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Note: The Four Blinks Version of Flash is moving to EMDR’s Third Weekend (free to join and you do not need to be trained in EMDR to join). Version 3.0 is there and all new content will be added there. This site will be retained for archival purposes. New in Version 3.0: A script for Flash future template and client guides for self-administered Flash between sessions (and much more).

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This Flash-based memory reconsolidation approach appears to work by very briefly bringing a wounding memory into consciousness and then immediately pushing it out of direct awareness using a containering, distracting, or distancing exercise.  While a portion of the bad memory is in working memory but not in direct awareness, we focus on a positive scene/process and periodically visually disrupt our concentration on that positive scene using a series of guided and rapid blinks.  The therapist verifies that the positive scene is in focus and is not intersecting with the negative memory in any way. Over the course of 10-30 minutes (typically), this cycle of blinking in the calm scene and periodically checking the memory for distress can help move the memory from hot and activated memory space into more normal and less activated memory storage.  By the end of the process, the memory typically: feels like it happened when it did, does not cause somatic activation, elicits more positive cognitions about the self or the experience, and no longer appears as intrusive symptoms (flashbacks, trauma-related dreams, etc.).  This technique can do all of this without the client having to activate the memory significantly, with minimal preparatory resourcing, with minimal client distress, and with minimal client expenditure of energy in session.

If you have limited time, start with the four items below in bold first.

The Four Blinks Version of Flash Detailed Script and Trainings:

Video Tutorials of Each Step of Four Blinks Version of Flash (Under Five Minutes Each)

Video Demos

Troubleshooting

Common Questions

Videos About Flash-Like Approaches

Formal Trainings with CEUs on the Flash Technique