Healing is a word derived from the German hailjan, meaning “to make whole.” To truly heal isn’t easy, since it involves reconnecting with polarized and often volatile subpersonalities, or parts within ourselves, including protectors, managers, and exiles. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model helps clients access an undamaged inner essence called the Self, and from this Self they learn to lovingly relate to and transform their most troubling parts. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to help clients transform their fragmented experience of Self. Explore how to:
- Apply strategies used in IFS to contact the core Self
- Shift the role of therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge
- Use methods for transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client
- Get clients’ polarized, deeply conflicted parts to negotiate with each other
Richard Schwartz, PhD, director of the IFS Institute and originator of the Internal Family Systems therapy model, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.