IFS-Informed EMDR

The Internal Family Systems Interweave - Now 6 Credit Hours


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A key piece for your practice.

Dates and Locations

SOLD OUT/Completed

March 22, 2018 Altoona, PA - Completed

October 13, 2018 Philadelphia Area - Sold Out


September 14, 2018 Asheville, NC --- 8 spaces left!

October 27, 2018 Philadelphia Area --- 4 spaces left!

May 3, 2019 Sacramento, CA


December, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Interest List

Date TBD Santa Fe, NM - Interest List

Date TBD Portland, ME - Interest List --- high interest

Date TBD New York City Area - Interest List

Date TBD Altoona, PA - Interest List

Interest Lists

Complete form to get on Interest list for; NYC, Maine, Santa Fe, Ft. Lauderdale, Altoona, PA - no payment for interest list.


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.

Registration Fee

Registration fee is $150 for 6 hour IFS-Informed EMDR.

Register here or Email Bruce.

CEU Information

Approved for 6.0 CE hours by EMDRIA, CSL, ASWB & NBCC

Approved by EMDRIA for 6.0 CE credits.

Approved by the Center for Self-Leadership for 6.0 CE hours toward IFS cert. & recert.

Approved by ASWB & NBCC for 6.0 CE credits.

Cancellation Policy:

Will refund fee less $20 until 30 days before workshop date. No refunds after that.


Expand your perspective, forge new connections, integrate these two models in creative new ways. Many EMDR practitioners have found that, very quickly, we find ourselves dealing with ego states, resistance, overwhelm and difficulties establishing target states and maintaining effective dual attention.

Francine Shapiro understood this early on and supplemented the Standard Protocol with the Cognitive Interweave. Others have since suggested numerous interweaves and supplementary or alternative protocols, as well as Resource Development and Installation (RDI).

Internal Family Systems, a systemic ego state model, when superimposed on the EMDR process provides an illuminating map of the process and serves as a guide in selecting the appropriate interweaves or interventions at critical points throughout the EMDR standard protocol.

Participants will learn that functional Dual Attention requires Self-Presence and the co-presence or activation of a Target Part in relationship to the Self. This workshop promotes the view that many problems commonly encountered in the EMDR can be averted by recognizing this principle and applying simple practices taught here.

This workshop presents a specific view of ego states in the context of EMDR therapy & proposes additional practical scales besides SUD & VOC for measuring their properties, as well as elaborating useful ways of obtaining target elements in the assessment phase, by superimposing IFS concepts upon the standard protocol.

While adhering to the standard definition of EMDR the workshop compares IFS concepts to those used in EMDR and provides IFS-trained EMDR therapists with additional perspective with regard to the appearance of ego states, defenses, and relational phenomena, which transpire particularly in the course of phases 3 and 4.

Program Outline

  1. Defining Dual Attention: Energy, Ego States, Self & the Protective System
  2. Measuring the Energy: EMDR & IFS Scales
  3. Optimizing Target Conditions: IFS-Informed Assessment Phase

Course Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  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 PC or VOC.

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.

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