Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal and Legacy Burdens


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD


Live on Zoom due to Covid 19 precautions


Dates and Times: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 9:000 am to 4:30 pm; Friday, March 5, 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Credits: 12 CEs


This presentation will provide a brief review of the basics of the IFS model by Richard Schwartz, PhD, who developed the model, then will focus in detail on its use with attachment and trauma. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy now certified as an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in individuals, couples and families.

The first day of the workshop will focus on helping clients release personal burdens related to traumatic experiences in their lives. An overview of the clinical applications of IFS in trauma work will be presented. You will learn through didactic teaching, interactive dialogue, demonstration and live interviews. 

During the second day, the focus will be on understanding and releasing legacy burdens. Legacy burdens are powerful organizers of our minds and behaviors. You will be become more aware of the beliefs and emotions we and our clients absorb from family, peers, ethnic groups and cultural contexts regarding ourselves and/or groups with whom we identify, as well as groups we consider “other.”  We will explore the sources of those burdens and the fears of releasing them. This work is critically important to create more peace and less divisiveness in our often fractured world.

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems SM, in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves.  He focused on the systemic relationships patterns among these parts that were similarly organized across clients.  He found that when clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, they would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.  He will show us how to support clients in that state of Self, to facilitate their healing of their own parts. 

Target Audience

This learning event is designed for helping professionals including, but not limited to, social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage & family therapists, and nurses. We design the learning methodology to further develop beginning, intermediate, and advanced helping professionals by supporting improvement of skills for direct practice, supervision, and management positions. People who attend from professions other than those we are able to provide CEs for may request a Certificate of Attendance.


Individual Registration: Early rate by 12/31/2020: $350, Regular rate:$370.
Group Registration: Early group rate $330 by 12/31/2020: Regular rate: $350 per person for groups of two or more. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
NEAFAST members may access a discounted rate of $330. Black Therapists Rock, National Association of Black  Counselors and all BIPOC clinicians may access a discounted rate of $280. 
​Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.


The event will be held live on Zoom due to Covid 19 public health guidance

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