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IFS Therapy Skills for Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

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Karen Harrington, MCouns., MHealSci, Certified IFS Therapist
1 Hour
Nov 29, 2023
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Many clinicians working with clients with Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders believe that standard IFS therapy is all that is needed and other resources in the trauma world need not be utilized. Sometimes therapists who are highly experienced in IFS therapy can exacerbate clients’ symptomology and their ability to function by using this modality as a stand-alone therapy. This talk outlines some issues that arise for clients with trauma and dissociation from using IFS therapy in a non-trauma informed manner. The need for coping skills for clients is outlined and a few of these are discussed. This presentation spotlights the invalidation that client’s parts may feel if they are being categorized into rigid roles of Self, fire fighters, managers, or exiles by therapists. Three phases of trauma therapy outlined by International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation are discussed as well as how they correlate to the phases of IFS therapy. 

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



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



Karen Harrington, MCouns., MHealSci, Certified IFS Therapist's Profile

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Karen Harrington, MCouns., MHealSci., is a licensed counsellor and certified IFS therapist. She has a background in mental health nursing in inpatient and community settings. Karen has a private practice and an interest in working with people with childhood trauma and dissociative experiences. She has a passion for disseminating the IFS model in New Zealand at a grass roots level and started to co-facilitate introductory workshops in early 2023 with Helen Foot. Karen lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband, Greg, and they particularly enjoy catching up with their adult sons and their partners over good food and competitive canasta games.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Karen Harrington maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Karen Harrington is a member of the New Zealand Internal Family Systems steering committee.



  1. Identify which clients can use standard IFS for their healing and which clients need trauma informed IFS. 
  2. Describe two coping skills that can be used in trauma informed IFS therapy. 
  3. List the three phases of trauma therapy and how the IFS framework pertains to each phase. 


  1. The need for trauma informed IFS.  
  2. Coping skills for weary and overwhelmed parts. 
  3. Phase oriented treatment is not the enemy! 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners  
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 



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