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Digital Seminar

Flash Technique for Trauma: Rapid Trauma Processing for Clinicians Using EMDR, CPT, DBT, CBT, and IFS

Philip Manfield, PhD |  Lewis Engel, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Nov 18, 2022
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Every trauma therapist feels the tension. If I go there with my clients, will they be retraumatized? Will they drop out of treatment? If I don’t go there... am I colluding with their avoidance? Am I keeping them stuck?

What if there was a way to painlessly and rapidly resolve your clients’ most distressing memories?

The Flash Technique is a safe and effective strategy for helping your clients process trauma-related disturbance by having them focus on a positive anchor while traumatic memories are effortlessly processed in their background awareness.

Depending on the type of trauma memory, Flash may be a complete intervention, or it may be paired with any of the therapies you utilize in your practice.

Learn the Flash Technique directly from developer Dr. Phil Manfield, along with Dr. Lewis Engel, with whom he has trained thousands of therapists internationally. These master clinicians will walk you step-by-step through this easy-to-learn technique by:

  • sharing videos of real Flash sessions
  • conducting live demonstrations with training attendees
  • facilitating practica in which you will be led to experience the transformative power of Flash for yourself

You’ll walk away knowing how a Flash session will feel for your clients – and seeing for yourself how this technique will drastically reduce your own risk of vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Purchase today to revolutionize your practice with the Flash Technique.


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Philip Manfield, PhD's Profile

Philip Manfield, PhD Related seminars and products

Philip Manfield, PhD, developed the Flash Technique, which he teaches nationally and internationally. He has practiced psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1975. Dr. Manfield has authored or edited four books about psychotherapy and EMDR, including EMDR Up Close: Subtleties of Trauma Processing, and EMDR Casebook. He is committed to research-based practice and has been lead author on two papers concerning Flash in the Journal of EMDR Practice and research and principal investigator of and collaborator/consultant on ongoing studies supporting the efficacy and safety of Flash Technique.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Philip Manfield maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with John F. Kennedy University. He receives a speaking honorarium as a national EMDR trainer and consultant. Philip Manfield is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium from Pesi, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Philip Manfield has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Lewis Engel, PhD's Profile

Lewis Engel, PhD Related seminars and products

Lewis Engel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Rafael, California, and consults with both group of therapists and individual therapists mastering EMDR and Flash Technique. Dr. Engel is a former associate professor of psychology at Lone Mountain College, San Francisco. He co-authored Imaginary Crimes: Why We Punish Ourselves and How To Stop, with Tom Ferguson, MD, which has been translated and published internationally. Dr. Engel collaborates with Dr. Phil Manfield, in researching and disseminating the Flash technique.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lewis Engel maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lewis Engel is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association.

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  1. Analyze common problems in trauma processing that Flash Technique can transform to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Develop at least two strategies for addressing resistance in trauma treatment to put into practical use in-session.
  3. Differentiate the five essential features of the Flash Technique.
  4. Utilize the emerging adult perspective to reduce disturbance of trauma memories to alleviate trauma-related symptoms.
  5. Investigate how reduced conscious activation of memory results in more effective trauma processing.
  6. Evaluate the current research on Flash Technique to inform the clinical decision-making process.


Select and Prepare Clients for Flash Technique
  • Overcome the three most common problems in trauma processing
  • Tackle blocking beliefs, dissociation, and other resistance
  • Address secondary gain in treatment
  • Strategies for successful telehealth delivery of Flash
How to Identify Appropriate Trauma Targets
  • History-taking for Flash Technique
  • Accessing highly disturbing trauma memories with less distress
  • Identifying the source memory that drives the trauma response
Flash Technique Step-by-Step
  • Identify and intensify a Positive Engaging Focus
  • Strategies for bilateral stimulation and the triple blink procedure
  • Track progress with SUDs and deciding what to do next
  • Troubleshoot obstacles to successful processing
What Does Flash Technique Look Like?
  • Demonstrations: videos, live volunteers, group practica
Understand the Mechanisms of and Evidence Base for Flash Technique
  • Shed light on the mechanism of Flash Technique
  • RCTs demonstrating safety and efficacy
  • Limitations of the research and potential risk

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Mental Health Professionals


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