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Our Bodies, Our Boundaries, Our Burdens, and Our Health: An IFS Approach to Healing Women’s Health

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Nancy Sowell, LICSW
1 Hour 12 Minutes
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Nov 19, 2021
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Body shaming, persistent violation of boundaries, oppressive messages, and impossible expectations burden women and harm our bodymind through the internal system of parts. This workshop will offer an IFS clinical approach to healing the underlying societal and trauma related burdens that harm women’s health and contribute to physical disease. 

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 1.25 hours CPD.



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Nancy Sowell LICSW, is an Internal Family Systems lead trainer and consultant in private practice on Cape Cod and in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has been a clinical supervisor for many years. Nancy has been a psychotherapist since 1992, working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has pursued training from many therapeutic schools of thought and in various therapeutic techniques, such as hypnosis, biofeedback, EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and meditation. She integrates mindful awareness of the body, emotions, thoughts, and deeply held beliefs, as they influence our mood, behavior, health, and relationships. Specializing in behavioral medicine and IFS-based treatment for pain and illness, Nancy co-created an IFS treatment program for rheumatoid arthritis patients in a pioneering research study at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. She knows both personally and professionally the power of Self compassion in healing and restoring health.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nancy Sowell maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Harvard Medical School. She is an IFS Trainer and Presenter with the IFS Association of Paris, the IFS Institute of Barcelona and Madrid, and the IFS Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Sowell is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Assess the use of the IFS healing relationship between the “Self” and “parts”.  
  2. Distinguish verbal manifestations of internal conflicts carried by personality “parts”.  
  3. Determine an example of an internal conflict that can negatively impact health. 
  4. Utilize internally focused attention to identify a personality “part” related to a health problem. 
  5. Evaluate how the IFS concept of the “Self” can be utilized to heal a trauma-related burden that can harm health. 
  6. Determine how IFS parts work can help improve physical health. 


  • Introduction to basic principles of IFS and IFS treatment for women’s health: the IFS Model of the mind of Self and parts 
  • Types of burdens carried by parts of the internal system, boundary violations, and parts in conflict: the impact on women  
  • How trauma and burdens get under our skin and harm our health 
  • The IFS treatment course for healing the underlying burdens of trauma and toxic stress that cause illness and negative health outcomes 
  • Changes with IFS that improve health outcomes with chronic, noncommunicable disease 

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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