EMDR & Ego States

Through The Internal Family Systems Looking Glass

Bruce Hersey in Sydney & Melbourne, Australia Jan/Feb 2019

Look for this workshop in Johnstown, PA summer of 2019!

Alice returns...

..for more adventures in the Therapeutic Wonderland of EMDR & Ego States, but this time it is not exactly the same.

New dimensions afford fresh perspectives unseen the first time around.

What is it about EMDR that invites ego states to inhabit our psychotherapy office?

What can the Internal Family Systems model offer to explain and utilize this fact in our practice of EMDR?

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Program Description

A two-full-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 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.

These methods will be demonstrated via session clips or live with participant volunteers, and significant supervised practice time is planned for participants to learn by doing.



Suitable to certified EMDR professionals and those in training, these workshops require basic familiarity with ego state work and the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy through an Introductory workshop, online course, series of at least two initial IFS consultation sessions or similar.

Sydney, Australia -- January 26 & 27, 2019

Rydges Sydney Central

28 Albion Street

Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Register Here

For questions about registration, site information, or special accommodations,

please contact Simon d'Orsogna at simondo@optusnet.com.au

13 hour training. Will submit application to CSL for IFS ceu, and EMDRIA for EMDR ceu.

Melbourne, Australia -- February 2 & 3, 2019

Bouverie Centre

8 Gardiner Street

Brunswick, VIC 3056

Register Here

For questions about registration, site information, or special accommodations,

please contact Simon d'Orsogna at simondo@optusnet.com.au

13 hour training. Will submit application to CSL for IFS ceu, and EMDRIA for EMDR ceu.

Johnstown, PA summer of 2019!

Preliminary discussions are taking place about a possible July or August offering in Johnstown, PA. Details will appear on this site as plans develop.

A GPS for the Inner World of Ego States

The deck-of-cards imagery from Alice in Wonderland is replaced by a chessboard in the Looking-Glass world, where brooks and streams divide the landscape into squares - through which Alice advances to each next scene and action. Changes in time and spatial dimensions, as well as perspectives, via mirrors and opposites, characterize the journey.

Does any of this sound familiar to the EMDR therapist entering the world of Ego States? Most of us have entered this many-dimensional world with a two-dimensional map. Imagine a multi-dimensional map. That map is the Internal Family Systems model.

Course Objectives

  1. Name one advantageous aspect of the IFS concept of Self that is not explicitly included in EMDR’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system.
  2. Explain the relationship between Functional Dual Attention and Self-Presence.
  3. Describe the concept of energy as it applies to Protective Parts and how this can be measured and processed within EMDR.
  4. Describe the concept of energy as it applies to qualities of Self and how these can be measured and installed as a resource within EMDR.
  5. Name at least one way that IFS language can used in obtaining a NC, PC or VOC.
  6. Complete an IFS-Informed Assessment Phase target.
  7. Practice shifting targets from exile to protector, using IFS-Informed scales in Desensitization Phase.
  8. Describe & practice at least 3 IFS Interweaves in Desensitization Phase.
  9. Name the 4 steps of the Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process distilled from Memory Reconsolidation research by Coherence Therapy.
  10. Describe and practice obtaining precise negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase using Coherence Therapy concepts.
  11. Deepen your relationship with your parts-as-therapist based on the IFS model.

Workshop Leader and Consultant

Bruce is an experienced workshop and retreat leader who will facilitate the co-creation of a gentle and safe learning environment wherever this workshop is offered. He has led and co-led many local IFS workshops, as well as several IFS conference presentations. Bruce has also published short animated educational introduction videos on IFS (Finding Your Parts) and EMDR (EMDR at a Glance) on YouTube.

An LCSW in private practice at Altoona, PA for the past 30 years, Bruce provides advanced consultation in IFS, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Sex Therapy in person, by phone and Skype.

People attending Bruce's workshops have said:

"Really good workshop. Trainer and the concepts are enormously helpful!"

"You are great at creating a holding environment, and communicating the information clearly & supportively."
"Enjoyed the workshop very much."
"Great job incorporating all levels of experience with EMDR & IFS. Modeling of the interweaves was extremely helpful."
"Great training! Very helpful. Fun & professional. Thank you!"
"Thank you for your skillful presentation of this powerful collection of concepts & methods."
"Thank you so much for an incredibly powerful weekend of IFS & EMDR. It was really so helpful, and I am especially grateful for having seen you work in the demo. I'm much more confident incorporating EMDR into the IFS work that I love to do."