systematic, comprehensive, Phase 2 preparation plan to resolve these problems and more. It involves direct communication with individual wounded child parts connected to a past, present, or future EMDR target. Once a targeted wounded child part has met specific benchmarks of stabilization and emotion regulation, Phase 3 on that target can begin. The workshop will illuminate the differences between trauma wounds and attachment wounds. It will provide an introduction to ego state theory, an explanation of Memory Reconsolidation Theory, and a review of Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model. In addition it will explore the challenges and limitations of treating attachment-wounded clients with EMDR. The workshop will equip you with many innovative stabilization interventions not taught anywhere else. It will detail how to…

  •   quickly and effectively mobilize a team of vetted Resources
  •   establish a Special Safe Place (a fun place for wounded parts to hang out)
  •   identify therapy goals that can actually block processing
  •   set an effective therapy goal – free of blocks
  •   invite wounded parts forward
  •   start a dialogue with wounded parts
  •   attune, validate, and empathize with wounded parts
  •   build rapport with especially belligerent and oppositional parts
  •   give wounded parts missing information, and clear any misunderstandings
  •   connect wounded parts to a loving, supportive team of Resources
  •   orient wounded parts to present time
  •   enable wounded parts to see reality more clearly
  •   show wounded parts that the upsetting experience they seem to be reliving, is actually just a harmless recording

Upon completing the training, you should be able to apply these interventions with clients, using the scripts provided in the colorful 25-page handout. Click here to see the training agenda and learning objectives.

Target Audience

This workshop will be helpful for all mental health professionals who work with clients wounded in childhood (psychologists, counselors, social workers, and LMFTs, etc.)—whether trained in EMDR or not. While this is NOT an EMDR training per se, EMDR therapists will learn how to use these interventions to prepare fragile, wounded, dissociative clients for EMDR. It will teach stabilizing ego state therapy interventions informative to all skill levels, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

About the Presenter

Lynn James is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice in Island Lake, Illinois. She specializes in treating complex PTSD and dissociation. She’s an EMDRIA-approved Consultant and EMDR-training facilitator, working on becoming an EMDR trainer. Her specialty is integrating EMDR with the DNMS. For more information about Lynn, go to

Workshop Dates & Times

The workshop will be held Mon-Tues, December 17-18, 2018, from 8:00-4:30.
Registration/sign-in begins at 7:30 am on both days.

Workshop Cost

Early Registration: Register before December 1 for $350.
Late Registration: Register on or after December 1 for $375.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you register then need to cancel, call or email the DNMS Institute, to let us know.
210-561-7881 or
We will issue you a full refund minus a $35 processing fee.

Workshop Location

James P. Coughlin Center, Room 600
Southeast corner of W Sunnyview Rd and Butler Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54903
Enter off W Sunnyview Rd. Come in main entrance. The meeting room is on the left.

This workshop is held in facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need special accommodations to attend the workshop, call or email Lynn James at 812-345-6941 or

Overnight Accommodations

Information about nearby lodging will be posted soon.

Air Travel

Information about nearby airports will be posted soon.

Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

This training is approved for 13 EMDRIA Credits (program #17008-01). (While this is NOT an EMDR training, it can help therapists prepare clients for EMDR.) Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. Shirley Jean Schmidt (EC Provider #17008) maintains responsibility for this program and its content, in accordance with EMDRIA standards.

Professional CEs

Psychologists: The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Wisconsin Department of Correction maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Psychologists receive 13 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Social Workers: Social workers will receive 13 CEs in states where continuing education from APA providers is accepted by the social worker licensing board. Click here to check your state licensing board rules to determine if you’re covered. (The DNMS Institute, LLC has applied to become an ASWB ACE CE provider. If approved by December 17, 2018, social workers will receive 13 CEs in states where continuing education from ASWB ACE providers is accepted by the social worker licensing board. Check back here for updates.)

Counselors: LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, and LMHCs will receive 13 CEs in states where continuing education from APA providers is accepted by the counselor licensing board. Policies vary from state to state and can change year to year.

Marriage & Family Therapists: LMFTs will receive 13 CEs in states where continuing education from APA providers is accepted by the LMFT licensing board. Policies vary from state to state and can change year to year. Click here to check your state licensing board rules to determine if you’re covered.

Nurses: Mental health nurses will receive 13 CEs in states where continuing education from APA is accepted by the nursing licensing board. Please check your state licensing board rules to determine if you’re covered.

Contact Information

For questions about this training, call or email Lynn James at 812-345-6941 or

For questions about registering for this training, call or email the DNMS Institute at 210-561-7881 or

Grievance Policy

The DNMS Institute will make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Participants who are unhappy about the content of the workshop, or have any other grievances, should contact us. Click here to read about our Grievance Policy & Procedure.


Marlene Steinberg, MD
Author, “The Stranger in the Mirror”
and “The Structured Clinical Interview
for Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D)”

“This training is an excellent resource for EMDR therapists working with clients who have experienced trauma and attachment wounds. This training is filled with practical techniques grounded in ego state theory for

working compassionately with clients. Whether you are a mental health trainee or a more experienced EMDR professional, I would recommend this training .”

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Yvette Goldurs, LISW-S
Certified EMDR Therapist

“I have been searching for years to find the best way to help prepare my clients for EMDR processing. After utilizing the information in this training, I no longer need to search.

The information is practical and user friendly, and I was able to integrate the techniques immediately with incredible results. The information is especially helpful for clients who have early attachment trauma, where they have an underdeveloped AIP system, thus stalling EMDR processing. It was amazing watching clients calm and settle back into themselves–I watched their AIP grow right in front of me. I can’t express how truly amazingly this training has affected my practice.”

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Karen Gardner, LCSW
Certified EMDR Therapist

“This training has given me the skills to handle whatever my DID clients surprise me with. A highly dissociative client recently came in with intense

resistance to therapy. I handled it easily with the workshop interventions. Now she looks forward to therapy, knowing I’ll take each of her concerns very seriously, and work through them until she’s calm and ready for EMDR processing. If you work with dissociative clients, I can highly recommend this training!”

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Annemarie Husser, LCPC
Certified EMDR Therapist

“After taking this training, I feel fully prepared to use EMDR with adult clients who suffer from childhood trauma. I learned simple interventions

to stabilize wounded child parts before beginning EMDR, to reduce overwhelm, flooding, and negative abreactions. I immediately began using them with positive results for the clients, and a boost of confidence in my own abilities to fully prepare them before processing. I can highly recommend this workshop!”

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Ilyssa Swartout, PsyD
EMDRIA-Approved Consultant

“I can unequivocally recommend this training! It’s one of the best I’ve taken in many years. I could immediately apply what I learned with my clients.

If you need help with highly reactive clients who are not ready for EMDR reprocessing, you’ll want to take this training.”

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Mary Ann McGrath, LCSW
EMDR Therapist

“I highly recommend this training, particularly as it teaches skills and strategies to stabilize clients so that they will be safely available for EMDR

trauma processing. Since taking this training, I feel much more confident in working with clients with attachment issues and feel I have tools to address their needs.”

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Kristin Pryor, LCPC

“This training immediately enhanced my work with my wounded and traumatized clients. I was much more confident, at the ready with new and

easy to implement interventions, and unshaken by processing blocks that would have totally stumped me in the past. As a result, my clients experience more immediate and profound relief.”

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