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EMDR & Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: Integration Techniques to Resolve Inner Conflicts for Enhanced Trauma Processing

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Daphne Fatter, PhD
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Oct 20, 2023
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EMDR is one of today’s go-to trauma therapies for clinicians across the globe.

But when you work with complex trauma, you so often see clients getting stuck as their internal conflicts, (like feeling partly responsible, but partly helpless) get in the way of their ability to fully process the trauma.

Fortunately, IFS therapy is the perfect complement to EMDR, giving you tools to work with these conflicting parts and giving your clients an accessible framework to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences.

Now in this one-day training you’ll join trauma expert Daphne Fatter, PhD, certified in both EMDR and IFS therapy, as she shares a how-to guide on integrating EMDR and the IFS model in treatment so you can more effectively work with the emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of trauma to reduce your clients’ symptoms, individualize their treatment, and create the sense of coherence and wholeness they need to heal and grow.

Dr. Fatter will give you a step-by-step guide to using non-pathologizing relational interventions from IFS therapy at each phase of EMDR, so you can provide trauma treatment that meets clients where they’re at and skillfully attends to the unique needs of each client’s internal parts.

Join Dr. Fatter so you can:

  • Identify and resolve inner conflicts hindering your clients’ healing processes
  • Understand how EMDR and the IFS model facilitate the process of memory reconsolidation
  • Explore clients’ internal parts that may be contributing to their current challenges
  • Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-compassion in clients
  • Provide a foundation for internal relational repair within the client
  • Decrease the risk of client decompensation
  • Use self-tapping to promote emotional regulation
  • And much more

Don’t miss this chance to learn how you can combine these powerful treatments so you can more skillfully work with a wide range of clinically challenging clients including clients with complex trauma.

Register now!

This event is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.


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  1. Identify the key concepts and intersecting theoretical principles of both the EMDR and IFS models.
  2. Explain the role of EMDR and IFS in processing and resolving traumatic memories.
  3. Assess and identify appropriate clients for an integrated EMDR and IFS approach.
  4. Use EMDR and IFS techniques to help clients identify and resolve inner conflicts that may be hindering their healing process.
  5. Develop a treatment plan that incorporates trauma targets identified by the client and/or therapist and utilize EMDR and IFS techniques to effectively process these targets.
  6. Guide clients through the EMDR and IFS process to promote a greater understanding of how their past experiences have influenced their current beliefs and behaviors.
  7. Demonstrate how to teach and guide clients in using self-tapping as a form of self-regulation and coping skill both during and outside of therapy sessions.


EMDR and IFS: Shared Principles and Why Memory Consolidation is Key

  • EMDR & IFS: Shared Principles & the Differing Lenses of Trauma
  • Why the Memory Reconsolidation Process is Important to Both Models
  • Risks & Limitations of EMDR and IFS as Single-Model Approaches
  • Determining Factors to Integrate EMDR & IFS
  • Appropriate Client Candidates for Integrating EMDR & IFS

Setting Up Effective IFS-Informed EMDR

  • Benefits & Risk of Integrating IFS into EMDR’s 8 Phase Protocol
  • Applying an IFS Paradigm Shift into EMDR
  • Phase 1: History Taking, Treatment Planning, & Consent for Treatment Plan
  • Phase 2: Preparation & Resource Development
  • Introducing Self-Tapping for Attachment Readiness and Repair

Inviting Self Presence into EMDR: Enhanced Assessment and More Comprehensive Trauma Processing

  • Finding Targets for Trauma Processing: EMDR vs IFS methods
  • Internal Relational Repair for Healthier Relationships with Themselves and Others
  • Phase 3: Assessment – Using IFS to Help Identify Targets
  • Phase 4: Desensitization – IFS Techniques for More Comprehensive Traumatic Material Processing

Practical IFS-Informed Interventions to Support Integration

  • Phase 5: Installing Positive Qualities – Using IFS to Counterbalance Negative Beliefs or Emotions
  • Phase 6: Body Scan & Future Template – IFS for Enhancing Sense of Safety and Trust in their Bodies
  • Phase 7: Closure – How Understanding Parts Helps Clients Reflect on Progress
  • Phase 8: Reevaluation

Integrating EMDR into the IFS Steps

  • Benefits & Risk of Integrating EMDR into the IFS Steps
  • How to Integrate Bilateral Stimulation into Steps of the IFS Model
  • The 2 Choice Points Within the IFS Steps to Integrate EMDR

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


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