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

March 9-10, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana

13 CEs and 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, participants should be able to apply these interventions with clients, using the scripts provided in the colorful 24-page handout. Click here to see the training agenda, learning objectives, and continuing education information.


Target Audience:

This workshop teaches ego state therapy interventions for all skill levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. It will be helpful to psychologists, counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapist – whether trained in EMDR or not – so all therapists are welcome to attend. While this is NOT an EMDR training, the content is specifically tailored for EMDR therapists who need help preparing fragile, wounded, dissociative clients for trauma desensitization. Attendees wishing to learn EMDR as well, should follow up with an EMDRIA-approved basic EMDR training after this workshop.

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, and Cost:

The workshop will be held March 9-10, 2018, from 8:30-5:00. Sign-in begins at 8:00 am both days. Cost to register is $350. If you plan to attend, please register early. Seating is very limited. Register now at the R Cassidy website.

Workshop Location:

Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center – First floor parlor
1050 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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:

There many hotels in Indianapolis, but none in the immediate vicinity of the workshop. But there are lots of affordable airbnbs within a few blocks of the venue. Go to search “Indianapolis, IN 46208” to find them.

Contact Information:

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


Grievance Policy

Every attempt will be made to resolve any workshop grievances in a fair manner. Attendees with a grievance should call or email Lynn at 812-345-6941 or

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Attendees who need special accommodations should notify Lynn James, well in advance of the training, at 812-345-6941 or

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be made in writing, and must include a clearly detailed reason for the request. Requests can be emailed to


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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