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Immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy model
alongside a dedicated group of your colleagues


Join internationally renowned Certified IFS therapist and consultant Dr Alexia Rothman
between 15-19 September 2024 for a 5-day getaway retreat experience you will never forget!

PLUS, earn up to 20 CPD Hours!
 

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is a transformational approach to healing the systems of even our most traumatised clients. Its compassion-based, empirically validated techniques offer a safe and effective way to work with a full range of clinical concerns, while offering therapists the gift of working in a way that increases personal well-being!

As a participant in this retreat, you will join a group of your colleagues to dive deeply into a step-by-step exploration of the IFS model and learn how to:

  1. Integrate IFS therapy into your clinical practice
  2. Effectively work with even the most complex traumas and common co-morbidities, including anxiety, depression, and addictive processes
  3. Use meditation and personal reflection to find your inner wisdom and Self-Energy in session
  4. Practice techniques that promote clients' relationships with parts and accessing healing energy
  5. Take time out to connect with and explore the healing power of nature with yoga, nature walks and other optional mindfulness activities to support your own self-care

 
Richard Schwartz


Lexi Rothman not only knows IFS deeply, she embodies it. She gets my highest recommendation as a therapist or presenter!

Richard Schwartz, PhD, Creator of IFS Therapy and Founder of the IFS Institute (formerly Center for Self-Leadership)
PESI retreats fill up fast, so secure your spot today!

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information

And there’s more! The beautiful Milton Hill House venue in Abingdon offers a tranquil location, set in 22 acres of idyllic parkland in the heart of Oxfordshire, providing the perfect setting for deep focus and relaxation.

You’ll take time to unwind, rejuvenate, and connect with yourself and your community of colleagues... all at this remarkable place. The daily schedule is designed to allow personal time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings amenities.

By the end of this retreat, you will feel transformed on both a personal and professional level – refreshed, revitalised, and confidently equipped with new tools and practices for taking your IFS therapy clinical work to the next level.


Are you ready? Register today and see you in Oxford!

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information
Retreat Schedule
 
All Times Listed in Local Time
 

Sunday 15th September

10:00–12:00
Arrival and Registration
12:00–13:00
Lunch
13:00–15:00
Welcome/Meet the team/Housekeeping/Icebreakers
15:00–15:30
Break
15:30–17:00
Workshop
17:00–19:00
Hotel Check in and Free Time
19:00–20:30
Dinner
 

Monday 16th September – Wednesday 18th September

7:30–9:00
Breakfast
9:00–12:00
Workshop
12:00–13:30
Lunch
13:30–16:30
Workshop
16:30–19:00
Free Time/Yoga/Mindfulness Nature Walk
19:00–20:30
Dinner
 

Thursday 19th September

7:00–8:30
Breakfast
8:30–10:30
Workshop
10:30–11:00
Hotel Check Out and Departure

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information
Who Should Attend?
 
The target audience includes anybody working with clients in a mental health capacity, including but not limited to:
 
 
  • Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • IAPT Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Chaplains/Clergy
 
Please note this retreat is intended for those who are new to the IFS model or are Level 1 trained through the IFS Institute.

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information
Retreat Content
  1. Theorise regarding the multiplicity of self as a spontaneously and naturally occurring and observed phenomenon in human personality and self-concept.
  2. Describe the three components of the psyche according to IFS theory: parts, burdens, and the Self, and their implications for treatment.
  3. Support the use of the concept of the “observer self” in psychotherapy as a valid and useful method for developing client introspection and self-reflection.
  4. Appraise psychological and neuropsychological research and implications for an approach to psychotherapy based on the observed multiplicity of self as a construct and spontaneously occurring altered states in those without dissociative disorders.
  5. Evaluate the risks and benefits of Internal Family Systems as an emerging treatment for PTSD and addictive behaviours.
  6. Apply IFS techniques for increasing access to Self in clients’ systems.
  7. Perform IFS techniques for helping clients to differentiate from and form compassionate, collaborative relationships with the proactive and reactive protective parts of their systems.
  8. Use IFS techniques for facilitating the development of secure internal attachment relationships between clients and the wounded and traumatised parts of their systems.
  9. Evaluate the impact of the therapist’s internal state on clinical work and how to use this awareness to facilitate a client’s emotion regulation skills.
  10. Discuss the IFS approach to working with transference and countertransference in the therapeutic relationship.
  11. Demonstrate how to assist clients in self-observation and introspection that can foster the ability to work with difficult internal states with less self-judgment and improved self-efficacy.
  12. Apply a model based on the concept of having spontaneous emergence of altered intrapsychic states, referred to as “parts,” for doing introspective, self-of-the-therapist work.
  13. Determine key intrapsychic polarizations and conflicts that are relevant to a client’s presenting concerns that can impede outcomes and discuss the IFS approach to this phenomenon.
  14. Evaluate, through observation and analysis of video examples, how to apply IFS techniques in treatment.
  15. Distinguish between empathy and compassion and the implications for the psychotherapeutic process.
  16. Hypothesize regarding the “therapeutic dose of empathy” and key considerations guiding the adjustment of the empathy-to-compassion ratio in sessions.
  17. Analyse the addictive process as conceptualised and treated through an IFS lens.
  18. Illustrate, through discussion and video examples, IFS techniques for working with the sets of polarised parts involved in the addictive process.
  19. Utilise IFS strategies to shift clients’ nervous systems towards regulation and help them access their own capacity for healing.
  20. Summarise the IFS position on traditional grounding and emotion regulation techniques and the importance of compassionate messaging when using such techniques with clients who struggle with self-regulation.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model
  • Non-pathologizing, compassion-based, experiential psychotherapy
  • Comprehensive model of healing traumatic wounds, including relational trauma
  • Origins, goals and assumptions of the model
  • Research evidence and limitations thereof; potential risks of using IFS as a treatment for PTSD and addictions
  • Multiplicity of the mind
  • Three components of the psyche: Parts, Burdens & Self
Treating Various Types of Trauma
  • Acute trauma
  • Complex or relational trauma
  • PTSD
  • Developmental and attachment traumas
  • Extreme or dissociative trauma
Step-by-Step Exploration of the IFS Technique
  • Step 1: Identifying the target part/symptom
  • Step 2: Accessing internal resources for healing and connection
  • Step 3: Befriending the target part and learning the fears and function of the symptom
  • Step 4: Healing of traumatic wounds
  • Step 5: Integration of change into the system
The Presence of the IFS Therapist
  • Identifying parts of the therapist that can make therapeutic work more challenging
  • Working with the therapist’s system to achieve maximum clarity and effectiveness
  • Increasing access to the therapist’s inner resources and ability to hold a compassionate and healing presence
  • Improving the therapist’s ability to support clients’ therapeutic work
Polarizations in the Internal System
  • Parts operating in opposition to each other
  • Common cause of “stuckness” in therapy and in life
  • Very pronounced in highly traumatised systems
The Cycle of Addiction in IFS
  • Relevant to substance and process addictions and eating disorders
  • Treating a system, not a symptom
  • Respectful, collaborative process for long-term change
Experiential Activities
  • Live demonstrations
  • Meditations
  • Yoga
  • Natural mindfulness walks
  • Group Discussions and Q&A
  • Practice Breakouts
  • Video Examples

