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IFS Parts – Yours & Theirs: What Every Successful IFS Therapist Needs to Know

February 6 – 10, 2023   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily   |   USD$949 / CAD$1,234

Presented by Frank Anderson

Frank Anderson - IFS Parts
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR

About this workshop

Develop a road map for dealing with your most challenging clients based on the IFS Model of Therapy.

Frank provides an overview of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of Therapy, focusing on gaining competency in working with protective parts of the client, as well as being able to identify and work with the parts of yourself that can get activated when working with your most challenging clients.

Together, we will review the healing process according to the IFS model of therapy and discuss the spiritual dimensions of healing. Throughout the week, we will use meditations, experiential exercises, and practice groups.

Each therapist will gain an understanding of the basic principles of IFS with an awareness and strategy for dealing with the parts of themselves that get activated. You will also walk away with a road map of how to be with your client’s most challenging symptoms.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will have learned to:

  • Describe the Internal Family Systems (“IFS”) model of therapy.
  • Describe the concepts of Self, the qualities of Self, and Self energy.
  • Identify the 6 F’s in working with Protective Parts.
  • Explain how to work with the protective parts of a client.
  • Identify the goal of working with Protectors.
  • Explain the IFS concept of wounds and shame cycles.
  • Develop an awareness and strategy for dealing with the parts of the therapist that get activated by a client.
  • Discuss how IFS manages healing and the unburdening process.
  • Describe the IFS concepts of attachment and trauma.
  • Demonstrate how to integrate IFS with other therapeutic modalities.
  • Describe the IFS concepts of complex trauma wounds and legacy burdens.

CE Credits

This workshop is approved for 16.25 CE hours by Praxis Continuing Education and Training.

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Highlights from Frank's November 7 virtual Q&A
Matthias Barker joins Frank in Cancun!
Matthias Barker - Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun

Matthias Barker has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has been formally trained for treating complex trauma, anxiety, and marital issues.

In his clinical practice, Matthias treats a large variety of mental disorders and difficult life circumstances. He is the author of two e-books, On Grief and On Avoiding Burnout. In addition, he has released over eight public workshops focusing on trauma, anxiety, boundaries with parents, and couples’ conflict.

Matthias Barker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

Learn more about Matthias

Matthias Barker, Clinical mental health counselor specializing in treating complex trauma, anxiety, and marital issues

Additional Workshop Details

Target Audience:
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Graduate Students in accredited programs in these fields

What level of knowledge should the attendee have in this topic?

Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
9:00 am – 10:30 am Model overview
The goals of IFS
Identifying types of parts
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Systems thinking
Qualities of Self (the 8 C’s)
Self Energy
9:00 am – 10:30 am The 6 F’s
The first 3 F’s
Common protector fears
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Polarizations & Alliances
Alliances between parts
9:00 am – 10:30 am Direct Access, Updating the Part
Dealing with the Overwhelm
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Vulnerability
Wounded parts
Various Wounds
Shame Cycles
9:00 am – 10:30 am How IFS handles Healing
The Unburdening Process
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Steps to the post Unburdening Process
Integration & Repair
Legacy burdens
9:00 am – 10:30 am 3 categories of Extreme Reactions
Therapist Parts
10:30 am – 10:45 am Morning break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Protective parts, clients, and wounded parts
Receiving help or messages from beyond

*Breaks not applicable for CEs.

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