A Monthly Learning Community for IFS Practitioners & Therapists

Welcome!

The Center for Self Leadership is pleased to present the IFS Online Continuity Program.

We created this special membership program and practitioner community to deepen the knowledge and skills of those who are enrolled in or have completed IFS Level 1 Training, and those who have already participated in the IFS Online Circle.

Each month we in the IFS Online Continuity Program will come together for in-depth discussion of different applications of the IFS model, as well as other topics of high importance for IFS practitioners.

You will be able to participate in LIVE monthly calls with me and some of our best trainers. A highlight for me each month will be sharing case studies and demos so that you can see the elegance and subtleties of the IFS model in action and how to navigate challenging clients. We will solicit case studies from you as well as ask for volunteers from among our participants to demo with me.

We have a very exciting line-up of teachings planned for this first year. Here is a taste of some of the topics we will be exploring in the coming year:

IFS and Depression, Anxiety, & Shame Led by Michael Elkin and Ann Sinko
Working with Children, Adolescents and Families Led by Pamela Krause
IFS, Diversity, and Inclusion: All Parts are Welcome Trainer TBA

These modules parallel the IFS Level 2 multi-topic intensive trainings from CSL. Each of these new modules will be announced and released as the program gets underway.

Again I want to be clear that just like our previous IFS Online Circle this all-new Continuity Program is not designed to replace our Level 1, 2, and 3 trainings. For those of you who wish to practice IFS, we encourage you to enroll in a Level 1 IFS training if you haven't already done so. You can learn more about IFS trainings here.

We are thrilled to be offering this new online community as a global platform for continuous learning, where practitioners around the world can stay connected, share ideas, and support each other.

We invite you to join us today.

In appreciation,

Dr. Richard Schwartz
Founder, Center for Self Leadership

P.S. This is an ongoing annual subscription program. We are pleased to offer a discount for those who would like to pay annually; we also offer a quarterly payment option. Since the program is starting very soon, enrollment will only be open for a short period of time.

P.P.S. This program is approved for 15 CEs per module, or 45 CEs for an entire year, which you can purchase for a nominal fee.

"In a complex world, systems thinking is the tool of choice. To my knowledge, it has never before been put to such good use as it has in Richard Schwartz's model of the Internal Family Systems.”
--Ron Kurtz, B.A., Developer of the Hakomi Method of Body Centered Psychotherapy

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.

 

AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:

INSIDE THE UPCOMING MONTHLY TEACHINGS

Spring Module

IFS and Depression, Anxiety and Shame with Michael Elkin and Ann Sinko

Anxiety and depression are the most presented symptoms of people seeking psychotherapy and shame is the engine that fuels both. How you define a problem limits its solutions. Questions we will explore include: Is depression anger turned inward? Unresolved grief? A chemical imbalance?  Is anxiety low self-esteem? An inability to make decisions? Fear? Or just free floating? What if we did not have to define, but rather ask?

The IFS model provides us an innovative way of understanding and working with these universal human problems. Understanding that our symptoms are actually the coping mechanism of our parts trying to protect us from pain, provides a framework that makes entrenched symptoms workable.  

This four-month module is an in-depth exploration of shame, depression and anxiety through the lens of the IFS model. Our intent is to challenge your beliefs and enhance your understanding of the systemic organizing nature of shame. This course will deepen your IFS skills and provide more tools for your IFS tool box.

May

The IFS Paradigm of Depression, Anxiety and Shame

This month will highlight how IFS defines depression and anxiety, not as a disorder but as a coping mechanism responding to a constraint in the internal or external system. This understanding provides a foundation for a uniquely powerful approach to these all too common symptoms

You will learn:

  • How IFS compares and contrasts with other models of treatment for depression, anxiety and shame
  • How a relational and systemic approach can uncover and heal deep shame where other methods might get stuck
  • The impact of shame as an organizing principle in our internal systems

June

The Heart of the Matter: Shame and Shaming

We will explore the most common constraint to a balanced and harmonious internal system. Shame (the experience of one's badness) is the most common burden our parts carry. Please join us as we explore the connection between anxiety, depression and shame.  

