Face-to-Face Training

FOUNDATIONS IN INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS THERAPY (IFS): A six-module suite of theory and active skills training for immediate use in client and personal development work.


Faculty:
Leona Dawson, M. Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy, MA (Language & Literacy), TAE40116, Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, Dip Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy
Duration:
42 Hours (6 full days)
Product Code:
94671
Media Type:
Face-to-Face Training
Access:
Not Applicable
Location:
Chatswood, NSW
Available Dates:


Description

Session Description:

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is one of the fastest-growing approaches to psychotherapy representing a synthesis of systems thinking and multiplicity of the mind. A key aspect of the IFS model is the belief that, in addition to parts (ego-states, sub-personalities), everyone has at their core, a quality of Self that holds the essence of who they are and offers the possibility of secure attachment and confident self-leadership.  The central healing relationship in IFS is between the Self of the client and his/her parts as clients learn to befriend themselves with self-compassion and curiosity, and, in the process begin to release beliefs, emotions, sensations, patterns and urges that have constrained their lives.

At the outset of therapy an IFS therapist hears the client’s presenting issue as parts making themselves known or acting into the world. Through the IFS protocol parts are recognised, witnessed, updated, and released from the burdens they carry; becoming more flexible in how they respond to the world as well as with each other.

Faculty

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Leona Dawson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and supervisor who works in private practice. She has 3 decades working in adult education and group facilitation in a range of contexts as well as becoming a Focusing Trainer before discovering Internal Family Systems eight years ago. IFS has enabled Leona to work with curiosity and compassion, moment by moment, with her clients as they come back into relationship with themselves. She has found that the IFS way of working is energising for therapists. Leona has completed the three levels of training offered by the Centre for Self-Leadership in the United States and has supported multiple international trainings. She offers IFS-oriented supervision and runs a MHPN peer group for IFS professionals. Leona has a Masters of Arts and a Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy as well as Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Transpersonal Art Therapy. She has also studied at the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and The Focusing Institute (New York).


Registration Details

Face-to-Face 6 day course registration
Fees:

$1195: Price includes total of 6 modules of 7 hours each with life time access to the recording  

$139: to purchase and keep the recording of all 4 modules..

  • Your attendance certificate for 42 hours of live training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation via your account. 
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available at an additional price. Alternatively, a soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP. 
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Outline

 

MODULE 1: Feb 07, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEDT

  1. Understand overall principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality.
  2. Recognise the roles and functions parts play in presenting issues from a non-pathologizing perspective.
  3. Access and explore protective parts utilising the IFS 6-step protocol
  4. Explore integrating IFS into current practice.

MODULE 2: Feb 21, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEDT

  1. Find protector parts via a client’s story, presenting issue &/or body awareness.
  2. Review the first three steps of the IFS protocol.
  3. Identify common protector fears that may get in the way of the therapeutic process.
  4. Understand the importance of getting permission to work with parts from protectors
  5. Learn two key methods for communicating with parts: direct access & insight
  6. Identify strategies for building internal trust, the client’s Self as a therapeutic agent
  7. Experientially explore Steps 4, 5 & 6 of the IFS protector’s protocol.

MODULE 3: March 07, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEDT

  1. Differentiate between exiles and protectors
  2. identify common Exile fears
  3. Outline the three healing steps in the IFS protocol
  4. Explore IFS as internal attachment work
  5. Discuss the difference between personal & legacy burdens
  6. Explore strategies for supporting clients if burdens return
  7. Integrate systemic reorganization
  8. Practice skills

MODULE 4: March 21, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEDT

  1. Review key principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality.
  2. Identify different types of Inner Critics.
  3. Discover that how the Inner Critic is attempting to protect the client from ‘even worse’ emotional and psychological pain.
  4. Learn how to keep the criticised/shamed parts safe while working with Inner Critics.
  5. Learn how to negotiate with Inner Critics for transformation within the IFS 6-step protocol.

MODULE 5: May 02, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEST

  1. Find polarisations via a client’s story or presenting issue.
  2. Identify the six types of polarizations.
  3. Learn a seven-step process for discovering and deescalating polarizations.
  4. Liberate polarized parts from their extreme roles and help them shift into new, more adaptive roles.

MODULE 6: May 16, 2022 | 09.00 AM - 04.30 PM  AEST

  1. Explore the role of therapist Self-Energy in an IFS session
  2. Recognise common therapist parts
  3. Understand the interaction of therapist parts with client parts
  4. Practice skills in speaking for your parts to clients
  5. Explore counter transference using the U-turn process
  6. Discuss parts tracking within and continuity between sessions

Objectives

Overall learning objectives of this suite of trainings:

  1. To expose participants to fundamental concepts of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy.
  2. To provide opportunities for participants to gain exposure and practice to techniques of the Internal Family Systems Therapy model.
  3. To provide participants with a vehicle for exploring personal triggers and therapist parts when working with clients.

Overall Learning Objectives for participants:

  1. Understand overall principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality.
  2. Recognise the roles and functions parts play in presenting issues from a non-pathologizing perspective.
  3. Access, unblend from, explore protective parts utilising the IFS 6-step protocol:
    • Identify different types of Inner Critics. Learn how to keep the criticised/shamed parts safe while working with the Inner Critic.
    • Identify the common types of polarizations & indicators a polarization is present. Learn a seven-step process for deescalating polarizations. Liberate polarized parts from their extreme roles and help them shift into new roles.
  4. Support exiles to release burdens utilising the IFS healing steps.
  5. Identify and support access to the self-energy of the therapist & client.
  6. Demonstrate how IFS translates common diagnoses into parts language, showing a non-pathological perspective of mental health issues as it relates to clinical treatment.
  7. Recognise and support activated therapist parts while in session with clients & as part of your professional practice.
  8. Explore integrating IFS into current practice.. 

Target Audience

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Expressive Arts therapists, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Benefits of this training

The Benefits of IFS for therapists:

  1. The IFS therapist is not required to diagnose, interpret or pathologise but to facilitate the development of a relationship between the Self of the client and their parts.
  2. IFS therapist welcomes the client’s symptoms upfront as an introduction to protective parts showing them respect and appreciation thereby reducing client resistance.
  3. IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with transference and countertransference through recognising the interaction of client and therapist parts.

IFS advances treatment by:

  1. Working with ambivalence and polarisations.
  2. Recognising how to work with ‘resistance’ productively.
  3. Regulating affect in a simple and effective way so clients are not overwhelmed during sessions.
  4. Supporting the development of mindful self-awareness and self-compassion.
  5. Encouraging clients to attend to parts between session improving Self-leadership and self-efficacy.

Location

PDP Sydney Training Room

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Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622
www.pdpseminars.com

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