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Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

Program Information


1. Investigate Internal Family Systems (IFS) concepts, steps and techniques to broaden treatment intervention options.
2. Appraise how IFS brings a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders by translating common comorbidities into parts language.
3. Analyze the IFS view that client’s symptoms and psychopathology are attempts to solve an emotional problem.
4. Inspect a clinical session to deepen one’s understanding of IFS treatment strategies.
5. Practice clinical interventions to enhance effectiveness in sessions.
6. Appraise the benefits of applying IFS to one’s current clinical practice.


Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Origins of IFS – the work of Richard Schwartz, PhD

A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience

Apply inner resources and self-compassion for healing

How to heal implicit memory wounds

Harness neuroscience for techniques that cure traumatic wounds

Study limitations: small sample size, no control group

Clinical considerations for clients experiencing abuse

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms

Assess the diagnoses: PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders

Apply meditation practices

Finding the symptom

Focusing on its fear

Separating the person (self) from the symptom

Becoming curious about it

Find the real story behind the symptom

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Moving from defensiveness to curiosity

Access compassion to open the pathways toward healing

Foster “internal attachment” work

The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined

Step 3: Heal the Traumatic Wound

Three phases to healing the wound:

Witness the pain

Remove the wounded part out of the past

Go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs

Memory reconsolidation & neuroscience

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods

Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation

Going beyond the cognitive

Integrate IFS with your current clinical approach

Copyright : 26/06/2020

Healing Cultural Trauma with Internal Family Systems

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  1. Structure and prioritize interventions as client parts present in session.
  2. Assess and address the safety implications of material presented by individuals exposed to violent experiences.
  3. Utilize the reaction of therapist parts reactions to inform treatment interventions.
  4. Determine the impact of the four primary forms of collective legacy burdens as they relate to symptom presentation.
  5. Reduce the influence of cultural assumptions that disrupt therapeutic alliances.
  6. Apply treatment interventions that match client learning styles and relationship engagement.
  7. Discuss collective legacy burdens in order to foster understanding and commitment to learning.
  8. Assess culture and IFS parts to deepen the understanding of how they interact.
  9. Evaluate how bringing mores self energy into our parts can help us connect and have compassion across various cultures.
  10. Explore the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds.
  11. Analyzes the role of legacy burdens as key factors in healing cultural trauma.
  12. Investigates and elaborates on the 4 main legacy burdens of America: individualism, racism, patriarchy, and materialism.
  13. Proposes resources to support self-awareness, cultural identity and to promote connection and compassion with those who have different experiences from our own.
  14. Appraises the role of legacy burdens and demonstrates how to unburden a legacy burden via case study.
  15. Evaluate how the legacy burden of individualism influences culture and shows up in therapy and appraise how curiosity and self-compassion lead to connectedness with others.
  16. Analyze how Self to Self Relationships effect Collective Legacy Burdens.
  17. Explore the ways polarizations and ethnocentric stages play a part in the IFS model of therapy.
  18. Evaluate Internal vs External power in relation to legacy burdens.


Part 1
Deran Young Teaching - What is culture? What are the 4 main Legacy Burdens of America?‚Äč

Part 1 with Deran Young Part 1 with Richard Schwartz Part 2
Deran Young Teaching - How does Materialism and Individualism impact personal and collective wellbeing?
Part 2 with Richard Schwartz Part 2 with Deran Young Part 3
Deran Young Teaching - Parts impacted by Racism and Patriarchy Part 3 with Deran Young Part 3 with Richard Schwartz Part 4
Deran Young Teaching - Understanding collective legacy burdens using the Intercultural Developmental Continuum (IDC) Part 4 with Richard Schwartz Part 4 with Deran Young

Copyright : 02/12/2020