Bruce Hersey, LCSW
A one-day didactic & experiential workshop offering a specific view of ego-states, in the context of EMDR therapy through an IFS lens, regarding their ubiquitous appearance, defenses, & relational phenomena. A conceptual bridge is formed between the two models, yielding additional language to enrich therapist-client communication about the client’s internal process, and much more.
Understand the importance of Self-Presence and the co-presence or activation of a Target Part in relationship to the Self. Cultivate and maintain Functional Dual Attention in the Assessment & Desensitization Phases using additional practical measurement scales (beyond SUD & VOC) relating to Self-Energy, state-binding affect & protective intention.
Alignment with Memory Reconsolidation research ala Coherence Therapy for additional precision in targeting underlying implicit memories, to increase the accuracy of identifying and elaborating appropriate positive and negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase.
If you are like many other EMDR practitioners, you have found yourself at times struggling with ego states, resistance, overwhelm, and difficulties establishing target states & maintaining effective dual attention. Francine Shapiro understood this early on when she supplemented the Standard Protocol with the Cognitive Interweave. Many others have since suggested various other interweaves and supplementary or alternative protocols, as well as Resource Development and Installation (RDI).
While adhering to the standard definition of EMDR, this workshop compares IFS concepts to those used in EMDR and provides additional perspective to the IFS-trained EMDR therapist with regard to the appearance of ego states, defenses, and relational phenomena, especially as they transpire in the course of phases 3 and 4.
These methods will be demonstrated via actual session clips and guided individual experiential exercises. Learn to integrate these two models in creative new ways, enhanced by some Coherence Therapy concepts derived from Memory Reconsolidation research.
About the Presenter:
Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is an Approved Consultant in EMDR & Clinical Hypnosis (EMDRIA & ASCH), an AASECT Certified Supervisor in Sex Therapy, and also Certified in IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy). He completed IFS Levels One, Two & Three Training, is a repeat Level One Program Assistant & IFS International Conference presenter. He is the moderator of The Internal Family Systems Network, a Linkedin international discussion group. He is both steward and practitioner at Heartspace Wellness Alliance, a space for professional trainings, counseling and wellness practices in Altoona, PA, USA.
Registrants for IFS-Informed EMDR must have completed EMDR basic training and have familiarity with the IFS model either through workshop or retreat experience.
This workshop does not provide training in either model. It assumes participants have knowledge of both. Reading IFS doesn't quite do it sometimes. There is a process aspect to it, and experiential, video, or demo exposure gets that across in a way that reading does not. If you do not meet this requirement, use the time before the workshop to meet the IFS prerequisite.
My experience has shown that participants with minimal IFS experience struggle to integrate the material, especially in practice exercises. If you haven't already begun to use IFS principles in your practice, you will not optimally benefit from the workshop.
Links to providers of IFS workshops to satisfy prerequisite:
The Center for Self-Leadership
Jay Earley, PhD/Personal Growth Programs
Lois Ehrmann, PhD/The Individual & Family CHOICES Program