Workshops

Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships - 5 Day Retreat

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Schedule:

January 29 - February 3, 2017

Description:

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who is interested in exploring the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.

With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture their process, participants have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion, in the following ways:

· Learn about the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy and gain skills that make self-exploration engaging and deeply satisfying

· Address the question, "Who am I in a relationship?"

· Use tools to understand the nature of relational burdens and let go of old ways of relating

· Engage in deep personal work that can lead to the development of new beliefs about oneself

· Support and be supported by others on a similar journey

· Increase courage to take new risks in connecting

CE credit for psychologists;

CE credit for nurses;

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;

Fees:

$650 - $3,835 (based on accommodation type)

 

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

Restructuring and Unburdening Trauma

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. & Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Location:

Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Schedule:

February 3 - 5, 2017

Description:

In this workshop, two master clinicians in the treatment of traumatic stress will experientially explore two complementary approaches: Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Psychodramatic Structures. IFS involves an inward focus on both the protective and wounded parts of traumatized people, and accesses a person’s healing essence called the Self to help those parts transform.

Psychodramatic Structures seek to correct another primary issue with trauma: people are hurt just as much by what they lack as by what they have experienced. They may not know what it feels like to be cherished, to be seen, understood, and truly met. In these role-play structures, participants are able to have a visceral sense of what it would have been like to have had that kind of caregiving and reciprocity at the appropriate stage of development, and create new experiences that they can carry into their daily lives. The group will compare and contrast the effects of these two treatment approaches, and weigh their relative benefits for various populations.

Fees:

$405 - $1,890 (based on accommodation type)

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

The I in the Storm: Bringing Self-Leadership to Everyday Life

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Schedule:

February 5 - 10, 2017

Description:

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves. From the Self, one can calm and transform troubling inner voices, compulsive distractions, and feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience.

A therapist’s ability to remain steady, centered, and open-hearted in the face of their clients’ extreme emotions or predicaments is central to his or her effectiveness. By utilizing IFS, therapists and lay people can hold this Self state of loving kindness that allows others to heal themselves.  

At the end of this workshop, participants will have the tools to understand the role of the Self, discuss the role of mindfulness in self-awareness, and recognize the essential features of the IFS model. This workshop is for everyone.

CE credit for psychologists;

CE credit for nurses;

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;

Fees:

$650 - $3,835 (based on accommodation type)

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

Introductory in IFS - Australia

Presenter:

Bonnie Weiss, LCSW

Location:

Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

Schedule:

Sydney Dates at Peter Canisius Centre, Pymble NSW:
Introductory IFS 2-day (Fri-Sat) Workshop: 10-11th February, 2017
Deepening 2-day (Sun-Mon) Workshop: 12-13th February, 2017

Melbourne Dates at the Bouverie Centre, Brunswick VIC:
Introductory IFS 3-day (Fri-Sun) Workshop: 17-19th February, 2017
Deepening IFS 3-day (Fri-Sun) Workshop: 24–26th February, 2017
Deepening IFS 3-day (Fri-Sun) Workshop: 3–5th March, 2017

Online Introductory courses will be also offered, in January 2017 - click here for details.
Limited places are available in these smaller groups.

Description:

Participants in the Introductory Workshop will learn the basics of the IFS Model. Suitable to professionals (therapists, psychologists, counselors, certified coaches and social workers) as well as those interested in self-development.  Learning topics: Introduction to the inner parts of a person, getting to know protectors, how to heal exiles, dynamics of the internal system, and role of the IFS therapist.

Deepening IFS Workshop Sydney 12-13th February, 2017 Melbourne 24–26th February, 2017 and 3–5th March, 2017

The Deepening IFS Workshop will be open to those with familiarity to Internal Family Systems work.  The Basic training or the on-line course are suggested before registering. The two Deepening workshops have different content and are designed so that people might do both to cover a range of material and practice opportunities.

Topics include: Working with Polarization, Working with the Inner Critic, Direct Access, Legacy Burdens, Eating Disorders.

The Center for Self-Leadership is planning a Certification Training in Australia.

This is a good opportunity to see if you are interested in this training.

Founded by Richard Schwartz, PhD., the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), is a cutting edge psychotherapy approach that offers therapists a non-pathological conceptual framework for understanding the human psyche. IFS respectfully guides people toward lasting and profound transformation. IFS applies family systems principles and techniques to working with inner parts of the person. It is widely used internationally in the treatment of trauma and severe diagnoses, as well as a wide variety of psychological issues and non-clinical applications such as business consulting and meditation practice. IFS offers therapists a way to make their practice more enjoyable and effective, and less effortful.

