Neuroscience, Trauma

Integration of EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy: An approach towards healing traumatized patients
withBruce Hersey
Dates: 17, 18 and 19 November 2023 *
Time: Fri: 14:00-19:00; Sat and Sun: 15:00-19:00 (Rome Time, CET)
Duration: 13h 00m 00s
Live streaming available on Zoom Meetings
Video recording available

(also in Live Streaming)

Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English
🪙 You will receive 25 crediti ECM *
(ECM Credits valid on 2023)
🪙 You will receive 13 CPD credits
🪙 You will receive 13 CE credits


(valid until 31/10/2023)


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Through lecture with PowerPoint slides, case examples, video clips, brief large group exercises, live demonstration, and Q & A, Bruce will present an in-depth overview of the overlap of IFS and EMDR focusing on the underlying natural organic healing process, the nature of Dual Attention, and how IFS and Coherence Therapy's clinical model of memory reconsolidation align to bridge a gap in the EMDR Standard Protocol where protectors (defenses) are encountered, and provide a larger systemic ego state context for guidance throughout the Standard Protocol.

Using IFS concepts as organizing principles in EMDR Phases One and Two, allows for the organic development of a treatment plan that identifies the most appropriate current target and provides the therapist and client a clearer path to essential Assessment Phase target information by understanding the importance of gathering each component element from a specified internal source.

Redefining the AIP network and targeted network as conscious relational entities engaged in a dynamic energetic healing relationship we can call Functional Dual Attention supports the initial construction and subsequent maintenance of dual attention throughout processing.

A Discovery process, named after a similar phase in Coherence Therapy, is outlined as a useful intermediate form of EMDR processing which combines resourcing and indirect trauma processing within the Preparation Phase at the doorstep of a conventional Assessment Phase. This method of working with protectors (defenses) using bilateral stimulation, is applied when the lack of Functional Dual Attention precludes a complete Assessment Phase and therefore, desensitization.

The role of the hippocampus in a possible mechanism of action of EMDR which accesses, enhances, and supports Functional Dual Attention is suggested and its relevance to both EMDR and IFS is explained.

What will you learn?

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • explain the difference between a part and the Self.
  • describe an IFS-Informed definition of Dual Attention (Functional Dual Attention).
  • explain the Presence of Self (POS) scale.
  • name the appropriate source for a Positive Cognition in the Assessment Phase.
  • name the appropriate source for a Validity of Cognition (VOC) in the Assessment Phase.
  • list the two components of a Protector's Positive Intention.
  • explain the difference between Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD) and Level of Urge to Protect (LUP).
  • explain the difference between egocentric and allocentric cognitive maps.
  • list the two types of energy which organize parts.
  • describe a Discovery Contract.
  • describe Blending and Unblending in IFS.
  • name the two types of interweaves (Therapist Tasks) in Discovery.

About the Speaker

Read the Speaker’s biography

Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is Co-Founder of the Syzygy Institute and the Creator of the IFS Interweave for EMDR. Since creating, a website for self-learning through prerecorded CE courses on IFS, EMDR, and Coherence Therapy integration, Bruce’s teachings continue to develop and evolve to new levels of integration and complexity. While his methods began with the application of Richard Schwartz’s IFS framework within the Standard Protocol of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) from Francine Shapiro, further insight has been added through Bruce Ecker’s Coherence Therapy and its clinical application of neuroscience from memory reconsolidation research. Bruce is an experienced presenter and workshop leader, known for his clarity, humor, warmth, and humility. He has led and co-led numerous introductory IFS and IFS-Informed EMDR workshops, both in person and online. An EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Level 3 Trained, Approved IFS Clinical Consultant, Bruce has presented twice at the IFS Annual Conference, AASECT, and EMDR UK. Bruce has also published short animated educational introduction videos on IFS (Finding Your Parts) and EMDR (EMDR At A Glance) on YouTube. You can listen to Bruce talking about IFS-Informed EMDR on Therapy Explained Podcast with James Lloyd and The One Inside Podcast with Tammy Sollenberger.

Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2012). Unlocking the emotional brain: Eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation. NewYork: Routledge.

EMDRIA Definition of EMDR (2015)

Gomez, A. M. & Krause, P. K. (2013). EMDR Therapy and the Use of Internal Family Systems Strategies With Children, In A. M. Gomez, (Ed.), EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children (pp. 299–345). New York, NY: Springer publishing.

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Lawrence, M. (1998, December). EMDR as a Special Form of Ego State Psychotherapy: Part One. EMDRIA Newsletter

Lawrence, M. (1999, March). EMDR as a Special Form of Ego State Psychotherapy: Part Two. EMDRIA Newsletter

McGoldrick, A (2022). In reply to the Council of Scholars: How an IFS-informed approach to EMDR could help EMDR trainees on their journey to becoming fully-!edged EMDR

psychotherapists. EMDR Therapy Quarterly Autumn Volume 4, Number 3. EMDR UK Newsletter

Popky, A.J. (2005) The De-tur Method. In R. Shapiro (Ed.), EMDR Solutions, New York: Norton.

Twombly, J. H., & Schwartz, R. C. (2008). The integration of internal family systems model and EMDR. In C. Forgash & M. Copeley (Eds.), Healing the heart of trauma and dissociation with EMDR and ego state therapy (pp. 295–311). New York, NY: Springer publishing.

Schwartz, R.C. & Sweezy, M  (2020). Internal family systems therapy. (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Guilford.

Shapiro, F. (2018). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Basic principles, protocols and procedures. (3rd ed.)New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Steele, K. Boon, S., & van der Hart, O. (2017) Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach. New York: Norton.


Hippocampus, egocentric & allocentric mapping and memory consolidation:

Guderian, S. et als (2015) Hippocampal Volume Reduction in Humans Predicts Impaired Allocentric Spatial Memory in Virtual-Reality Navigation. J Neurosci. 2015 Oct 21; 35(42): 14123–14131.

Logue MW, van Rooij SJH, Dennis EL, et al. Smaller hippocampal volume in posttraumatic stress disorder: a multisite ENIGMA-PGC study: subcortical volumetry results from posttraumatic stress disorder consortiaBiol Psychiatry. 2018;83(3):244–253. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.09.006

Murray, E. et als (2018) Representational specializations of the hippocampus in phylogenetic perspective. Neuroscience Letters Volume 680, 27 July 2018, Pages 4-12

Samuelson KW. Post-traumatic stress disorder and declarative memory functioning: a reviewDialogues Clin Neurosci. 2011 Sep; 13(3): 346–351.

Van der Kolk, B. et als (2019) Overlapping frontoparietal networks in response to oculomotion and traumatic autobiographical memory retrieval: implications for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. Volume 10, 1586265

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