Systemic Ego State Therapy

Emergence Of Core Self from Ego State Differentiation

Presented by Bruce Hersey LCSW

This is a 5 hour course designed for mental health professionals who have had experience or training in working with ego states; the inner parts of a person. Transactional Analysis, Inner Child work, EMDR, and hypnotherapy working with ego states would be examples of this.


The focus of this workshop is on developing an appreciation and understanding of how these states are embedded in a self-organizing system that is naturally designed for the adaptation and protection of the individual. The effects of trauma and attachment issues on the formation of this internal system is discussed, as well as the idea that there is a innate core self which becomes disconnected through typical life experiences.


This core self has universal psychological and spiritual resources and can be elicited ultimately through working with the ego states and gaining their trust and cooperation. The resources of the self then become available for the healing of traumatized, hurting, and self-defeating ego states.


Elements of the composition of ego states are delineated, as well as discussion of the energy that holds these elements together in their reliably recognizable forms over time as they repeatedly appear.


The workshop draws heavily on concepts from the Internal Family Systems model of therapy developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD., and includes information from Dan Siegel's InterPersonal NeuroBiology, Structural Dissociation, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and other models, methods and experience.


Will submit for approval for 5 CEU by NBCC & ASWB, and CSL toward IFS recertification.

Course Objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to:


  1. Define what is meant by the term ego state.
  2. Name at least three constituent elements of ego states.
  3. Describe what type of energy binds the elements of ego states, and where this energy typically originates.
  4. Name three or more characteristics of the core self.
  5. Explain how ego states operate in a systemic manner.

Bring this workshop to your group!

This workshop can be made available to your agency, staff, or group. Contact Bruce to discuss your needs and review the options.

Locations and Dates

Altoona, PA -- Heartspace Wellness Alliance

Friday, July 27th, 9:45am-4:30pm

Heartspace Wellness Alliance -- Handicap Accessible

Please contact brucehersey@gmail.com regarding any special needs.

$150 registration

Register & pay online or mail check and contact info to:


Bruce Hersey

217 Union Ave. 2nd Floor

Altoona PA 16602


Contact Bruce (814) 944-3852 (mailto:brucehersey@gmail.com)


Cancellation Policy: Full refund of amount paid less 10% processing fee until 14 days prior to workshop date. As of that date, no refunds issued.

NBCC & ASWB Approved CE Provider

Wise Heart Leadership is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #6587) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wise Heart Leadership Initiative (ACE provider #1261) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (9/6/2013-9/6/2015). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours. Certificates of attendance will be given on site upon completion of program for all attending the full two days after completing course evaluation. You may contact either Bruce Hersey or Lois Ehrmann on site during the training or afterward via contact information provided in course materials regarding any questions, concerns, issues, or grievances regarding this program and its administration.