The Introductory Workshop will introduce people to the IFS method. 

Contact:

For more information, please contact Bonnie Weiss at bonnieweiss@gmail.com


Managing the Negotiation Within: Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. & David A. Hoffman, Esq.

Location:

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
10 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

Schedule:

March 3 - March 5, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Description:

When embattled parties come to the mediator's table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses. The Internal Family Systems model (IFS) provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind‐the‐scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts, and the parties are more willing to de‐escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. In addition, IFS offers mediators clear and practical ways to work with their own emotions. This 3-day program is led by IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz and BLC Founder David Hoffman. No prior IFS training required.

When: Friday, March 3, 2017-Sunday, March 5 (9-5 PM) 3 DAY TRAINING

Day One
Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Training
Introduction to the IFS Model and Demonstration
Applying the IFS Model to Mediation
Role Play 1, with a focus on working one‐on‐one (i.e., caucusing)
Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 2

Day Two
Applying the IFS Model when Working with Two People (Video Demonstration and Discussion)
Managing Highly Emotional Interactions: Role Play 2, focusing on joint session (both parties together)
Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 3

Day Three
Accessing “Self” Energy: The Self‐Led Mediator
Working with Lawyers with IFS: Role Play 3, focusing on working with parties and their lawyers
Q&A and Concluding Remarks

Fees:

Registration: $750.00

Contact:

To register click HERE.

An Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Adelphi University
School of Social Work
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Schedule:

March 10, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center

Description:

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., over the past 30 years as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. It is a highly efficient and effective way of guiding clients to a state of inner clarity and compassion, the Self, from which they know how to heal themselves. From the Self, clients are able to calm and transform their troubling inner voices, the critical and anxious chatter, the compulsive distractions, their feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience. They readily forsake their inner battles, and take on valuable inner roles once they are accepted and witnessed.

This application of family systems principles and techniques to inner systems is now widely used internationally in the treatment of trauma and severe diagnoses, as well as in non-clinical applications such as business consulting and meditation practice.  IFS offers therapist a way for therapists to make their practice more enjoyable and effective, and less effortful.  It also helps them find and heal parts of themselves.

For clients, the healing and reorienting of their “inner families” in an environment of genuine acceptance, translates into concrete behavioral change, plus improved ability to relate well to people.  IFS is a gentle, yet powerful, healing delivery system that releases the therapist from the need to be clever because it trusts and empowers the clients’ Self.

This workshop will introduce the basic principles and techniques of IFS and illustrate them with experiential exercises and video illustrations. The workshop will be very practical so that participants will walk away with new perspectives and methods for even their most difficult clients.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the history and development of the Internal Family Systems model of therapy.
  2. Explore and discuss the basic assumptions of IFS in regard to non-pathological multiplicity of mind and the concept of “SELF”.
  3. Be introduced to and review the goals of IFS Therapy. 
  4. Understand the concept of releasing uncomfortable feelings and beliefs which allows harmony and balance in the inner system.
  5. Review and have a general knowledge of the 3 categories of sub-personalities that most often present in therapy: Manager parts, Firefighter parts, Exiled parts.
  6. Learn the dynamics of the three group system.

Fees:

$115   Regular Tuition
$95     Tuition - Field Instructor
$50     Tuition - Grad Student
$25     Tuition - Undergraduate

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

For additional questions, please contact:
Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education

Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
e – afreshman@adelphi.edu

 

Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal and Legacy Burdens

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Therapy Training Boston at The Walker Center
144 Hancock St.
Auburndale, MA 02466

Schedule:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 9 am to 4:45pm

Description:

This presentation will provide a brief review of the basics of the IFS model by Richard Schwartz, PhD, who developed the model, then will focus in detail on its use with attachment and trauma. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy now certified as an evidence based practice by SAMHSA. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in individuals, couples and families.

The first day of the workshop will focus on helping clients release personal burdens related to traumatic experiences in their lives. An overview of the clinical applications of IFS in trauma work will be presented. You will learn through didactic teaching, interactive dialogue, demonstration and live interviews. 

