The Coherent Self & System:

IFS and Memory Reconsolidation 3.0 CE

CE's are now approved by CE-Classes.

Course Description

This 3 hour pre-recorded and self-paced workshop introduces Coherence Therapy and how it approaches the psychotherapeutic process to elicit the experiential steps of memory reconsolidation. Then it compares this process to IFS (Internal Family Systems), translating key concepts and applying Coherence Therapy to specific aspects of the IFS healing process. Unblending and differentiating parts from Self more fully, identifying their positive intentions and fears more precisely, and creating an ongoing organic and relational juxtaposition experience -- are discussed and then demonstrated in context via session videos.


Memory Reconsolidation

is the one and only form of neuroplasticity that allows an emotional learning or schema stored in long-term implicit memory to be actually erased, not just overridden and suppressed by learning a preferred response. Research has demonstrated the 'erasure' of implicit emotional learning using entirely experiential methods. Implicit memories are unconscious, automatic, reactive, habitual strategies that underlie many symptoms that people seek therapy to address.

Coherence Therapy

elicits the same experiential process: discovering & reactivating the symptom-generating emotional learning, discovering & concurrently activating an experience that contradicts the emotional schema (this concurrent activation of experiences is called a "juxtaposition experience" ); then repeating that juxtaposition experience, which serves as new learning that unlearns and rewrites the symptom-generating schema.

Internal Family Systems

understands that Parts are the carriers of implicit memories, which are the behavior patterns, strategies, and reactions known in IFS as burdens. Coherence Therapy concepts can be incorporated into IFS to assist with unblending parts, fully differentiating Self, and precisely identifying the positive intentions and fears of parts. These enhancements support the healing process by setting up a juxtaposition experience, a key step in producing memory reconsolidation.


Your Instructor


Bruce Hersey
Bruce Hersey

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.


Course Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the two components of a juxtaposition experience.
  2. Discuss how these components compare to the IFS constructs of Self and Burdened Part.
  3. Identify the problem and solution aspects of a burdened part's fears and positive intentions

Bibliography

Anderson, F.G., Sweezy, M., & Schwartz, R.C. (2017). Internal family systems skills training manual: Trauma-informed treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD & substance abuse. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: PESI Publishing.

Ecker, B., Ticic, R. & Hulley, L. Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation (2012) New York: Routledge.

Ecker, B. Erasing Problematic Emotional Learnings: Psychotherapeutic Use of Memory Reconsolidation Research. In Lane R. D. & Nadel L. (Eds.) (2020) Neuroscience of Enduring Change: Implications for Psychotherapy (pp. 273-299). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780190881511.003.0011

Goulding, R.A., & Schwartz, R.C. (2002). The mosaic mind: Empowering the tormented Selves of child abuse survivors. Oak Park IL: Trailheads Publications, The Center for Self Leadership.

Holmes, T. & Holmes, L. (2007). Parts work: An illustrated guide to your inner life. Chicago: Winged HeartPress.

Schwartz, R.C. & Sweezy, M. (2020). Internal Family Systems Therapy (2nd ed.). New York NY: Guilford Press.

Free Pre-workshop Resources for Background

A podcast and two videos.

You will benefit from reviewing these before the workshop:

YouTube videos deftly explaining Coherence Therapy/memory reconsolidation:

Tori Olds, PhD on Memory Reconsolidation: How to Rewire Our Brain - Chapter 4

Tori Olds, PhD on Transformational Change: A Deeper Kind of Growth - Chapter 5

Podcast with additional info:

Bruce Ecker & Tori Olds on The Life-Changing Science of Memory Reconsolidation

Continuing Education Information

Approved for 3.0 CE distance education for IFS recertification (submit CE-Classes certificate with IFS recertification application). Approved for 3.0 CE distance education for social workers and counselors as below.


  • This course is NOT available for APA credit
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • This training does NOT offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE-Classes.com is approved by:

  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0223 Expires 02-2023
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com 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-0120.
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2022 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2022.

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.

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Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you register, and you have have six months to complete it.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will also have access to this course for the same six months, starting on your enrollment date, even after completion.
What Continuing Education credits are available?
Approved for 3.0 CE distance education for IFS recertification (submit CE-Classes certificate with IFS recertification application). Approved for 3.0 CE distance education for social workers and counselors as above.
How do I contact the school owner?
The owner/operator of emdrifs.com can be reached by email at [email protected] or -1-814-944-3852.
Are there any prerequisites for this course?
A good working understanding of IFS which you have integrated into your practice is needed. IFS Level One Training is recommended.

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