Full Course Description
2-Day Advanced Workshop: Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Frank Anderson MD
- Evaluate the steps of working with clients' “protective parts” to improve treatment outcomes as proposed by the IFS model.
- Differentiate between empathy and compassion as it relates to the IFS approach and improving the therapeutic process.
- Evaluate the evidence that supports meditation as beneficial to clinical outcomes when used in the IFS process of therapy.
- Assess and diagnose wounds connected to grief and loss; and describe two effective IFS interventions.
- Recommend how to address the “protector” fears as they arise for the client during the therapy session.
- Apply IFS methods to help trauma clients manage their overwhelming feelings.
- Articulate how to explain to clients the neuroscience of hyperarousal in their “extreme parts.”
- Demonstrate how the role of criticism and neglect from caregivers causes shame cycles in your clients and how parts-work breaks the cycle.
- Apply the “triggering agreement” intervention when working with clients around resolving parenting issues that arise for them.
- Demonstrate what “tracking the sequence” means as it applies to couples’ treatment.
- Analyze the necessity–and create modifications–when using IFS in an inpatient setting.
- Within the internal system, determine the parts of self that are associated with substance use disorders.
- Assess countertransference, including recognition of potential activation of therapist’s own reactive parts.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Evolution of the Model
- Comprehensive, compassionate, non-pathologizing treatment approach
- Paradigm-shifting perspective on “psychopathology”
- Easily integrated into other therapeutic modalities
- Teach clients to access inner wisdom and self-compassion to heal traumatic wounds
The Neuroscience of IFS
- Development of the IFS model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
- IFS as an empirically validated treatment: Summary of research support
- Goals of IFS therapy
- Starting an IFS session and the flow of the model
- The mind and the brain
- Neurons-networks and parts
- Meditation and self energy
- Understanding the fear response
Step 1: Using Meditative Processes to Identify and Connect with a Target Part
Step 2: Working with Protective Parts
- Differentiate the person from the symptom
- Access a state of compassion and curiosity essential for healing
- Establish a relationship with the target part
- Learn the history and benevolent intention behind the symptom
Step 3: Healing the Wound
- Facilitate internal attachment work
- Learn to address the fears/concerns of protective parts
- Establish a trusting relationship with proactive and reactive parts
- Resolve internal conflicts
- Gain permission to proceed with healing
- Connect with the wounded part
- Witness the pain rather than relive it
- Retrieve the wounded part
- Release/unburden thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations
- Life without the wound, the post-healing process
- Countertransference redefined
- Identifying parts that get in the way
- The Science of extreme reactions in therapists and clients
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IFS
Trauma and Attachment
Depression and Anxiety
- Roadblocks to healing trauma
- Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
- Dealing with the extreme symptoms and staying in Self
- Healing attachment wounds: What IFS offers
Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
- Differentiating feelings from symptoms
- Address the biology and process the wound
- Protection or genetics
Substances and Addictions
- Addressing psychotic parts
- Differentiating psychosis from trauma dysregulation
- Treating biological issues while addressing emotional pain
- Befriending addictive parts
- Healing wounds or stopping use?
- Addressing the biology and the behavior after healing
Shame and Grief
- When food “abstinence” is not an option
- Multiple eating parts
- Self-led eating
IFS With Specific Client Populations
- The shamer and the shamed
- Critical and neglect shame cycles
- Loss, letting go, and healing
- Children and adolescents
- Groups and inpatient settings
- Spirituality and culture
- Social Workers
- Addiction Counselors
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields
Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series: Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Developer and Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Demonstrate ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
- Differentiate IFS parts and their roles.
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- The roles in IFS
- The Self
- How the Therapist Shows Their Parts
- Working with Passive Clients
- IFS Role-Play
- The IFS Roles
Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals Copyright :