During the second day, the focus will be on understanding and releasing legacy burdens. Legacy burdens are powerful organizers of our minds and behaviors. You will be become more aware of the beliefs and emotions we and our clients absorb from family, peers, ethnic groups and cultural contexts regarding ourselves and/or groups with whom we identify, as well as groups we consider “other.”  We will explore the sources of those burdens and the fears of releasing them. This work is critically important to create more peace and less divisiveness in our often fractured world.

Participants will learn how to:

  • deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort
  • utilize the clients’ Self  to repair attachment injuries
  • recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model
  • identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self
  • have a sense of how to utilize the model in treating trauma
  • gain some awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact treatment
  • explore the sources of burdens and fears
  • identify strategies for releasing burdens and fears

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy as they apply to working with trauma
2. Participants will be able to recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model including being able to identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles
3. Participants will be able to identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self including having ideas about how utilize the model in releasing personal trauma and legacy burdens

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems SM, in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves.  He focused on the systemic relationships patterns among these parts that were similarly organized across clients.  He found that when clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, they would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.  He will show us how to support clients in that state of Self, to facilitate their healing of their own parts.

Workshop CEUs:

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Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 12 CEUs approved. CEU certificates will be given at the end of the event after you are fully paid and have completed the evaluation form. Details for approved professions: 12 CEUs have been approved for licensed Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology and Nursing professionals by Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Licensed Mental Health Counselors can earn 12 CEUs as Therapy Training Boston has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6707. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Therapy Training Boston is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Fees:

Individual Registration Fee $350.00
($370.00 after Thursday February 9, 2017)

Group Registration Fee (per person, two or more people registering together) $320.00
($340.00 after Thursday February 9, 2017)

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

Psychotherapy Networker 2017: The Courage to Connect; Shaping Our Future in an Age of Uncertainty

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
omnihotels.com

Schedule:

Thursday, March 23 to Sunday March 26th, 2017

Description:

204, 304 – New Perspectives for Gun-Shy Trauma Therapists

An Internal Family Systems (IFS) Approach

One of the chief obstacles to effective trauma treatment can be the therapist’s view of trauma symptoms like dissociation, rage, and suicidal thoughts as frightening evidence of deep pathology, rather than an expression of the natural human impulse toward self-protection. This workshop will demonstrate how the IFS model offers a way to enter into clients’ inner ecology without the overemphasis on containment and stabilization that’s common in trauma work today. You’ll learn an approach that moves more quickly by honoring clients’ inner protectors, getting their permission to access inner exiles, and contacting the core Self—a reservoir of calm, wisdom, and inner leadership. You’ll discover how to:

  • Distinguish among a client’s “parts”—including protectors, managers, and exiles—and communicate and negotiate with each one
  • Honor clients’ inner protectors and transform them to move quickly and effectively through the process of healing
  • Shift the role of the therapist from primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s core Self to emerge
  • Use methods for honestly and transparently handling situations in which traumatized clients may trigger you

516 – The Healing Self

Going Beyond Acceptance to Self Compassion

Mindfulness has become a popular and useful tool in psychotherapy, but therapists too often encourage clients to adopt a passive-observer stance in therapy, as if it’s enough to just observe thoughts and emotions from a place of separation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how to go beyond detachment into a more engaged and relational form of self-compassion and self-healing. You’ll explore:

  • Strategies used in Internal Family Systems to contact the core Self and integrate the often conflicting parts that live within us
  • The importance of shifting the role of the therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge
  • Methods for honestly and transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client

Fees:

For specific pricing information, please click HERE.

Contact:

To learn more about the Symposium, click HERE

To register, click HERE.

Internal Family Systems Therapy Goes to the Mat with LifeForce Yoga: 3 Days of Healing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul

Presenter:

Liz Brenner, LICSW and Laura Orth, LICSW

Location:

Whitney Towers
275 Main Street
Watertown MA

If interested in a low cost place to stay where they would have to take an uber to the site, the Walker Center in Newton, MA may have simple, clean rooms for $55 per night shared bath and $85 per night private baths. Here is a link to the B & B at the Walker Center:
http://www.walkerctr.org/bed-breakfast

Otherwise there are a couple of local hotels and Air BnB is an option. Click here.

Schedule:

April 28-30, 2017

Description:

We will combine yoga practices for accessing Self energy, meeting our parts, with deep self-inquiry and discovery. Through yoga practices appropriate in clinical settings such as: pranayama breathing, meditations, mudras, mantras, movement, guided imagery, deep relaxation, experiential exercises, demonstrations and discussion, participants will explore the combination of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and LifeForce Yoga practices. Throughout the weekend you will experience how the integration of these two models enhances the healing process.

