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Introducing the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model - An Individual Treatment Modality

Thursday, October 03, 2019, 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mount Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA  94549
Alissa Scanlin
9252833902 (p)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Payment is due at the time of registration and includes 2CE credits and dinner. Late fee applies after September 26-registration closes September 30. For Special Dietary or other needs please contact Alissa Scanlin via email at:
The Contra Costa County Psychological Association is excited to host a dinner meeting and workshop Introducing the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model - An Individual Treatment Modality led by Nancy L. Morgan, PhD, a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist.

The Internal Family Systems model looks at various parts of the individual and their patterns of interaction as a way to heal psychological distress. In this absorbing and insightful workshop,  Dr Morgan will introduce the IFS model and  demonstrate some practical techniques for working with a range of psychological symptoms. This workshop will be useful to many different types of practitioners.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy
2. Recognize their own parts and understand how those parts impact therapy
3. Identify ways to deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort.

IFS Background:  Established in the mid-1980s in Chicago, Internal Family  Systems (IFS) is one of the fastest growing therapeutic  models in the field today. In recent years the approach has had increasing impact outside the US, with trainings in Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

In common with other subpersonality-based psychotherapies, IFS holds that our minds are made up of many different aspects or parts. These ideas are also at the core of therapeutic approaches such as Transactional Analysis, Ego State Therapy and Psychosynthesis, and manifest in cognitive-behavioral approaches under the term schemata. The difference, according to IFS, is that these subpersonalities form themselves into a distinct internal system made up of parts that protect, and parts that are protected. The model also asserts individuals have a core Self, which has a natural ability to act as the compassionate leader of the whole internal system.

IFS offers a clear, non-pathological and empowering insight into human problems. It is a practice designed to release the compassion, curiosity and creativity that lie beneath the protective parts of our clients, and so bring healing to themselves and their relationships with others. Using a variety of imaginative and action-based techniques, clients are enabled to unload the extreme beliefs, emotions and physical sensations that burden their lives, allowing the light of Self to shine through. The model offers a simple yet sophisticated integration of psychology, spirituality, intra-psychic theory, family systems theory and creative techniques.

BIO: Nancy is the director of the Behavioral Health Training Program at LifeMoves. She also maintains a  private practice in Mountain View, California. Nancy holds certifications as an IFS therapist and a Board-Certified Telehealth Provider licensed in both Oregon and California. 

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