EMDR & Ego States

What are ego states? How do they apply to therapy? How can ego state therapy be of use in EMDR Therapy? What is all this hype about parts work anyway?!

Get these questions answered and then some! Join us for our EMDR & Ego States advanced training. Ego state therapy is a powerful therapeutic approach. This model recognizes that the human psyche is dynamic and multi-dimensional, and uses “parts work” to foster integration of the self. Ego states therapy is a psychotherapy that belongs in any trauma clinician’s tool box, especially for those practicing EMDR Therapy.

Join trainer and consultant Jessica Downs, LCSW, for this advanced course on EMDR & Ego States.

Live: Feb 8-9th, 2024 from 9am-1:30pm MTN then on demand after

This course will be recorded on Feb 8-9th, 2024

Available for synchronous-online or asynchronous-on demand learning.

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Course Details

Ego state therapy is a “parts” work approach for facilitating integration and healing.  “Parts” can be understood as bundles of neural networks, which have failed to integrate. These parts are ego states, and everyone has them. These ego states are created based on our life experiences which have left us wounded and fragmented. 

This advanced training will teach EMDR clinicians how to integrate ego state therapy into your EMDR therapy practice. 

We will review methods for screening for dissociation and how to develop a plan to prepare the client’s internal system for EMDR. Key terms and concepts of ego state therapy will be reviewed and defined. We will review the Theory of Structural Dissociation, as a leading model for conceptualization dissociation. You will learn a variety of ego state therapy skills to support preparation work as well as skills to foster target reprocessing. Participants will also learn how to practice Fraser’s Dissociative Table technique, and how this intervention can inform and aid in the therapeutic process.

Ego state therapy and EMDR are necessities for any trauma therapist, and a requirement for those working with complex trauma and dissociation. This powerful therapy will boost your case conceptualization and intervention skills, and bolster your EMDR Therapy. 



  • 9-9:15a – Welcome, Introductions and Course Orientation
  • 9:15-10:00a – INTRO TO DISSOCIATION – Defining Complex PTSD, Defining dissociation, Core symptoms and features
  • 10 – 10:10a – BREAK
  • 10:10 – 10:40a – STRUCTURAL DISSOCIATION – No Bad Parts, Apparently Normal Parts and Emotional Parts, Treatment Goals and Integration
  • 10:40 – 11:05a – INTRO TO EGO STATES THERAPY – Rationale for Ego States Therapy
  • 11:05 – 11:15a – BREAK
  • 11:15 –  12:10p  – SCREENING FOR DISSOCIATION -Screening Tools, Attachment Interview
  • 12:10 – 12:20p – BREAK
  • 12:20 – 12:40p – APPLICATION EXERCISE – Case studies and screening
  • 12:40 – 1:05p – SELF OF THE THERAPIST – Attachment and repair, Boundaries, Countertransference and Therapist’s parts of self
  • 1:05 – 1:30 – EMDR EXTENDED PREPARATION PHASE – Ego States as a Phase 2 Strategy, Skills to engage in Ego States Therapy, Introduction to Process of Ego States Therapy


  • 9 – 9:15a – Check-in/Q and A – Additional training recommendations
  • 9:15 – 10:00a – Dissociative Table Technique – History and process, BLS within the Dissociative Table, Establishing a Resourced State
  • 10 – 10:10a – BREAK
  • 10:10 – 10:40a – DISSOCIATIVE TABLE TECHNIQUE CONT. – Phase 1, History Taking – Interviewing Parts of Self and gathering information, Mapping system of parts
  • 11 – 11:10a – BREAK
  • 11:10 – 11:40 – EGO STATES THERAPY MANEUVERS – Resources and Strategies, Introjects, Closure, Tucking In
  • 12:40 12:50p – BREAK
  • 12:50 – 1:15p – ONGOING EGO STATES THERAPY – Subsequent sessions, Readiness factors to move into EMDR Reprocessing Phases, Strategies for between sessions


This course is available for viewing through the Kase & CO learning platform.

If you register before the live recording date, you may attend the live, interactive webinar. Instructions for attending the live, interactive webinar are found in your learner account. You will have access to the on-demand, asynchronous course for 1 year from the live date.

Registrations after the live date, may view this course on-demand, asynchronously for 1 year from your registration date.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain at least two ways Ego State Therapy can support EMDR Therapy.
  • Explain the difference between Emotional Parts (EP) & Apparently Normal Parts (ANP) 
  • Apply knowledge of parts and ego states to case conceptualization.
  • Name at least 3 common symptoms of dissociation.
  • Identify three approaches to assess for dissociation.
  • Describe at least three ways to apply Ego State Therapy to Phase 2 Preparation.
  • Explain the key steps of Fraser’s Dissociative Table Technique.
  • Describe at least two ego state interweaves.


Fee: $280

Payment is accepted via credit or debit card.

About Your Trainer, Jessica Downs

Jessica Downs is an LCSW living in Grand Junction, CO. She is an Approved Consultant and EMDR Trainer with Rebecca Kase & CO.

She and her husband own Live Well Counseling Center, a private practice on the western slope of CO. Jessica specializes in use of ego state therapy and EMDR in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation.

She is also fluent in Spanish. Jessica strives to support her clients in embodying healing and working towards wholeness. She teaches with compassion and playfulness and creates a dynamic learning space for clinicians.

Additional Information


To register for this course, you must have completed Parts 1 and 2 of EMDR Basic Training.

Continuing Education

8 CEs are available upon completion of all course material.

Kase & CO is an approved continuing education provider. ACE, NBCC and EMDRIA CEs are available for this course. This course is not approved for APA CEs.

Participants must complete the full training to receive credit.

Course Completion

To receive a CE certificate, participants must complete the entire course, complete the post-test with a score of 80% of above, and complete the course evaluation. You may retake the post-test as needed. Once completed, a CE certificate will auto-populate to your online account.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations requested more than 48 hours prior to the live training are eligible for a refund, minus a $20 administrative fee. Cancellation requests can be submitted via email to admin@kaseandco.com. Refunds are not available for cancellations requested after the recorded video is available on-demand.


ACE Approved Provider

Kase & CO, #1869, 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: 1/16/2024 – 1/16/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 8 total credits clinical continuing education credits.

NBCC Approved Provider

Kase & CO has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7033. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Kase & CO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

EMDRIA Approved Provider

Kase & CO is an EMDRIA Approved Training Provider. Kase & CO courses are individually approved. CE Certificate will contain course approval number.

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