Nurture your parts and your whole being. You will leave feeling relaxed and energized, confident in your ability to integrate LifeForce Yoga skills and IFS and with new tools for self-care. This weekend is open to the general public, yoga teachers and mental health professionals. All bodies and abilities welcome!

Richard Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model, and Amy Weintraub, creator of LifeForce Yoga, are both innovators. Dr. Schwartz developed a new model of psychotherapy from curiosity when his most challenging clients did not improve. Amy Weintraub developed a school of yoga, focused on attending to the emotional body after she experienced the transformational effect of yoga in her own life, when she began a daily practice in 1989. Liz Brenner and Laura Orth have developed protocols and practices to integrate these models for optimal healing of individual and collective wounds.

Yoga Philosophy and Internal Family Systems therapy share the belief that all of us have a healthy, core Self in addition to multiple states of being, some of whom get stuck in extreme roles due to life experiences. The non-dual nature of LifeForce Yoga melds with the Internal Family Systems approach, welcoming all aspects of the human experience supporting the following goals: liberating parts from extreme roles that are no longer necessary, allowing the wise Self to lead the system, and re-harmonizing the internal family system.

Yoga is so much more than asana or postures. LifeForce Yoga highlights practices that are accessible and adaptable for clinical settings, yoga therapy, and home use. Some practices are targeted to depression, others to anxiety and trauma reactivity.

We will learn practices that that will help:

    Access Self energy
    Strengthen Self-to-part relationships
    Unblend parts
    Care for parts that are not yet unburdened
    Safely tend to exiles who are not yet unburdened

Please let us know if, in addition to attending to enhancing your life through personal growth, you are also intending to enhance your work as a yoga teacher, mental health or other professional.

17 Professional CE's available (additional cost)
17 IFS CE's available for Certification/Re-certification (no cost)

Limited to 50 participants

Contact:

For more information please click here.

To register please click here.

The Internal Family Systems Model: A New Paradigm for Working with Addictions

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. & Mary Krueger, MS, LMFT

Location:

William James College
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

Schedule:

June 30, 2017
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Description:

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Co-sponsors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and William James College.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD & Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT, instructors

The traditional approach to addictions has been to coach clients to control or override their urge to use. This often creates an unnecessary power struggle between the client and the part of them that is using the substance to deal with inner pain. Clients can win this struggle but will pay a price in terms of constant vigilance and effort as the part strives to regain power. In contrast, IFS helps clients honor their part's attempts to protect, gets permission from it to go to the exiled pain it is trying to manage, heals that pain, and finds that the addictive part now wants a new role. This workshop will describe and illustrate this process. Richard Schwartz will describe IFS in the morning and Mary Kruger will apply it to addictions in the afternoon.

 

Specific learning objectives:

  • Discuss the key concepts of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Examine the IFS construct/view of addiction
  • Describe how the IFS paradigm shift addresses current challenges in addiction treatment
  • Explain how IFS brings a deeper level of healing to clients in recovery
  • Discuss how IFS offers a compassionate, innovative and non judgmental approach for working with diverse populations

Program Code: MS95

6 CE/CME Credits

Fees:


Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate

 Doctoral Level Professionals

Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00

Non-Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00

 Master's Level Professionals

Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00

Non-Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00

 Fellow's, Interns, Students, Unemployed & Retired Professionals

Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00

Non-Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00

Contact:

To register, click HERE.

Internal Family Systems Workshop with Richard C. Schwartz

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

Cape Cod Institute
National Seashore at the Nauset School
100 Cable Road
Eastham, Massachusetts

Schedule:

July 24th - 28th, 2017

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises. - See more at: http://www.cape.org/2017/richard_schwartz.html#sthash.BDlN04Ia.dpuf

Description:

The Internal Family Systems Model is a method of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. It views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. The Self, a core of valuable leadership qualities, is our true nature–compassionate and loving. Although IFS has been most widely used as a treatment for trauma, it is a flexible model that provides abundant opportunities for application. IFS advances treatment in several areas: First, by showing respect and appreciation for the client’s protective parts, it reduces resistance and backlash. Second, it helps clients fully unburden the extreme beliefs and emotions they accrued from their traumas. Third, affect is regulated in a simple and effective way so that clients are not overwhelmed during sessions. Fourth, because it is the client’s Self that is leading in the healing, transference is reduced and clients do much of the work on their own, between sessions. Fifth, IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with their countertransference so they can remain in the open-hearted state of Self leadership with clients. Sixth, it frees therapists from the role of trying to police clients' symptoms like suicide, eating disorders, addictions, and self-mutilation. Seventh, therapists are free to be themselves, without having to be clever or controlling, and come to enjoy partnering in the fascinating and sacred process that naturally unfolds as clients heal themselves.

