Intro to Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Presence Integration


    This 16 hour virtual live program for mental health professionals covers the basic theory and protocol of the IFS model. It provides live demonstrations of the model and is unique in that it provides supported practice sessions. Techniques from Presence Psychotherapy are included to help clients more quickly access Self Energy.

    "Michelle has a deep understanding of this model" - Richard Schwartz, developer of Internal Family Systems

    In order to meet participants’s various learning styles, and to help reinforce the material presented, the IFS model with will be taught incrementally. Each step will be first presented didactically, then demonstrated with a live or video session excerpt, followed by break-out room triad groups where participants can practice what they just learned. In these interactive groups participants will have an opportunity to be a “therapist”, “client”, and “observer”. Participants are not required to work with personal material when they are the client and can present a client’s part. Practice group will be supported and guided by IFS therapists who have been selected for their striking ability to understand the model and for their warmth and Presence.
    This program is geared toward mental health professionals who are beginners to IFS.

    Michelle is an approved IFS consultant and IFS certified therapist who has received ongoing individual consultation from RIchard Schwartz.

    By the end of the program participants will be more able to:

    - Define IFS terms: Protectors, Exiles, Self, and Blended.
    - Describe the difference between IFS managers and firefighters.
    - Name the “C” words to describe Self.
    - Demonstrate how to help client Unblend from a part.
    - Demonstrate how to help client experience curiosity and compassion for one of their parts
    - List the first 4 F’s of the IFS model.
    - Name 2 ways to help a Protector to Step back so Self can Lead
    - Demonstrate 5 basic Steps of the Internal Family Systems Model Protocol
    - Describe how to introduce mindfulness techniques to clients.
    - Explain how mindfulness exercises can be used to reduce anxiety and depression.
    - Explain the difference between mindfulness and presence.
    - Explain the difference between presence and Self.
    - Demonstrate how to present 3 presence practices to client


    Fri April 21 2023: 12:30-2:45 EST
    Sat April 22: 1-4:15 EST
    Fri May 5th: 12:30-2:30 EST
    Sat May 6th: 1-4:30 EST
    Fri May 19th: 12:30-2:30 EST
    Sat May 20th: 1-4:30 EST


    Social Workers, Family therapists and LPCS: This course is approved for 16 continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ through August 31, 2024. NJ family therapy and counselor boards recognize NASW approved CE courses. Many states accept NASW-NJ approved courses.

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