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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?!

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.

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What Is Ego State Therapy?

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 the foundational skills of ego state therapy. 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 is a necessity 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. 

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) and list 2 ways these differences inform case conceptualization.
  • 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.

Meet Your Trainer


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 work 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.


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

Continuing Education:

This course is available for live or on demand viewing.
8 EMDRIA, NBCC & APA CEs are available for live or on demand training.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations for the live event may be requested up to 48 hours prior to training for a refund, minus a $20 admin fee. Cancellation requests are to be submitted via email to admin@rebeccakase.com. Participants must complete the full training to receive credit.

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