EMDR Mini-conference
pril 7 2018 at Oakland's Preservation Park





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EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy

EMDR has been found to be a very effectivity treatment for trauma processing with the majority of clients.  However, there are clients who are not yet ready for trauma processing, or who have ineffective or incomplete trauma processing.  The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) developed by Richard Schwartz, is an elegant, efficient and powerful ego state treatment modality that can increase the range of effectiveness of EMDR. IFS views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal systems. Helping clinicians work with the various “parts” of the client’s internal system and their often problematic relations amongst such parts will be a specific focus of this workshop.  Additionally, therapists will learn effective ways of identifying their own parts that may interfere with treatment and identify innovative and creative ways of working with “counter-transference.”  

In this workshop, I will introduce IFS concepts that can be used fruitfully in many of the 7 phases of EMDR treatment.  Workshop participants will learn how to work with specific parts of the client’s psyche that can interfere with the tasks of different phases of EMDR treatment.  In the Preparation Phase, they will learn to address those parts that are frightened, skeptical or ambivalent about EMDR.  They will learn how to develop IFS inspired cognitive interweaves for parts that interfere during the Processing Phase. Parts work can also be used very effectively to help close incomplete sessions and build compassion for the client throughout the process.  We will also address parts that can interfere at any phase of EMDR treatment, such as shame and inner perpetrators (Critics), and therapist parts that are triggered by EMDR treatment.  

Biography of Bart Rubin, Ph.D.

Dr. Rubin works with couples, families, children and adults and his areas of specialty include family/couples therapy, trauma, ADHD, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse,  supervision and training. He has been teaching and training family/child therapists for the past 30 years and was an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University-CSPP for twenty years. He was a certified trainer and supervisor in Brief Strategic Family Therapy and is trained in both Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy and EMDR. He was also the Founder and Executive Director of The Family Institute of Pinole (FIP), one of the leading couples/family therapy training programs in the country, the Founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Center for Family and Community Violence of the Family Institute of Richmond, and is the Past President of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California.  His institute were one of the few intern programs that placed EMDR treatment at the center of their clinical approach.

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