Gain insight on how to work with parts of the self in clinical practice with Robin Shapiro, LICSW – an international trauma expert and best-selling author of leading EMDR and trauma books, as well as a world-renowned trainer. 

Join her Easy Ego States Interventions workshop and learn to incorporate ego state work into your practice with confidence. 

With Robin’s guidance, gain a deep understanding of the self and how to compassionately engage individual parts in therapy. 

No EMDR Basic Training is required for attendance! Spend the weekend learning from the wisdom and heart of Robin Shapiro, LICSW.

Type, Date and Time

Hybrid (Live or Virtual) 

Friday-Sunday, May-5-7, 2023

9:30 -4:30pm (9:00 AM registration and log in begins)

Course Curriculum

Pricing options

Location and Capacity

In Person: The Training Room at Colony Park

3737 Woodland Avenue, Suite 650

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (60 capacity)

Virtual:  Zoom Webinar (links) (capacity 100)

Participants will be contacted 2 weeks prior to the event to confirm in person or virtual attendance.

Level Intermediate


In her accessible and practical style, Robin Shapiro will teach you how to use ego state therapy to work with a variety of clients and their issues. This can be either a 2 or a 3 day workshop. During the workshop you will learn to distinguish healthy, flexible states from dissociative ones, and to map your own states, from physically-based vagal states to age and role-related states. You’ll learn methods to use embodied ego-state interventions to clear trauma, work with couples, attachment issues, sexual issues with sex-abuse survivors, over-active immune systems and chronic pain, shame, personality disorders, suicidal clients, and dissociative identity disorder. You will learn to track your own states, and you’ll practice many of the interventions. If you do EMDR, you’ll learn when it’s more useful to use EMDR, when to use ego state work, and when and how to use them both. The 3-day format includes ample time for practice, for questions, and for clinical demonstrations. And despite the seriousness of the subject, expect to enjoy the process.

Course Objectives

Day One

  • Participants can recognize and describe the 3 Polyvagal States

  • Participants can explain the difference between Dissociative and Other Ego States

  • Participants can utilize the 2-Hand Interweave with cultural and generational interweaves.

  • Participants can utilize the 2-Hand Interweave with holding conflicting emotions

  • Participants can use a simple ego state intervention for simple trauma.

  • Participants can describe and explain how atachment breaches cause dissociation.

Course Objectives

Day Two

  • Participants can describe ways to use ego state work in Couples’ Therapy.

  • Participants can apply to assist clients to find and have healthy relationships throughout their lives.

  • Participants can describe and apply Jim Knipe’s Shame Protocol 

  • Participants can describe and apply Ego State Work with Borderline clients.

  • Participants can describe and apply Ego State Work with Narcissistic Clients.

  • Participants can describe and apply the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity technique, utilizing EMDR and Ego State Therapies. 

Course Objectives

Day Three

  • Participants can describe the 3 stages of work with DID clients, from the Theory of Structural Dissociation 

  • Participants can describe and utilize the Dissociative Table and alternative ways to organize and contain dissociative parts. 

  • Participants can describe when it’s safe to do trauma work with DID clients and when to use and not use EMDR. 

  • Participants can describe and utilize Polyvagal and Relational ways to help dissociated clients to be present.

  • Participants can describe the Integration Stage of DID therapy. 

  • Participants can describe and utilize Ego State Interventions with Suicidal Clients.  


Day 1
9:00-9:30 Sign in                        


Intro to Ego States, including guided experience       Ego vs. Dissociative States 

Polyvagal Theory and states that arise from them and how to shift them 

How ego state interventions work 

Trauma, attachment, and body types impacting dissociation 

The Theory of Structural Dissociation: 

Order of Healing in SD 

Accessing Parts: Adults, Trauma Splits, Ages, Roles 

Positive vs Dysfunctional parts 

Practice: Find and list your parts and what brings them out. 

Finding functional Adult parts to take care of business. 

Roy Kiessling’s Resource Installation                         

10:30- 10:45 Morning Break 10:45 – 12:15             

The Two-Hand Technique with emotions, thoughts, introjects, self-image, addictions 

Two-Hand Practice                        

12:15-1:15 Lunch 

1:15– 2:45                        

Working with Simple Trauma: Life Span Integration 

Practice with Simple Trauma 

2:45- 3 Afternoon Break 


Attachment to Abusers 

Working with Sexual Abuse Survivors

 Creating a healthy, current sex life for abuse survivors                             

Attachment Issues: Imaginal Nurturing, Healing Place Interventions 

Day 2
9-9:30 Sign in 

9:30 – 10:30 

10:30 – 10:45
Break 10:45 – 12:15 

Ego state interventions with Couples 
The Bad Boyfriend Protocol 
Getting the Adult part to pick the next relationship 

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch 

1:15 – 2:45 

Ego States and EMDR with Over Active Immune Systems

Allergies; Multiple Chemical Sensitivities; Graft vs Host

Pain Protocol


2:45-3 Break 3 – 4:30

Personality Disorders: Causes and Descriptions 

Working with Borderline PD                             

Working with Narcissists 

a. Exhibitionists                                

b. “Closet”/Codependents 

4:30 Through! See you tomorrow! 

Day 3
9 – 10:30 

Introduction to DID and what it takes for therapists to work with this population

Review of Theory of Structural Dissociation 

 DID Tools 

Dissociative Table, Healing Places, Switching Places 

10:30-11 Break 

Rage Room Demonstration 

Dealing with “Protector Parts” 

Trauma therapy with DID 


12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 

1:30 – 3

More Trauma therapy with DID


Final stages in DID treatment

Working with highly dissociative, but not DID clients 

More cases                             

3 – 3:20 Break 3:20 -4:30

Suicide Statistics

Suicidal clients, overview

Using ego state interventions with suicidal clients 

4:30 Close. Goodbye! 





Robin Shapiro

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, is known for her clear, accessible, and practical style in writing, teaching and clinical consultation. She edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) and EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), and Easy Ego State Interventions (2016). She loves her work: writing, presenting about ego states, EMDR topics, and suicide prevention, doing clinical consultation, and thirty-eight years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

Continuing Education

12 EMDRIA Credits #15007-55

18 CE Co Credits

The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits are available for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and other trained EMDR Clinicians in all states except New York (all clinicians), Alabama (MHC state restrictions) and MFT’s in Ohio (Board restriction).

Clinicians should check with their state licensure boards.

Grievance Policy

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Cancellation Policy

We will allow refunds up to 7 days after purchase of this course minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations after 7 days are non-refundable.

Conflict of Interest Policy

There is no known commercial interest or conflict of interest for this workshop.  

ADA Compliance 

Live workshops are held in facilities which are in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. For in-person, virtual or online course programs, please contact info@emdrandbeyond if special accommodation is required.