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Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy Training

Interventions for EMDR Therapists:
Helping Dysregulated, Dissociative
Clients Learn to Self-Soothe

90-Minute On-Demand Webinar

1.5 CEs & EMDRIA Credits Included


Our dysregulated, dissociative clients are often triggered – overwhelmed by sudden surges of painful emotions that are difficult to manage. Many live life lurching from one triggering episode to the next. This kind of constant, unmanaged, emotional upheaval puts safe and effective EMDR out of reach. But clients can learn to manage these surges of painful emotions. This webinar teaches a series of supportive ego state therapy interventions – consistent with Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing Model – that you can use to calm triggered clients in session, and clients can use on their own, when they’re triggered between sessions. When applied repeatedly over time, triggering episodes happen less often, have less peak intensity, and resolve more quickly. When clients are finally able to self-soothe, EMDR trauma processing becomes an option.

The 18-page webinar handout includes worksheets that can help you mobilize a team of vetted Resources, establish a Special Safe Place for wounded parts to rest and play, and calm triggered parts. A similar self-help worksheet equips clients to soothe themselves when they’re triggered between sessions. It also includes a page of interventions to apply if any complications arise.

This training can provide valuable help to ALL THERAPISTS with dysregulated, dissociative clients – whether trained in EMDR or not. While this is NOT an EMDR training per se, it does offer EMDR therapists a strategy for preparing dysregulated, dissociative clients for trauma desensitization.

Click here for a webinar topic outline and learning objectives.

Plus You Get a Second Bonus Webinar!

When you subscribe to this webinar you’ll also get a 3-month subscription to the self-help webinar for clients: How to Calm Your Sudden Surges of Overwhelming Painful Emotions. Preview it for your clients. If you think it will help, encourage them to get their own unlimited access subscription.

Webinar Format

The webinar is a prerecorded narrated slide show. It’s delivered on-line in 4 segments. Watch whenever you want, in whatever order you wish. Start and stop wherever you like. The slide shows are colorful, animated and fun.

Here is a short sampling of the webinar:

Webinar Presenter

Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor, the founder of the DNMS Institute, and the author of two DNMS books. She has trained hundreds of clinicians in the DNMS model at regional, national, and international workshops and conferences since 2002. She moderates a 800-member DNMS professional listserv. She is a past president of the San Antonio Trauma & Dissociation Professional Study Group. For six years, she was an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultant. She has published many articles about EMDR, ego state therapy, pain management, and the DNMS. She holds the patent on the TheraTapper™, a bilateral tactile stimulation device that has been sold worldwide to DNMS and EMDR therapists. She narrates the slide shows and is the therapist in all the demo videos.

Webinar Cost

The regular webinar subscription cost is $75.00 (in US dollars). To subscribe you’ll register and log in with a username and password, then access the webinar from My Account and My Content on the menu bar. Later, log in again to get you back to the webinar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I subscribe to the webinar, how long will I have access to it?
There’s no time limit. Access it as long as you have an internet connection.

How is this different from the 10-hour webinar?
They both cover generally the same information, but the long webinar goes into much more breadth and depth, and includes 4 hours of client video and a 28-page handout. This short webinar has a narrower focus – primarily calming triggered clients.

Is this material taught in a live training?
Click here to see if there is a live training or webinar of this material currently scheduled.

I’d like to watch this with my colleagues. Can we all get CEs for watching it?
No. The cost of the webinar provides one CE Certificate to one subscriber.

May I share my username and password with colleagues so they can watch the webinar without me?
No. Sharing your username and password with anyone is not permitted, and may result in subscription termination.

May I share the webinar handout with my colleagues?
The handout is for the subscriber only. Distribution of the handout to others is not permitted, with one exception – you may print out and give clients the Self-Soothing Worksheet for clients.

May I share the bonus self-help webinar with my clients?
You’re welcome to watch it with clients in session, but sharing your username and password is not permitted. Doing so may result in subscription termination. You may print out and give clients the Self-Soothing Worksheet for clients. Client who like the self-help webinar can get their own subscription.

Do you offer a special clinic price or group rate?
As long as we are offering 40% off, we are not offering group discounts.

Can I get a copy of the webinar PowerPoint slides?
No, but the companion book, Ego State Therapy Interventions to Prepare Attachment-Wounded Adults for EMDR, provides a written reference for all the information in this webinar and much more.

Can I get EMDRIA Credits for completing this webinar?
Yes. See the Continuing Education Credit section below.

How do I get the CEs?
When you finish watching the webinar and filling out the online evaluation, you’ll be directed to a test. When you pass the test with 75% or more correct, you’ll be able to instantly download your certificate of completion. Check the Continuing Education Credit section below to verify you’re covered.

Are the interventions taught in the webinar evidence-based?
Click here for a list of peer-reviewed research studies that document the effectiveness of this approach.

Other Questions?
For questions about webinar content, email Shirley Jean at
For any other questions, call or email 210-561-7881 or

Demo Videos

There are no videos of sessions in this webinar. If you would like to see the interventions in action, there are seven video demos available here.

Target Audience

This webinar has been developed for Mental Health Professionals (Social Workers, Psychologists, LMFTs, etc.) who work with clients wounded in childhood, particularly therapists trained in EMDR. It contains Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Level content.

Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

This webinar is approved for 1.5 EMDRIA Credits (#17008-04). (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

Social Workers: The DNMS Institute, LLC, #1702, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The DNMS Institute, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/27/2019-9/27/2022. Click here to see if social workers in your state are covered. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hour.

Counselors, LMFTs, and Psychologists: Approved for 1.5 CE in states where any scope-of-practice continuing education is accepted, or where continuing education from ASWB ACE providers is accepted. Policies vary from state to state and can change year to year. Please check your state licensing board rules to determine if you’re covered.

Grievance Policy

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

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Subscribers who need special accommodations to watch the webinar, should call or email us at 210-561-7881 or

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

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Lynn James, LCPC
EMDRIA-Approved Consultant

“If you’ve ever struggled to help dysregulated clients learn to manage their emotions, this webinar is for you. It will help you understand how clients get triggered, in simple language with helpful graphics. It will equip you with a set of interventions you can start using right away, with the handout script. And the companion webinar for clients will support you in teaching clients to manage surges of painful emotions between sessions. This material is so helpful to me, I simply could not practice without it.”

Charlotte Ormond, PhD

“I really loved how clear this was – even after many years studying this I still found this a very valuable resource- thank you!”

Diana Schaefer, LCSW

“It was well done. I feel I learned some excellent techniques for calming triggered parts.”

Rachele Epp, LMHC

“This is exactly what I’m looking for to help my clients who are victims of human trafficking.”

Daniel Novak, PhD, LCSW

“I enjoyed taking this course very much. The format, animation, color, information, calming voice of the instructor. This is very helpful.”

Jeannette Verick, LMFT

“This webinar gave me very clear outline for ways to engage clients who are dysregulated. Very helpful!!!”

MaryAnn Longwell, LCSW

“Very helpful in refining my use of Resources to prepare clients for stabilization and future processing! I’m excited to put this immediately into practice.”

Yafen Wu-Pang, LMFT

“Thank you, Shirley Jean! Your presentation is so clear and easy to understand. The video slides are beautifully made. It’s extremely helpful!”

Kelly O’Brien, LMFT

“The presentation was great!”