Cece Sykes, LCSW, is a senior trainer with the Center for Self Leadership, teaching IFS training programs across the US and internationally. She has been in clinical practice for over 30 years treating individuals, couples and families. Trained initially as a structural-strategic family therapist, Cece worked for decades with trauma survivors and families affected by abuse, chronic trauma and addictions. Cece expanded her clinical focus to include the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy in the late 1990’s. She was drawn to its elegant and compassionate approach to treating trauma, addictive processes and other hard-to-treat clinical issues. She has led workshops and training seminars for many years including at The Institute for Juvenile Research, The Department of Children and Family Services, The Family Institute at Northwestern University and many other mental health agencies. She was adjunct faculty at Governors State University and at the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She co-authored two journal articles on treatment of sexual abuse in the late 1980’s, contributed to the development of the IFS core training texts and recently contributed a chapter on compassionate treatment of addictive process in IFS Elaborations and Innovations (Routledge, 2016).