Basic DNMS 10-Week Hybrid Training Program

The next cohort begins the week of May 6th, 2024

Understanding Childhood Wounds

TWO kinds of wounding can happen in childhood that affect mental health:

Trauma Wounding

Trauma wounds come from the bad things that happen. Events such as physical/sexual abuse, severe neglect, car accidents, tornadoes, etc can leave trauma wounds that may result in PTSD. These wounds occur in a state of relative helplessness and present a threat to the person’s sense of safety. Therapies like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) can significantly aid in healing, restoring safety and appropriately processing trauma in the brain.

Attachment Wounding

Attachment wounds come from the good things that kids need to develop emotional stability that didn’t happen such as feeling seen, heard, protected, valued, and unconditionally loved. Instead, children may experience emotional neglect, shame, judgment, or excessive responsibilities, leading to traits like people-pleasing, anger, sadness, and anxiety, regardless of physical comforts they may have grown up with.

Attachment wounds from childhood significantly impact adulthood, shaping individuals’ emotional responses, behaviors, and relationships. Without foundational emotional stability, adults with attachment wounds often struggle with trust, intimacy, and self-esteem, as they may constantly seek validation and connection to fill the void left by inadequate caregiving. They might exhibit patterns of insecurity, fear of abandonment, or difficulty forming healthy attachments, leading to challenges in personal and professional relationships.

Trauma processing techniques can help the trauma but they CANNOT meet the unmet emotional needs that caused attachment wounds. In addition, trauma processing modalities such as EMDR and RCT may actually cause people with both attachment and trauma wounds to become more dysregulated than when they started if attachments wounds are not addressed prior to trauma processing.

Overview of the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)

The DNMS represents a cutting-edge therapy for adult clients grappling with the consequences of childhood attachment wounds, often resulting in dissociated child parts entrenched in painful memories. In adulthood, these aspects of the self frequently manifest as resistant depression and anxiety, unresponsive to conventional medical interventions. Furthermore, these easily provoked child parts often fuel undesirable behaviors, beliefs, emotions, and urges that clients grapple with, often attributing them to personal fault, particularly when no overt traumas are evident from their past.

The DNMS aims to address symptoms by linking wounded child parts to internal attachment-figure Resources within the individual. As these child parts establish secure attachments with nurturing Resources, they experience feelings of recognition, understanding, value, and love—often for the first time. This process frequently leads to symptom improvement and even disappearance. With continued healing of child parts, clients gain stability and enhanced emotional regulation, transitioning from reactive responses to healthy coping mechanisms in the face of life’s stressors.

DNMS treatment unfolds in three phases. Phase 1 stabilizes wounded parts, Phase 2 silences the mental recordings of wounding messages, and Phase 3 gets wounded parts completely unstuck with comprehensive needs meeting. Phase 1 – the most important one – is a series of stand-alone interventions that can provide profound healing even if Phases 2 and 3 are never applied.

The 10-Week Virtual Hybrid Training

This 10-week DNMS Hybrid Training teaches the Phase 1 interventions — getting a history, mobilizing Resources, establishing a Special Safe Place, stabilizing wounded parts, and more.

This training combines the flexibility of a self-study webinar with the nurturing intimacy of a small, interactive consultation class focused on practice and guided by an experienced DNMS provider. Classes are limited to about 10 students. And because it’s fully online, you can do it all from the comfort of your home or office. Here’s how it works:

Self-Study Lesson

Each week you’ll watch a weekly lesson. Some weeks there will be a short reading assignment, as well. To prepare for our live group discussions, you’ll answer a list of case vignette questions. The day before class you’ll submit answers to a short quiz, along with questions you’d like answered in class. It can take about 2-3 hours each week to complete the lesson, practice prep, and homework.

Interactive Online Classes

Classes will meet for 2 hours once a week on Zoom, for 10 consecutive weeks. Each class is structured around three main tasks specifically about the weekly lesson content, including (1) a brief review of the lesson, (2) a question and answer period, and (3) a discussion of practice case vignettes. You’ll also be invited to briefly share how the DNMS is going in your practice, so we can provide any helpful encouragement and support you might need.

Those who participate in an additional 12 hours of DNMS consultation after completing the hybrid course will be eligible to be listed on the DNMS Find-a-Therapist webpage as having “Completed the Basic DNMS Training.”

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to…
1. Explain the significance of a client’s foundational stability.
2. Explain the significance of differentiating trauma and attachment wounding.
3. Describe the steps for getting an attachment history.
4. Describe 3 interventions that prepare clients for stabilizing wounded parts.
5. Describe 3 interventions for stabilizing wounded parts.
6. Describe 2 interventions for overcoming processing blocks.
7. Describe 2 concepts relevant to staying attuned while working with wounded parts.

Benefits of the Training

PMHNPs (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners) may consider learning the DNMS (Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy) for several reasons:

  1. Comprehensive Care: DNMS offers a comprehensive approach to treating clients who have experienced developmental trauma. PMHNPs can enhance their ability to provide holistic care by integrating DNMS techniques into their practice.
  2. Effective Treatment: DNMS has been shown to be effective in treating various mental health conditions, including PTSD, complex PTSD, attachment disorders, and other trauma-related issues. By learning DNMS, PMHNPs can offer evidence-based treatment options to their clients.
  3. Client-Centered Approach: DNMS emphasizes the importance of addressing the developmental needs of clients within the therapeutic process. PMHNPs can benefit from learning DNMS techniques to provide more personalized and client-centered care.
  4. Enhanced Skills: Learning DNMS can expand a PMHNP’s skill set and therapeutic toolkit. It provides additional techniques and strategies for addressing trauma and supporting clients in their healing journey.
  5. Professional Development: Incorporating DNMS into their practice can contribute to the professional development of PMHNPs. It allows them to stay updated with emerging therapeutic approaches and broaden their expertise in trauma-informed care.
  6. Improved Outcomes: Utilizing DNMS techniques may lead to improved treatment outcomes for clients with developmental trauma. PMHNPs who incorporate DNMS into their practice may see better symptom management, increased resilience, and enhanced overall well-being in their clients.

Learning the DNMS approach to working with developmental trauma equips PMHNPs to deliver more impactful, comprehensive, and client-centered care to those affected. This facilitates healing and aids clients in overcoming the effects of past experiences on their mental health and overall well-being, rather than simply learn to manage the symptoms.


The next hybrid cohort is scheduled to begin the week of May 6th. Live consultation time will scheduled for a time that is agreeable to the group.

The cost for the program is $1495, which includes the online webinar, all materials, the weekly live classes, and 16 CEUs accepted by the ANCC. You can pay for the class in full or 3 monthly payments.

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“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Carl Jung