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The Treatment of Trauma and The Internal Family Systems Model

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 4:45pm
Individual Registration: $300, $280 early registration received by 1/26/13, Group Registration: $270 per person for two or more, $250 early registration per person groups of two or more by 1/26/13 PLEASE NOTE: GROUPS MUST REGISTER TOGETHER ONLINE OR BY MAIL
51 Kondazian Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Join us for this special event, a 2 day workshop with Dick Schwartz on Tuesday and Wednesday Febraury 26 & 27, 2013! 

We will learn together from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday and 9 am to 4:45 pm on Wednesday.

Developed over the past two decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is one of the fastest growing approaches to psychotherapy today.  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 relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients.  He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.  He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

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 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.  

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
Registration Instructions: 

To pay by mail: download and mail in the registration form or register online, include a check with a note indicating which event you plan to attend.  Please make your check out to Liz Brenner and mail to 51 Kondazian Street Watertown MA 02472. To register now here

Registration form (by mail): 
Workshop CEUs: 

Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 12 CEUs for both days approved for LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, RN, Substance Abuse Counselors, MA licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors and Educators. CEU certificates will be given at the end of the event after you are fully paid and have completed the evaluation form.

Additional info: 

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. He co-authored, with Michael Nichols, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the U.S.  Dr. Schwartz was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois to disseminate information about the IFS model nationally and internationally.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz serves on editorial boards of four professional journals.  He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS. His books include: You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships;  Internal Family Systems TherapyIntroduction to the Internal Family Systems Model;  and The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors (with Regina Goulding);  as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer), about transcending current models of family therapy.  

Workshop policies: 

Workshop Policies

A full breakfast will be served during registration for the workshop from 8 to 8:45 am.  Please arrive by 8:45 to register and be in your seat by 9 am.  Mid morning and afternoon snacks are served.  Lunch is on your own at the many local restaurants or you may bring your lunch and eat in our dining area.  There is a refrigerator, toaster and microwave available for your use.