IFS - An Evidence-Based Therapy System
We are pleased to share with the professional therapy community the exciting news that the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is now posted on NREPP as an evidence-based practice.
NREPP is the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Interventions listed in NREPP, now including IFS, have been subject to independent, rigorous scrutiny and are deemed to show significant impact on individual outcomes relating to mental health.
1. Monthly Case Study Calls and Demos with Dr. Richard Schwartz
Dick Schwartz will be joining you each month for a live teaching call, focusing on demos and case studies. As a participant, we will prioritize demos and case studies that you submit. You can always catch a replay at your convenience in the membership site.
2. Monthly Calls with Lead Trainers on IFS Applications
There will be a monthly interactive teaching call with our featured IFS senior trainer (upcoming module: Nancy Wonder). They will take you through different areas of learning, applications, exercises, and case studies and provide time for Q & A.
3. Printable Transcripts of ALL Teachings Calls, Videos, and Supporting Materials
Each month we will transcribe all of the videos and teachings so that you can review and make your own personal notes on the teachings.
4. Private Membership Site with Monthly Video and Audio Teachings
Each month you will get teachings from contributing IFS lead trainers that will take you through different areas of learning, applications, exercises, and case studies.
5. All Video Teaching Modules are Fully Downloadable
You can watch all of the videos at your leisure (including the live calls with demos and case consults) and everything in the site. Everything will be downloadable except demos to protect confidentiality.
6. Engaging Private Facebook Community
Discuss the learning material and ask for help from an international community of IFS practitioners.
Sexual Abuse Treatment
This module describes how IFS approaches sexual abuse treatment and differs from traditional trauma treatment. This module will cover:
- Describing the problem
- What IFS offers to sexual abuse treatment
- Parts that will Emerge in IFS SA treatment
- Steps of working with Sexual Abuse
Case Studies Working with Sexual Abuse
This module describes two case studies, that will illustrate what parts come up in sexual abuse treatment and how to work with the multiplicity around sexual abuse.
The module will cover:
- Case Study involving a client impacted by sexual harassment in the work place.
- Case Study involving a complex trauma, CSA client
IFS Sexual Perpetrator Treatment
This module will describe the problem of sexual violence and describe a continuum of severity. Then it will offer a view of how IFS will work with sexually acting out cases that we normally see in our offices.
- Describing the problem
- What IFS offers to sexual acting out treatment
- Parts that will emerge in IFS treatment of sexually acting out behaviors
- Steps of working with sexual acting out
Case Studies Working with Sexually Acting Out Parts
This module will cover two case studies showing the steps of working with a person arrested for a sexual crime and another person who had an addiction to pornography.
- Case Study of client who was arrested for “up skirt” photos
- Case Study of client addicted to pornography
The degree to which parts go to extreme measures regarding food and the body depends on the combined impact of a number of factors. These include genetics, where and with whom you were raised, race, social class, sexual orientation, and trauma history. The question is not whether parts of you carry burdens but rather how many and how extreme they are.
This four-month training module examines how the Internal Family Systems Model can be used to heal burdens regarding food and the body. We start by identifying common beliefs about dieting and weight, our own implicit biases, and legacy burdens that keep us stuck in polarized relationships with food and our bodies. Using meditations and experiential exercises you’ll explore how and why you’ve taken on these beliefs and how to heal these to shift from judging yourself and others to being more curious and compassionate.
We’ll look at how food and body-related burdens and internalized weight stigma impact your work as an IFS practitioner and how to work with these to maximize your ability to detect and work effectively with clients’ parts. We will include case material from the vantage point of the therapist and nutritionist that illustrate how we work with clients to transform their relationships from inflexible and critical to collaborative and Self-led. We will identify common stuck points and considerations for when to refer to higher levels or adjunctive treatment modalities.
Nancy Wonder, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
IFS Treatment for Sexual Abuse: Victims and Perpetrators
Dr. Wonder is a psychologist in private practice in Tallahassee, Florida who has over 15 years experience with Internal Family Systems. She is a co-lead trainer for the Center for Self-Leadership and a Senior Faculty for Intimacy From the Inside Out. Dr. Wonder offers consultation to therapists learning the IFS and IFIO models. She has worked with sexual abuse treatment her entire career, including with individuals who have experienced sexual trauma as well as those who have parts that have sexually acted out. Dr. Wonder also published a case study of an individual who had a pornography addiction. She finds the IFS model to be a powerful intervention for both victims and perpetrators.
Diana Dugan Richards RDN LDN
Using IFS to Heal Relationships with Food and the Body
Diana Dugan Richards, registered, licensed dietitian and certified IFS practitioner and nutrition therapist served over eight years as a clinical nutrition manager at a Boston academic medical institution before establishing her private practice in 2007. She has utilized Internal Family Systems in her practice since 2011 for clients with disordered and dysfunctional eating, digestive health issues, and vegetarian / vegan dietary lifestyles.