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Foundations and Core Concepts of the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model

Copyright : 16/03/2023

Effective Use of Direct Access: A Core and Essential Skill for Every IFS Therapist

Understand and identify the differences between a client’s in-sight and direct access when using the Internal Family Systems model. Then learn a detailed approach to providing explicit and implicit direct access to clients, interviewing a Protector, and building Self-to-Part connection.

Program Information


  1. Role play the use of in-sight to foster Self-to-Part relationships with clients.
  2. Explain the reasons to use implicit vs explicit direct access in clinical care.
  3. Demonstrate the steps of explicit direct access with Exiles with a client experiencing attachment injuries.


  • Modalities for working with parts in IFS
    • In-sight
    • Direct access
  • Identify the differences in appearance between a client’s in-sight and direct access
  • Common reasons to use direct access
  • Explicit direct access
  • Implicit direct access
  • Protector interview
  • Self to Part connection
  • Therapist needs access to Self
  • Addressing the concerns of Protectors
    • System overwhelm/destabilization
    • Extreme firefighters
    • Therapist reaction
    • Fear of losing the therapist if the client gets “better”
    • New information/secrets revealed
    • Self energy
    • Loss of job/power, being eliminated, judgement
    • Exile getting hurt again
    • Pessimism
    • External constraints

Copyright : 03/02/2022

Using Key IFS Skills and Interventions For Working With Parts

In this session, you will learn many ways to detect when polarization may be present in the patient's life. You will then learn how to work with these polarizations in a manner that allows the patient to resolve their inner conflicts.

Program Information


  1. Develop a strategy for recognizing polarizations to improve treatment outcomes.  
  2. Implement treatment interventions for working with clients who are in a blended state.  
  3. Explain the different ways managers and firefighters approach the inner pain of the patient. 
  4. Apply communications strategies within the session that allow firefighters to feel heard and understood allowing them to be more collaborative.


Polarizations in the internal system  

  • Ways to detect when a polarization may be present 
    • Struggling with the decision 
    • Strong opinions on how to handle something 
    • Therapy is stuck     
    • Cannot access self 
    • A part brings them to therapy (M) 
    • Presence of a highly critical part 
    • Extreme firefighter 
    • Feels toward the part

Working with polarizations 

  • Parts of the therapist 
  • Polarized parts 
    • Un-blending 
    • The six f’s         
  • Self-led negotiation 
  • Healing of exiles 
  • Unburdening of protectors 

Entering the protective system 

  • Managers 
    • Manager fears
    • Manager interview
  • Firefighters 
    • Addictive process 
    • Paradigm shift 
    • Compassion for “using” parts 

Polarization: The battlefield 


Copyright : 21/03/2022

Advanced Skills for Working With Hard To Reach Parts in Your Most Complex Clients

Nancy Sowell explains what non-verbal self-parts are, how they develop, and how to identify them.  She evaluates systems with different degrees of verbal ability and demonstrates ways of working with them: what to emphasize and when to emphasize it to increase the possibilities for communication and progress towards treatment goals. Nancy also teaches how to identify self-like parts and work with self-like parts including utilizing parts maps to understand the various parts, and self-like parts in the system. 

Program Information


  1. Identify different types of non-verbal parts in order to improve understanding of the client system. 
  2. Evaluate systems with different degrees of verbal ability and ways of working with them: what to emphasize and how to emphasize it when parts don’t speak in order to improve treatment outcomes. 
  3. Evaluates how to identify self-like parts and distinguish them from the “Self.” 
  4. Demonstrates how to work with self-like parts in order to alleviate system stress. 
  5. Explains how to use parts maps in order to more effectively identify the parts of the system.


Variations on Non-Verbal parts 

  • Types of Parts 
  • How Non-Verbal Parts Communicate 
  • Alexithymia 

Trauma & Interoception 

  • Loss of Sense of Self in the Body: Insula & Amygdala 
  • Telepathic Sensory & Energetic Exchanges 
  • Non-Verbal Relating: Imagery & Body Language 
  • Direct Access with Alexithymia & Other Non-Verbal Parts 
  • Supporting the Clients Self-to-Part Relationship as Primary 
  • Language to Support the Needs of Non-Verbal Parts 
  • Cue Induced connection to Self 
  • Case Study Video 

Self-Like Parts 

  • Becoming Aware: Parts & Access to Your Self Meditation 
  • Self & Self Energy 
  • Common Self-Like Parts 
  • Indicators that a Self-Like Part is Present 
  • Case Study

Therapists Stuck Points with Self-Like Parts 

  • Case Study 
  • What Self-Like Parts Need 

Copyright : 03/03/2022

Key Strategies for Deepening and Healing the Self To Part Relationship

This session highlights techniques that can be used to heal parts that have been wounded and exiled and therefore have gone into isolation. You will help clients discover the difference between being with survival state rather than living in survival states. You will learn how to change the dynamics of the relationships between the South and the various parts in a way that allows for integration and healing.

Program Information


  1. Articulate why it is necessary for the client to have access to a critical mass of self energy to achieve integration and healing.  
  2. Formulate a strategy to form secure internal attachment relationships between self and parts in clients. 
  3. Apply clinical interventions when working with protectors in the session for symptom management.  
  4. Demonstrate how a “do over” facilitates an attuned connected and relational response that brings healing to the client. 


