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

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
  • Time: 10:00am - 5:15pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 6 Core (see below for more information)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $140 before Friday, April 28 at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $160 after
  • 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: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Previous training in IFS and Polyvagal Theory strongly suggested

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the basic principles of Polyvagal Theory and how PVT can inform and enhance application of any psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Discuss how understanding Polyvagal Theory can help therapists implement IFS more safely and effectively, especially in the systems of clients with complex trauma.
  • Utilize IFS strategies to shift clients’ nervous systems towards regulation and help them access their own capacity for healing.
  • Develop skills to help clients foster attuned, trusting relationships with their hyperaroused and hypoaroused parts, as well as parts that strategically utilize adaptive survival responses, such as fight, flight, freezing, and numbing, for protection.
  • Describe the impact of the therapist’s internal state on clinical work and how clinicians can use this awareness to facilitate client regulation and healing.
  • Analyze, through observation and discussion of real video examples, how to seamlessly integrate IFS and PVT in treatment.

Workshop Description:

Despite the diversity of content that brings clients to therapy, difficulty regulating their emotional experience is at the heart of their struggles. Clients can feel hijacked by extreme emotional states, uncomfortable in their own skin, or think or behave in ways they wish they wouldn’t. Polyvagal Theory (PVT) helps us understand what is happening on a biological level when our clients are emotionally dysregulated or stuck in adaptive survival states, such as fight, flight, freeze, or numb. Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) offers a compassionate, non-pathologizing approach to healing the wounded, burdened, and traumatized parts of clients’ systems and increasing internal harmony and connection. This workshop explores the integration of IFS therapy and Polyvagal Theory to help clinicians more safely and effectively use the IFS model in treatment.

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.


  • 9:30 - 10:00 Sign-In
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 - 1:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 1:15 - 2:00 Lunch Break
  • 2:00 - 3:30 Afternoon Session
  • 3:30 - 3:45 Break
  • 3:45 - 5:15 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 5:15 - Continuing Education Certificates Available

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "I am now a super fan of Dr. Alexia Rothman! Her presentation was so clear, calming, and engaging all at the same time which I feel is so difficult to achieve. Wonderful presentation, valuable information!" - AC, LCSW
  • "Excellent - I greatly appreciate Dr. Rothman's use of the therapy session recording." - KA, LMSW
  • "This was the most well organized and stimulating CE I have done online. I will be signing up for more! Dr. Alexia Rothman was knowledgeable, well-spoken, and personable.” - KN, LCSW
  • "Fantastic, great content, enhanced my knowledge on two approaches I love and value. I gained much more in depth knowledge of PVT" - KCF, LMSW
  • "I thought this workshop was fabulous! I was not very familiar with IFS before this workshop but learned a lot of great skills to use moving forward." - MC, LCSW
  • "She knows her stuff. She's absolutely lovely. My baseline for polyvagal theory was low. Applying the psychoeducation piece of polyvagal into my IFS work will only enhance my effectiveness. My clients will love this." - CD, LMSW
  • "Amazing presenter! Use of specific examples help to make the material applicable." - TB, LPC
  • "I always enjoy Dr. Rothman. She has wonderful energy that is inviting and engaging. I could see she put a lot of thought and energy into the presentation. I will attend whatever programs Dr. Rothman would like to present." - SLF, LPC
  • "Warm engaging style, kept interest, kept to outline and provided all material - yahoo! - JF, SW
  • "Amazing- loved this course" - HAY, APC
  • "Well organized; time frame sufficient for content; video was excellent. I appreciated the presenter’s expertise" - SK, Psychologist
  • "Excellent. Engaging and useful examples she used to illustrate an intervention or process." - AW, LMFT
  • "Dr. Rothman did a great job in presenting material that combined two different concepts. She was able to talk about IFS and PVT separately yet explain how they work together to treat a client. Basically and amazingly was able to teach two workshops in one." - AB
  • "It was wonderful and so informative! I deepened my knowledge of IFS and learned about PVT. I would love more courses from Dr. Rothman!" - BB, LMSW
  • "This was excellent and I appreciated every minute of it." - JH, LPC, LMHC

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

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT 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.
    • Counselors licensed in Georgia: Although approval through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) is not required for CE credit since all our courses are NBCC-approved, TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through LPCA-GA as well.
    • Counselors licensed in another state: 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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