In this month we will cover:

  • Defining shame and shaming
  • The shame/blame cycle
  • How systems organize around shame
  • The Alcoholic belief system
  • Exiles: The embodiment of shame
  • Legacy Burdens

July

The Many Faces and Flavors of Anxiety and Depression

We will delve into the protective system; polarizations and alliances, protector strategies and therapist parts. These constellations of parts evolve when there has been a loss of Self leadership and are more effectively helped when addressed systemically in relationship to one another.

In this month you will learn to:

  • Understand the Common Constellations of protectors that can cause depression and anxiety
  • Recognize and work with different protector strategies
  • Handle polarizations and alliances
  • Differentiate grief from depression, and how to approach each

August

Strategies for working with Depression, Anxiety and Shame

This will be an in-depth exploration of obstacles and strategies for working with these obstacles. We will present case examples and highlight what we have found to work even in the most entrenched internal systems.

In this month we will cover:

  • Clinical examples
  • Obstacles and their solutions
  • Addressing parts' fears and concerns
  • Using Direct Access in difficult systems

Thank you for making this possible. Everything was positive about it for me. The highlights were getting more intensive training than is possible in regular IFS trainings. It is so helpful to have the phone calls and sessions available on PDF. I loved being able to study at my pace. The demos are really helpful. Also the opportunity to see how Dick works was such a privilege and learning experience. It made me feel more connected and inspired by the model.

J. Chrisman

Fall Module

Working with Children, Adolescents and Families with Pamela Krause

The program will focus on how to adapt the basic principles of IFS for use with children, adolescents, and their families. We’ll explore the use of traditional in-sight in a younger population and teach a variety of externalizing techniques available to help parts unblend. 

The program will also address the use of IFS in play therapy. We will also address the use of IFS with parents/guardians and how polarizations impact the adult/child relationship.

September

Translating IFS Concepts for Use with Children & Adolescents

In September we will cover the similarities and differences between using IFS with adults and with dependent children. Pam will cover some fundamentals of setting up an IFS-friendly environment for working with a child or adolescent.

In this month you will learn:

  • About Burdening and how it occurs
  • The impact of polarizations and power differentials between children and adults and how that impacts the work with dependent children
  • How to contact with parents to work with their children
  • Self-led rules for working with children and adolescents

October

The Use of Implicit Direct Access

Pam will introduce the importance of implicit direct access when working with children and adolescents. We will do an exercise to help participants find parts of them that may interfere with their ability to use direct access. There will also be a demonstration of using IFS when playing a board game.

In this month we will cover:

  • Identifying parts that blend and block our ability to use direct access
  • Using direct access during general play younger children
  • Using direct access with adolescents
  • How to use direct access with board/card games

November

In-sight: Using Externalizing Techniques to Help Parts Unblend

Pam will begin by addressing the use of in-sight with adolescents and children especially using externalizing techniques to help parts unblend. The second part of the material will address specific challenges of working with adolescents.

In this month you will learn:

  • Using externalizing techniques – animal figures and clay
  • A demonstration of externalizing parts
  • How polarizations and alignments impact the work with adolescents
  • Therapists’ parts and adolescents

December

The Parent/Child Relationship and Its Impact on Healing

The final month will focus on working with the child’s parents/guardians. We will explore in depth the impact of parent/guardian’s parts on the child and the child’s ability to heal. Pam will also review ways to help parents/guardians support their child thru the healing process and integrate the change into the external family system.

In this month we will cover:

  • Identifying polarized parts between the parent and child
  • Helping parents find, be curious about, and possibly heal their own parts that impact their child
  • How the power differential between the parent/guardian and child impact the work
  • Teaching parents how to support the healing of their child

A colleague showed me how easy it was to access modules and materials, I gave it a try, and I was hooked! Thank you for all the obvious effort you've put into this remarkable training from a content perspective and the technical side.