Why is the self-to-part relationship important? 

  • IFS a relational model 
  • Parts heal in relationship with self 

The six F’s 

Self and embodied safety 

A critical mass of self 

IFS as an attachment model 

  • Developing and deepening connections 
    • Protectors 
    • Exiles 

The relationally corrective experience in the healing of exiles 

  • Defining exiles 
  • Characteristics of exiles 
  • The steps of the healing process 
  • The “do-over”

Copyright : 05/05/2022

The Unique Role of Therapist in IFS Therapy: Countertransference Redefined

The trio of Dr. Rothman, Cece Sykes and Nancy Sowell break down the importance of self and the presence of the therapist in IFS therapy. They take time to discuss the parts of the therapist and ways that the therapist can step back to unblend when working with clients. They conclude with a discussion of the integration phase and ways to work with clients/parts that may suffer from backlash.

Program Information


  1. Model the 8 C’s of leadership
  2. Demonstrate the qualities of an IFS therapist
  3. Compare compassion and empathy and the unique roles they both place in IFS therapy
  4. Implement the U-Turn exercise into client interactions
  5. Establish steps to prevent/reduce the likelihood of backlash


  • IFS
    • Self
    • Constraint-Release model
  • Presence of the Therapist
    • Countertransference in IFS
    • Therapist parts
    • U-Turn
    • Empathy vs. Compassion
      • Hyperaroused/hypoaroused parts
    • Direct Access
  • Part of the Therapist
    • Continuum of self and consciousness
    • U-Turn
  • Steps of healing
  • Integration Phase
    • Connecting with parts between sessions
    • Supporting the change process
    • Backlash
    • If burdens return
  • Change in IFS
    • Spiral nature

Copyright : 28/02/2023

Legacy Burdens, Legacy Benefits, and Integration

Nancy Sowell, LICSW will discuss exiles and protectors and the process of unburdening exiles.  Nancy will also address integration and the process of unburdening protectors in IFS. Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW will discuss endings and grief and loss in IFS.  Cece will address burdens and the process of unburdening in IFS, including the neuroscience of unburdening and legacy burdens.

Program Information


  1. Build an understanding of exiles and protectors and the unburdening process in IFS. 
  2. Build an understanding of legacy burdens and working with legacy burdens in IFS. 
  3. Develop the skills in identifying the burden as separate from the exile events in IFS.


  • Introduction 
  • Exiles and Protectors 
    • Unburdening  
  • Timing 
  • Initial Integration 
    • Check in with direct access or insight 
  • Integration in subsequent session 
    • Attuned check in 
  • Integration with protectors after release of their protective role 
  • Possibility and potential anxiety for unburdening protectors 
    • Possibility 
    • Anxiety 
    • Needs/wants 
  • Client Rina 
  • Integration with protectors who haven’t release their protective role 
    • Check in 
    • Guide Self 
  • Relational process 
    • Address the fear 
  • Short meditation 
  • Endings 
    • IFS clinical competition 
    • How to say goodbye 
    • Endings and burdens 
  • Exiles with burdens 
    • Parts detect 
    • Identity 
    • Connect 
  • Two way connections 
  • Steps of healing 
  • Grief, loss and IFS 
  • Neuroscience of unburdening 
  • Burdens 
    • Core beliefs 
    • Legacy burdens 
      • Sources 
      • Community/Cultural 
      • Working with legacy burdens 
      • Compassion and generational 
      • Protectors and burdens 
      • Entrenched

Copyright : 07/07/2022

Internal Family Systems Therapy: Essentials in Understanding Trauma Related Parts Work

Join internationally renowned expert and senior IFS trainer Frank Anderson, MD, for an innovative discussion on understanding parts of the self which are created as a response to trauma and adversity.  

Discover and learn:  

  • The essential workings of the IFS parts model 
  • How attachment wounding and relational trauma shows up in IFS 
  • Why IFS is imperative to working with anxiety, depression and trauma 
  • And so much more!
Copyright : 17/12/2020

How To Embrace Suicidal Parts With Internal Family Systems Therapy

Suicidal parts can feel overwhelming to work with. Dr Frank Anderson will show why these parts need to be embraced rather than dismissed. He discusses how you can safely and effectively interact with and heal suicidal parts in your own clients, as well as giving beautiful examples of how to utilize IFS therapy while working with clients.

This product is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification. 

Program Information


  1. Assess suicide from the Internal Family Systems approach.
  2. Employ at least 3 skills to integrate the IFS approach to suicidality treatment into other modalities.
  3. Practice aspects of coping through the IFS approach for suicidal parts management.
  4. Support clients with compassion as they work to build relationship with self and suicidal part.


  • Overview of IFS
  • Parts breakdown in relation to suicidal parts 
  • Self-Energy 
    • Case study 
  • Ways to be with suicidal parts 
  • When vulnerability goes array     
  • Suicidal parts protect wounds 
  • The goal of working with suicidal (protective) parts 
  • Invitations are the key to working with suicidal parts 
    • Case demo 
    • Case demo
  • Conclusion

Copyright : 17/02/2023