Phil Manfield & Lewis Engel


9:00AM – 11:00AM PT
Mastering Trauma Processing with the Flash Technique

602 - Trauma Breakthroughs in a Flash

Although we humans process thoughts and feelings faster when we’re not in a state of fight or flight, many traditional trauma treatments involve asking clients to focus on disturbing events, sometimes to the point of fully engaging with painful memories. Alternatively, there’s an exciting, easy-to-apply, evidence-based technique—the Flash Technique—that removes the engagement element while allowing healing to take place. In fact, there is growing evidence that shows a wide range of trauma survivors can be distracted from haunting, painful memories and still process them successfully. In this experiential workshop, you’ll discover: 

  • The essential steps to applying the Flash Technique with traumatized clients 
  • How clients can successfully process their traumas without bringing them clearly to mind  
  • What research shows us about the safety and effectiveness of working in this way 
  • How the technique compares to and is compatible with EMDR  

Learning Objectives:

  • Propose why hyperarousal interferes with the cognitive and emotional processing of trauma. 
  • Describe recent studies supporting the potential effectiveness of the flash technique. 
  • Integrate the STEPS model of the flash technique into EMDR. 

Flash Technique for trauma experts

Philip Manfield, Ph.D., 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 the lead author on two papers concerning Flash in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research and the principal investigator and collaborator/consultant on ongoing studies supporting the efficacy and safety of the Flash Technique.

Lewis Engel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Rafael, California, and consults with both groups 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.