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Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) with Richard Schwartz, PhD: A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse – and more!
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) with Richard Schwartz, PhD: A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse – and more!

Where:  ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL

When:  Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

“What’s going on INSIDE you?”

One simple question. That’s all it took to change my life’s work, my practice, and outcomes of my clients.

Early in my career, I was struggling to successfully treat adolescents and their families, especially my clients with traumatic wounds, eating disorders, anxiety or depression. I wanted to prove that systems thinking and family therapy was the solution, but it wasn’t working.

When I finally asked my clients what was going on inside of them, they began talking about different “parts” of them that made them do or feel things they hated. When these parts felt safe, they were less disruptive. In developing Internal Family System (IFS) therapy, I recognized that parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Over the past 33 years I’ve devoted my career to this approach to safely navigate and transform my traumatized clients’ inner worlds. In the process, clients access and lead their lives from what I call their Self – a calm, compassionate, courageous inner essence that their parts come to trust.

This approach, hailed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, will transform your clients’ lives as they learn to heal themselves. No more therapist directives or insights, rather IFS will provide a connection with your client that creates lasting healing.

Please join me for this special day-long training – I want to give you the skills you need to use IFS, so you can improve what you’re doing in the therapy room – and see transformation in your clients’ lives.

Richard Schwartz, PhD
Objectives:
  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate way of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Demonstrate IFS-specific grounding techniques for healing, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma.
OUTLINE

Internal Family System (IFS): Heal Your Clients Trauma
  • Origins of IFS – the work of Richard Schwartz, PhD
  • A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience
  • Apply inner resources and self-compassion for healing
  • How to heal implicit memory wounds at the cellular level
The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identify the Diagnoses & Symptoms
  • Assess the diagnoses: PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders
  • Apply meditation practices
    • Find the symptom
    • Focus on its fear
    • Separate the person (Self) from the symptom
    • Become curious about it
    • Find the real story behind the symptom
Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing
  • Move from defensiveness to curiosity
  • Access compassion to open the pathways toward healing
  • Foster “internal attachment” work
  • The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined
Step 3: Healing of the Traumatic Wound
  • Three phases to healing the wound:
    • Witness the pain
    • Remove the wounded part out of the past
    • Let go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs
Empowering IFS-Specific Grounding Techniques – that REALLY work!
  • Flashbacks
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide
  • Dissociation

RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Speaker Disclosure Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

ILLINOIS ADDICTION COUNSELORS: This course has been approved by the IAODAPCA for 6.25 CEUS. Program number: 13694. Category: Counselor I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or II or III, PCGC II, CCJP II, CRSS I or II, CAAP I, MAATP I or II, RDDP, NCRS II, CFPP II.


CHAPLAINS/CLERGY
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

ILLINOIS COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The State of Illinois, Department or Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

ILLINOIS MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: PESI, Inc. has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. Provider #: 168-000156. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 credits.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

ILLINOIS SOCIAL WORKERS: PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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