Instructors: Ann E. Drouilhet, LICSW, LMFT with Liz Brenner, LICSW
Location: Waltham, MA
Credits: 6 CEs
Ann will teach participants how to track sequences of interaction between couples which include how parts of them interact with each other in repetitive, problematic patterns. She will illustrate a skillful way to invite each couple member to be willing to work on what they bring to the relational impasse. Participants will learn how to help individual clients bring their best Selves to their relationships. This is accomplished by helping each individual be the primary caretaker for their own emotional needs. Participants will learn how to help individual clients to unblend (be at a reflective distance) from protective parts that defend them thus allowing them to bring Self Leadership to the relationship (allow their wise Self to be in relationship with their partner). Strategies to help them be the primary caretaker for their own vulnerabilities allow them to also show up in healthy ways for and with their partners. Protocols for doing individual parts work in the context of couple therapy will be taught. A model for helping clients speak for rather than from their parts (i.e. speaking about reactive thoughts and feelings rather than acting them out in the session) in a way that creates the possibility of generative conversations that enhance intimacy will be shown.
Ann brings a deep knowledge of family systems, Internal Family Systems and IFIO thinking and practices to her teaching of this model of couple therapy. This workshop is open to helping professionals who have a range of experience with IFS and IFIO. It will be a thorough introduction to those who are new to the model and an intensive review and deepening of practice for those who have been exposed to the work. Before or after the workshop, participants will be glad to read Toni Herbine-Blank’s book Intimacy from the Inside Out: Courage and Compassion in Intimate Relationships. A basic review of the IFS model, The Larger Self, written by Richard Schwartz will be shared with participants prior the workshop to help everyone be oriented to the content of the training.
Outline for the Workshop
Introduction and review of the assumptions and constructs in IFS Therapy
Introduction to the Assumptions of IFIO
Exploration of Therapist Parts and Parts of the Therapist
Guided meditation to discover aspects of the participant in relationship that can bring gifts and challenges in their role as couple therapist
10:45 am to 12:30 pm
Introduction to the IFIO “Road Map”
Explanation and demonstration of the steps to Tracking a Sequence
Video demonstrating Tracking a Sequence
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Explanation and demonstration of Courageous Communication
Video demonstrating Courageous Communication
3 to 4:30 pm
Explanation and demonstration of Unblending
Exercise to practice Unblending
Introduction to working with an individual in the presence of their partner
4:00 to 4:45 Feedback and Evaluation
Completion of workshop evaluations
- List a few essential assumptions of the IFIO model that differentiate it from other models of couple therapy
- Explain the theory and describe the methods of each of the four core protocols of the IFIO model
- Identify and “unblend” from parts of the therapist that may interfere with the effective application of the IFIO model in couple therapy
50 Church St.
Waltham, MA 02452
Places to stay for out of towners:
The Walker Center in Auburndale is a quirky, homey place to stay in a set of historic buildings. The staff is very friendly. We hold some of our events there. It's a 10 - 15 minute Lyft/Uber ride to the venue and is accessible from the airport on the Green line (1/4 mile walk from Riverside Station). Details here
There are two commuter rail stops in Waltham. One is called Waltham (1/3 mile walk to First Parish Waltham)
Here are Waltham AirBnBs. You may find places near enough to walk to the workshop which is close to the downtown area with LOTS of restaurants and shops.
Here is a link to local hotels/motels
Group Registration: $130 per person for groups of two or more, $125 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 9/6/19. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
Members of Clinicians United, Black Therapists Rock, NEAFAST and people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $120. Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
OR You may register by snail mail by downloading the registration form and sending it with your check.
Group registrants must register together online and/or mail multiple checks in the same envelope to get the discount.
Your space is not secured for an event until we receive payment.