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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. 


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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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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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