Training in Ego State Therapy

led by Robin Shapiro

Bring the ‘oldest, wisest’ parts of your client’s ego to the forefront and help them to access positive states. Guide your clients to orient all their parts to the present. Learn what techniques to use in cases of sexual trauma, relationship issues, suicidal thoughts, dissociation, personality disorders, over-reactive immune systems, and chronic pain. Become competent in this therapy which can treat a wide range of issues.

🪙 19 CPD/CE credits included in the price, no extra fees! 🪙
Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.


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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the different ego state interventions and when you should implement them.
  • Differentiate between healthy ego states and unhealthy ones.
  • Learn what a dissociative state is in relation to trauma and failed attachment.
  • Understand the physiology behind dissociation.
  • Learn techniques to bring your clients out of a dissociative state.
  • Feel confident in using social engagement to trigger a vagal shift.
  • Differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary structural dissociation.
  • Discover how to use two-hand interventions.
  • Understand the importance of the order of healing.
  • Learn about the role of opiate responses in the brain.
  • Guide your clients to access their parts so they are able to find and differentiate between their inner adult and child.
  • Compare EMDR and ego state interventions for the treatment of simple traumas.
  • Understand how an individual can become attached to an abuser in cases of sexual abuse.
  • Learn techniques to help clients feel comfortable their current sexuality and their sexual interactions.
  • Learn techniques to use with couples in therapy.
  • Understand shame processing in clients who have experienced trauma.
  • Understand how ego state therapy can be used in the context of over-reactive immune systems.
  • Understand how ego state therapies can be used with clients who have different personality disorders and those who exhibit narcissistic traits.
  • Incorporate the table analogy into your practice.
  • Guide your clients into creating a healing place.
  • Learn how to unzip the protectors exhibited in your clients.
  • Learn how to integrate the parts in your clients.
  • Understand the ego states in clients who have suicidal thoughts and how to approach this in a therapeutic setting.
Course Breakdown:

Part 1:

Ego state therapy is a way of differentiation and connecting neural networks in choiceful and helpful ways. Help your clients to break bad patterns and use your creativity to find techniques that work for the individual. You will be invited to connect with your own inner child to feel for yourself and experience what you will be guiding your client to do. You will be introduced to dissociative states as ego states. You will learn techniques such as the vagal hold for insomnia and how to use social engagement to connect with your clients and create a vagal shift. Shapiro will demonstrate techniques with audience members throughout the workshop.

You will also take a look at anxiety disorders and the steps you can take with your clients to help them be able to reexamine their anxious beliefs as thoughts and not reality. You will learn about how dissociative states happen when someone becomes overwhelmed and the role of opiates in causing this response. You will also see how people with chronic pain and illness are more likely to be anxious and therefore dissociative due to having more opiates in the brain.

 Part 2:

You will have many opportunities to practice techniques to take back to your clients. Develop the ability to recognise when trauma has an attachment element to it and what techniques to use such as an ego-state technique. Listen to demonstrations with volunteers and hear clinical examples from Shapiros own practice to contextualise your learning. See the differentiation between simple and complex traumas and the different treatment strategies you could use for both cases.

You will explore the relationship between your client and their partner in cases where someone has faced sexual trauma. Understand the importance of your client feeling safe and in control by guiding them on how to approach their partner in-terms of communicating their needs. Learn how to use techniques such as the two-hand technique to differentiate between the abusive party and current partner. Learn how to guide your clients in how to nurture their inner child and create stronger self-attachments. Additionally you will be taught ways to create a safe space for your client and how to help them to navigate state changes between themselves and their partner.

Part 3:

Help your clients to find a good life partner and break the cycle of choosing abusive partners by learning ways to restrain their inner child. You will be shown how you can treat clients with autoimmune diseases using EMDR and emotional freedom technique and what to do in cases of overreaction. Learn about the pain protocol and ego state targets within this context and see a clinical example.

Help your clients to overcome the guilt and shame associated with abuse by reconnected them with their inner child and telling this inner child that they did not deserve the treatment they received and are deserving of love. Shapiro will take you through an in-depth look at different personality disorders as examples of secondary dissociation. After this workshop you will have a better understanding of how to approach treatment for these clients by looking at the child and adult parts of the self. You will develop your understanding of how narcissism develops as a result of deep shame experienced by the child self and how to overcome the different types of narcissistic defences displayed by your clients.

Robin Shapiro

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, is known for her clear, accessible, and practical style in writing, teaching, and clinical consultation. She is the author/editor of five books covering multiple modes of clinical treatments. She is in high demand as a consultant, workshop presenter and conference speaker on the issues of healing trauma, dissociation, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, sexual and relationship issues. She edited and contributed to ‘EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing’ (Norton, 2005) and ‘EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More’ (2009) and wrote The ‘Trauma Treatments Handbook’ (2010), and ‘Easy Ego State Interventions’ (2016). Dr. Shapiro offers clinical consultation for EMDR, ego state work, and complex trauma with thirty-five years of psychotherapy experience. She specialises in issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

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🪙 19 CPD/CE credits included in the price, no extra fees! 🪙
Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more).


Please note that all on-demand courses will be available for online viewing as often as you like from our portal. Downloading of files is not permitted for copyright reasons…

Training in Ego State Therapy

Heal simple and complex trauma in your clients using ego state therapy. Guide your clients to remain in the present using different techniques which are effective for a range of traumas, conditions and relationship issues.


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