This is the ONLY weekend practicum-based workshop in the US on EMDR treatment of
complex trauma and dissociation.
An Introduction to the Integration of Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy and EMDR Therapy

presented by Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW;
with Reginald Harris, LMFT, Paula Merucci, LCSW,
Shannon Strader, LPC, and Heather Leach, LPC.
Live Webinar
September 11th-12th, 2021
14 CE hours from EMDRIA approved; 14 NBCC approved masters level professional CEUs (including LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, LPC, and more) approved.

Registration Limited to 62
Early Bird Registration strongly advised.
Early bird registration until August 28: $350
Community Mental Health 30+ hours: $300
Agency staff: Within one week you must submit a letter on agency letterhead signed by Director or Supervisor stating
30+ hours and no reimbursement fees available.

August 29 and later: $400
Community Mental Health 30+ hours: $350

Webinar will run 10am-6:30pm Eastern Time
each day with a one hour lunch break from 1pm-2pm EST.
9am-5:30pm Central Time
8am-4:30pm Mountain Time
7am-3:30pm Pacific Time
This two-day webinar will give participants who have completed EMDR basic training critical skills for working with their clients who have Complex Trauma. Participants will learn about and practice developing their own Meeting Place/Conference Room, widely used with ego states/parts of self to resolve internal conflicts. After the morning didactic presentation and lunch, there will be a demonstration of the Meeting Place with a participant volunteer and then supervised practicums in triads both afternoons. The afternoon ends with some time for consultation. These complex clients can be treated successfully using modifications of the EMDR Protocol but without deviation in Phases 3-6.

Participants will be strongly encouraged to complete advance readings, sent by email, before the workshop. Persons who are new to this subject who did not read them reported difficulty in grasping the workshop content. Advance readings include powerful transcripts of actual Ego State Therapy and Structural Dissociation sessions with my clients, used with permission. 

Workshop Objectives: 

  1. Describe three core concepts of Ego State Therapy that make EMDR more effective with complex trauma clients.
  2. Understand the distinction between  Apparently Normal Parts and Emotional Parts of the Personality and how their distinct action systems clarify treatment.
  3. Assess how Fraser's Dissociative Table Technique (often called the Conference Room or Meeting Place) facilitates work with aspects of self.
  4. Demonstrate beginning confidence using the Conference Room or Meeting Place with clients through your own supervised practica experience.
  5. Apply knowledge gained to several of your complex trauma and/or dissociative clients.
  6. Discuss when to use several specific techniques during EMDR work with ego states/aspects of self.
  7. Utilize successful strategies for honoring hostile introjects’ protective intentions and gaining their alliance.
  8. Explain the usefulness of the Tip of the Finger Strategy in reducing the vehement emotion held by Emotional Parts of the Personality to facilitate EMDR treatment.
"Since attending Farnsworth's advanced training on ego states and EMDR in 2017, my utilization of the Conference Room has brought profound healing to my most dissociative clients. The array of work that can be done from this inner space is almost unlimited as the client becomes more and more able to join with their parts and collaborate toward healing from the inside out." 

- Shannon Strader, MA, LPC, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Houston, TX

For questions about the workshop, contact Farnsworth Lobenstine:,

FARNSWORTH LOBENSTINE, LICSW is on the national faculty of the EMDR Institute, serving since 2001 as a Facilitator. He has been an EMDRIA Approved Consultant since 2003. He consults nationally and internationally on Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders with EMDR trained therapists. From 2007-2019, Farnsworth taught an academic year-long Advanced Seminar on the Integration of Structural Dissociation and Ego State Therapy with EMDR Therapy in Western Massachusetts. He now co-teaches them on line. Since 2013, he has presented workshops around the country and now teaches them online.

He co-authored a lengthy article published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research in 2013 on his highly successful brief, intensive treatment, using EMDR and Ego State Therapy with a woman who had been hospitalized. 

Farnsworth is passionate about the extraordinary privilege of working as a psychotherapist, walking for a time with others on their journey towards health and a vibrant life. He is equally passionate about teaching EMDR trained clinicians advanced skills so they can succeed with their most complex clients.