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theory and practice of the flash technique training

The Theory and Practice of the Flash Technique (FT)

Instructor: Sik-Lam Wong, PhD, LMFT

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Date: Friday, September 13th, 2024

Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm CST

Where: Live online

This live webinar consists of 4 modules and is drawn substantially from the presenter’s own research: 

1) Basics of the Flash Technique

2) Low intensity intervention with proven script for inexperienced clinicians

3) Overview of theory 

4) Common pitfalls


There will be practicum for modules 1, 2 & 4.

Early Bird Pricing: $200 (register by August 23rd) 

Regular Pricing: $230


Seats are limited!!!!

Fundraising Proceeds go to Valored

Come join Sik-Lam Wong, PhD, LMFT for a live day of online training on this versatile and engaging tool utilizing the adaptive-information processing system! The Flash Technique (FT) is a unique trauma protocol that does not require the client to re-experience the traumatic experience during the processing. Clients do not have to disclose the details of their trauma, protecting clients from the shame of discussing the details of their trauma and also protecting therapists from vicarious trauma. In the FT, clients only have to identify the trauma and then focus on something engaging. When prompted, clients would blink their eyes quickly a few times. Clients would typically report rapid reduction in the level of disturbance in 10 to 20 minutes, without ever trying to cognitively work on the memory. The therapist can then switch to other modalities such as EMDR or CBT or just continue with FT. This training will cover both the theory and the practice of the Flash Technique, giving attendees a strong theoretical understanding of how FT works. 

Sik-lam Wong, PhD, LMFT (MFC#92414) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor six (6) hours of continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. This course is also compliant with Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC), able to provide CEU’s for LPCs, LMFT’s, LCSW’s licensed in the state of Texas. Please check with your specific state licensing board requirements regarding accepted CEUs.

This training is approved by EMDRIA for credits.  Sik-Lam Wong maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

Proceeds of this training will go to support Valored, a non-profit, whose mission is to increase access to mental health resources for first responders, military, and veterans through funding services and education. We will have a bonus opportunity to learn more about working with this population and considerations for FT!

To learn more about Valored, please visit us at:

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About your Instructor:

Sik-Lam Wong, Ph.D., LMFT

photograph of Sik-Lam Wong, Ph.D., LMFTSik-Lam Wong is a retired PhD physicist who has brought his research experience to his second career as a psychotherapist. Sik-Lam worked with homeless substance abusers and published the first paper on a Flash Technique (FT) group. He also wrote the first paper on the theory of the Flash Technique, bridging the gap between trauma therapy and neuroscience as well as working memory research. Sik-Lam also has extensive teaching experience, having taught master level social work and counseling students at Cal State University, East Bay, Wayne State University, UT Rio Grande Valley, and at the Hunan Normal University (HNU) in China. His work with the staff and students at HNU resulted in the first Flash Technique paper in China. Sik-Lam is currently a guest lecturer at Cal State East Bay and he has a private practice in Berkeley, CA.

FT Publications

Gustavson, K. and Wong, S. (2023).  Research on Low-Intensity Flash Technique trauma intervention by pre-licensed student-clinicians.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 17 (2), 54-69. 

Wong, S. (2018). EMDR-based divorce recovery group: a case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 12(2), 58–70. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.12.2.58

Wong, S. (2019).  Flash Technique Group Protocol for highly dissociative clients in a homeless shelter: a clinical report.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 13(1), 20-31.

Wong, S. (2021).  A model for the flash technique (FT) based on working memory and neuroscience research.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 15(3), 174-184. 

Wong, S. and Forman-Patel, H. (2022).  Doing FT without BLS and without prompted blinking: two vignettes.   Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 16(2), 2022.  61-67.

Yan, Y., Ling, H., and Wong, S. (2023).  Is exposure necessary? Flash Technique for post-traumatic stress response (in Chinese with English abstract).  Advances in Psychological Science 31(8), 1517–1527.


Watch this video recorded by a resident at City Team, a men’s shelter for substance abusers in Oakland, CA where Sik-Lam serves. 

One person’s experience with Flash Technique Group

Read this paper about Sik-Lam’s students at Cal State University, East Bay in the 2021-2022 academic year.  12 out of 30 FT study participants were first responders, mainly firemen and EMTs.