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information
Meet Your Retreat Instructor
Alexia (Lexi) D. Rothman, PhD
Alexia (Lexi) D. Rothman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, certified IFS therapist and IFSI-approved consultant, and international speaker and educator on the IFS model. Dr Rothman has been in private practice since 2004. She has received extensive training in Internal Family Systems Therapy from IFS developer Dr Richard Schwartz, and has served on staff for multiple Level 1, 2, and 3 IFS trainings around the world, as well as serving as a professional consultant for IFS therapists and practitioners internationally.

Dr Rothman is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. Dr Rothman received her PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA, where she was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Emory University and Agnes Scott College.
 
What does Registration Include?
 
  1. Learn to integrate IFS therapy into your clinical practice
  2. Education, demos, and Q&As with an IFSI-approved clinical consultant
  3. Up to 20 CPD Hours
  4. CPD certificate & course manual
  1. Peaceful and tranquil garden surroundings to facilitate healing and rejuvenation
  2. Delicious cuisine and refreshments provided (see below for details)
  3. Lodging, with private bathrooms, for the duration of your stay
Milton Hill House

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and reconnect with what’s important, what better environment than the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside?

Retreat Highlights

  • Secluded retreat, offering 22 acres of tranquil parkland
  • Private lodging with private bathrooms
  • A location steeped in history and heritage
  • Full complimentary access to the on-site fitness centre, indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna
  • Food and beverages provided throughout including Full English Breakfast, 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner and complimentary drinks/snacks. Vegetarian and vegan options available*.
  • Conveniently situated just 10 minutes away from Didcot train station and with local bus services, the location is exceptionally convenient to reach.

*Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements beforehand so we can accommodate.

Milton Hill House Courtyard
 

Retreat Location

Мilton Hill House, Steventon
Milton Hill, Abingdon
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, OX13 6AF

Phone: +44 (0) 1235 831 474

Retreat Center Website

Retreat Center FAQs

Accessibility

The venue is just 25 minutes from Oxford city centre with easy access to the M4 and M40 motorways. Free parking is provided.

It is also approximately 60 miles from Heathrow Airport and 80 miles from Gatwick Airport.

If mobility is a concern, please contact us with any questions before registering.

Health and Safety

Attendees’ health and safety is a top priority for PESI.

All international attendees are advised to purchase travel insurance that includes a cancellation policy for any reason to protect your travel plans.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, please contact us immediately:

Email: info@pesi.co.uk • Phone: +44 (0) 1235 847 393

Please note we will be unable to provide refunds 30-days prior to the event start date.

Please check the latest government guidelines to see what advisories are in place before you travel. All flights are subject to the terms and conditions of your airline carrier’s policy travel plans.

Immersive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Retreat
Step-by-Step Strategies for Treating Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

 

LIVE in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sunday 15th September - Thursday 19th September 2024


Single Occupancy:
Normally - £2,499

Early Bird - £1,999

Plus, earn up to 20 CPD Hours — included in your tuition.

*Limited spaces available

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

Click here for Payment Plan Information

NOTE: No additional discounts or coupons may be applied to this online retreat.
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This event is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification.
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