B.L., Denver, NC

Winter Module

IFS, Diversity, and Inclusion: All Parts are Welcome

One quality of Self is connectedness—not only the desire to connect, but knowledge that we are all connected, so when one of us suffers, we all suffer. In this module, we will explore how IFS can be used to witness and unburden our racist, prejudiced, or biased parts as well as unburden and heal parts hurt by the externalized bias of others. We will also focus on how we work with our own systems to better receive those clients who are demographically and culturally different from ourselves to achieve an “all parts welcome” connection.  

About the Founder and Contributing Lead Trainers

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., Founder of CSL and Creator of the IFS Model

Richard Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of Associate Professor at both institutions. He is coauthor, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Michael Elkin, LMFT
Depression, Anxiety and Shame

Michael Elkin is an IFS senior trainer who has been involved with the model since 1995.  He has been a popular presenter, conducting scores of trainings and workshops throughout the US and Europe and has taught level one trainings in Boston every year since 2003.  He was a pioneer in applying hypnotic and strategic approaches to addiction treatment and has integrated those tools into IFS treatment.  He is the author of, “Families Under the Influence” and several articles.

Ann Sinko, LMFT
Depression, Anxiety and Shame

Ann Sinko has been a creative therapist for over 30 years.  She is a senior IFS trainer and has integrated the IFS Model into all facets of her work with families, couples, individuals and groups.  Ann is a natural teacher.  She brings a down to earth, concrete style along with a sense of humor to her teaching.  Currently, she uses her gifts to teach IFS, (level 1 and 2), and workshops.  Ann has been adjunct faculty in the Marriage and Family therapy program at Central CT State University since 1995 and is in private practice in Portland, CT.  She authored a chapter on Legacy Burdens in "Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy.”

Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW
Working with Children, Adolescents, and Families

Pamela Krause is a IFS Senior Trainer with over 20 years of clinical experience with adults, adolescents, and children. She has developed a method of applying the IFS model to children and adolescents. Her chapter on this topic is included in IFS New Dimensions (Routledge, 2016) and she has co-authored a chapter on using IFS and EMDR in EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children (Springer, 2013). She lives and works near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here is what we will cover in our next two modules:

Spring Module: IFS and Depression, Anxiety, & Shame

 May 2018: The IFS Paradigm of Depression, Anxiety and Shame

May 23, Call with Dick Schwartz, 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT
May 31, Call with Michael Elkin/Ann Sinko, 11:30amET/10:30am CT/9:30am MT/8:30am PT

June 2018: The Meat of the Matter: Shame and Shaming

June 20, Call with Dick Schwartz, 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT
June 28, Call with Michael Elkin/Ann Sinko, 11:30amET/10:30am CT/9:30am MT/8:30am PT

July 2018: The Many Faces and Flavors of Anxiety and Depression

July 11, Call with Dick Schwartz, 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT
July 19, Call with Michael Elkin/Ann Sinko, 11:30amET/10:30am CT/9:30am MT/8:30am PT

August 2018: Strategies for working with Depression, Anxiety and Shame

August 8, Call with Dick Schwartz, 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT
August 16, Call with Michael Elkin/Ann Sinko, 11:30amET/10:30am CT/9:30am MT/8:30am PT

Fall Module: Working with Children, Adolescents and Families

September 2018: Translating IFS Concepts for Use with Children & Adolescents

October: 2018 The Use of Implicit Direct Access

November 2018: In-sight: Using Externalizing Techniques to Help Parts Unblend

December 2018: The Parent/Child Relationship and Its Impact on Healing

Winter Module: IFS, Diversity and Inclusion: All Parts Are Welcome

Call times subject to change

Jointly sponsored by Commonwealth Seminars, the Center for Self Leadership is pleased to offer 15 CEs for each module of the IFS Continuity Program.

For more detailed information about CEs, please click here.

