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The Treatment of Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model

Jun 17, 2016 09:00am -
Jun 17, 2016 04:30pm

Event Description

Master Series in Clinical Practice

Jointly sponsored by The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Major Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and William James College.

The Master Series affords the chance to spend a complete day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each speaker brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice. We hope that you will consider joining us for the entire series at a reduced tuition or choose the programs most relevant to your own practice.


Richard Schwartz, PhD, instructor

Many trauma therapies propose that the existence of subpersonalities is a sign of pathology — a consequence of the fragmentation of the psyche by traumatic experiences. In contrast, the IFS model sees all parts as innately valuable components of a healthy mind. Trauma does not create these parts, but instead forces many of them out of their naturally valuable functions and healthy states into protective and extreme roles and makes them lose trust in the leadership of the client's Self, which in IFS is an inner essence of calm, confidence, clarity, connectedness and creativity. This essence does not need to be developed or cultivated and is not damaged by trauma. Most people, and particularly trauma clients, have little access to their Self in their daily lives because it is obscured by the protective parts that dominate them. When their parts trust that it is safe to allow their Self to manifest, clients will immediately display those strengths. The goal then becomes not to eliminate parts but instead to help them relax into the knowledge that they no longer have to be so protective. IFS assists them in realizing that they are no longer under the same level of threat and that there exists a natural inner leader who they can trust.  In this way, IFS brings family systems thinking to this internal family, understanding distressed parts in their context, just as family therapists do with problem children, and restoring inner leadership in a way that parallels the creation of secure attachments between parents and children. Very often, trauma clients hold the belief that they have been so damaged that they will never heal and that their very essence is tarnished.  When IFS clients experience that their trauma did not touch their essence and that they don't have to meditate for years to begin to experience liberation from suffering they feel empowered and released from shame.  They also learn that their parts are not what they seem, and that by turning toward parts with compassionate curiosity rather than trying to get rid of them, they transform into valuable qualities. This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented and illustrated with video.  

Learning Objectives:

  • identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy

  • know how to access their clients’ Self- a core of compassion and other leadership qualities

  • deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort

  • know how to utilize the clients’ Self  to repair attachment injuries

  • recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model

  • identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles

  • identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self

  • utilize the model in treating trauma

  • gain an awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact therapy

  • apply IFS principles to transference and counter-transference

Program Code: MS87

6 CE/CME Credits

Location: William James College, Newton


Richard Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic, at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (www.selfleadership.org), which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.

 


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Master Series (Clinical)
Early registration ends on Aug 25, 2015.
Regular registration starts on Aug 26, 2015 and ends on Jun 06, 2016.
Late registration starts on Jun 07, 2016.

 

Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Doctoral Level Professionals
Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
Non-Member Fee: $225.00$225.00$225.00
 Master's Level Professionals
Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
Non-Member Fee: $195.00$195.00$195.00
 Fellow's, Interns, Students, Unemployed & Retired Professionals
Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00
Non-Member Fee: $115.00$115.00$115.00
 

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