Trauma & The Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal & Legacy Burdens

Trauma & The Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal & Legacy Burdens


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.


Hosted by Therapy Training Boston 

Live Online Event via Zoom - Please See Registration


Monday, July 27th, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
9:00 am - 4:45 pm 

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.

New to this workshop, Dr. Schwartz will spend time focusing on how to support Self led activism. Dr. Schwartz will lay the foundation for and demonstrate how to work with personal and legacy burdens that get triggered in the context of political conflict and unrest. We will learn to work with what gets in the way of everyone's innate abilities to be an effective advocate, ally and activist. This will support our work as clinicians and citizens.

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 relationship 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. 



Individual Registration: Early rate by 6/11/19: $350, Regular rate:$370.
Group Registration: Early group rate $330 by 6/11/19: Regular rate: $350 per person for groups of two or more.
Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
Clinicians United members may access a discounted rate of $330.
Black Therapists Rock and NEAFAST members as well as and people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $280



To register and learn more about this workshop, please click HERE