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 (Michael Elkin, Ann Sinko, and Pamela Krause). 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.
The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion: Transcending the Limitations of Biased Beliefs Toward a Truly “All Parts Welcome” Experience
Are All Parts Truly Welcome?
What if we could help our patients parts to look toward them for safety without having to make anyone “other?” Would you like to help your patients world reflect more diversity and richness in ways it currently may not? Would you like to help patients respond effectively in an external world that is often not welcoming to all parts?
In this first session, we will discuss the concepts of both explicit and implicit bias and how the parts that hold these known or unknown beliefs may inform our patients decisions/attitudes toward people who may be different and interfere with our patients ability to form Self-to-Self connection.
- Apply a meditation to connect us inside and with each other
- Discuss what is implicit bias? Where do we see it in our community or clinical setting?
- Utilize the model that we call “Implicit Bias From the Outside In”
- Learn a meditation to begin to connect with our own explicit and implicitly held biased beliefs and use this as a tool help patients identify their own bias protectors.
Protectors and Bias
In this session we as mental health professionals will begin to deepen our understanding of how our clients parts hold biased beliefs as protectors. We will demonstrate how we can access and respond to these parts within ourselves as well as with clients in Self-led ways that are potentially transformative, both internally and relationally, using the IFS model. We will use role plays and discussion to demonstrate the clinical application of the model and anchor this information internally.
In this month we will cover:
- Accessing and responding to protectors in ourselves as clinicians and for our patients
- A meditation to center inside and help clients center themselves
- The beliefs of biased protectors
Beyond Our Limiting Beliefs
In this module we demonstrate, in the clinical setting how to work with the patient's parts in the protective system that limit their access to Self awareness and/or keep them mired in limiting beliefs. Using a videotaped demonstration of the work, we will show the protocol that allows us to demonstrate how to access biased beliefs, in the therapeutic setting, in a safe and non-shaming way so that as therapists, we can then help these parts hold fewer obstacles for our patients to connect with others who are somehow different from them.
In this month you will learn to:
- Work with patients protective systems around limiting beliefs
- Use the protocol that allows access to biased beliefs
- Connect with Self across differences
Strategies for working with Bias
In this module we will lead clinicians in a guided meditation for our patients so that they can access their own parts that hold biased beliefs. Participants will be guided in a reliable sequence to access these parts, often previously unknown to our patients. We then continue to work toward understanding the roles these parts have had in the patient's system and why. We will demonstrate how to access the exiles these parts have been protecting in ourselves and for patients and bring them whatever help is needed, including unburdening them if possible and then unburdening their protectors.
Participants will then have opportunity to process the experience in the larger group.
In this month we will cover:
- Guided meditation to access and work with implicitly held biases within ourselves as clinicians and for use with patients
- Accessing exiles
- Closing the module
IFS treatment of Sexual Trauma (presenters TBD)
The cycles of sexual trauma are a painful, corrosive, and often hidden force in every human society and for all of history. Now in the era of #metoo, we struggle to know how best to care for and bring healing to all those who've been victimized . Meanwhile, developing effective methods to break the patterns among sex offenders and harassers so that they no longer victimize others have been elusive. Join us as we share an IFS approach to help those who've been sexually traumatized to enhance Self leadership and find healing. The presenters will also consider the internal system of the sexual offender and how they may better understand their inner world in order to break their patterns of sexual predation.
Kate Lingren, LICSW
The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion
Kate Lingren in a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over 30 years of experience. She is a Certified IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapist and on the faculty of Intimacy From the Inside Out (using IFS in couples work) as an Assistant Trainer. She is also on the faculty of Boston College School of Social Work, where she teaches a class on IFS. Most recently she has been on a quest to discover, welcome and heal her parts that hold both explicit and implicit biases in an effort to more fully embody her true Self. Kate lives and practices in the Boston area and in Martha’s Vineyard.
Percy Ballard, MD
The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion
Percy Ballard, MD is a psychiatrist who graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed general psychiatry residency training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He completed Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, 2 and 3 trainings during his residency. He has been practicing IFS psychotherapy and medication management for 9 years in the greater Boston area, including 4 years at an LGBT community healthcare center (Fenway Health). He currently practices IFS psychotherapy and psychopharmacology at Psych Garden, a team-oriented addictions-focused clinic in the Greater Boston Area. He has presented at numerous workshops and conferences on the topics of IFS psychotherapy, implicit bias, race, culture and legacy burdens, including several workshops with the founding developer of the model Richard Schwartz, PhD. Apart from therapy, he is an avid meditator in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions, a competitive martial artist of several East Asian systems, and a shameless dancer when the opportunity arises.