Most therapeutic models with set agendas do not work with children, especially when they are not ready to tell their story because of behavioural challenges, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
In this unique integrative training, practice creative and playful approaches to successfully engage children, move at their own pace and help them overcome their challenges.
You’ll be given an all-new process to follow so you can:
Integrate IFS in your work with child and adolescent clients
Help your young clients identify and befriend their parts.
Use fun and engaging activities to reduce difficulties met in their young lives!
IFS is a non-directive, and non-pathologizing model that can be effectively applied to working with children of all ages. Whether incorporating in non-directive play therapy with younger children or engaging activities with older children, utilizing IFS techniques is easily adapted to therapy with children.
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Investigate the basic tenets of the IFS therapeutic model as created by Dr. Richard Schwartz.
Categorize the different types of parts: managers, firefighters & exiles.
Determine the positive intention of parts in child client sessions to inform treatment planning.
Utilize the “YOU turn” to help your child clients become acquainted with their internal system as relates to behaviours and emotional regulation.
Practice befriending and working with the child’s/adolescent’s protective parts in session.
Demonstrate how to help child and adolescent clients access Self and help them to heal exiled parts.
Propose how to apply IFS with children to help them understand and identify the intentions of their protective parts.
Integrate IFS techniques in with play therapy techniques to improve treatment outcomes with young clients.
Formulate age appropriate activities to help children identify, befriend and heal their parts.
Demonstrate to child/adolescent clients the difference between speaking
for their parts vs. speaking from their parts to improve emotion regulation and behaviours. Practice with the parents of child/adolescent clients in how to support their child’s use of parts language.
Support parents in identifying how their parts become activated and polarized with their child’s parts.
DAY 1: The IFS Model Step by Step
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model
Comprehensive, compassionate, nonpathologizing paradigm
Integration with various therapeutic modalities
Shift perspective on “psychopathology”
Understand the inner world of clients, self and parts
Heighten internal strengths for healing
Empirically validated treatment (Study limitations: small sample size, no control group)
Risks: review clinical considerations
Step 1: Identify, understand, connect
Translate the presenting concern into part/parts
Map the system of parts
Identify protectors and exiles
Know where to begin
Step 2: Employ a Meditative Process, Mindfulness
Differentiate the person from the symptom
Access a state of compassion
Help clients to become curious
Connect with the target part
Facilitate internal attachment work
Step 3: Work with Protective Parts
Learn the history and benevolent intention behind the symptom
Establish a trusting relationship with all parts
Understand the fears and address concerns of protective parts
Discover the real story behind the symptom
Resolve internal conflicts
Gain permission to heal
Step 4: Heal the Wound
Inner attachment work for wounds
Connect with the wounded/vulnerable part
Witness the pain rather than relieve it
Retrieve the wounded part from past
Release feelings, thoughts, sensations, negative beliefs
Step 5: Integration
Invite additional inner resources
Integrate systemic reorganization
DAY 2: IFS for Children and Adolescents
IFS: A Non-Directive, Child-Centred Model
Getting started: how to help parts feel safe and welcomed
Child chooses the nature of play/therapeutic process
Trust that the parts will emerge during play/conversation
Unconditional positive regard remains paramount
Incorporating IFS with Play Strategies
Interviewing the parts
Shaping your parts
Drawing your parts and self
Trauma, Attachment, Behavioural Challenges, Anxiety, Depression
Track the client’s parts (and yours!) throughout session
Work with blended parts & how to externalize parts
Direct access vs. in-sight
Developing a self-to-part relationship
Bring IFS To Life in Your Clinical Practice
Activities, case studies & videos
Externalizing a part clay activity
Experiential parts activity
Sand tray therapy video
Parts, exiles, and self in the sand tray
Developing self-to-part relationship activity
Marriage & Family Counselors
Creative Arts Therapists
Any mental health professional who works with children
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