Neuroscience, Trauma

IFS-Informed EMDR: A Systematic Alignment of Healing Approaches
Live webinars
withBruce Hersey
Dates: 17, 18 and 19 November
Time: Fri: 14:00-19:00; Sat and Sun: 15:00-19:00.
Live streaming available on Zoom Meetings
Video recording available

(also in Live Streaming)

Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English
🪙 You will receive 25 ECM credits available
(ECM Credits valid on 2023)
🪙 CPD credits available
🪙 You will receive 12 CE credits

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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:

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

About the Speaker

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Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is Co-Founder of the Syzygy Institute and the Creator of the Internal Family Systems 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 Internal Family systems (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.

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