Advanced IFS & Polyvagal Theory CE Webinar for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists

Advanced IFS and Polyvagal Theory: Healing Through Compassionate Connection™ - 6 CEUs

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, October 11, 2024
  • Time: 10:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 6 Core (see below for more information)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $140 before Friday, September 27th at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $160 after
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  • Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.
  • Instruction Level: Advanced
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Required Prerequisite: IFS and Polyvagal Theory: Healing Through Compassionate Connection™ (previously taken live or on-demand)

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Describe the use of pure IFS techniques to befriend and help parts that experience and strategically utilize sympathetic and dorsal survival states in the nervous system (Dr. Rothman will provide case videos for illustration).
  • Demonstrate how IFS techniques can facilitate clients’ ability to regulate their emotional and physiological states in and between sessions through the process of “Internal Co-Regulation.”
  • Explain the IFS position on traditional grounding, emotion-regulation, and body-regulating techniques and the importance of compassionate messaging to parts when using such techniques.
  • Analyze the phenomenon of resistance in psychotherapy through a Polyvagal-informed IFS lens, including how to use IFS techniques to work with resistance.
  • Compare empathy and compassion from an IFS lens and their relevance to the integration of IFS and PVT.
  • Identify client-level and therapist-level considerations for adjusting the empathy-to-compassion ratio in commonly encountered therapeutic situations.

Workshop Description:

Based on popular demand, Dr. Rothman is excited to provide a continued exploration of the integration of Dr. Richard Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and Dr. Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal Theory (PVT). This advanced workshop is designed as a follow-up to Dr. Rothman’s IFS and PVT integration course: Concepts to be explored include the “Therapeutic Dose of Empathy” in IFS sessions. The power of “Internal Co-Regulation” will be discussed for both in-the-moment regulation and the long-term retuning of the autonomic nervous system, highlighting the significance of co-regulation in achieving effective therapy outcomes. Additionally, the importance of communicating compassionately with parts when using emotion regulation and body-regulating techniques will be addressed. Finally, we will explore therapeutic resistance through a Polyvagal-informed IFS lens and its relevance to the integration of IFS and PVT.

Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexia Rothman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA, since 2004. She is a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist, an international speaker and educator on the IFS model, and a professional consultant for clinicians seeking to deepen their knowledge and practice of IFS through theoretical discussions, case consultation, technique practice, and deep, personal experiential work with their own internal systems. Dr. Rothman has received extensive training in the IFS model, primarily from IFS developer, Dr. Richard Schwartz. She has served as a Program Assistant for multiple Level 1, 2, and 3 experiential IFS trainings, and she offers workshops on the IFS model throughout the United States and abroad. She co-hosts an Internal Family Systems-informed podcast, Explorations in Psychotherapy.
Dr. Rothman is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (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.

Agenda (Eastern Time):

  • 10:00am - 10:30am | Sign-In and Welcome
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm | Session
  • 12:00pm - 12:10pm | Break
  • 12:10pm - 1:40pm | Session
  • 1:40pm - 2:20pm | Lunch Break
  • 2:20pm - 3:50pm | Session
  • 3:50pm - 4:00pm | Break
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Session
  • 5:30pm | Continuing Education Certificates Available

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Very positive. Knowledge Tree made this webinar much more "user friendly" for those like me who are not adept at the internet/PC for continued education. My thanks for your patience and support. Dr. Rothman's command of material in this webinar was very impressive, especially the integration of theory and practice, "use of self" as therapist." - MS, LCSW
  • "Dr. Rothman is an excellent presenter. She is clear, centered, calm (Lots of Self energy!). She was highly organized. Her slides were easy to follow and allowed me to learn without too much information packed into one slide. The video followed by the discussion and rationale for her interventions was very effective for my learning style. ... Most of all, Dr. Rothman's warm, genuine, kind energy allowed my parts to give me space to be present and helped my nervous system be regulated." - LJ, LCSW
  • "Dr. Rothman is amazing. I thought the presentation went very well. The pace was good and kept me engaged more than most others are able to. I think what I learned in this workshop will support me in ongoing implementation of IFS therapy techniques in my work with clients and in my own IFS therapy and practice." - MA, LPC
  • "Video example and breakdown is the absolute best way for me to learn. I have to believe this is invaluable for other therapists as well. We talk about our work w colleagues via consultation, but so rarely get to see others' work and visa versa. Just so grateful for Alexia's gift of teaching. As a teacher turned therapist myself, she is a rarity who excels at both, seemingly with ease." - SF, LPC
  • "Thank you for these trainings. My practice and clinical skills have been enhanced greatly by your training offerings. I have been able to find nuggets from multiple modalities and use them in unique, personalized ways to serve my clients." - LR, LCSW
  • "Presenter showed wonderful presence, both in her presentation and in the videos. Wonderful, one of the best courses I've taken. Lovely day all in all, with time for a bike ride at lunch." - KJ, LPC
  • "Dr. Rothman is an excellent presenter! She is organized, well spoken, and thorough. I truly don't see how this workshop could have been improved." - AME, LMFT
  • "This is the 3rd workshop of Dr Rothman's I have attended, they are always informative and interesting. I love how she uses actual cases/sessions to present information" - BZJ, LCSW
  • "Very organized, clear, with a lot of examples. Seeing Dr. Alexia and her thorough process while working has been wonderful and will help me in my work with my clients." - PG, LMFT
  • "Dr. Rothman is very dedicated and knowledgeable of her craft as it is very noticeable in her teaching of this subject matter." - CL, LPC
  • "Lexi is one of the best IFS presenters out there!" - AM, LCSW

6 Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Knowledge Tree maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW). If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT). If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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