How to Use Expressive Modalities to Enhance Inner Work
It’s important to honor all of your client’s inner parts in therapy. But accessing them to fully engage in healing work isn’t always easy. In this workshop, we’ll consider key concepts from Internal Family Systems and inner-child work, and explore expressive modalities that vividly bring out parts holding onto influential thoughts, feelings, memories, and somatic experiences. You’ll explore:
- Creative techniques for reducing inner criticism, fragmentation, and polarization
- Cognitive reframes and writing exercises to bring both life-enhancing and self-destructive parts into fuller awareness
- Somatic resourcing techniques—such as Focusing, figure-eight rock, and physical embodiment—to help deepen connections and communication with internal parts
- Creative strategies to soothe traumatized parts and heighten internal safety, including safe place art, breath work, and containment
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is founder of The Ferentz Institute. Her books include Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors, and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch.