In ordinary speech, people instinctively talk about themselves in terms of parts. While it’s easy to take language for granted, Internal Family Systems (IFS) harnesses and utilizes this naturally-occurring phenomenon. Dr. Richard Schwartz started with a Family Systems orientation to his work. After noticing “parts” language coming from his clients, he developed IFS as a way to apply the same perspective to individuals. Much as a family is a single entity made of up individuals, he adopted the orientation to an individual as an entity made up of parts.
Some people come to therapy because their conflicting parts cause anxiety and self-doubt. And for some, a dominant part of their system can become intolerable. Using objectivity and perspective on a part, IFS can take blame off of parts that are typically exiled by the rest of the person’s system or even their community. IFS is based on the assumption that “all parts are welcome”, even when that seems counter-intuitive. The goal is to simply reduce or even eliminate the part’s suffering, but not the part itself, providing a clear foundation for access to self-compassion.
This presentation is designed as an overview of IFS and its potential benefits. Formal training is available through the IFS Institute at https://ifs-institute.com.
Participants will be able to:
Internal Family Systems (IFS) has provided the framework for Dorothy O’Leary’s psychotherapy practice since she began studying IFS in 2016. She has completed all three levels of IFS trainings available and continues to cultivate her skills and understanding through additional trainings, consultation/practice groups, and using IFS in her practice. Recently Dorothy assisted with introducing IFS to practitioners in Pakistan for the first time. Dorothy has been in private practice since 2012.
Upon registering you will receive a Zoom link and password
Audio recordings of the event and any handouts will be made available to all registrants after the presentation. By registering for this event, you are giving your permission to be recorded as part of the session.
CEUs are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate.
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