NOTE: Times are Eastern Standard Time
Instructor: Richard C. Schwartz, PhD
Location: Live on Zoom
Credits: 12 CEs
Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems, 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.
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. Dr. Schwartz will teach about 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. Through the concept of legacy burdens and the path to healing them, Dr. Schwartz will posit a way of understanding ethnic, racial and other differences related to intersecting identities that create paths to a more ethical and just approaches to working across differences between and among the people with whom we work.
Dr. Schwartz will discuss contraindications to using IFS therapy as well as the ways the model can and cannot be easily integrated with other approaches to trauma work. He will discuss current research on the model including limitations of the data and needs for further study.
Statement of Need: Prior to the pandemic there was a greater need for trauma trained mental health professionals than there were clinicians available. Currently, we are living in a time of significant added stress, trauma, complicated grief, and uncertainty. IFS is a model that was developed as an intervention to support clients with dangerous trauma reactive behaviors who were not responding well to traditional methods. This two-day workshop will provide clinicians working with a wide range of clients and traumatic reactions many concepts and methods to enhance their capacity to serve this population.
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
Schedule for Day 1
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 1:00 Definition of Self in IFS terms: Ways to Access Self of the Client Even in the Face of Trauma
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 - 3:30 Using the Client’s Self to Repair Attachment Injuries: Demonstration & Discussion
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:30 The IFS Model as an Internal Attachment Model: Didactic & Small Group Practice
Schedule for Day 2
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 1:00 Using the IFS Model to Treat Legacy Burdens: Demonstration & Discussion
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 - 3:30 Explore the Sources of Burdens and Fears: Video & Discussion
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 5:30 Strategies for Releasing Burdens and Fears: Didactic & Small Group Practice
5:30 - 5:45 Completion of workshop evaluation
- Explain the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy as they apply to working with trauma.
- Describe how the Internal Family Systems Model understands the primary route to healing trauma.
- Identify three major roles that wounded parts play in the inner system.
- List eight qualities that define Self.
- Describe how the IFS model is an internal attachment model.
- Explain parallels between external and internal attachment styles.
- Identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self.
- Define legacy burdens.
- Use two methods from the IFS model to stay grounded when working with traumatized clients.
- Compare the way IFS works with other models that use skill building to begin trauma work.
Early registration deadline is January 31, 2022.
NEAFAST members may access a discounted rate of $330. Black Therapists Rock, National Association of Black Counselors and all BIPOC clinicians may access an equity rate of $280.
Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
CEs will be availble at an additional cost for social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists and marriage & family therapists.
Email acknowledgments will be sent to confirm receipt of online registrations only.
An email will be sent a few days before the start date of the event with details about your program
CE certificates will be given within three weeks of the end of the event after you are fully paid and have completed the evaluation form.
- Therapy Training Boston is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6707 for Mental Health Counselors. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Therapy Training Boston is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
- This program is certified by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMFT professional continuing education.
- Application for social work continuing education credits have been submitted. Please contact us for the status of social work CE accreditation.
- Application is being made for psychology CE credit approval with our new APA approved CE co-sponsor.
PLEASE NOTE: Twelve continuing education credits for IFS Institute certification renewal have been approved.
Cancellations and Refunds
If participants cancel 30 days or more prior to the event beginning, they may apply the fee to a future program. Workshops may be cancelled by Therapy Training Boston if minimum enrollment requirements are not met or in the case of other unexpected circumstances. If this occurs, a full refund will be provided.
Target Audience: This offering is relevant to all helping professionals including but not limited to social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists.
Commercial support and conflicts of interest: There is no commercial support for this program. Dr. Schwartz has written and sells books on the topic through his publishers and on the IFS Institute website. As the founder of the Internal Family Systems Model, Dr. Schwartz is biased in his assessment of the model and benefits financially from the intensive training and certification that is offered by the IFS Institute.