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IFSI Scholarship Recipients Introducing Clients to a Whole New World

Femi Olukoya and Victor Cabral are incorporating IFS teachings in their practices, and in the process, opening a whole new world of care and healing to clients in their communities that clients never knew existed. Both men continue to increase their community since completing the Level 1 training program (671) in Internal Family Systems therapy that took place from October 31, 2021 to February 23, 2022. Both men were a part of the Black Therapists Rock (BTR) community and applied for and received one of five IFS Level 1 scholarships that BTR administered.

They were grateful to have the...

Partner Highlight - IFS Portugal

Our mission to bring IFS to the world is being realized through the work that we are doing in North America as well as the strong international partnerships we have established with several international organizations. One such international partner who has been spreading the IFS word is IFS Portugal, led by its founder Aníbal Henriques.

Aníbal completed IFS Levels 1 and 2 training but developed his “first crush” on IFS in 2017 when he met Dick and Jeanne in London, where he went to complete his Level 3 that Dick led. Just over a year later, Aníbal became an international partner with a...

Pride and Prejudice

By Kate Lingren, LICSW

On behalf of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of IFSI, I wish you all a belated Happy Pride Month! As many of you know, June has become a time to celebrate LGBTQI+ citizens in the United States. While Pride month may not be recognized internationally as Pride celebrations take place in many other places at different times, June is increasingly being recognized as Pride month outside of the United States as well.   

And what a time it is for us to take a moment to recognize, celebrate and honor our LGBTQI+ members of the IFS community. I never imagined...

Recent IFS Trainer Promotions

We're delighted to share the latest round of IFS Trainer promotions. Moving up to the Co-lead position are Tamala Floyd, Gwen Hurd, and Leslie Petruck.  Joining us as Assistant Trainers are Galit Arad-Trutner, Requina Barnes,  Jenny Fiebig, Fatimah Finney, Carmen Jiminez-Pride and Crystal Jones. We're so grateful to have these talented individuals working with us. We invite you to learn more about them below.

Co-Leads 

Headshot of Tamala FloydTamala Floyd, LCSW-BACS, has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with children, families, and women with trauma histories. She has expertise in...

IFSI Welcomes New Team Members

At the Institute, we are building a strong organization by strengthening our team, its leadership and management. Since we last communicated with you, we have added more people to our team and we currently have open roles. 

Luis Vega Sorrosal  

Headshot of Luis Vega SorrosalLuis Vega Sorrosal re-joined the Institute in mid-May as the Director of International. Luis returned to the organization after holding the same role in 2011. He said, “I feel really excited to re-join this amazing organization and hope to contribute my best to continue IFSI's international expansion." 

Luis focuses on the Institute’s...

IFS’s Viewpoint on Dieting and Cultural Harm

If you’re like many people, you start the new year focused on one body project or another. Whether it’s weight loss, fitness, clean eating, or sobriety, you feel some pressure to make up for the excess of the past weeks or renew your attempts to live more like parts of you believe you should.

This annual commitment to self-improvement is likely an uptick in the dissatisfaction you generally feel about your body. You’re so used to it that you probably don’t question the decision to “do something about it”. After all, shouldn’t you be trying to feel and look better? How many people do you...

Introducing 24 Leadership Fellows – Inaugural Cohort

The Foundation for Self Leadership created the Leadership Fellows Program, in partnership with the IFS Institute, to support current and future leaders from the Global Majority and LGBTQIA+ communities that have been traditionally marginalized by society.  

The 24 champions and leaders were selected using a rigorous process and are currently engaged or willing to actively engage to make a difference in their community. They include community agency directors, coordinators, and psychotherapists; leaders of human-services or faith-based organizations; and social activists and advocates for...

IFS Institute Welcomes Three New Team Members!

In the January issue of our newsletter, we announced that we were hiring for three roles. We had a considerable response to our job postings and are pleased to announce that Anna Rubley is now our Director of Operations and Donna Carter is our Director of Talent Management. We have also hired Jennifer Tewell as our Digital Community Manager to manage our growing social media community.  

Anna Rubley, Director of Operations

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Anna brings a wealth of experience in operations and administration in a variety of fields including mental health, direct care services, operations and special...

An IFS Approach to Working with Children and Adolescents – A New Level 2 Training Program

 

The demand for IFS Institute training programs is growing and the Institute is focused on delivering programs  to help professionals grow and develop. We are excited to introduce a new Level 2 intensive training program entitled, An IFS Approach to Working with Children and Adolescents”.  IFS Senior Trainer Pam Krause (MSW, LCSW) and Subject Matter Expert Carmen Jiminez-Pride, (LCSW, Registered Play Therapist), developed the program curriculum together, and are eagerly looking forward to sharing their expertise with participants.

This Level 2 program, which will launch in July, is...

Evolution of The Internal Family Systems Model By Dr. Richard Schwartz, Ph. D.

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) has evolved over the past twenty years into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities. This synthesis was the natural outcome that evolved after I, as a young, fervent family therapist, began hearing from my clients about...

The Internal Family Systems Model Outline

I. BASIC ASSUMPTIONS OF THE IFS MODEL

  • It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided into an indeterminate number of subpersonalities or parts.
  • Everyone has a Self, and the Self can and should lead the individual's internal system.
  • The non-extreme intention of each part is something positive for the individual. There are no "bad" parts, and the goal of therapy is not to eliminate parts but instead to help them find their non-extreme roles.
  • As we develop, our parts develop and form a complex system of interactions among themselves; therefore, systems theory can be applied to the...

The Larger Self

By Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

We all know about those luminous moments of clarity and balance, in our own lives and in those of our clients, which come briefly now and again. However we get there, we suddenly encounter a feeling of inner plenitude and open heartedness to the world that wasn’t there the moment before. The incessant nasty chatter inside our heads ceases, we have a sense of calm spaciousness, as if our minds and hearts and souls had expanded and brightened. Sometimes, these evanescent experiences come in a bright glow of peaceful certainty that everything in the universe is truly...

Couples & Marriage Counseling with Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family SystemsSM (IFS) therapy, in addition to being a powerful and effective approach with individuals, is also often used by couples and marriage counselors to promote harmony in relationships and support intimate partners in developing Self-leadership. Since IFS is generally focused on an individual’s inner system of Self and parts, people may have confusion about how it can be used in couples and marriage counseling. Hence, we asked IFS Senior Trainer Toni Herbine-Blank (MS, RN, CS-P) to shed some light on how married and unmarried couples can benefit from IFS. Toni, a successful...

Child Counseling with Internal Family Systems Therapy

Although Internal Family SystemsSM (IFS) therapy is most commonly associated with adult clients, child counseling is another effective application of this form of therapy. Child counselors, as well as others in the counseling field, may not be familiar with ways to apply the IFS Model to child and play therapy, so we asked Pamela Krause (LCSW, ACSW) to write an introduction to IFS child counseling. Pamela is an IFS lead trainer in private practice, where she works with children and adolescents in addition to adults. One of her specialties is the adaptation of the IFS Model to child therapy...