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises.

he Internal Family Systems Model is a method of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. It views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. The Self, a core of valuable leadership qualities, is our true nature–compassionate and loving. Although IFS has been most widely used as a treatment for trauma, it is a flexible model that provides abundant opportunities for application. IFS advances treatment in several areas: First, by showing respect and appreciation for the client’s protective parts, it reduces resistance and backlash. Second, it helps clients fully unburden the extreme beliefs and emotions they accrued from their traumas. Third, affect is regulated in a simple and effective way so that clients are not overwhelmed during sessions. Fourth, because it is the client’s Self that is leading in the healing, transference is reduced and clients do much of the work on their own, between sessions. Fifth, IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with their countertransference so they can remain in the open-hearted state of Self leadership with clients. Sixth, it frees therapists from the role of trying to police clients' symptoms like suicide, eating disorders, addictions, and self-mutilation. Seventh, therapists are free to be themselves, without having to be clever or controlling, and come to enjoy partnering in the fascinating and sacred process that naturally unfolds as clients heal themselves.

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises.

Monday
Introduction to IFS and overview of the process of IFS therapy

Tuesday
Working with resistant clients and/or difficult parts

Wednesday
IFS applied to couples

Thursday
IFS applied to groups, families, and larger systems

Friday
How to work with parts of the therapist that interfere with IFS therapy

- See more at: http://www.cape.org/2017/richard_schwartz.html#sthash.BDlN04Ia.dpuf

he Internal Family Systems Model is a method of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. It views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. The Self, a core of valuable leadership qualities, is our true nature–compassionate and loving. Although IFS has been most widely used as a treatment for trauma, it is a flexible model that provides abundant opportunities for application. IFS advances treatment in several areas: First, by showing respect and appreciation for the client’s protective parts, it reduces resistance and backlash. Second, it helps clients fully unburden the extreme beliefs and emotions they accrued from their traumas. Third, affect is regulated in a simple and effective way so that clients are not overwhelmed during sessions. Fourth, because it is the client’s Self that is leading in the healing, transference is reduced and clients do much of the work on their own, between sessions. Fifth, IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with their countertransference so they can remain in the open-hearted state of Self leadership with clients. Sixth, it frees therapists from the role of trying to police clients' symptoms like suicide, eating disorders, addictions, and self-mutilation. Seventh, therapists are free to be themselves, without having to be clever or controlling, and come to enjoy partnering in the fascinating and sacred process that naturally unfolds as clients heal themselves.

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises.

Monday
Introduction to IFS and overview of the process of IFS therapy

Tuesday
Working with resistant clients and/or difficult parts

Wednesday
IFS applied to couples

Thursday
IFS applied to groups, families, and larger systems

Friday
How to work with parts of the therapist that interfere with IFS therapy

- See more at: http://www.cape.org/2017/richard_schwartz.html#sthash.BDlN04Ia.dpuf

he Internal Family Systems Model is a method of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. It views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. The Self, a core of valuable leadership qualities, is our true nature–compassionate and loving. Although IFS has been most widely used as a treatment for trauma, it is a flexible model that provides abundant opportunities for application. IFS advances treatment in several areas: First, by showing respect and appreciation for the client’s protective parts, it reduces resistance and backlash. Second, it helps clients fully unburden the extreme beliefs and emotions they accrued from their traumas. Third, affect is regulated in a simple and effective way so that clients are not overwhelmed during sessions. Fourth, because it is the client’s Self that is leading in the healing, transference is reduced and clients do much of the work on their own, between sessions. Fifth, IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with their countertransference so they can remain in the open-hearted state of Self leadership with clients. Sixth, it frees therapists from the role of trying to police clients' symptoms like suicide, eating disorders, addictions, and self-mutilation. Seventh, therapists are free to be themselves, without having to be clever or controlling, and come to enjoy partnering in the fascinating and sacred process that naturally unfolds as clients heal themselves.

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises.

