Trauma and Dissociation Informed Internal Family Systems
Trauma and Dissociation Informed Internal Family Systems: An Introduction to Using IFS with Clients with C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders Internal Family Systems IFS) is a power therapy developed by Richard Schwartz (1995, 2020) that is being taught in many locations in this country and over the world. The fundamental principles are that:
- We all have parts of the mind
- Everyone has a core Self with solid leadership qualities
- People are born with inherent healing wisdom
- Parts of the mind, are all dedicated to survival
- Dysfunction occurs when parts become burdened with traumatic material, and then become blended with Self
- Healing is accomplished by unblending parts from Self and through Self, healing parts
A huge contribution of IFS is to make working with parts accessible to many therapists who were never trained in any kind of ego state therapy. Through IFS, the knowledge that we all have parts has become normalized and even popularized in a way that many therapists have learned and are learning about the power of working with parts of the mind. Less positive is that IFS believes that their model is comprehensive, and needs no adaptions when working with C-PTSD and dissociative disordered clients. Those of us who provide consultations to IFS therapists having difficulty with these clients, who have picked up IFS clients who have not been comprehensively healed, clients who have become more symptomatic or have decompensated know that IFS as it is currently taught is not adequate. In this workshop, learn the basics of IFS and IFS language, how it can be integrated into and enhance phase-oriented treatment, and an IFS exercise that helps sort out countertransference and non-verbal communication. The workshop will also help consultants understand where IFS therapists are coming from, the kinds of difficulties they get into treating complex trauma clients, and the IFS language they use.
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This presentation was originally presented as a live webinar in September 2022.
At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Define the three basic kinds of parts in IFS treatment
- Discuss the concept and use of SELF versus direct access
- List qualities of Self and how to identify when a client is in Self
- Identify when parts exhibit early development of Self-energy
- Integrate IFS with phase-oriented therapy
Presenter: Joanne H. Twombly MSW
Presenter Bio: Joanne H. Twombly, MSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Arlington, MA. She has over 30 years of experience working with C-PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, provides trainings and consultation. She has written on EMDR and Dissociative Disorders, EMDR and Internal Family Systems, working with Perpetrator Introjects and the soon to be published book "Trauma and Dissociation Informed Internal Family Systems". Her commitment to providing clients healing has resulted in her becoming an EMDR Consultant and a Trauma and Recovery HAP Facilitator, Internal Family Systems Certified, and an American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Consultant. She is past president of the New England Society of Trauma and Dissociation, served on various ISSTD committees and the board. She received ISSTD's Distinguished Achievement Award and is an ISSTD Fellow.
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