Ego-State Therapy Interventions to
Prepare Dysregulated, Dissociative, and
Attachment-Wounded Clients for EMDR

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

Presentation by Lynn James, LCPC
EMDR Trainer & EMDRIA-Approved Consultant


July 23-24, 2021

12:00 PM – 3:15 PM US Eastern Time
11:00 AM – 2:15 PM US Central Time
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM US Mountain Time
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM US Pacific Time

6 Professional CEs and 6 EMDRIA Credits

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Dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded clients need careful preparation to ensure the best possible EMDR outcomes. This workshop will introduce a collection of ego state therapy interventions, from the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), for stabilizing these clients. It will describe ways to talk directly to triggered wounded child parts—to welcome them, get their story, orient them to present time, and reassure them that their perception of “reliving” an old trauma is just a harmless recording playing back. With videos from real sessions, the webinar will demonstrate getting wounded child parts in a dialogue with loving, attuned, vetted, internal Resources who are able to help them feel safe while meeting their emotional needs.This webinar will show how to…

  •   distinguish between attachment wounds and trauma wounds
  •   clarify the importance of this distinction in EMDR case conceptualization
  •   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
  •   encourage wounded parts to tell their story
  •   attune, validate, and empathize with wounded parts
  •   connect wounded parts to a loving, supportive team of Resources
  •   orient wounded parts to present time
  •   show wounded parts they’re overreacting to harmless recordings of wounding messages from the past

Collectively these interventions can stabilize dysregulated, dissociated, wounded parts. As more and more parts are stabilized, clients gets triggered less often. When triggered, there is lower intensity and faster recovery. This improvement in emotion regulation can prepare clients for safe and effective EMDR trauma processing. Upon completing the training, attendees should be able to apply these interventions with clients. The webinar handout will provide a condensed version of the material covered in the presentation, worksheets for all the protocols and interventions covered, and three pages of answers to frequently asked questions.

Webinar Agenda

Friday, July 23

Introduction & Overview


Foundational Stability
Childhood Wounding
Parts of Self
Getting Triggered
Healing Childhood Wounds
Talking to Wounded Parts
Alternating Bilateral Stimulation

Foundational Interventions

Mobilizing Resources
Complications Mobilizing Resources
Video: Mobilizing Resources
Pairing with the Resources

Saturday, July 24

Foundational Interventions continued

Establishing a Special Safe Place
Video: Special Safe Place
Setting an Effective Therapy Goal
Video: Therapy Goal

Educational Interventions

Orienting to Present Time
Adult Body Intervention
Explaining About Harmless Recording
Wrapping Up & Settling In
Video: Stabilizing a Wounded Part
Providing Needed Information

Concluding Remarks

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how childhood attachment wounds affect the development of foundational stability and the emotion regulation skills clients need before beginning EMDR.
  2. Describe how to guide clients to mobilize a team of vetted Resources.
  3. Describe ego state therapy interventions for stabilizing wounded child parts.
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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

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 trainer. Her specialty is integrating EMDR with the DNMS. She’s a delightful, thoughtful, soulful, and humorous presenter. For more information about Lynn, visit her website.

Webinar Dates & Times

On both July 23 and 24, the Zoom meeting will open a half hour early. The meeting will run from…
12:00 PM – 3:15 PM US Eastern Time
11:00 AM – 2:15 PM US Central Time
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM US Mountain Time
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM US Pacific Time

To look up the webinar start time where you live, click here and type into the blue box a big city in your time zone.

Workshop Cost

Early Registration: On or before Wednesday July 14 US$120.

Late Registration:, On or after Thursday July 15 US$140.

Coupon Code: Attendees will get a Coupon Code for $10 OFF the purchase of any product, video, or on-demand webinar sold on this website. The Coupon Code will be provided when the training begins.

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 US$10 processing fee.

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Attendance Information

This meeting will be delivered online via Zoom from Illinois, US. A few days before the webinar, we will email attendees information about how to access the handout and join the meeting. After the webinar, you’ll be able to complete the evaluation online and download your certificate of completion.

This webinar will not be recorded. If you want the flexibility of watching a pre-recorded presentation at your convenience, check out these on-demand webinars.

Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

EMDRIA approval for 6 EMDRIA Credits is pending and expected to be granted shortly. (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

This webinar provides CEs for most psychotherapists in the US. Attendees must check with their state boards to verify CE coverage 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 6 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), 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 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.

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 the DNMS Institute at 210-561-7881 or

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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