Monday
Introduction to IFS and overview of the process of IFS therapy

Tuesday
Working with resistant clients and/or difficult parts

Wednesday
IFS applied to couples

Thursday
IFS applied to groups, families, and larger systems

Friday
How to work with parts of the therapist that interfere with IFS therapy

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Fees:

$549.00 for one course
$450.00 for each additional course
Resident physicians and full-time graduate students $499.00 (Register by post only)

Contact:

To learn more and register, click HERE.

Internal Family Systems Therapy Embodying the Healing Wisdom

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. & Sarah Stewart, Psy.D., PLLC

Location:

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Schedule:

August 13th - 18th, 2017
(Schedule Subject to Change)

Sunday 7:30–9:30 pm

Monday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:45–3:45 pm

Tuesday 8:30–11:30 am, 1:45–3:45 pm, and 7:30–9:30 pm

Wednesday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:45–3:45 pm

Thursday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:45–3:45 pm

Friday 9:00–11:00 am

Description:

For everyone, including therapists, non-therapists, and seasoned IFS practitioners.

The world’s religions teach that there is an untarnished essence within us, a Self from which wisdom, healing, and spiritual energy flow. We rarely experience this Self because it is obscured by self-protective psychological mechanisms, or lost in the fear, pain, and shame of past trauma.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model helps you access the Self and bring its natural compassion and confidence into daily life. People who have used IFS report profound shifts in previously constraining feelings and beliefs. IFS introduces you to a detailed map of your psyche, including all subpersonalities and their inner conflicts. The Self then forms healing relationships with each of them.

Whether you want to deepen your skills or do personal work, this program offers the opportunity for transformative inner exploration and learning.

Fees:

Tuition: $530.00

Total housing costs for all program nights; meals included:
Dormitory: $435.00
Standard:
$575.00 and up

Standard Plus:
$875.00 and up

Contact:

To learn more about the program, click HERE.
To register, click HERE.

The Treatment of Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model: A Full day with Founder Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Presenter:

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Location:

TBD: Downtown Toronto

Schedule:

September 9, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Description:

Developed over the past three decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based model that offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based model that offers an empowering and non-pathologizing approach to treating trauma. It helps clients access an undamaged essence from which they heal the parts (subpersonalities) of them that continue to live in shock, pain, and shame.

Many trauma therapies propose that the existence of subpersonalities is a sign of pathology — a consequence of the fragmentation of the psyche by traumatic experiences. In contrast, the IFS model sees all parts as innately valuable components of a healthy mind. Trauma does not create these parts, but instead forces many of them out of their naturally valuable functions and healthy states into protective and extreme roles and makes them lose trust in the leadership of the client’s Self, which in IFS is an inner essence of calm, confidence, clarity, connectedness and creativity.

This essence does not need to be developed or cultivated and is not damaged by trauma. Most people, and particularly trauma clients, have little access to their Self in their daily lives because it is obscured by the protective parts that dominate them. When their parts trust that it is safe to allow their Self to manifest, clients will immediately display those strengths.

The goal then becomes not to eliminate parts but instead to help them relax into the knowledge that they no longer have to be so protective. IFS assists them in realizing that they are no longer under the same level of threat and that there exists a natural inner leader who they can trust. In this way, IFS brings family systems thinking to this internal family, understanding distressed parts in their context, just as family therapists do with problem children, and restoring inner leadership in a way that parallels the creation of secure attachments between parents and children.
Very often, trauma clients hold the belief that they have been so damaged that they will never heal and that their very essence is tarnished. When IFS clients experience that their trauma did not touch their essence and that they don’t have to meditate for years to begin to experience liberation from suffering they feel empowered and released from shame. They also learn that their parts are not what they seem, and that by turning toward parts with compassionate curiosity rather than trying to get rid of them, they transform into valuable qualities.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

• identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy

• know how to access their clients’ Self- a core of compassion and other leadership qualities

• deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort

• know how to utilize the clients’ Self to repair attachment injuries

• recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model

• identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles

• identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self

• utilize the model in treating trauma

• gain an awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact therapy

• apply IFS principles to transference and counter-transference

Fees:

Early Bird Special:

Register by June 15th for $175 ($225 after June 15)

Payment via PayPal includes 3% PayPal fee or you can e-transfer payment by email to Derek Scott.

Contact:

To register, please send an email to Derek Scott

To learn more about the workshop, click HERE