Southeast Nebraska EMDRIA Regional Network

Regional Network Meeting - "Helping Dysregulated Dissociative Clients to Self-Soothe"

  • December 01, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CST)
  • 4830 Wilshire Blvd; Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 14



Meeting Agenda 

  9:45 am  -  Registration w/ refreshments

 10:00 am  -  Welcome & Overview of our Regional Network

 10:15 am  -  "Interventions for EMDR Therapists:  Helping Dysregulated Dissociative

                        Clients to Self-Soothe"  - webinar

11:45 am -    Overview of Ego State Therapy and Preparation for EMDR Therapy

 12:30 pm  -  workshop ends  

Agenda.  During the workshop, we will view the 90-minute on-demand (i.e,. pre-recorded) webinar, "Interventions for EMDR Therapists: Helping Dysregulated, Dissociative Clients Learn to Self-Soothe" presented by Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC.   Following the webinar, our Regional Coordinator, Brenda Rohren, will discuss the importance of identifying dissociative symptoms, provide a brief overview of Ego State Therapy, and review when Ego State Therapy should be used before (and in preparation for) EMDR therapy.

Presenter Brenda Rohren, MA, MFS, LIMHP, LADC, MAC is a Certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant-in-Training, and our Regional Coordinator.  She has been a member of EMDRIA since 2010.  Because of her commitment to the practice and advancement of EMDR therapy, Brenda was active on several EMDRIA Administrative Committees until her election to the EMDRIA Board of Directors.  (This includes Chair of the Membership Committee and Chair of the Public Practice & Diversity Subcommittee.)  Brenda served on the EMDRIA Board of Directors from 2014-2016 and served several Board committees: Chair of Structure, Function, & Bylaws (SF&B) Committee; Audit Committee; and Ownership Linkage Committee.  She was the Secretary of the Board of Directors in 2015.  From 2016-2017, she served on the Veteran's Task Force and has served on the Regional Network Task Group since early January 2018.  Brenda is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). 

Brenda is the President of Behavioral Health Resources, LLC located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Services include management consulting for CARF accreditation and outpatient treatment for co-occurring disorders. (The outpatient programs are CARF-accredited.  The organization is a licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Center.)  Brenda is a licensed mental health and substance abuse professional who has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years (all levels of care from outpatient to inpatient.)

Webinar Presenter

Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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 complementary therapy approach, the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS). 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. She recently expanded her DNMS model to include these powerful stabilizing interventions.  
Description of the Webinar   
"Our dysregulated, dissociative clients are often triggered – overwhelmed by sudden surges of painful emotions that are difficult to manage. Many live life lurching from one triggering episode to the next. This kind of constant, unmanaged, emotional upheaval puts safe and effective EMDR therapy out of reach. But clients can learn to manage these surges of painful emotions. This webinar teaches a series of supportive ego state therapy interventions – consistent with Porges’ Polyvagal Theory and Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing Model – that you can use to calm triggered clients in session, and clients can use on their own, when they’re triggered between sessions. When applied repeatedly over time, triggering episodes happen less often, have less peak intensity, and resolve more quickly. When clients are finally able to self-soothe, EMDR therapy trauma processing becomes an option."
Workshop Objectives:
  1. Learn about the importance of identifying dissociative symptoms when considering EMDR therapy     
  2. Learn about Ego State Therapy
  3. Identify when Ego State Therapy should be employed before using EMDR therapy     
  4. Identify at least three ways to calm dysregulated clients when triggered during therapy sessions

Click here to obtain the specific outline and objectives for the 90-minute webinar.

Eligibility Requirements.  This workshop is limited to partially and fully trained EMDR therapists.  All members of our Regional Network are eligible to attendFor other attendees, If verification of completion of the EMDR Therapy Basic Training cannot be obtained from the EMDR Institute's website, participants will need to fax, mail, or e-mail a copy of the certificate of completion to the Regional Coordinator:  Brenda Rohren; c/o 7441 O Street, Suite 107; Lincoln, Nebraska 68510; Tel: (402) 486-1101; Fax: (402) 486-4342;

Cost and Registration.  Thanks to our corporate sponsor (Behavioral Health Resources, LLC), there is no cost for this event.  To register, click on the "Register" icon to the left.  If you are already a Regional Network member, login to your account before registering.   Registration is limited to 16 attendees

Handouts, EMDRIA Credits, and Certificate of CompletionThis section to be completed soon. *


The Regional Network meeting will be held in the conference room at the Wilshire Business Suites located at 4830 Wilshire Blvd. (Lincoln, Nebraska).  ClicClick herek here to view a map.   (The building is located about .5 mile north of the intersection of 48th & O Streets.)


Note:  Due to the closure of the Training for Addiction Professionals (TAP) program on June 30, 2018, we are no longer able to reserve rooms on Saturdays at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership (LMEP) location at 4600 Valley Road (Lincoln, Nebraska) where our Regional Network meetings have been held since 2015.

For more information, contact our Regional Coordinator, Brenda Rohren, at (402) 486-1101 or

This meeting is held in facilities which are in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.  Please contact Brenda Rohren at if special accommodations are required.

Our Corporate Sponsor is:


*  NOTE:  The webinar is being shown at our Regional Network meeting with special  permission from Shirley Jean Schmidt.

      updated 9-15-18 

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