Full Course Description
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
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 :
Healing Cultural Trauma with Internal Family Systems
- Structure and prioritize interventions as client parts present in session.
- Assess and address the safety implications of material presented by individuals exposed to violent experiences.
- Utilize the reaction of therapist parts reactions to inform treatment interventions.
- Determine the impact of the four primary forms of collective legacy burdens as they relate to symptom presentation.
- Reduce the influence of cultural assumptions that disrupt therapeutic alliances.
- Apply treatment interventions that match client learning styles and relationship engagement.
- Discuss collective legacy burdens in order to foster understanding and commitment to learning.
- Assess culture and IFS parts to deepen the understanding of how they interact.
- Evaluate how bringing mores self energy into our parts can help us connect and have compassion across various cultures.
- Explore the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds.
- Analyzes the role of legacy burdens as key factors in healing cultural trauma.
- Investigates and elaborates on the 4 main legacy burdens of America: individualism, racism, patriarchy, and materialism.
- Proposes resources to support self-awareness, cultural identity and to promote connection and compassion with those who have different experiences from our own.
- Appraises the role of legacy burdens and demonstrates how to unburden a legacy burden via case study.
- 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.
- Analyze how Self to Self Relationships effect Collective Legacy Burdens.
- Explore the ways polarizations and ethnocentric stages play a part in the IFS model of therapy.
- Evaluate Internal vs External power in relation to legacy burdens.
Deran Young Teaching - What is culture? What are the 4 main Legacy Burdens of America?
Part 1 with Deran Young
- Cross cultural compassion - healing collective legacy burdens
- Learning from our parts
- Parts underlying Ms. Young’s work
- Defining diversity
- Self-led cross cultural interactions
- The iceberg model of culture
- Self-leadership or self-energy
- Assumptions of cultural approaches
- Origin and function of parts
- Identifying activated parts in self and others
- Establishing and modulating safety levels
- Use of enneagram as assessment measure
- The nature of identity
- Engaging difference using IFS
- The intercultural developmental continuum
Part 1 with Richard Schwartz
- Learning styles and keeping an eye on the goal
- Challenges of on line learning
- Collective Legacy Burdens Continuity Program
- Parts exist in struggle for control
- IFS and parts generation in military environments
- Epigenetics and ancestral influences
- Valuing all parts equally
- How do we identify cultural trauma
- The role of parts at family and community levels
- Self-leadership is internal systems thinking
- Intersectional social justice
- Video case example – Israeli medic Dan
- Addressing despair and hopelessness following experiences as combat medic
- Guilt regarding self-protective actions in the face of danger
- Impact of witnessing child injuries
- Dealing with distracting parts
- Prioritizing interventions
- Addressing safety concerns
- Accessing and managing resistant or hidden parts in session
Deran Young Teaching - How does Materialism and Individualism impact personal and collective wellbeing?
Part 2 with Richard Schwartz
- Breathing Acceptance and Compassion
- The Nature of Identity
- Understanding Poverty from a Cognitive Approach
- Culture & Patterns
- Social Rewards
- IFS Skill: Making a U-Turn
- Implicit Bias
- Reflection on Power and Deconstructing Power
- Closing Thoughts—Seek first to understand then to be understood
Part 2 with Deran Young
- 5 Case Examples
Deran Young Teaching - Parts impacted by Racism and Patriarchy
- Cultural Trauma
- The Cultural Iceberg
- Systems Thinking Requires Cross Cultural Compassion
- Perspective Taking
- Intersectionality in Therapy
- Curiosity & Self Compassion
- Becoming Anti-Racist
- From Judgment to Understanding
Part 3 with Deran Young
- White Body Supremacy
- Identical Dolls of Different Colors
- Blame, Shame, Guilt
- Internal & External Marginalization
- Rigidly Defined Gender Expression
- Intercultural Development Continuum
Part 3 with Richard Schwartz
- Conflict & Cross-Cultural Conversations
- Book: “Waking Up White” by Debbie Irving
- Pervasiveness of Racial Trauma
Deran Young Teaching - Understanding collective legacy burdens using the Intercultural Developmental Continuum (IDC)
- Tamala Floyd IFS Session
- Talama Floyd F/U & Q&A
Part 4 with Richard Schwartz
- Cultural Trauma/Legacy Burden: Individualism
- How Legacy Burdens Show Up in the Therapy Room
- Diversity Topics in Therapy
- What is Culture?
- Internal & External Power
- Curiosity & Self-Compassions
- Connectedness to Self & Others
Part 4 with Deran Young
- Jennifer Q&A Session
- Jennifer Case Consult
- Collective Legacy Burdens
- The Cultural Iceberg
- Legacy Burdens- how they happen
- Core Values- Village Mentality
- Connectedness: Self to Self Relationships
- Ethnocentric Stages
- Stages of Intercultural Development
- Internal vs External Power
- The Drama Triangle