2 Day Live Experiential Webinar



13 CE Advanced Training Program for Mental Health Professionals - $350

Thursday & Friday October 7 & 8, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM US Eastern Time - FULL

Provided via Zoom internet video platform.

Invitations will be sent via email shortly before event dates.

Half-price for repeaters!

If you have taken this course already, you qualify for a 50% discount. The registration form will allow you to indicate that you have taken this course before, and then you will pay only $175.

How is this different from the One-Day IFS-Informed EMDR?

Same basic content as One-Day (6 CE), additional detail, plus practice sessions with coaching. You will benefit more from this experiential workshop.

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 live with participant volunteers, and significant supervised practice time is planned for participants to learn by doing.



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 is ideally suited for practitioners who have completed the 6 hour IFS-Informed EMDR course offered live or the online version available at emdrifs.com. It is not appropriate for practitioners without EMDR basic training and previous IFS workshop experience. The latter can also be obtained online at emdrifs.com (IFS for EMDR Therapists).

The 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

Derek Scott/IFSCA

Jay Earley, PhD/Personal Growth Programs

Lois Ehrmann, PhD/The Individual & Family CHOICES Program

New online option: IFS for EMDR Therapists at emdrifs.com

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. Compile 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 a third type of processing (beside resources and desensitization) with bilateral stimulation named after a stage of Coherence Therapy.
  10. Describe and practice obtaining precise negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase using Coherence Therapy concepts.
  11. Discuss your relationship with your parts-as-therapist based on the IFS model.

Continuing Education Information

This workshop is pending 13.0 CE hours by EMDRIA, and CSL for IFS recertification.

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

*It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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 internet video conferencing.

People attending Bruce's workshops have said:

"Bruce’s integration of EMDR Therapy and IFS is brilliant. He provides a roadmap for therapists to make sense of the phases of EMDR Therapy - and any “resistance” or challenges encountered through the lens of “parts.” Understood this way, there are no blocks to processing anymore, simply parts that need understanding. His program helps with conceptualization and also provides a concrete step-by-step process for integration. I initially took his training probably six years ago and have taken it again since. It has transformed my practice. I highly recommend it."

Elizabeth Venart, LPC Supervisor and EMDR Consultant -The Resiliency Center Flourtown, PA

“I have been using EMDR Therapy extensively for more than a decade. The IFS-Informed EMDR Training has expanded my toolkit in ways that have re-energized my practice. EMDR and IFS are natural partners, and my clients are benefitting.”

Sonja Lindgren, MSS, LCSW

"I have already begun using your approach with my clients. It went beautifully!!! Much thanks! I've been to some of these things and been lucky to walk away with a small idea - this was one of the best I've attended!"

Deborah Reilly, LPC, NBCC

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Bruce Hersey training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Bruce Hersey, brucehersey@gmail.com, 814.944.3852.

Cancelation Policy

Registration fees will be refunded minus a service fee of $30 if canceled 30 days or more before the workshop start. After that, no refunds.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Bruce Hersey, brucehersey@gmail.com, 814.944.3852.Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.