9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Day 1, 6 Training Hours)
9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Day 2, 6 Training Hours)
CHRIS 180’s Main Office – CHRIS Training Institute
1030 Fayetteville Road
Atlanta, GA 30316
Located across the street from our previous location at 1017 Fayetteville Road. Free parking.
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy that provides a compassionate, respectful, non-pathologizing approach to understanding the organization and functioning of the human psyche. The transformative IFS approach embraces and celebrates the natural multiplicity of the mind. Its assumption that every part of the system has good intention and valuable resources allows clinicians to approach even the most troubling of “symptoms” with compassion and respect. IFS provides therapists with a powerful and effective methodology for empowering clients with a wide range of clinical profiles to heal the wounded, burdened, and traumatized parts of their internal systems, resulting in increased internal harmony, symptom reduction, and improved functioning.
This two-day training will provide an in-depth overview of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory and therapy. Day 1 consists of an introduction to the IFS model, including the composition of the psyche (parts, burdens, the Self), and step-by-step techniques for working with both protective and wounded/vulnerable parts of the internal system. Day 2 involves deepening participants’ understanding of the IFS approach to key elements of treatment, including the therapeutic relationship and the presence of the therapist, understanding and working with polarizations between parts, and working with parts in extreme roles (e.g., self-injury, suicidality, dissociation, and addiction), all of which are essential for effectively treating trauma survivors. Additionally, special focus will be given to the cycle of addiction, as conceptualized and treated through an IFS lens. Training will involve didactic presentation, brief experiential exercises, and video demonstrations of actual IFS therapy sessions.
Training Objectives Day 1
1) Present the origins and development of the Internal Family Systems Model, including empirical support for the model and the current status of research using IFS to treat posttraumatic stress disorder.
2) Provide an in-depth overview of IFS theory, basic principles, and assumptions of the model.
3) Describe the three major components of the psyche as outlined by IFS (parts, burdens, and the Self) including the characteristics of and assumptions regarding each component as they relate to mental health and clinical practice.
4) Discuss the goals of IFS therapy and case conceptualization through an IFS lens.
5) Provide a grounding in IFS procedures and techniques that can be implemented immediately in clinical and personal work, including the steps for facilitating the development of Self-Part relationships.
6) Summarize the steps of healing and unburdening wounded parts of the system.
Training Objectives Day 2
1) Discuss the Self-led presence of the therapist, one of the most crucial elements in achieving maximal effectiveness as an IFS therapist.
2) Learn how to work with our own systems to open space for Self-Energy in treatment.
3) Deepen understanding of how to work with protective Parts, including how to honestly and effectively address their concerns.
4) Learn how to identify and work with polarizations in the internal system.
5) Learn IFS theory and techniques for working with protective Parts in extreme roles, such as suicidality, self-harm, and dissociation.
6) Understand the IFS perspective on the cycle of addiction, and how to work with the Parts involved.
About the Trainer
Alexia (Lexi) D. Rothman, Ph.D. is a certified IFS therapist and consultant in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Rothman has been in private practice since 2004. She has received extensive training in Internal Family Systems Therapy from IFS developer, Dr. Richard Schwartz, and has assisted in multiple Level 1 and 2 IFS trainings around the country, as well as serving as a professional consultant for IFS therapists. She is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. Dr. Rothman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, where she was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Emory University and Agnes Scott College.