Full Course Description


M1_Session 1: IFS Overview

We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions - “a part of me wants to …. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t….” as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.

Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in IFS. In IFS the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).

Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!

Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This special day’s training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

OUTLINE

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Permanently Heal Your Clients Trauma

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Explain the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Integrate the IFS model into your clinical practice and accelerate healing for PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.
  2. Develop a deep understanding of how neuroscience informs therapeutic decisions in IFS therapy.
  3. Identify, specify and clarify the protective parts of clients with trauma histories to help with assessment and treatment planning.
  4. Offer an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, showing how client’s parts are actually trying to protect them from emotional pain and psychological pain.
  5. Demonstrate how IFS translates common comorbidities into parts language, showing a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders.
  6. Integrate IFS with your current treatment approaches including EMDR, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Outline

 

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Step 3: Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

Copyright : 12/11/2015

M1_Session 2: Gaining access to internal resources for healing

We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions - “a part of me wants to …. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t….” as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.

Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in IFS. In IFS the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).

Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!

Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This special day’s training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

OUTLINE

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Permanently Heal Your Clients Trauma

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Explain the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

 

Copyright : 12/11/2015

M1_Session 3: In-depth overview of why IFS works

We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions - “a part of me wants to …. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t….” as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.

Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in IFS. In IFS the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).

Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!

Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This special day’s training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

OUTLINE

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Permanently Heal Your Clients Trauma

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Explain the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

 

Copyright : 12/11/2015

M1_Session 4: The Process to Permanent Healing

We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions - “a part of me wants to …. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t….” as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.

Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in IFS. In IFS the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).

Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!

Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This special day’s training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

OUTLINE

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Permanently Heal Your Clients Trauma

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Explain the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

 

Copyright : 12/11/2015

Internal Family Systems Step By Step

OUTLINE:

Understanding Parts & Self in IFS
•    Parts are sub-personalities that interact internally in sequences and styles that are similar to the ways that people interact.
•    It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided.  
•    All parts are valuable and want to have a positive role.  
•    Parts become extreme and can be destructive because of life experiences.
•    Self is a different level of entity than the parts.
•    Self is the seat of consciousness. It is invisible because it is the observing  “you”.
•    The Self contains qualities like compassion, confidence, curiosity, and perspective—the qualities of good leadership.  
•    The Self can be obscured by the extremes of parts.

The Basic Goals of IFS
•    Releasing parts from their extreme roles so they can find and adopt their preferred, valuable roles.
•    DIfferentiating client’s Self from parts so Self can help harmonize and balance the inner and outer life.

Working with Exile Parts  

•    Exiles are young, vulnerable parts that have experiences trauma and are isolated from the rest of the system for their own and the system’s protection.  
•    Exiles carry the memories, sensations, and emotions of past events and are stuck in the past.
•    Exiles are easily flooded, so you need a calm, reassuring environment to approach. 

Working with Protector Parts  

Parts that run the day-to-day life of the person trying to keep exiles exiled by staying in control of events or relationships, being perfect and pleasing, caretaking, scaring the person out of taking risks by criticizing, apathy, worry, etc.
Firefighters: Parts that react when exiles are activated in an effort to extinguish their feelings or dissociate the person from them.  Common firefighter activities include: drug or alcohol use, self mutilation (cutting), binge-eating, sex binges, suicidal ideation, and rage.  They have the same goals as managers (to keep exiles away), but different, more impulsive strategies.

Case Study: Working with Protectors and Exiles—Two of the Most Common Parts  
•    Identifying Parts—the First Steps 
•    Unblending Parts from Self
•    Negotiating with protectors through direct access
•    With permission of protectors, begin working with exiles – witnessing,     retrievals and unburdening.
•    Strategies for Working with Exiles
•    Throughout the process, keep your parts from interfering.

 

OBJECTIVES:

1.            Explain the importance of the Three-Group Model of Common Parts in the clinical applications of IFS.

2.            Describe the differences between parts and Self and how it relates to clients.

3.            Describe the step-by-step process of unblending the Self from parts.

4.            Explain IFS’s unique approach to managing flooding and dissociation

5.            Explain the process a therapist must take when a client begins to dissociate during IFS work.

6.            Describe which parts take priority in the IFS process

Copyright : 02/11/2016

M2_Session 4: Dick Schwartz Answers Therapist Questions about IFS

Program Information

Outline

Objectives

  1. Uncover the Internal Family Systems model, the clinical demonstrations, and how IFS can help you in your practice.

Copyright : 09/21/2016

The Myth of Unitary Self: A Dialogue on the Multiplicity of Mind with Daniel Siegel, MD and Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Objectives

  1. Assess how to help clients not over-identify with a single part of themselves, and empower them to move beyond the diagnostic labels they feel define them
  2. Evaluate the concept of mindsight and how an enhanced ability to perceive the workings of one’s own mind can lead to greater levels of personal integration
  3. Assess the distinction between the Self and one’s parts and how it can help clients develop a capacity for self-leadership and self-regulation
  4. Communicate the practical similarities and differences between two widely influential models of personality and change

Outline
Brief overview of interpersonal neurobiology

Internal Family System (IFS) view of multiplicity

Discussion between presenters Daniel Siegel and Richard Schwartz on how to bring the concept of multiplicity into therapy

Exercise to overcome emotional obstacles
Concluding discussion between speakers

Audience question and answer session with speakers

Copyright : 03/28/2015

IFS for Complex Trauma

Objectives

  1. Explain why Internal Family Systems therapy is an effective method for treating trauma.

Outline

Copyright : 09/06/2012

The Inner Game of Psychotherapy

Objectives
  1. List 3 protocols of IFS therapy and how to apply them when working with clients who have complex developmental trauma.

Outline

Family therapist, Richard Schwartz introduces the concept of Internal Family System (IFS)- a clear, systematic methodology for helping clients heal themselves.
A basic premise of IFS is that the “Inner Self” is not a single, monolithic persona, but in fact, a complex Internal Family System (IFS) of different parts-or sub-personalities-each with its own sometimes antagonistic memories, viewpoints, desires, and agendas.
Understanding IFS Parts

Three most common roles played by internal parts

Understand the Self in IFS

Basic Goals of IFS:

Introduction of case study: a clinical video demo using IFS with a client who has a history of complex developmental trauma
Video illustrates the key steps in the IFS model:

Copyright : 05/27/2015