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6/5/2021, Saturday, 10am-12noon; Trauma, Memory, Resilience and Consciousness; Seminar, Live/Online, and will be recorded for later viewing.



Transforming Primary, Vicarious and Secondary Trauma into Resilience

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Event Details

Date: 06/05/2021

Start time: 10:00

End time: 12:00

Venue: All classes will be held on Zoom

Address: , San Francisco, CA USA, , 94115


Serving and bearing witness to those suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually, healthcare personnel can be left with vicarious and secondary trauma from distressing memories. This has been described as “Critical Incident Stress Syndrome.” We will address these issues with some exciting new developments in the field of trauma therapy, modified into an easy, rapid visualization exercise.

Since 2017, over 7,000 EMDR-trained psychotherapists from over 30 countries have attended a daylong workshop or webinar to learn of a recent advance in trauma treatment: the Flash Technique®, developed over the past year by senior EMDR trainer Phil Manfield, Ph.D. with Lewis Engel, Ph.D.

In contrast to other psychological treatments for trauma (such as EMDR, Prolonged Exposure Therapy; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing; Trauma Focused-CBT; Somatic Experiencing®, Emotional Freedom Technique, etc.) the Flash Technique® INVOLVES NO CONSCIOUS EXPOSURE to traumatic or disturbing memories. This paradigm shift reduces the risk of re-traumatization to nearly zero.

Derived from Manfield and Engel’s technique for EMDR-trained therapists, a new technique is offered as a self-administered visualization process to help psychotherapists and other health care personnel when they have disturbing memories, either from their own personal history or after exposure to significant medical, emotional and spiritual suffering in patients and their loved ones. A short and simple visualization, it can rapidly reduce primary or vicarious trauma and can promote and integrate resilience.

This approach has been demonstrated to psychologists, social workers, other mental health professionals, and to physicians, nurses and chaplains in oncology, palliative care, hospice and ICU and ER staff at UCSF and Kaiser San Rafael. We have also hosted meetings demonstrating the Flash Technique® for researchers and clinicians from the VAMCSF, UCSF, ZSFGH Trauma Center, and to senior Zen, Tibetan Buddhist and Insight Meditation teachers.

In this two-hour presentation, we will hear clinical case examples, and will discuss theoretical issues in the nature of trauma, memory re-consolidation and subliminal perception research, together with how Buddhism and psychedelic awarenesses help us understand consciousness and resilience

Most importantly, participants will have an opportunity to DIRECTLY EXPERIENCE this technique to subjectively feel changes in participants’ own disturbing memories (of any kind. Contents of such memories do not need to be revealed or discussed by participants).

This program was previously presented live at TibetHouse.US in New York City on February 29,2020.


(“Money-back guarantee” for any participant who does not find this seminar engaging, powerfully useful in their clinical practice and personal life, and intriguing for what it can demonstrate about consciousness and memory.)

Presenter: David Bullard, Ph.D.,

“I have had the pleasure of knowing David for several years and admire his ability to bring kindness and humor into his interaction with others with such ease. He is most known for his work with trauma and relationships, where, in addition to his professional expertise as a clinical psychologist, he also brings important Buddhist insights as part of his therapeutic approach. I recommend him as a caring and entertaining teacher.” Thupten Jinpa, PhD, Principal Translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

David has had a private practice of individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco since 1976. At the University of California, San Francisco he is clinical professor in the departments of medicine and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Weill Institute for Neurosciences; is a member of the professional advisory group of spiritual care services; and is a consultant to the symptom management service (outpatient palliative care) at UCSFs Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. For the past three years he has been a mentor in the center for psychedelic therapies and research at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His trauma therapy incorporates advanced training in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing® and the new Flash Technique®.

David’s latest professional publications are Manfield, Engel, Greenwald & Bullard (2021). Flash technique in a scalable low-intensity group intervention for COVID-19-related stress in healthcare providers.Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Vol 15,Issue 2, DOI: 10.1891/EMDR-D-20-00053; Schore, A.N. & Bullard, D.G. (2019) Allan Schore on the science of the art of psychotherapy: Interview. In Schore, A.N., Right brain psychotherapy. New York: Norton; and Bullard, D.G. and Derzko, C.M. (2019). Sexual problems. In Behavioral medicine: A guide for clinical practice, 5th edition. He has previously published interviews for with William (Bill) Richards, Ph.D.; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (English translator and editor for H.H. the Dalai Lama); Allan Schore, Ph.D.; Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Mark Epstein, M.D.; Ida Gorbis, Ph.D.; George Silberschatz, Ph.D.; and Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D. David also has traveled with, interviewed, and presented with Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

Optional 2 CE credits:

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

2 CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.

SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)

For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance,
contact David Bullard, PhD at

For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at .

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the program, participants will be better able to
* Describe the perceptual error of a disturbing memory
* Demonstrate a brief meditation that will diminish sensory, emotional and cognitive disturbances of a difficult memory

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