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EMDR & Internal Family Systems - 2day Workshop - Sydney

Simon d'Orsogna, Center of Self Leadership's Australasian International Partner

Saturday, 26 January 2019 at 8:45 am - Sunday, 27 January 2019 at 5:30 pm (AEDT)

EMDR & Internal Family Systems - 2day Workshop - Sydney

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Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
General Workshop Entry
Non-Residential ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees. The Workshop tickets are available until the tickets are sold. Note that there are only a limited number of Tickets to maintain optimal safety, intimacy, and group size. A waitlist will open when the tickets are sold out - please register your interest here. If you are not successful in getting a ticket for this workshop we will add your name to the mailing list for the future Experiential Psychotherapy training events.
25/01/2019 $695.00 $0.00 Add to Waitlist
Student ticket - part-time
Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for part-time students only. Proof of enrollment in a course relevant to this content must be produced on registration or workshop entry. This price will be available only until November 1st or until they run out, whichever comes first. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees.
Ended $495.00 $0.00
Student ticket (Fulltime)
Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for fulltime students only. Proof of enrollment in a course relevant to this content must be produced on registration or workshop entry. This price will be available only until November 1st or until they run out, whichever comes first. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees.
Ended $395.00 $0.00
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A two-full-day didactic & experiential workshop offering a specific view of ego-states, in the context of EMDR therapy through an IFS lens, regarding their ubiquitous appearance, defenses, & relational phenomena. A conceptual bridge is formed between the two models, yielding additional language to enrich therapist-client communication about the client’s internal process, and much more.

Understand the importance of Self-Presence and the co-presence or activation of a Target Part in relationship to the Self. Cultivate and maintain Functional Dual Attention in the Assessment & Desensitization Phases using measurement scales (beyond SUD & VOC) relating to Self-Energy, state-binding affect & protective intention.

Alignment with Memory Reconsolidation research ala Coherence Therapy for additional precision in targeting underlying implicit memories, to increase the accuracy of identifying and elaborating appropriate positive and negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase.

These methods will be demonstrated via session clips or live with participant volunteers, and significant supervised practice time is planned for participants to learn by doing.  

Goals of this workshop:

1.   Name one advantageous aspect of the IFS concept of Self that is not explicitly included in EMDR’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system. 
2.   Explain the relationship between Functional Dual Attention and Self-Presence.
3.   Describe the concept of energy as it applies to Protective Parts and how this can be measured and processed within EMDR.
4.   Describe the concept of energy as it applies to qualities of Self and how these can be measured and installed as a resource within EMDR.
5.   Name at least one way that IFS language can used in obtaining a NC, PC or VOC.
6.   Complete an IFS-Informed Assessment Phase target.
7.   Practice shifting targets from exile to protector, using IFS-Informed scales in Desensitization Phase.
8.   Describe & practice at least 3 IFS Interweaves in Desensitization Phase.
9.   Name the 4 steps of the Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process distilled from Memory Reconsolidation research by Coherence Therapy.
10.Describe and practice obtaining precise negative cognitions in the Assessment Phase using Coherence Therapy concepts.
11.Deepen your relationship with your parts-as-therapist based on the IFS model.


Web flyer for more information here


US-based Bruce Hersey LCSW will offer this 2 day workshop in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Suitable to certified EMDR professionals and those in training, these workshops require basic familiarity with ego state work and the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy through an Introductory workshop, online course, series of at least two initial IFS consultation sessions or similar.


Who is this for?

Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, certified coaches, or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more acute their existing work through using the steps of the IFS 'parts' model.

Attending this or a previous Introductory workshop, a Level 1 certification, or ongoing IFS supervision is recommended for attending this CE-endorsed event. See the October 2018 Introductory events in Sydney and Melbourne.

Application is being made for 13 CE hour units by EMDRIA, and is confirmed by the US Center for Self Leadership for practitioners seeking re-accreditation hours.


Note - these workshops qualify for equivalent hours of specialised training that may be counted towards Continuing Professional Development according to requirements set down by your accrediting body.

Registered health professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. 


Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) from the Australian Psychological Society

Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) set down by the Psychology Registration Board of Australia.


The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. A certificate of attendance will be available.


 Introductory IFS workshops are booking already in Melbourne and Sydney in October 2018, with a Deepening workshop in late Oct in Melbourne. See link here for more information and booking for the online Introductory and Certification training listing.



