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Digital Seminar

3-Day Workshop on Using Internal Family Systems Therapy: Applying the IFS Model in the Treatment of PTSD, Complex Trauma and More

Stacy Ruse, LPC
Approx. 19 Hours
Apr 15, 2024
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As one of the most in-demand, non-pathologizing approaches available today, IFS therapy transforms your practice so you can stop chasing symptoms and start addressing the core issues that underlie your clients’ biggest challenges.

With the IFS framework you can work with your clients’ multiple parts, each with their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in a way that is both compassionate and deeply transformative.

The results? Treatment that feels more empowering, effective, and sustainable than you ever imagined possible – for both the client and yourself.

Now in this recording you can learn the fundamentals of IFS therapy and get the step-by-step instruction, tools and techniques you need to get started.

You’ll watch Stacy Ruse, LPC, who specializes in using IFS therapy for gentle and effective trauma work with clients and provides consultation to help other clinicians reach their full potential using the IFS model.

She’ll provide you with a robust learning experience complete with lectures, demonstrations, and practical real-world applications that will deepen your understanding of the IFS framework and enhance your therapeutic skills.

Full of specific techniques, tips and insight building case studies, Stacy will empower you to:

  • Quickly build clients sense of trust, inner stability and cooperation within themselves
  • Release emotional and physical trauma stored in the body with IFS techniques
  • Work with anxious parts in the IFS framework to reduce their intensity
  • Integrate IFS therapy with EMDR, CBT and other treatment modalities you already use
  • And much more!

This is your chance to join the thousands of therapists who’ve already discovered the transformative power of IFS therapy.

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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Stacy Ruse, LPC's Profile

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Stacy Ruse, LPC, is a trauma expert who specializes in using IFS therapy, EMDR and Somatic therapies to unravel the intricate threads of trauma and guide clients towards empowerment and resilience. She has been intensively trained in the Internal Family Systems model and in addition to her clinical work, provides consultation for therapists looking to get the most out of their own work with IFS therapy. Her approach, while deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies, is characterized by a transpersonal twist that transcends the boundaries of traditional therapy. Stacy is certified in EMDR and is an Evergreen Certifications EMDR consultant as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and certified yoga instructor.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Stacy Ruse is the owner of Aglow Counseling and has an employment relationship with Mindfully. She receives compensation as a consultant. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Stacy Ruse is a paid consultant for Evergreen Certifications. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Stacy Ruse is a member of EMDRIA, the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, and the Longmont Area Psychotherapy Network.

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  1. Integrate the "observer self" concept in psychotherapy.  
  2. Define how neuroscience, neurobiology, and polyvagal theory inform the IFS framework.  
  3. Summarize the fundamental principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how they apply to clinical practice.  
  4. Identify the three core categories of parts in the Internal Family Systems model.  
  5. Evaluate the clinical implications of the relationship between Self-Leadership and relational outcomes.  
  6. Develop an understanding of how therapists' awareness of their internal processes impacts their clinical work, the therapeutic relationship and client interactions.   
  7. Examine neurobiology as related to trauma and complex trauma development.
  8. Evaluate the preliminary support for IFS as a promising practice for the treatment of PTSD among adults with a history of childhood trauma.  
  9. Utilize the Internal Family Systems model to enhance self-awareness and improve interpersonal skills in clients.   
  10. Differentiate parts from Self, to speak for, as opposed to from, reactive emotional states.  
  11. Utilize mapping techniques from IFS to externalize relational dynamics of the internal system.  
  12. Identify parts of the internal system that become exiled and how trauma affects this phenomenon.  
  13. Utilize IFS strategies to shift clients’ nervous systems towards regulation and help them access their own capacity for healing.  
  14. Utilize IFS strategies to obtain protector permission to go to exiled parts to work with trauma wounds and release burdens.  
  15. Identify patterns, aspects, and archetypal influences of the psyche through the IFS-lens.   
  16. Distinguish the IFS approach to working with transference and countertransference in the therapeutic relationship.  
  17. Describe somatic techniques to enhance awareness in working with parts and accessing Self.   
  18. Identify challenges of using the IFS framework for complex trauma.


Introduction to the IFS Model and Theory

  • Brief history of IFS
  • Basic assumptions and holistic approach
  • Inclusivity, cultural humility, and competency
  • Therapeutic and clinical applications

The Self-Led Therapist

  • The 8 C’s: self qualities
  • Holding Self-energy: 5 P’s for self-lead therapists
  • The benefits of self-energy and therapist presence
  • Compassion, connection, and understanding
  • Setting appropriate boundaries
  • Biases and transference in the therapeutic relationship

Neurobiology, Neuroscience, and IFS Therapy

  • IFS therapy as a bottom-up treatment method
  • Neuroscience 101 for therapists — what you need to know
  • Sensing vs. making sense of things
  • Stress reactions and the autonomic nervous system: Polyvagal 101
  • Fear circuitry and the development of PTSD, trauma, dissociation, and complex trauma

The Internal System Through the IFS-Lens

  • Defining parts: who and what are parts?
  • Defining self: who and what is self?
  • The burdened system
  • Protective Parts
    • Managers: the proactive parts
    • Firefighters: the reactive parts
    • Exiles: the wounded & shadowed parts

Understanding IFS Therapy in 6 Phases

  • Understanding the situation: Mapping internal and external factors
  • Engaging the client: Intro, relationship, target, and tracking
  • Permission to work with the protective system
  • Healing exiles and internal wounds
  • Integration of the work: Adapting to changes
  • Completion & closure: appreciation and closing sessions

Foundational IFS Therapy Step by Step

  • Unblending the system for emotional regulation
  • The 6 F’s of IFS: Getting to know parts
  • Shifting to inner story & connection
  • In-sight work
  • Direct access work

Working with Protectors

  • Creating safety and getting permission
  • Targets and use of trailheads
  • Resistance as a protection
  • Distinguish between parts and self
  • Significance of appreciation
  • Assess ability for in-sight or direct work
  • Getting to know managers
  • Getting to know firefighters
  • Common protector concerns and fears

Working with and Unburdening Exiles

  • Getting to know exiles
  • Trauma, attachment wounds, and exiles
  • Common exile concerns and fears
  • Safely working with exiles
  • Unburdening process step by step
    • Self to part relationship and preventing overwhelm
    • Witnessing, invitation, do-overs, and retrieval
    • Integration of work and additional considerations

Difficulties and Challenges

  • Internal polarizations and alignment
  • Therapist parts interfering
  • When burdens and parts come back?
  • Predicting ‘backlash’
  • Complex systems - hard to track; lack of client self-energy
  • Blended parts not unblending
  • Lack of awareness in the body

Adaptations and Integration of IFS Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Somatic based
  • Complex trauma, and dissociation
  • Spirituality, transpersonal psychology, and IFS therapy
  • Integration with other models

Evidence, Research Limitations, and Treatment Risks

  • Examining the current research
  • Challenges to the research and research limitations
  • Addressing potential risks
  • Contraindications and other considerations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Others in caring profession


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