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Honoring Clients Where They Are: The Innovative Integration of IFS and EMDR

About the Course

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) are both well-established evidenced-based approaches that address multiple clinical issues including treating trauma and complex trauma. Integrating these two models provides enhanced benefit to clients that may struggle in traditional EMDR. In this webinar, Dr. Fatter will discuss the theoretical underpinnings, common principles as well as the differing approaches to trauma treatment of each model. Dr. Fatter will describe the proposed mechanisms of change of each model including explaining both model’s use of the neurophysiological process of memory reconsolidation. With almost 20 years of experience in EMDR and as a seasoned IFS consultant, Dr. Fatter will provide nuanced IFS-informed interventions to use at each phase of the eight phases of EMDR treatment to maintain fidelity to the EMDR traditional protocol. Practical IFS-oriented interventions to use during preparation and resource development will be explored. Common examples of when clients experience blocked trauma processing in EMDR and ways IFS interventions can help clients return to trauma processing will be discussed. Ethical considerations, risks and limitations will also be reviewed in integrating these two models. Case examples and an experiential of a practical IFS intervention will be explored.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Honoring Clients Where They Are: The Innovative Integration of IFS and EMDR created by Daphne Fatter, Ph.D. in 2023.

Publication Date:

1st Edition Jun 2023

Course Material Author

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D.

Daphne Fatter (she/her), PhD, is an IFS Certified licensed psychologist and an Approved IFS Clinical Consultant. She is also EMDR Certified and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training and has almost 20 years of experience providing EMDR. Dr. Fatter has also received training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She provides engaging nuances on trauma treatment to international audiences from her seasoned clinical experience treating PTSD, complex trauma, combat trauma, reproductive trauma, sexual trauma, attachment trauma, grief, loss and complicated grief. She has a private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Daphne M. Fatter, Ph.D.

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D. is a mid-career psychologist, certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, and clinical IFS consultant. She is also certified in EMDR and has completed advanced training in Cognitive Processing Therapy. She draws on her background in transpersonal psychology, and clinical work with traumatic memory, grief, and attachment wounds to guide training and professional development for mental health providers internationally. She was awarded her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Trauma Center, an affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD. She is the former Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She is currently in private practice in Dallas, Texas and practices from an anti-racist, queer-inclusive, and culturally mindful framework.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify overlapping theoretical underpinnings of both EMDR and IFS models.
  2. Apply 2 IFS interventions to use during EMDR's 8 Phase model.
  3. Describe when to integrate EMDR-based interventions when using the IFS Steps.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103304
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