In conjunction with the Center for Self Leadership (CSL) Simon will run further Level 1 trainings in Australia in 2019, after the first Certification trainings sold out with waitlists. Certification is only provided by CSL through these formally endorsed training events. Note there is a Level 1 training in 2019, with further trainings as L1 & L2 planned for later 2019.  For more on Australian workshops and training events please see here (join the e-list for updates).



Workshop size 

The size of this intensive workshop is limited to 30pax.  Early registration is encouraged. Previous IFS workshops have sold out in the 2016 and 2017 Melbourne series.


These weekend and multiday intensive workshops will promote intermediate-level skill building through active participatory learning. Come along prepared to learn by doing. 



Internal Family Systems (IFS) is the signature work of Richard Schwartz PhD, more at

As a clinical treatment IFS is rated effective to improve general functioning and well-being by the US National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based practice. In addition, it has been rated promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms. For more read here.




This Sydney workshop will be run at

Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion St Surry Hills NSW 2010  
Ph. 02 9289 0000

The venue is conveniently located within a short 4 minute walk from Central Station (Elizabeth St Entrance/Exit) as well as the Central Bus Stands located on Eddy Avenue. Rydges Sydney Central is situated on the fringe of downtown Sydney whilst maintaining the suburban vibe of Surry Hills with a great variety of shops, restaurants and cafes within walking distance.


Please note that lunch and morning & afternoon breaks will be provided. Complex dietary requirements require own provision to ensure best arrangements.


Wheelchair access

  • Ramps to main entrance and other rooms
  • Note there are some stairs on the premises however all workshop rooms can be accessed through the building, lifts and via ramps.




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is parking on-site - self-parking at $44.00 per day or a standard hourly rate. Please enquire to the Rydges Reception for more.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

curiosity, willingness to try things out ("Yes, and..."), a sense of humour, and a heart-oriented openness to the multiplicity of self. Preparedness to do your own work - "if you are feeling it, its yours".


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Yes, see the link at the bottom of the brief bio to the right .


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are transferable to suitably experienced colleagues. Please advise if you do exchange tickets so we can update certificates of attendance, name tags, and lists.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

So you can be given the correct name tag, we recommend this.


What is the refund policy?

Due to the limited size of each course, a refund can only be issued if cancellation notification is received 30 days prior to the workshop - less a $75.00 administration fee per person. Existing registrants will be sent the refund, and should return any materials sent. We cannot reimburse any expenses you may have incurred, but we will reimburse the cost of travel insurance directly related to attending this workshop, on receipt of your insurance receipt. If you cannot attend, a suitably qualified substitute may attend in your place, assuming you forward all materials or information to them. Courses are pre-paid. We do not take money at the door.

We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient registrations or other reasons as necessary. Fees will be re-imbursed (minus bank fees) should cancellation be required. All decisions are entirely at the organizer's discretion. 

Have questions about EMDR & Internal Family Systems - 2day Workshop - Sydney? Contact Simon d'Orsogna, Center of Self Leadership's Australasian International Partner

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Rydges Central Sydney
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Saturday, 26 January 2019 at 8:45 am - Sunday, 27 January 2019 at 5:30 pm (AEDT)

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Simon d'Orsogna, Center of Self Leadership's Australasian International Partner


Simon d’Orsogna is an individual and family therapist, trainer and facilitator based in Melbourne, with individual clients and supervisees across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy and adult developmental coaching.

Simon completed his Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy at Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, and continues studying the late David Grove's unique therapeutic approach to 'Clean' language and space. He facilitates experiential learning events including Coherence Therapy workshops across Australia, and co-developed the four-part online training, "Theory and Practice of Coherence Therapy" with  Dr Niall Geoghegan. He is a level 2 training candidate for Leslie Greenberg's EFT with the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.

Simon is a certified Immunity to Change coach (Harvard Professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey's adult development approach to change and transformation), and a member of the Focusing Institute (US). The ideas underpinning the effectiveness of these approaches align with the recent neuroscience learnings about memory reconsolidation and release from implicit emotional learnings.

He has facilitated and arranged more than 60 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2016, along with organising the first Certification IFS trainings offered in Australia in late 2017. Additionally Simon is an Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute, and a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association.

Simon provides therapy and executive coaching from Melbourne, Australia to the world via the interwebs and from his rooms in Carlton.  Enquiries via mobile 0418 321 254 / +61 418 321 254  or websites 




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