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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. If you haven't already begun to use IFS principles in your practice, you will not optimally benefit from the workshop.

Take IFS for EMDR Therapists to satisfy the IFS prerequisite.

Links to other providers of IFS workshops to satisfy prerequisite:

The Center for Self-Leadership

Derek Scott/IFSCA

Jay Earley, PhD/Personal Growth Programs

Syzygy Institute


This online 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.

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 attentionFrancine 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).

Internal Family Systems, a systemic ego state model, when superimposed on the EMDR process provides an illuminating map of the process and can serve as a guide in selecting 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 understanding that many problems commonly encountered in EMDR can be averted by recognizing this principle, and applying simple practices taught here.

While adhering to the standard definition of EMDR, the 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.

Learning Objectives

1.     Participants can identify one advantageous aspect of the IFS concept of Self that is not explicitly included in EMDR’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system.

2.     Participants can explain the relationship between Functional Dual Attention and Self-Presence.

3.     Participants can describe the concept of energy as it applies to Protective Parts and how this can be measured and processed within EMDR.

4.     Participants can 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.     Participants can identify at least one way that IFS language can used in obtaining a NC, PC or VOC.

6.     Participants can compile an IFS-Informed Assessment Phase target.

7.     Participants can describe shifting targets from exile to protector, using IFS-Informed scales in Desensitization Phase.

8.     Participants can describe & practice at least 3 IFS Interweaves in Desensitization Phase.

9.     Participants can identify a third type of processing (beside resources and desensitization) with bilateral stimulation named after a stage of Coherence Therapy.

10.  Participants can describe and practice obtaining precise negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase using Coherence Therapy concepts.

11.  Participants can discuss their relationship with their parts-as-therapist based on the IFS model.

Continuing Education Information

  • EMDRIA: (EC provider #17025): Bruce Hersey ( is an approved EMDRIA training provider and this workshop is approved for 6.0 EMDRIA CE.

  • IFS-Institute: this workshop is approved for 6.0 IFS Institute recertification credits.

  • NEAFAST: this workshop is approved for 6.0 LMFT CE’s in the state of Massachusetts by NEAFAST.

  • NY SW Board: LLC 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-0740.

  • NY MFT Board: LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0116.

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  •  NY PSY Board: LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0230. Approved for 3.0 Psychology CE Contact Hours.

  • NBCC:, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7432. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified., LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

  • ASWB ACE: IFS-Informed EMDR, Course #4694, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Bruce Hersey (, as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 09/09/2022 - 09/09/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Clinical continuing education credits.

Example Curriculum

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  2. Parts & Energy
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  3. Self & Energy
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  Bonus Video: Beau Laviolette & Bruce Hersey
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Your Instructor

Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is an Approved Consultant in EMDR and also a Certified IFS Therapist & Consultant.

Having completed IFS Levels I, II & III Training, and as a repeat Level One Program Assistant, he has passionately imparted his deep understanding of the model by teaching numerous introductory IFS workshops, leading IFS consultation groups, and providing individual IFS consultation.

He has presented at the IFS International Conference several times, and has been teaching workshops on the integration of EMDR & IFS since 2013.

Additionally, Bruce has extensive experience in Clinical Hypnosis & Sex Therapy.

Contact Bruce for online consultation (zoom video) on the integration of EMDR and IFS, or toward certification in EMDR or IFS at $150 for a 45 minute session.

Target Audience

This course was created on 7/29/2019 for mental health professionals who are trained in EMDR and interested in learning IFS as a way to deliver EMDR to their clients more safely and effectively.

Completion Requirements

Attendees must complete the entire course, post test and evaluation to receive credit.

A score of 75% or better is required to pass and gain access to your completion certificate. You may retake the test once, after which you must contact the administrator for further guidance.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

This workshop is held in a facility and/or delivered in a manner that is in compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact [email protected] if special accommodation is required.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have registered and paid for this course you have six months to complete it. After six months, a monthly extension subscription may be purchased. Cancellations or extensions may be requested if there are extenuating circumstances disabling the student from taking the course for the entire six months. Requests may be initiated by emailing [email protected] or calling 814-944-3852.

Grievance Policy

All grievances must be in writing to [email protected], and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This course starts now and you have six months to complete it.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to this course even after completion for the same six months, starting on your enrollment date. After six months you can purchase a monthly extension subscription if you wish.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

You are expected to have completed EMDR basic training and have taken at least one (hopefully more) IFS workshop. now offers a 3 hour course that satisfies the IFS prerequisite: IFS for EMDR Therapists. One cannot expect to learn the basics of either model from this workshop. It is a workshop designed to INTEGRATE the two models, so you must already be familiar with both.

How do I contact the school owner?

The owner/operator of can be reached by email at [email protected] or 1-814-944-3852.

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