15th Annual Northern California EMDRIA Regional Meeting

March 30, 2019

Niles Hall at Preservation Park, Oakland

Fee: $55 

(Includes free parking and lunch) 

2019 Presenter

Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC 


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

The Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS) is a therapy approach for treating clients wounded by childhood abuse, neglect, enmeshment, inadequate parenting, or any other unmet developmental needs. It is based on the assumption that the degree to which childhood needs were not adequately met at a given developmental stage, correlates with the degree to which the client is stuck in that stage. The DNMS is an ego state therapy which guides the client’s own internal resources to meet needs now that were not met in childhood. Needs meeting work begins with the assimilation of three internal Resources (Spiritual Core Self, Nurturing Adult Self, and Protective Adult Self). They are strengthened individually and as a group – to form a Healing Circle. The client is asked to invite into the Circle of Resources, a child part of self that is stuck in the past. Once safely inside the Circle, the Resources can meet the child part’s unmet developmental needs, process any strong emotions (e.g. fear, anger, grief), and attach securely to the child. The process helps each stuck child ego states have the “corrective emotional experience” needed to become totally unstuck. Processing is enhanced with alternating bilateral stimulation (commonly used in EMDR therapy). As developmental needs get met, the client’s unwanted beliefs, behaviors, and urges disappear. Remarkably, in the process, developmental-stage traumas often desensitize automatically. The DNMS provides for attachment and attunement needs, builds self-esteem, desensitizes developmental traumas, furnishes a container for processing strong emotions, integrates dissociated parts of self, and can be used as a tool for affect regulation.      


Although not EMDR, the DNMS evolved out of an EMDR practice. It integrates concepts from EMDR, developmental psychology, ego state therapy, and inner child work. DNMS Resource development protocols can be integrated seamlessly with EMDR. Other concepts and protocols being presented are not EMDR, but generally of great interest to EMDR therapists. Like EMDR, the DNMS is client-centered and uses alternating bilateral stimulation.

Schedule of the Day

8:00 – 8:15 Registration, Coffee

8:15 – 8:45 Welcome – introduction

9:00 – 12:15 Morning Presentation (“DNMS” PART I with ShirleyJean Schmidt

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch (sandwich lunch is provided.)

1:30 – 4:45 Afternoon Presentation (“DNMS” PART II with ShirleyJean Schmidt

4:45 – Closing

 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612 

Presenter Bio: Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor near Portland, Oregon. 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 complimentary therapy approach, the DevelopmentalNeeds Meeting Strategy (DNMS). She’s trained hundreds of therapists in the DNMS over the last 20 years. She recently expanded her model to include these powerful stabilizing interventions. 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.

Program Objectives


Participants will be able to describe the DNMS procedures for:

1. Connecting client to 3 Resources (SCS, NAS, & PAS)

2. Selecting child parts for processing with ego state mapping

3. Using the 20-Step protocol to get child parts unstuck

Program Outline


30 minutes – DNMS overview

15 minutes – Connecting to three Resources

30 minutes – Video of connecting to Resources

15 minutes – Understanding introjects and reactive parts

15 minutes – Break

15 minutes – Selecting child parts for processing with ego state mapping

15 minutes – 20-Step Needs Meeting protocol

30 minutes – Video of a 20-Step needs meeting protocol session

15 minutes – Question and Answer

Registration is open to all clinicians who have completed any part of an EMDRIA-approved basic EMDR training.