Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the therapist’s open, accepting, and compassionate presence is a primary key to successful treatment, yet therapists are given few guidelines for how to achieve and maintain such a presence. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers therapists concrete and practical methods to access the Self, an inner essence of calm, compassion, confidence, and clarity, allowing them to respond effectively when triggered by clients. Through experiential exercises and video examples, this workshop will help therapists deal with extreme client behaviors and distressing content in sessions. You’ll discover how to:
- Identify a state of healing presence called the Self
- Get to know parts of you commonly triggered by certain clients, allowing you to enhance their healing journey
- Practice quickly returning to that Self state after being triggered
- Discover the parallels between the way you relate to your parts and to your clients who resemble them
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.