Special Topics in IFS Therapy: The Presence of the Therapist, Polarizations, Extreme Protectors, and the Cycle of Addiction - 6 CEUs


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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, June 25, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
  • CEs Included: 6 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours (For Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists - please see below for details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $135 before Friday, June 11 at 5:00pm EST, $155 after
  • Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Prerequisite: An Introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model: Theory & Practice

Educational Objectives:

  • Briefly review the basic concepts of IFS theory, including Parts, Burdens, the Self, and procedures for getting to know a Part.
  • Discuss the Self-led presence of the therapist, one of the most crucial elements in achieving maximal effectiveness as an IFS therapist, as well as how to work with our own systems to open space for Self-Energy in treatment.
  • Describe in more depth how to work with protective Parts, including how to honestly and effectively address their concerns.
  • Identify polarizations in the internal system and demonstrate how to work with them.
  • Explain IFS theory and techniques for working with protective Parts in extreme roles, such as suicidality, self-harm, addictive behaviors, and dissociation.
  • Explore the IFS perspective on the cycle of addiction, and how to work with the Parts involved.

Workshop Description:

IFS is an evidence-based model of psychotherapy that provides a compassionate, respectful, non-pathologizing approach to understanding the organization and functioning of the human psyche. It provides therapists with a powerful and effective set of tools for empowering clients with a wide range of clinical profiles to heal the wounded and burdened parts of their internal systems, resulting in increased internal harmony, symptom reduction, and improved functioning. In this workshop, participants who are already familiar with the basic principles of IFS will deepen their understanding of the IFS approach to key elements of treatment, including the presence of the therapist, techniques for working with Parts in extreme roles, such as suicidality, self-harm, and dissociation, and working with polarizations between Parts, all of which are essential for effectively treating trauma survivors. Additionally, special focus will be given to conceptualizing and working with the cycle of addiction using IFS techniques.

*Please note that previous exposure to IFS theory (such as through an introductory IFS workshop, readings, or IFS experiential training programs) is strongly suggested before attending this workshop, as basic IFS theory will only be reviewed briefly.

*Also, please be aware that "Internal Family Systems" (IFS) is a very different model from "Family Systems" therapy. There has been some confusion in the past, so we really want to make sure everyone knows this is an IFS training and not Family Systems training. Thank you!

Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexia Rothman is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Atlanta, GA since 2004. She is a United States Presidential Scholar who completed her undergraduate work in psychology, Spanish, and music at Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow. Dr. Rothman has provided individual, couples, and group psychotherapy in various settings, including the UCLA and Emory University Counseling Centers and Psychology Clinics, and she has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Departments at Emory’s Oxford College and Agnes Scott College. She was first introduced to the Internal Family Systems model at the International Trauma Conference in Boston and has received extensive training and supervision in the model over the past ten years, much of it from IFS developer, Dr. Richard Schwartz. Dr. Rothman has served on the training staff for Level 1 and Level 2 IFS trainings for mental health professionals, and she is a professional consultant for IFS clinicians around the country. Dr. Rothman has used IFS in her work with clients with a wide-range of clinical concerns, from those with mild anxiety and depression to those with extensive trauma histories, self-injury, dissociative disorders and suicidality, and she has found it extremely effective. She and her husband, also an IFS-trained clinical psychologist, have also found IFS to be an invaluable guide for parenting their two school-aged children! Dr. Rothman absolutely loves sharing this powerful and compassionate model with others.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 - Continuing Education Certificates Available

6 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • For Georgia Psychologists, all online webinars (both live and on-demand) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may complete all 40 CEUs this year while you have options.
    • Licensed in another state? The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding live webinars vs. live workshops.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has applied for core CE hours for this workshop through LPCA of Georgia. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • Social Workers: The Knowledge Tree has applied for core CE hours for this workshop through Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage & Family Therapists: The Knowledge Tree has applied for core CE hours for this workshop through Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • *Licensed in another state as a counselor, social worker, or marriage & family therapist? Many states will accept CEs for Counselors, Social Workers & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state. Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA, so this workshop should satisfy your "Related Hours" option (meaning a course Nationally Approved in the related field of Psychology), but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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