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Summary of the IFS Online Continuity Program

  • 1. Monthly Live Teachings and Q&A with IFS Founder Dr. Richard Schwartz [Annual Value $997]
  • 2. Monthly Live Teachings from IFS Lead Trainers [Annual Value $997]
  • 3. Printable Transcripts of ALL Teachings Calls, Videos, and Supporting Materials [Annual Value $197]
  • 4. Private Membership Site with Monthly Video and Audio Teachings [Annual Value $497]
  • 5. All Materials are Fully Downloadable [Annual Value $197]
  • 6. Private Internal Family Systems Facebook Group [Annual Value Priceless]

Annual Membership Value: $2,885+

Enrollment is closed. Click here to join the waitlist.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

We want all of our community members to be as thrilled with the information that we’re providing as we are and we’re confident that you WILL be totally satisfied. But if you’re not, for whatever reason, you can simply email us within 30 days and get your money back…no questions asked. I want to thank you in advance for joining us. Dr. Dick Schwartz

Oh so many things I don't know where to start, it has been fabulous. I have recommended it to many many colleagues....I like the part about the therapist watching her own parts and recognizing that as soon as the client walks in the room you are doing direct access. Some of the language has changed since I was trained and that was helpful. Love the authenticity of all the trainers! Really like the idea of revisiting the unburden part for at least four weeks encouraging follow up at home. You all worked beautifully together and are suburb example of Self energy. I am re-energized and more excited than ever about IFS. Thank you!

Being able to watch at my own rhythm and rewind in order to understand details of presentations, demos etc... Having several people presenting gave a more varied interpretation of the model. Being able to watch the demos being explained by the therapist gave me a deeper unique understanding of the process.

Having saved all the trainings and demos and monthly calls I feel like I have your wisdom and answers accessible whenever I need to ask. Ditto for the Facebook group. They deepen and further articulate issues that have been covered in the Level 1 & 2 but it's great to have the online sessions to refer to.

Having taken Level I and Level II, I am finding that listening to the videos 3-4 years after completing Level II is very helpful with respect to enabling me to further integrate my understanding and use of the IFS principles.

I feel that it gave me a good foundation for implementing IFS into my practice... the videos were engaging, the tech part easy, the visual presentation very accessible.

I like the flexibility of when I can listen, and like that it is an ongoing way for me to keep thinking in an IFS framework. I also learned a lot about the flow of the model.

Steven

I also found the transparency of the trainers, how vulnerable and real they were, to be helpful and engaging.

Teawrite

Sequential, clear, user-friendly info, too many to even name! I resisted registering for a few months because I've found online training to be so technically undependable, complicated to access, user-unfriendly, poor sound quality, etc. I'm NOT techie so I just didn't want the hassle. This training, in addition to its expert, excellent leadership, provides a refreshing experience using technology to learn counseling. A colleague showed me how easy it was to access modules and materials, I gave it a try, and I was hooked! Thank you for all the obvious effort you've put into this remarkable training from a content perspective and the technical side

Bronah

Thank you for making this possible. Everything was positive about it for me. The highlights were getting more intensive training than is possible in regular IFS trainings. It is so helpful to have the phone calls and sessions available on PDF. I loved being able to study at my pace. The demos are really helpful. Also the opportunity to see how Dick works was such a privilege and learning experience. It made me feel more connected and inspired by the model.

J. Chrisman

The clarity of teaching from those with such a depth of experience who can communicate that in an accessible way so I can meet it and take it in. Then return to it later with a particular client in mind and I take it in at a different level. The humanity, heart and humour has been particularly appreciated. I'm also grateful for the smoothness and professionalism of the technology. Having this resource has helped to build my confidence and knowledge (and experience of my parts) and definitely helped me become more active in using IFS for myself (in therapy and supervision) and with clients.

Emma

The quality, the depth, the step by step, the accessibility to go at my own pace and review over and over again. WOW. Just WOW.