About your organizers

Maggie Roney, MS, NCC, LPC, ICP, AFMC and Wendy Copeland, MA, LPC, CIRT, CCTP, ICP are colleagues sharing a unified passion for efficacious healing approaches to trauma, releasing people to live freely and fully in their lives. They are both EMDR Certified/ Verified Psychotherapists and EMDR Consultants through EMDRIA and EMDR Global Network. They also serve together at Valored, a non-profit established to provide funding support and increased access to mental health care for first responders, military, and veterans.

Maggie and Wendy also seek to assist and honor our fellow colleagues serving in the mental health field through advanced clinical training, individual and group consultation, and support networks. Our goal is to empower, equip, and hearten Helpers with the tools, resources, and knowledge to be effective agents of hope and healing to traumatized individuals, families, and communities.

To learn more about Maggie, please visit:

To learn more about Wendy, please visit:


Please click here to learn more about Valored 

Valored is a nonprofit supporting mental health integrative services to those who ensure freedom through service to our country and those who provide safety and security to our communities. 



When is the live webinar course? Friday, September 13th, 2024, from 8:30 am – 4pm CST. We will have a break halfway through for lunch and an opportunity for bonus material about FT and working with first responders, veterans, and military 

Who is appropriate to attend this training? This course is designed fo mental health professionals including MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. CEUs under CAMFT and EMDRIA CEUs for EMDR-trained clinicians. 

Are CEUs offered? Yes, you will receive six (6) total CEUs for attending the webinar live; a CEU certificate is provided upon completion of receiving your evaluation. 

Will my state accept these CEUs? Sik-lam Wong, PhD, LMFT (MFC#92414) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor six (6) hours of continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. This course is also compliant with Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC), able to provide CEU’s for LPCs, LMFT’s, LCSW’s licensed in the state of Texas; Valored non-profit is approving CEUs. Please check with your specific state licensing board requirements regarding accepted CEUs.  

What about EMDRIA CEU credits? Yes, this training is approved for 6 EMDRIA Credits EMDRIA CEUs for EMDR-trained clinicians. as a deviation from the EMDRIA Definition of EMDR.  This refers to a program that deviates from the EMDRIA Definition of EMDR and is considered an alternative procedure, protocol or explanation other than the standard EMDR protocol and shows promise in enhancing clinical skills and extending the application of EMDR-based theory/methodology. 

The proceeds of this training will benefit Valored non-profit. Who is Valored? Valored is a non-profit organization created to help first responders, veterans, and military personnel shift to a restored state by connecting them to funded mental health integrative services. Valored is committed to reducing barriers to mental health care by increasing access to education and by directly providing funding for mental health services.  

Who is presenting at this webinar? Sik-Lam Wong, Ph.D., LMFT became a psychotherapist after his retirement from a 30-year career as a research physicist.  He was an early adopter and one of the most active researchers of the Flash Technique in the world.  Sik-Lam published the first paper on FT groups as well as the first theory paper on the Flash Technique.  He has been training master-level social work students on the Flash Technique at California State University, East Bay, since 2020.  Recently, he also trained counseling students at both University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley and Wayne State University.  Sik-Lam also taught the Flash Technique in China and in 2023, published the first FT paper in China. 

Will an on-demand video of the training be available? No, this is a live, online-training with practicum. We hope you can join us!

What is the Cancellation Policy? You may cancel registration at any time. However, cancellations requesting refund reimbursement must be requested by 8/31/24 by email (, and will be reimbursed the full purchase amount less a $50 administration fee.

No partial refunds for partial attendance or for cancellation within 2 weeks of the training.

Accommodations? To request accommodations for special needs, please email the organizers at

Grievances To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email the Program Administrator at

How will I get my Certificate of Completion? Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.  The evaluation forms will be provided at the conclusion of the training.

Once you complete your evaluation, we will issue your certificate of completion with CEU information in 3-5 business days.


Have a Question?  Please email Maggie or Wendy at


 At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Explain the basic procedure of Flash Technique (FT).
    2. Name at least three examples of a positive, engaging focus typically used in FT.
    3. Identify two possible changes in the traumatized brain.
    4. Explain the use of the somatic bridge in accessing feeder memories.
    5. Explain the difference between high and low-intensity trauma intervention.
    6. Explain the difference in approach for using FT for individual and group therapy.