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 training 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 (Dr. Frank Anderson, Toni Herbine-Blank, Mary Kruger, and Cece Sykes). 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 Training Modules are Fully Downloadable
You can watch all of the training 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.
How IFS Stacks Up: the Neuroscience of Parts and Achieving Separation
This module compares IFS to traditional phase-oriented treatment and looks at the difference between the mind and the brain. We explore neurons and networks to see how they relate to parts in IFS. Lastly, we take a closer look at unblending, direct access and getting permission from protective parts.
Self Energy, Empathy and the Neurobiology of Trauma
This module talks about Self energy and how it relates to therapists' parts, the therapeutic relationship and clients with little or no access Self. We also explore the neuroscience of Self and the neurobiology of PTSD.
Trauma Diagnoses and Extreme Protective Parts
This module looks at Borderline Personality Disorder, DID and Disorganized Attachment through the IFS lens while discussing the science underlying hyper-aroused and blunted protective parts. We see how neuroscience informs therapeutic techniques helping parts to unblend.
Unburdening and the Science of Permanent Healing
This module reviews the unburdening process while exploring common roadblocks to healing. Describing the importance of legacy burdens, checking in with exiles and the post-unburdening process, we conclude with a discussion of the the neuroscience underlying healing traumatic emotional wounds.
Intimacy from the Inside Out: Integrating the Intrapsychic and Interpersonal in Couple’s Therapy with Toni Herbine-Blank
This module will explore Internal Family Systems theory and technique in working with couples. Using IFS with couples, the therapist invites exploration of each partner’s individual inner life and also supports couples in envisioning a lively dance that includes communicating well, repairing inevitable rupture, making room for the needs of both individuals as well as the needs of the relationship, and exploring Self-to-Self connection.
This four-segment course will cover the very basic protocols of Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) These include: Tracking sequences or painful patterns of interactions, Courageous Communication and why doing deep intrapsychic work with one person while the other witnesses is a healing intervention.
Introduction to Intimacy from the Inside Out
In this segment we’ll look at the development of IFIO, an overview of the assumptions, the goals and the general components of the model. We’ll address the very basic road map and beginning protocols
In this module we look at how couples fight, the dilemma of protectors, how to begin to break negative patterns of interaction. We also offer an invitation to each partner to look inward as a way out of conflict.
In this segment we look at ways to help couples have safe and courageous conversations through unblending and affect regulation
Individual Work in the Presence of a Partner
In this segment we discuss why working with an individual in the presence of their partner is powerful for a couple. We also address the need to maintain a safe and predictable triangle for the work to be successful.
The Voices of Addiction: An IFS Perspective with Mary Kruger & Cece Sykes
IFS brings an innovative new perspective to working with addictions, eating disorders and other compulsive or self-harming behaviors. IFS moves us into another dimension of treatment with this challenging population, and expands clinical possibilities.
Whether we are working with a trauma survivor 'addicted' to self-negating behaviors, a risk-taking chronic substance abuser or the family members who love them, we will explore how to create the safe, non-shaming clinical environment necessary for this critical work. How to befriend and disarm intense and impulsive self-destructive protectors, as well as innovative approaches to the emotional pain of long-burdened exiles will be addressed.
Redefining “Addiction” - How will IFS Help?
- Intro of Trainers/Workshop
- Defining the Addictive Process
- Advantages – Why IFS?
- Key IFS Concepts for Working with Addiction
Treating a System not a Symptom
- Parts and Roles in Addictive Process
- Identifying the Inner System
- Importance of Tracking the Process
- Self-Spectrum…. Building a Self to Parts relationship
Befriending Addictive Parts
- Common Pitfalls with Extreme Protectors.
- Identifying Addictive Manager-Firefighter polarizations
- Working with Entrenched Systems.
- Therapists Parts and the Addictive System.
IFS and Addiction in Action
- Making the Paradigm Shift in Session
- Demonstration of IFS Assessment
- Demo of IFS & un-blending Polarizations
About the Founder and Contributing Lead Trainers
Frank Guastella Anderson, MD
Trauma, Neuroscience and IFS
Dr. Anderson completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is an executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and co-teaches the five-day Level 2 intensive training on IFS, Trauma and Neuroscience with Dick Schwartz. He has maintained a long affiliation with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.
Intimacy from the Inside Out
Toni Herbine-Blank is a Senior Lead Trainer for the Center for Self Leadership and developer of the Intimacy from the Inside Out curriculum for couples therapists. She practices in Durango, Colorado, where she lives with her husband Jordan and a menagerie of animals. She is a dynamic and down-to-earth presenter who leads trainings and retreats for therapists nationally and internationally.
Cece Sykes LCSW, ACSW
The Voices of Addiction
Cece Sykes is an IFS Senior Trainer and consultant with over thirty years of clinical experience with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in recovery from trauma and addictive process and her chapter “An IFS Lens on Addiction: Compassion for Extreme Parts” appears in Innovations and Elaborations in IFS (Routledge, 2016). Cece lectures and consults across the US and internationally and is widely recognized for her warmth, clarity and humor. She lives and works in the city of Chicago.
Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT
The Voices of Addiction
Mary Kruger is an AAMFT supervisor and an IFS Lead Trainer. She is founder of Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC; an IFS based group practice located in the New Haven, Ct. area. She also offers private therapy, consultations and workshops nationally and internationally. Mary developed the IFS Level 2 Training for Addictions and Eating Disorders several years ago. Mary has been working in the field of addictions, eating disorders and trauma, with individuals, couples, families and groups, for over twenty- five years. She has a passion for engaging with people; and shares her experiences in fun and creative ways.