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Digital Seminar

Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Trauma, Anxiety and Grief: Clinical Tools to Connect Clients to their Parts for Deeper Healing

Daphne Fatter, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Sep 26, 2023
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IFS is the clinical approach everyone is talking about...and for good reason.

Widely acclaimed by leading voices in the field and thousands of clinicians who have already integrated it into their practice, IFS is one of the most innovative and effective approaches to psychotherapy available today.

By recognizing that individuals are made up of multiple parts, each with their own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, IFS transforms your practice and allows you to work with clients on a much-deeper level…

…so you can help them connect with and heal parts of themselves that were previously inaccessible.

And now in this training, you’ll discover how IFS can provide you a unique framework for working with your clients’ many parts so you can help them heal past traumas, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and navigate their biggest losses.

You’ll watch Certified IFS Therapist and Approved IFS Clinical Consultant Daphne Fatter, PhD. Dr. Fatter completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology under the direct supervision of world-renowned trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and has been using IFS to achieve incredible results with clients for over a decade.

Full of specific skills, knowledge, techniques and insight building case studies, Dr. Fatter will empower you to:

  • Use simple steps and guided exercises to get started with IFS in your practice
  • Work with anxious parts in the IFS framework to reduce their intensity
  • Provide clients a sense of inner stability through the grieving process
  • Release emotional and physical trauma stored in the body with IFS techniques
  • Integrate IFS with EMDR, CBT and other treatment modalities you already use
  • And much more!

This is your chance to enhance your skills as a therapist and join the thousands of therapists who’ve already discovered the transformative power of IFS.

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Note: This product is not affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify toward IFS Institute credits or IFS Institute certification.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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.


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Daphne Fatter, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, and clinical IFS consultant. She is also certified in EMDR and has completed advanced training in cognitive processing therapy. She was awarded her doctorate in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Trauma Center, an affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. She is the former military sexual trauma coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She speaks to mental health clinicians internationally providing engaging continuing education on nuances on trauma treatment from her seasoned clinical experience treating PTSD and complex trauma. She is in private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daphne Fatter maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daphne Fatter is a member of the American Psychological Association, the EMDR International Association, and the Texas Psychological Association.


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  1. Analyze the fundamental principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how they apply to clinical practice. 
  2. Evaluate the characteristics of Self and its role in the internal system of the client. 
  3. Examine the three types of parts in IFS and their impact on the client's internal system. 
  4. Interpret clinical symptoms through the lens of IFS and develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply the model to the client's specific needs. 
  5. Describe the principles of IFS and how they can be applied in working with anxious parts to reduce their intensity and impact on clients' daily lives. 
  6. Implement self-leadership techniques to provide a sense of inner stability and support for clients navigating the grieving process, including working with exiles in grief and addressing common protectors. 
  7. Explore how to address trauma-related fears and concerns by working with protective parts and facilitating communication with exiles in the client's system.


Internal Family Systems: Heal Wounded Parts, Transform Protective Parts, and Deepen Connection with Self

  • Foundational principles and goals of IFS
  • Understand different parts of your clients’ internal system
  • Parts Led Systems vs Self-Led Systems
  • IFS, Cultural Identities, and Intersectionality

Steps of IFS Therapy and How to Get Started

  • The IFS approach to assessment and treatment planning
  • Develop a relationship with clients’ core self and develop self-leadership skills
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration between parts
  • How to integrate IFS therapy experiences into clients’ daily lives
  • Guided Experiential Exercises to help clients identify and connect with different parts

IFS for Anxiety: Working with Anxious Parts to Reduce Their Intensity

  • How IFS shifts a client’s relationship with anxiety and reduces symptoms
  • Identify “worrier” or “perfectionist” parts that activate in response to anxiety triggers
  • Facilitate communication with an anxious parts to understand their motivations
  • Unburden exiled parts and release blocked or stuck anxiety-related emotions
  • Practice self-compassion and self-care to reduce anxiety over time
  • Case Examples

An Internal Family Systems Approach to Grief: Providing Stability and Support for Clients Navigating the Grieving Process

  • The latest grief research and DSM-TR Prolonged Grief Disorder Criteria
  • Self-leadership to provide a sense of inner stability through the grieving process
  • Exiles in grief and how they can be accessed and worked with in IFS therapy
  • Addressing common protectors, such as avoidance, dissociation, and numbing
  • Integration of Art, Writing, Ritual & Cultural Practices with IFS
  • Using IFS to identify and process secondary losses
  • Working with acute loss, ambiguous grief, prolonged grief disorder
  • Intergenerational Trauma: Legacy Burdens & Grief
  • Case examples

IFS Therapy for Trauma, PTSD and Complex Trauma

  • How IFS differs in emotion regulation strategies from other approaches
  • Common therapist missteps in IFS
  • Address trauma-related fears and concerns by working with protective parts
  • Work with exiles to help clients process and heal from traumatic experiences
  • Developing self-leadership in clients to increase their resilience and coping skills
  • IFS techniques to help clients release emotional and physical trauma stored in the body
  • Navigating polarizations in the client’s system
  • How does IFS address Intergenerational, collective and ancestral trauma
  • Case Examples

Additional Considerations in IFS

  • Limitations of the Research & Potential Risks
  • Using IFS in Groups
  • IFS & Therapeutic Relationship
  • IFS & Countertransference, Vicarious Trauma, & Burnout
  • Therapist Self-Disclosure
  • Medications in IFS

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


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