Ego State Therapy Interventions to
Prepare Your Most Wounded, Dysregulated,
and Dissociative 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


Two Consecutive Weekends

Aug 20, 21, 27, 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM US Eastern Time
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM US Central Time
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM US Mountain Time
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM US Pacific Time

16 Professional CEs and 16 EMDRIA Credits

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Have you ever struggled to prepare very wounded clients for EMDR? Have you ever been surprised when EMDR didn’t help, or actually made symptoms worse? If so, this webinar is for you. Our most dysregulated, dissociative clients have wounded parts of self that are stuck in the past. Because these wounded parts are easily triggered, they keep clients in a perpetual state of overwhelm — putting safe and effective EMDR out of reach. This webinar will lay out a systematic way to prepare clients for EMDR — a detailed road map for improving emotion regulation.

It will start by illuminating important differences between foundational stability and foundational instability. It will distinguish trauma wounds from attachment wounds and explain why that distinction matters. It will cover ego state therapy interventions from Shirley Jean Schmidt’s Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy that are highly effective at stabilizing dissociated parts of self. This webinar will show how to…

  •   take a childhood attachment history
  •   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
  •   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 they’re overreacting to harmless recordings

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. Attendees will get a 39-page handout that includes a condensed version of the material covered in the presentation, worksheets for all the protocols and interventions, and three pages of answers to frequently asked questions. Handout will not include the webinar slides.

Click here to see the training agenda and learning objectives.

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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

Login begins a half hour early, at 10:30 PM US Eastern Time each day.

Friday      August 20      11:00 AM – 3:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Saturday      August 21      11:00 AM – 3:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Friday      August 27      11:00 AM – 3:30 PM  US Eastern Time
Saturday      August 28      11:00 AM – 3:30 PM  US Eastern 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 Saturday August 14 US$375.

Late Registration:, On or after Sunday August 15 US$400.

Group Discount: Three or more therapists can register together and take a US$25/person discount. Email Lynn James 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 Lynn James 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 Lynn James 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
We will issue you a full refund minus a US$25 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 everyone 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 this on-demand webinar.

Continuing Education Credit

EMDRIA Credits

This workshop is approved by EMDRIA for 16 EMDRIA Credits (approval # 17008-22). (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.

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 16 continuing education clock hours.

Psychologists, Counselors, LMFTs, Nurses: Psychologists, LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and mental health nurses 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. Check your regulatory board website to determine approval.

Contact Information

For questions about the content of the training, email Lynn James. 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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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.”