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“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.”

—-Rev. Lynn James, LCPC, EMDRIA-Approved Consultant

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

90-Minute On-Demand Webinar

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, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She was trained in EMDR in 1995. She’s a former EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. She began integrating EMDR with ego state therapy in the late 90s – inspiring her to develop a complementary therapy approach, the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS). She has published many professional articles in the EMDRIA Newsletter, and given several presentations at EMDRIA conferences about integrating EMDR with ego state therapy. She holds the patent on the TheraTapper™ – an EMDR tapping device. She recently expanded her DNMS model to include these powerful stabilizing interventions.

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 any live trainings are 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?
Yes. We can offer a quantity discount for your group or clinic. Please contact us for a group quote, at sjs@dnmsinstitute.com. Tell us how many potential webinar subscribers are in your group.

Can I get a copy of the webinar PowerPoint slides?
No, but the webinar handout should have everything you need.

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

How do I get the CEs?
When you finish watching the webinar and filling out the on-line 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.

Other Questions?
For questions about webinar content, email Shirley Jean at sjs@dnmsinstitute.com.
For any other questions, call or email 210-561-7881 or dnms@dnmsinstitute.com.

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

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

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) www.aswb.org, 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. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours. New York SWs: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0444. Social workers licensed in New York will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Counselors: LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, and LMHCs will receive 1.5 CEs in states where 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.

Marriage & Family Therapists: LMFTs will receive 1.5 CEs in states where 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 dnms@dnmsinstitute.com.

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