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Compassionate Approach to Addictive Processes: An IFS Lens on Substance Use, Eating, Gambling and More
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When faced with clients who are struggling with addictive processes, the conventional wisdom is simple: refer them out.  

However, the reality is clients frequently do not follow through with recommendations for group or intensive treatment, leaving you and your client with no viable options.  

IFS offers an innovative approach for moving forward.  

Alternatively, we view addictive behaviors as serving a vital function, protecting the client’s system from emotional pain by any means possible. Other protectors escalate the cycle with harsh inner attacks and self-recrimination, only adding to underlying self-loathing and trauma. 

Join IFS expert and author Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW, for this experiential workshop to learn how to intervene in this cycle, create a collaborative clinical context, identify core IFS concepts, map and address addictive polarities, and set up safe access for addressing underlying trauma.  

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW, consultant and senior IFS lead trainer, specializes in trauma and addiction and educates therapists internationally on how to apply the IFS therapy model to addictive processes. Additionally, Sykes is exploring how psychotherapy affects the therapist’s personal narrative. She lectures, consults, and leads workshops on these and related topics and has a private practice in Chicago. Her recent book IFS Therapy for Addictions: Trauma-Informed, Compassion-Based Interventions for Substance Use, Eating, Gambling and More was released March, 2023.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cece Sykes maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Internal Family Systems Institute. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives royalties as a published author. Cece Sykes receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cece Sykes is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and the Internal Family Systems Association.


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