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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Sedona Mago Retreat Center near Sedona, Arizona
and deepen your practice using Internal Family Systems (IFS)!


Join internationally-renowned Certified IFS therapist and consultant Dr. Alexia Rothman
for a 6-day getaway retreat experience you will never forget!

PLUS, earn up to 24 CE Hours!
 

IFS is a transformational approach to healing the systems of even our most traumatized clients. Its compassion-based, empirically validated techniques offer a safe and effective way to work with a full range of clinical concerns, while offering therapists the gift of working in a way that increases personal well-being!

As a participant in this retreat, you will join a small exclusive group of your colleagues to dive deeply into a step-by-step exploration of the IFS model and learn how to:

  1. Integrate IFS into your clinical practice
  2. Successfully overcome even the most complex traumas and common co-morbidities, including anxiety, depression, addictions and more
  3. Use meditation and personal reflection to find your inner wisdom and Self-Energy in session
  4. Create practices that promote client relationships with parts and access healing energy
  5. Utilize applications of Polyvagal-informed IFS techniques to increase safety and effectiveness
Alexia Rothman, a caucasian woman with long dark hair smiling warmly

“Lexi Rothman not only knows IFS deeply, she embodies it. She gets my highest recommendation as a therapist or presenter!”

– Richard Schwartz, PhD, Creator of IFS and Founder of the IFS Institute (formerly Center for Self Leadership)
PESI retreats fill up fast, so secure your spot today!

Internal Family Systems Immersion Retreat
IFS Step-by-Step for Healing Trauma and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and More

 

LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 29th – Sunday, December 4th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 24 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.

And there’s more! The Sedona Mago Retreat Center offers an exquisite landscape, waterfalls, garden walks, and healthful pesco-vegetarian cuisine.

Past participants rave about how wonderful it is to stay at Mago... taking time to unwind, rejuvenate and connect with themselves and their community of colleagues... all at this remarkable place.

By the end of this retreat, you will feel transformed on both a personal and professional level – refreshed, revitalized and confidently equipped with new tools and practices for taking your IFS clinical work to the next level.

And all of it is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee so you have nothing to lose.

Are you ready? Register today and see you in Sedona!
Internal Family Systems Immersion Retreat
IFS Step-by-Step for Healing Trauma and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and More


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 29th – Sunday, December 4th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 24 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Retreat Schedule
 

Tuesday, November 29th

4:00–5:30 pm
Check-in
5:30–7:00 pm
Dinner
7:00–8:30 pm
Educational Program & Experiential Activity*

Wednesday, November 30th – Saturday, December 3rd

7:00–8:30 am
Breakfast
9:00–11:30 am
Educational Program*
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Lunch/Free Time
1:15–3:45 pm
Educational Program*
3:45–5:45 pm
Free Time
5:45–7:00 pm
Dinner

Sunday, December 4th

7:00–8:30 am
Breakfast
9:00–11:30 am
Educational Program*
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Lunch & Check Out

*CE is awarded during these specified times

Who Should Attend?
 
The target audience includes:
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Mental Health Professionals
Internal Family Systems Immersion Retreat
IFS Step-by-Step for Healing Trauma and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and More

 

LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 29th – Sunday, December 4th

Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 24 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Retreat Content
  1. Categorize the three components of the psyche, and its treatment implications, according to IFS and the natural multiplicity of the mind: parts, burdens, and the Self.
  2. Apply IFS techniques for increasing access to Self-energy in clients’ systems.
  3. Perform IFS techniques for helping clients to differentiate from and form compassionate, collaborative relationships with the proactive and reactive protective parts of their systems.
  4. Use IFS techniques for facilitating the development of secure internal attachment relationships between clients and the wounded and traumatized parts of their systems. 
  5. Analyze the process of helping clients to heal their wounded and traumatized parts as it relates to case conceptualization.
  6. Argue why the Self-led presence of the therapist is one of the most crucial elements in achieving maximal effectiveness with IFS.
  7. Manage parts of the therapist that are commonly activated in the therapy setting with clients to achieve increased access to Self
  8. Investigate the phenomenon of internal polarization - when two or more parts are working in opposition to each other – and its treatment implications.
  9. Determine key indications that internal polarizations relevant to presenting concerns are present in clients’ systems and illustrate how to work with them in session.
  10. Analyze the Cycle of Addiction as seen and treated through an IFS lens and illustrate how to work with the sets of parts involved.
  11. Appraise how the basic principles of Polyvagal Theory and PVT can inform and enhance application of any psychotherapeutic modality.
  12. Demonstrate how Polyvagal Theory can help therapists implement IFS more safely and effectively, especially in the systems of clients with complex trauma.
  13. Utilize IFS strategies to shift clients’ nervous systems towards regulation and help them access their own capacity for healing.
  14. Develop skills to help clients foster attuned, trusting relationships with their hyperaroused and hypoaroused parts, as well as parts that strategically utilize adaptive survival responses, such as fight, flight, freezing, and numbing, for protection.
  15. Evaluate the impact of the therapist’s internal state on clinical work and how to use this awareness to facilitate client regulation and healing.
  16. Propose how IFS techniques can facilitate clients’ ability to regulate their emotional and physiological states in and between sessions through the process of “Internal Co-Regulation.”
  17. Justify the IFS position on traditional grounding and emotion regulation techniques and the importance of compassionate messaging to parts when using such techniques.
  18. Distinguish between empathy and compassion through an IFS lens, and their relevance to therapeutic effectiveness.
  19. Determine the “therapeutic dose of empathy” and key considerations guiding the adjustment of the empathy to compassion ratio in sessions
  20. Evaluate, through observation and discussion of real video examples, how to seamlessly integrate IFS and PVT in treatment.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model
  • Non-pathologizing, compassion-based, experiential psychotherapy
  • Comprehensive model of healing traumatic wounds, including relational trauma
  • Origins, goals and assumptions of the model
  • Multiplicity of the mind
  • Three components of the psyche: Parts, Burdens & Self
Treating Various Types of Trauma
  • Acute trauma
  • Complex or relational trauma
  • PTSD
  • Developmental and attachment traumas
  • Extreme or dissociative trauma
Step-by-Step Exploration of the IFS Technique
  • Step 1: Identifying the target part/symptom
  • Step 2: Accessing internal resources for healing and connection
  • Step 3: Befriending the target part and learning the fears and function of the symptom
  • Step 4: Healing of traumatic wounds
  • Step 5: Integration of change into the system
The Presence of the IFS Therapist
  • Identifying parts of the therapist that can make therapeutic work more challenging
  • Working with the therapist’s system to achieve maximum clarity and effectiveness
  • Increasing access to the therapist’s inner resources and ability to hold a compassionate and healing presence
  • Improving the therapist’s ability to support clients’ therapeutic work
Polarizations in the Internal System
  • Parts operating in opposition to each other
  • Common cause of “stuckness” in therapy and in life
  • Very pronounced in highly traumatized systems
The Cycle of Addiction in IFS
  • Relevant to substance and process addictions and eating disorders
  • Treating a system, not a symptom
  • Respectful, collaborative process for long-term change
Integration of IFS and Polyvagal Theory
  • Using a Polyvagal-informed approach to increase safety and effectiveness of IFS interventions, especially in systems with complex trauma
  • Working with parts that strategically use, inhabit, or experience adaptive survival states in the Autonomic Nervous System (fight, flight, freeze, numb, collapse)
  • “Internal co-regulation”
  • Empathy vs. Compassion in IFS Therapy: “The Therapeutic Dose of Empathy”
  • Dealing with overwhelm
Experiential Activities
  • Live demonstrations
  • Meditations
  • Group Discussions and Q&A
  • Practice Breakouts
  • Video Examples
Internal Family Systems Immersion Retreat
IFS Step-by-Step for Healing Trauma and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and More


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 29th – Sunday, December 4th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 24 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.
Meet Your Retreat Instructor
Alexia Rothman, PhD

Alexia (Lexi) D. Rothman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, certified IFS therapist and IFSI-approved consultant, and international speaker and educator on the IFS model. Dr. Rothman has been in private practice since 2004. She has received extensive training in Internal Family Systems Therapy from IFS developer Dr. Richard Schwartz, and has served on staff for multiple Level 1, 2, and 3 IFS trainings around the world, as well as serving as a professional consultant for IFS therapists and practitioners internationally.

