Skip to main content

Session 123: IFS-Informed EMDR: A Systematic Integration

Thank you

A brief overview of the overlap of IFS and EMDR focusing on the underlying natural organic healing process, the nature of Dual Attention, how IFS and Coherence Therapy's clinical model of memory reconsolidation align to bridge a gap in the EMDR Standard Protocol where protectors (defenses) are encountered. A Discovery process, named after a similar phase in Coherence Therapy is outlined as a useful intermediate form of EMDR processing which combines resourcing and indirect trauma processing within the Preparation Phase at the doorstep of a conventional Assessment Phase.

  1. Participants will be able to recite an IFS-Informed definition of Dual Attention.
  2. Participants will be able to list the two components of a Protector's Positive Intention.
  3. Participants will be able to explain the difference between Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD) and Level of Urge to Protect (LUP).


  • Bruce Hersey, LCSW

    Bruce Hersey is an IFS and EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant in the US whose practice focus has long been on complex disorders of attachment and trauma. He has taught numerous introductory IFS workshops, and presented at the IFS International Conference twice. He has been offering advanced IFS-Informed EMDR trainings over the past several years, having developed a systematic interweave of the two models over the past 17 years. It is a highly specific integration, which more recently has included ideas from Bruce Ecker's Coherence Therapy, based on memory reconsolidation research. 

  • Michelle Richardson, LCSW

    Michelle Richardson is a group practice owner and practitioner at Mindful Soul Center for Wellbeing in NJ. She is an LCSW and highly trained women’s trauma specialist, who works with women suffering from PTSD, complex childhood trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, and other types of emotional conditions. Michelle is an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and has completed intensive training in Internal Family Systems (IFS). She has been assisting Bruce with IFS and EMDR workshops for the past several years.

* Chat Tab: The Chat tab is for general comments between all Attendees. There is no direct Chat  option between individual attendees. Please be sure to review the Virtual Conference Code of Conduct before participating.

* Speaker Q&A Tab: There will be time set aside for Q&A near the end of the presentation. Please enter your questions in the Speaker Q&A tab. The speaker will be on live video for the last few minutes of the session to answer the questions that have been posted. Please note that we have a large number of attendees for this conference, so it may not be possible for all questions to be answered by the Speaker by the time the session ends. Thank you for your understanding!  

* Viewing the Presentation: If the Chat and Q&A tab are distracting to you as you watch the presentation, you may click the maximize screen icon in the bottom right of the video screen. 

* Conference Sessions: Conference sessions open 30 minutes before the presentation start time. Feel free to begin introducing yourself to other attendees in the Chat tab. During this time, you’ll see announcements for the day scroll on the screen.

* Continued Access & Recorded Sessions: If you are not able to attend the live streaming of a session, the session recordings will be added back to the presentation pages within 2 to 3 business days of the live streaming of the session. You will have access to all sessions until December 30, 2022.

PRIVACY POLICY: Content within this Virtual Conference may contain client session video and audio recordings for educational purposes. To protect the rights and privacy of the clients featured, attendees are strictly prohibited from recording or broadcasting audio or video of any part of the sessions from the EMDRIA Conference. No person shall transfer or cause to be transferred any sounds or video recorded on any device. Not respecting this agreement could result in being removed from the Conference.

In order to obtain your CE’s after you’ve completed watching your session, you’ll need to follow these steps. Please note that these links WILL NOT work unless you've already watched the corresponding presentation in its entirety. 

Once these steps are completed, the system will automatically generate a Certificate of Completion that you can download. In case you miss downloading it at that time, you will also receive an email notification with a link to download your certificate. 

** You can complete these steps at any time after watching the presentation; they do not have to be completed right away.
September 10, 2022
Sat 2:30 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

This live web event has ended.

For Technical Support
(888) 705-6002
+1 (858) 201-4136*
*for callers residing outside of the United States