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Digital Seminar

Unlocking a Child’s Emotional Blueprint

Applying Internal Family Systems to Cultivate Healthy Protective Behaviors

Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RCYT, RPT-S™
Aug 07, 2024
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The Internal Family System model provides play therapists to unlock a child’s emotional operating system, fostering self-awareness (Self), by helping them understand their protectors and internal systems.  

When children experience dysregulation, their brain alerts the protectors of the system and protective extreme behaviors will occur. These protectors hold beliefs (burdens) and become a part of the child’s identity.  

This workshop will focus on utilizing the IFS model and play therapy methods to help children release painful feelings and beliefs while cultivating healthy protective behaviors. 



Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RCYT, RPT-S™'s Profile

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Carmen Jimenez-Pride, is the creative mind behind Focus on Feelings®, an emotional literacy curriculum, she is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist supervisor, certified AutPlay® therapy provider, certified EMDR Therapist, registered children’s yoga teacher, certified IFS therapist, and a certified LEGO® Serious PLAY® facilitator.

Carmen is a trauma therapist experienced in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.

She is an international speaker, award-winning best-selling author, and business consultant. Carmen is a visionary in the therapeutic community, working to create and develop a wide range of educational tools to assist the clinician, and the client to reach optimum goals. With a focus on cultural humility and cultural diversity, Carmen educates clinical professionals to address racial and cultural trauma within their clinical practices.

Carmen serves as the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy President and is the recipient of the 2021 Association for Play Therapy Emerging Leader Award. She also serves as the diversity and inclusion director of the Internal Sandtray Therapy Association.

Carmen is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and the Diversity in Play Therapy Summit. She is also the developer and publisher of Focus on Feelings®.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride has employment relationships with Internal Family Systems Institute and Outspoken Counseling and Consulting, LLC. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations,
Non-financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride is a member of the National Association for Addiction Professionals, National Association of Social Workers, and Association for Play Therapy.

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  1. Describe and explain children's internal protective system. 
  2. Analyze the impact of trauma on the brain’s internal system. 
  3. Demonstrate IFS-informed play therapy interventions within the play therapy setting. 



The Internal Family System (IFS) Treatment Model 

  • Foundational assumptions of the approach 
  • IFS concepts and terms 
  • Differentiate between managers, firefighters, and exiles 
  • Risks and limitations 

The IFS Process 

  • The 6 F’s – how to identify and understand protective parts. 
  • Recognize and honor the role of each part. 
  • The 8 C’s – qualities of self-energy and their role in IFS 

Putting IFS into Practice Utilizing Play Therapy Techniques 

  • Sandtray therapy – bringing the internal to the external 
  • Expressive arts – giving language and expression to experiences and parts. 
  • Non-directive play – staying core to the experiential concept of IFS and letting parts speak for themselves. 

Learner Engagement:  

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Case studies  
  • Small group activities  
  • Learner handout material  
  • Worksheets  

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers 
  • Counselors 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • School Administrators 
  • Play Therapists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 


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