Dr. Rothman is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. Dr. Rothman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, where she was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Emory University and Agnes Scott College.

Click here for information about Alexia Rothman

What does Tuition Include?
  • Learn to integrate IFS into your clinical practice
  • Training, demos and Q&As with an IFSI-approved clinical consultant
  • Up to 24 CE Hours (hours also qualify for seeking IFS certification)
  • CE certificate & course manual
  • Healing vortexes, meditation areas, & labyrinth
  • Peaceful lake & trails – surrounded by magnificent red rock mountains
  • Healthful pesco-vegetarian cuisine
  • Lodging, with private bathrooms, for the duration of your stay
Autumnal lakeside landscape photo at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center
Autumnal lakeside landscape photo at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and re-connect with what’s important, what better environment than one of the most beautiful deserts on the planet?

The Sedona Mago Retreat Center is located in Sedona, Arizona, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening. It is surrounded by red monoliths, Native American ruins and majestic mountains. Experience the beauty, feel the energy, and awaken your spirit.

Retreat Highlights

  • Secluded retreat, offering 173 acres
  • Private or shared casitas with private bathrooms
  • Healthful pesco-vegetarian cuisine (3 meals daily)
  • Glistening outdoor pool & jacuzzi
  • Beautiful lake surrounded by trees, flowers, aromatic herbs, and many wild birds
  • Covered patios, meditation areas & labyrinth
  • Healing vortexes, experience healing and deep awakening
  • Peaceful trails to enjoy nature
  • Awe inspiring sunrises, sunsets and stargazing
  • Direct shuttles service available from Phoenix Sky Harbor (additional fees)
 

In response to the continually evolving global travel situation due to COVID-19, PESI has put in place a multi-faceted cancellation policy, allowing you to reserve your spot with peace of mind.

All attendees are advised to purchase travel insurance that includes a cancellation for any reason option to protect your travel plans amid this ongoing uncertainty. We also encourage you to monitor your local government travel advisories and regularly check this page for updates.

Event Cancellation Due to COVID-19

Should the event will be canceled, all registered attendees will be notified by PESI of the cancellation policy. Registered attendees will then have the choice of either:

  • A full refund, or,
  • Full credit toward any future PESI live event, On-Demand Digital Seminar, or Live Webinar

Travel Advisories

Please check with your local government to see what advisories are in place before you travel.

Event Capacity Limit Restrictions

If travel is allowed but with group or room capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 that are imposed by either the retreat center or governmental policies, admission will be on a first-registered/first-accepted basis.

If you have a confirmed registration and are notified by PESI that you cannot be admitted to the event due to capacity restrictions, you will be given a choice of either:

  • A full refund, or,
  • Full credit toward any future PESI live event, On-Demand Digital Seminar, or Live Webinar

All flights are subject to the terms and conditions of your airline carrier’s policy travel plans.

Retreat Location

Sedona Mago Retreat Center
3500 E Bill Gray Road
Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

Phone: (928) 204-3391

sedonamagoretreat.org

Health & Safety

Attendees’ health and safety is a top priority for PESI & Sedona Mago Retreat Center. For most up-to-date health and safety guidelines, click here.

Internal Family Systems Immersion Retreat
IFS Step-by-Step for Healing Trauma and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and More


LIVE in Sedona, Arizona
Tuesday, November 29th – Sunday, December 4th


Single Occupancy: $2,599.99

Plus, earn up to 24 CE Hours — included in your tuition. Click here for CE credit details
Don't see your state profession listed? Contact us.

NOTE: No additional discounts or coupons may be applied to this online retreat.
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