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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.

Presentation by Amy Blake, LCSW

LIVE WEBINAR – FOUR HALF-DAY SESSIONS

March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2021

3:00 PM – 7:30 PM US Eastern Time

March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 2021
6:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Australian Eastern Time

16 Professional CEs and 16 EMDRIA Credits

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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, this workshop will explore the challenges and limitations of treating attachment-wounded clients with EMDR. It will equip you with many innovative stabilization interventions not taught anywhere else. This workshop will describe 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 34-page handout. Click here to see the training agenda and learning objective.

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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. This is officially an Intermediate Level training. But it will teach stabilizing ego state therapy interventions informative to all skill levels.

About the Presenter

Amy Blake, LCSW has a private practice in Maine. She specializes in Relationship Therapy and in treating attachment wounding and trauma. She has trained in and worked with the DNMS since 2013. She has trained in and uses EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Grove Metaphor Therapy and clinical hypnosis in her work with individuals. For more information about Amy, visit her website at www.amyblakelcsw.com.

Webinar Dates & Times

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Tuesday      March 16      3:00 PM – 7:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Tuesday      March 23      3:00 PM – 7:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Tuesday      March 30      3:00 PM – 7:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Tuesday      April 6      3:00 PM – 7:30 PM  US Eastern Time

Click here to see the full schedule and to check what time the webinar starts in your time zone.

Workshop Cost

Early Registration on or before Saturday March 6 is now US$375. (Was $425.)

Late Registration on or after Sunday March 7 is now US$400. (Was $450.)

Group Discount: Three or more therapists can register together and take a US$25/person discount. Email Amy Blake the following information on each attendee: Name (as it should appear on the CE certificate), License, License #, Address, Cell phone #, and Email address. Lynn will email you a Coupon Code that can be applied in a single group payment.

Student Discount: If you’re a graduate student or intern on track to become a licensed psychotherapist, you can get a US$50 discount. Email proof of your student status to Amy Blake and she’ll email a Coupon Code to use when you register.

Agency Discount: If you work 30+ hours a week for a non-profit agency, you can get a US$50 discount. Email proof of your agency work to Amy Blake and she’ll email a Coupon Code to use when you register.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you register then need to cancel, call or email the DNMS Institute, to let us know.
210-561-7881 or dnms@dnmsinstitute.com
We will issue you a full refund minus a US$25 processing fee.

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Webinar Attendance

This meeting will be delivered on Zoom from Maine, US. A few days before the webinar, Amy will email everyone information about how to access the handout and join the meeting. After the webinar, you’ll get access to a webinar evaluation form. When you complete the evaluation you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

This workshop is approved by EMDRIA for 16 EMDRIA Credits (approval # 17008-18). (While this is NOT an EMDR training per se, 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

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Psychologists (except for New York): Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Psychologists will receive 16 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program. For more information, call (800-376-3345) or email Commonwealth Educational Seminars.

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. Click here to see if social workers in your state are covered. Social workers participating in this course will receive 16 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 16 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Counselors: LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, and LMHCs will receive 16 CEs 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.

Marriage & Family Therapists: LMFTs will receive 16 CEs 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.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa.

Contact Information

For questions about this training, call or email Amy Blake at 207-557-5739 or amy@amyblakelcsw.com..

For questions about registering for this training, call or email the DNMS Institute at 210-561-7881 or dnms@dnmsinstitute.com.

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.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

The DNMS Institute aims to ensure that all trainings are handicap accessible. Participants who need special accommodations, should call or email Amy Blake at 207-557-5739 or amy@amyblakelcsw.com.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program. Click here for a list of peer-reviewed research studies that document the effectiveness of this approach.

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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.”

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.”

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!”

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.”

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.”

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.”