Creating Healing Circles
Using the Internal Family Systems Model in Facilitating Groups
People are meant to discover, heal, and grow in community, yet the mental health field has moved increasingly toward an individual psychotherapy model. For many helping professionals, the art of running support and therapeutic groups has been underdeveloped and remains a daunting and often overwhelming prospect. This book is designed for helping professionals officially trained in the Internal Family Systems model as a resource in utilizing the concepts, ideas, and protocols from the IFS model in group experiences. Using his own life experiences and vast expertise in facilitating group process, Chris Burris, Senior Lead Trainer with the IFS Institute, explains the power of group work by offering detailed explanations, exercises, and illustrations of his methodology. This book is designed as a resource to enhance practitioner skills in facilitating groups with the hope that through increased connectivity to each other and ourselves, we can discover the power within. Chris's hope is that through this deeper internal connection and intentional community, one can find the necessary creativity, imagination, and courage to lead and envision solutions for the future. Given the immense challenges humans currently face such as global warming, political turmoil, oppression, inequality, and societal strife, a greater connection to a conscious community and one's larger Self is more necessary than ever.