Full Course Description
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
- Integrate the IFS model into your clinical practice and accelerate treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.
- Develop a deep understanding of how neuroscience informs therapeutic decisions in IFS therapy.
- Determine the protective parts of clients with trauma histories to help with assessment and treatment planning.
- Propose an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, showing how client’s parts are actually trying to protect them from emotional pain and psychological pain.
- Demonstrate how IFS translates common comorbidities into parts language, showing a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders.
- Integrate IFS with your current treatment approaches including EMDR, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
The IFS Technique
Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms
- Origins of IFS – the work of Richard Schwartz, PhD
- A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience
- Apply inner resources and self-compassion for treatment
- How to work with implicit memory wounds
- Harness neuroscience for techniques that treat traumatic wounds
- Study limitations: small sample size, no control group
- Clinical considerations for clients experiencing abuse
Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing
- Assess the diagnoses: PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders
- Apply Meditation practices
- Finding the symptom
- Focusing on its fear
- Separating the person (self) from the symptom
- Becoming curious about it
- Find the real story behind the symptom
Step 3: Permanent Treatment of the Traumatic Wound
- Moving from defensiveness to curiosity
- Access compassion to open the pathways toward healing
- Foster “internal attachment” work
- The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined
Integrate IFS into your Treatment Approach
- Three phases:
- Witness the pain
- Remove the wounded part out of the past
- Leg go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs
- Memory reconsolidation & neuroscience
- EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods
- Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation
- Going beyond the cognitive
- Integrate IFS with your current clinical approach
Healing Cultural Trauma with Internal Family Systems
- Structure and prioritize interventions as client parts present in session.
- Assess and address the safety implications of material presented by individuals exposed to violent experiences.
- Utilize the reaction of therapist parts reactions to inform treatment interventions.
- Determine the impact of the four primary forms of collective legacy burdens as they relate to symptom presentation.
- Reduce the influence of cultural assumptions that disrupt therapeutic alliances.
- Apply treatment interventions that match client learning styles and relationship engagement.
- Discuss collective legacy burdens in order to foster understanding and commitment to learning.
- Assess culture and IFS parts to deepen the understanding of how they interact.
- Evaluate how bringing mores self energy into our parts can help us connect and have compassion across various cultures.
- Explore the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds.
- Analyzes the role of legacy burdens as key factors in healing cultural trauma.
- Investigates and elaborates on the 4 main legacy burdens of America: individualism, racism, patriarchy, and materialism.
- Proposes resources to support self-awareness, cultural identity and to promote connection and compassion with those who have different experiences from our own.
- Appraises the role of legacy burdens and demonstrates how to unburden a legacy burden via case study.
- Evaluate how the legacy burden of individualism influences culture and shows up in therapy and appraise how curiosity and self-compassion lead to connectedness with others.
- Analyze how Self to Self Relationships effect Collective Legacy Burdens.
- Explore the ways polarizations and ethnocentric stages play a part in the IFS model of therapy.
- Evaluate Internal vs External power in relation to legacy burdens.
Deran Young Teaching - What is culture? What are the 4 main Legacy Burdens of America?
Part 1 with Deran Young
- Cross cultural compassion - healing collective legacy burdens
- Learning from our parts
- Parts underlying Ms. Young’s work
- Defining diversity
- Self-led cross cultural interactions
- The iceberg model of culture
- Self-leadership or self-energy
- Assumptions of cultural approaches
- Origin and function of parts
- Identifying activated parts in self and others
- Establishing and modulating safety levels
- Use of enneagram as assessment measure
- The nature of identity
- Engaging difference using IFS
- The intercultural developmental continuum
Part 1 with Richard Schwartz
- Learning styles and keeping an eye on the goal
- Challenges of on line learning
- Collective Legacy Burdens Continuity Program
- Parts exist in struggle for control
- IFS and parts generation in military environments
- Epigenetics and ancestral influences
- Valuing all parts equally
- How do we identify cultural trauma
- The role of parts at family and community levels
- Self-leadership is internal systems thinking
- Intersectional social justice
- Video case example – Israeli medic Dan
- Addressing despair and hopelessness following experiences as combat medic
- Guilt regarding self-protective actions in the face of danger
- Impact of witnessing child injuries
- Dealing with distracting parts
- Prioritizing interventions
- Addressing safety concerns
- Accessing and managing resistant or hidden parts in session
Deran Young Teaching - How does Materialism and Individualism impact personal and collective wellbeing?
Part 2 with Richard Schwartz
- Breathing Acceptance and Compassion
- The Nature of Identity
- Understanding Poverty from a Cognitive Approach
- Culture & Patterns
- Social Rewards
- IFS Skill: Making a U-Turn
- Implicit Bias
- Reflection on Power and Deconstructing Power
- Closing Thoughts—Seek first to understand then to be understood
Part 2 with Deran Young
- 5 Case Examples
Deran Young Teaching - Parts impacted by Racism and Patriarchy
- Cultural Trauma
- The Cultural Iceberg
- Systems Thinking Requires Cross Cultural Compassion
- Perspective Taking
- Intersectionality in Therapy
- Curiosity & Self Compassion
- Becoming Anti-Racist
- From Judgment to Understanding
Part 3 with Deran Young
- White Body Supremacy
- Identical Dolls of Different Colors
- Blame, Shame, Guilt
- Internal & External Marginalization
- Rigidly Defined Gender Expression
- Intercultural Development Continuum
Part 3 with Richard Schwartz
- Conflict & Cross-Cultural Conversations
- Book: “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving
- Pervasiveness of Racial Trauma
Deran Young Teaching - Understanding collective legacy burdens using the Intercultural Developmental Continuum (IDC)
- Tamala Floyd IFS Session
- Talama Floyd F/U & Q&A
Part 4 with Richard Schwartz
- Cultural Trauma/Legacy Burden: Individualism
- How Legacy Burdens Show Up in the Therapy Room
- Diversity Topics in Therapy
- What is Culture?
- Internal & External Power
- Curiosity & Self-Compassions
- Connectedness to Self & Others
Part 4 with Deran Young
- Jennifer Q&A Session
- Jennifer Case Consult
- Collective Legacy Burdens
- The Cultural Iceberg
- Legacy Burdens- how they happen
- Core Values- Village Mentality
- Connectedness: Self to Self Relationships
- Ethnocentric Stages
- Stages of Intercultural Development
- Internal vs External Power
- The Drama Triangle
Part 1 with Dr. Schwartz & Dan
Part 2 with Dick Schwartz & Dan