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DNMS Interventions to Prepare Dysregulated,
Dissociative, Attachment-Wounded Clients for EMDR

Introduces fundamental client-stabilization interventions. All therapists are welcome to attend.

Presentation by Lynn James, LCPC

Friday, May 19, 2023

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM US Eastern Time

4 Professional CEs and 4 EMDRIA Credits

Webinar Description

Our most dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded clients have wounded child parts that are stuck in the past. Because these child parts are easily triggered, they keep clients in a perpetual state of overwhelm—putting safe and effective EMDR out of reach. Therapists need a particular set of skills to be successful with these challenging clients. This webinar introduces DNMS therapy tools that can equip you with that skill set. It starts by illuminating the important difference between foundational stability and foundational instability. It distinguishes trauma wounds from attachment wounds and explains why that distinction matters. It introduces DNMS ego state therapy interventions that are highly effective at stabilizing dissociated child parts. This webinar shows you 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)
  • invite wounded parts forward
  • start a dialogue with wounded parts
  • connect wounded parts to a loving, supportive team of Resources
  • encourage wounded parts to tell their story
  • orient wounded parts to present time
  • help wounded parts understand how and why they get triggered
  • enable wounded parts to see reality more clearly
  • give wounded parts missing information
  • help wounded parts out of trance and into present time

Collectively these interventions can stabilize dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded child parts. As more and more child parts are stabilized, clients get triggered less often. When they do get triggered, the intensity is less, and recovery is faster. This improvement in emotion regulation can prepare clients for safe and effective EMDR trauma processing. This webinar provides four hours of content, illustrated with video recordings of real sessions. The webinar handout includes the webinar slides and links to helpful worksheets to help guide your work with clients.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. Explain the significance of a client’s foundational stability when planning EMDR.
2. Explain the significance of differentiating trauma and attachment wounding.
3. Describe 2 interventions that prepare clients for stabilizing wounded parts.
4. Describe 2 interventions for stabilizing wounded parts.

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 DNMS Developer


Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the treatment of adults with trauma and attachment wounds. She’s the founder of the DNMS Institute and the author of Ego State Therapy Interventions to Prepare Attachment Wounded Adults for EMDR and The Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy: An Ego State Therapy for Healing Adults With Childhood Trauma and Attachment Wounds. She’s 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’s a past president of the San Antonio Trauma & Dissociation Professional Study Group. For six years, she was an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultant. She’s published many articles about EMDR, ego state therapy, pain management, and the DNMS.

About the Webinar Presenter


Lynn James, MDiv, LCPC has a 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, go to

Webinar Dates & Times

This webinar will be held on Zoom, Friday, May 19. It will open a half hour early. The meeting will run from…
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM US Eastern Time
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM US Central Time
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM US Mountain Time
9:00 AM – 1:30 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 Sunday, May 7 US$95.

Late Registration: On or after Monday, May 8 US$110.

Attendance Information

A few days before the webinar, we’ll email all attendees a web address with links to the handout and Zoom meeting. If you register for this training and have not received an email from us by Thursday, May 18, check to see if it’s been marked as spam. If you cannot locate the email, please call us right away, at 503-515-3399, so we can get you the web address well in advance of the webinar start time.

This live webinar will be recorded. The video will be available online for 3 weeks—both for those who attended live and those who did not. A few days after the webinar, we’ll email instructions for accessing the recording. If you need EMDRIA credits, attend the webinar live. Self-study EMDRIA credits are not provided for watching the recording. Lynn will give this presentation again in the future, so if you cannot attend this one live, click here to see future trainings scheduled.

Continuing Education Credit

Most licensed therapists can get 4 CE credits for this webinar. Check below to see if you’re covered. Within 2 days after the live webinar ends, we’ll email you a link to an online evaluation. After completing the eval, you’ll be able to immediately download the certificate. If you only watch the webinar recording, you’ll be able immediately access the online eval and posttest. As soon as you pass the posttest, you’ll be able to download the certificate.

EMDRIA Credits

Attendance of the entire live presentation is approved for 4 EMDRIA credits, but the recorded presentation is NOT. (Approval #17008-31) 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. This is NOT an EMDR training per se, but it teaches therapists to effectively prepare clients for EMDR.

Professional CEs

This DNMS Institute training is cosponsored by the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT), based in San Diego, CA.

Social Workers: DNMS Institute, LLC, #1702, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/27/2022-9/27/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits. Click here to see if social workers in your state are covered.

Psychologists (except for New York): The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychologists will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now accepts American Psychological Association continuing education credit for license renewal. LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Counselors: LPCs, LCPCs, MHCs, and LMHCs will receive 4 CEs in states where any scope-of-practice continuing education is accepted, or where continuing education from American Psychological Association or 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 4 CEs in states where any scope-of-practice continuing education is accepted, or where continuing education from American Psychological Association or 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 (except for Iowa): IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for California nurses (CEP #13737). As an approved provider of American Psychological Association CEs, IVAT programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Nurses will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Addictions Counselors: IVAT is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) to sponsor continuing education for certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors (Provider #IS-03-499-0223). Addictions Counselors licensed in California will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

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 503-515-3399 or

Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you register then need to cancel, call or email the DNMS Institute, to let us know.
503-515-3399 or
We will issue you a full refund minus a US$10 processing fee.

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 503-515-3399 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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Webinar Agenda

Introduction & Overview

    Foundational Stability
    Childhood Wounding
    Parts of Self
    Getting Triggered
    More on Attachment Wounding
    Safe and Effective EMDR
    Talking to Wounded Parts
    Alternating Bilateral Stimulation

Preparation Interventions
    Mobilizing Resources
    Pairing with the Resources
    Video: Mobilizing Resources
    Establishing a Special Safe Place
    Video: Special Safe Place

Stabilization Interventions
    Inviting Wounded Part Forward
    Getting Wounded Part’s Story
    Orienting to Present Time
    Adult Body Intervention
    Explaining Harmless Recording
    Wrapping Up & Settling In
    Video: Stabilizing a Part

Concluding Remarks

What Therapists Say
About the DNMS

DNMS ego state therapy leads to real and lasting change–unlike any other method I’ve used with clients. The DNMS has been nothing short of miraculous for my clients.

Traci Powell, MSN, CTTS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The DNMS is the most effective treatment for attachments wounds I’ve encountered.

Michael LaValle, PhD
Certified EMDR Therapist

I have found the DNMS to be the most deeply healing approach for attachment wounding.

Amy Blake, LCSW
DNMS Trainer and Consultant

Anyone working with clients with DID would benefit from learning these DNMS interventions.

RaeAnn Wichlacz, LPC
Certified EMDR Therapist

The value of DNMS therapy when working with complex cases is immense.

Luna Medina-Wolf, LMHC
EMDRIA-Approved Consultant

Thank you so much Shirley Jean for your incredible work creating the DNMS. I love that it offers a myriad of tools and ideas to support the stabilization of clients with histories of emotional deprivation, neglect, and trauma.

Jill Hosey, LICSW
EMDR Consultant and Trainer

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