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Nuance and Attunement in the IFS Model: 
 An Interpersonal Neurobiologically Informed Approach 
To Working with Relational 
Trauma

North American and Australian Friendly times

This workshop offers a deepening into the skills of IFS from a psychotherapeutic standpoint.

 

This course is exclusively focused on attunement and skill building within the IFS Model, drawing on the research of Interpersonal Neurobiology to understand how best use IFS to be with our clients in ways that feel safe for those with attachment wounding, complex trauma, and other complex presentations such as those diagnosed with psychosis, BPD or other emotional distress. 

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Course Content: 21 hours of contact time and structured practice groups, video content, and written resources to enhance your learning between sessions. 

Structure of the course: 7 x 3 hour workshops comprised of didactic teaching, experiential exercises, demos, videos and Q&A 

 

Location: Online

Australian Dates:    (North American dates in box)    

 

Wednesday Mornings Fortnightly over 14 weeks. 

  • 10th, 24th April 2024

  • 8th, 22nd May 2024

  • 5th, 19th June 2024

  • 3rd July 2024

 

Australian Times:

9am -12pm AEST Sydney/Brisbane

Cost:

$AU880 (booking fees additional) 

Location:

Online Event

Refund Policy:

To view our training & workshop Terms & Conditions including our refund policy:  CLICK HERE

North American Dates

Tuesday evenings

Alternate weeks:

  • 9th, 23rd April 2024

  • 7th, 21nd May 2024

  • 4th, 18th June 2024

  • 2nd July 2024

 

US Times:

4pm - 7pm PDT 

7pm - 10pm EDT

Cost:

approx $US620 (booking fees additional) 

Location:

Online Event

INTEREST LIST for Australian evening/UK friendly times - Register HERE

About this Course:

Gain an understanding of working with complex systems including protectors who need more time before stepping back and systems with significant internal conflict, including those diagnosed with BPD and Schizophrenia, eating disorder, addictions and those with tenacious spiritual bypassing parts

Overview:

  • Working with clients who are new to IFS and ‘cant go inside’

    • Listening to what is under what is being said

    • Attending to Languaging – yours and the clients

    • Learn to seamlessly move from Implicit Direct Access to Insight and back, in the therapeutic dance of the relational space.

  • Recognizing and working with shame in clients with complex trauma

    • Understanding right brain to right brain attunement in the IFS Model

    • Use of the therapists Self energy as a resource for co-regulation in the early stages of the work

    • Utilize the relational space that is inherent in all therapy, from an IFS perspective

    • Learning attunement skill for attending to different types of clients (e.g. clients who present as chaotic, depressed, angry, pleasing/good client, spiritual bypassing, avoidant etc).

    • Recognise and work with your parts who respond to certain populations of clients

  • Working with highly protected systems

    • Suicidal clients

    • Clients diagnosed with complex mental health disorders such as BPD or Schizophrenia

    • How to work with the whole system when a client cannot unblend enough to work with one part

    • Understand the pacing of the work and the importance of therapeutic container especially in relation to Interpersonal Neurobiology in the IFS healing process

    • Gain more relational connection between Self and Parts – understanding the whole cascade of parts involved in a sequence 

  • Working with the body and pre-verbal parts

    • Gain an understand of the processes of implicit and explicit memory and how to work with clients who have ‘no explicit memory’

    • Working safely with fire fighters

    • Working with exiles safely

  • Understanding Transference and enactments with clients who have experienced relational trauma

    • Gain knowledge about Transference and Counter transference in the IFS Model

    • Gain understandings for how transferential enactments help the client to navigate their healing and build skills to approach these enactments with curiosity, compassion and courage

    • Work with your own parts who get activated

    • Deepen into working with process rather than content

    • Understanding and acknowledging co-transference

    • Learn skills in speaking for your parts with clients

 

Bibliography 

  • Understanding and treating chronic shame by Pat DeYoung

  • Right brain psychotherapy by Allan Schore (and other writing by Schore)

  • Becoming Attached by Robert Karen

  • The Neurobiology of We by Dan Siegel

  • Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation by Moskowitz et al. (available free online – you will be sent the relevant papers)

  • Healing the heart with the brain in mind by Bonnie Badenoch

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition Schwartz and Sweezy

  • The Mosaic Mind by Goulding and Schwartz

  • IFS: Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy by Sweezy and Ziskind

  • Internal Family Systems - New Dimensions by Sweezy and Ziskind

  • Depathologizing The Borderline Client - Learning to Manage Our Fears by Schwartz
    (and other  IFS written resources) 

Prerequisites:

Those who have completed Level 1 or higher and have begun using IFS with their clients.

(If you are an experienced therapist and have over 50-100 of your own personal IFS therapy with an IFS therapist or Practitioner, but have not been able to get into Level 1, you can also join this course. Graduates of Stepping Stones or equivalent may also apply).

Each module builds on the last and there is a lot of reading and video material to watch/read between the bi-weekly workshops. You will be expected to have time to tend to the tasks of your own learning if you wish to get the most out of this course.

Each person will also be asked to participate in break out groups and be able to reflect on their own parts as part of the learning environment.

Each participant will be expected to work on with their own inner system during practical exercises, There are no ‘role-plays’ only ‘real-plays’.

Please note: This course is not affiliated with the Internal Family Systems Institute (IFSI) nor is it a substitute for IFSI Institutes Level 1 , 2 or 3 training. To become IFS certified, you must complete the IFS Institute's Level 1 training and complete the certification process.

Teacher: Stephanie Mitchell

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Stephanie is Level 3 trained IFS practitioner, trainer, group therapist, and supervisor working in private practice. She specializes in working with complex trauma and has undertaken extensive training in the IFS model including 100+ hours with Richard Schwartz. She is passionate about understanding the nuance of IFS and bringing that to her practice and teachings.

*IFSI CEU's are available for those who have completed Level 1 Training and count towards IFS certification or re-certification.

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