15th Annual Northern California EMDRIA Regional Meeting

March 30, 2019

Niles Hall at Preservation Park, Oakland

Fee: $55 

(Includes free parking and lunch) 

Approved for 6 EMDRIA credits

(6 CA BBS CE credits also available for $15)

2019 Presenter

Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC 


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

Dysregulated, dissociative, attachment-wounded clients can be especially challenging to work with. They’re often overwhelmed by painful emotions that are difficult to manage. They often feel like wounding from the past is happening right now. Stabilizing these clients well is essential for safe and effective EMDR.

This workshop will introduce a collection of unique ego state therapy interventions from the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), for stabilizing these clients. In the background section Shirley Jean will discuss the differences between attachment wounds and trauma wounds, and why that matters. She’ll offer a brief primer on parts of self and how they get triggered. She’ll discuss how we can predict EMDR when we know the intensity of client attachment wounds and degree of accessible adaptive information. Next, she’ll describe a simple protocol for mobilizing a team of vetted Resources, and for establishing a Special Safe Place for wounded parts to hang out. Then she’ll describe ways to talk directly to triggered wounded child parts (1) to welcome them; (2) to, attune, validate, and empathize with them; (3) to get them bonding with a Resource Team who can meet their emotional needs; (4) to orient them to present time; and (5) to reassure them that their perception of “reliving” an old trauma is just a harmless recording playing back. When these interventions are provided together, in the right order, they have a profound stabilizing effect—enough to neutralize the child part’s trigger. And when repeated over time, with more and more child parts, the client begins to feel more stable. Eventually clients will report triggering episodes happen less often, have less peak intensity, and resolve more quickly. Once a client is sufficiently stable, EMDR processing becomes an option. The workshop will include a few brief practice exercises and a video of a real therapy session. 

Schedule of the Day

8:00 – 8:45 Registration, Coffee

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome – introduction

9:00 – 10:30 Background

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Mobilize a Team of Vetted Resources

11:45 – 12:15 Establish a Special Safe Place

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

1:30 – 3:00 Interventions for Stabilizing Wounded Parts

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:30 Video and Questions

4:30 – 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 Developmental Needs 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…

  1. Describe how to guide clients to mobilize a team of vetted Resources.
  2. Describe how to guide clients to establish a Special Safe Place where wounded parts can rest and play.
  3. Describe how to directly dialogue with a wounded child part, to attune, validate, and empathize.
  4. Describe how to orient a wounded child part to present time.
  5. Describe how to reassure a wounded child part that her perception of “reliving” an old trauma is just a harmless recording playing back. 

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


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