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, March 8, 2024
  • Time: 10:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 6 Core (please see below for more information)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $140 before Friday, February 23 at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $160 after
  • Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Prerequisite: An Introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model: Theory & Practice (live or on-demand)
  • 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

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • 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.
  • Analyze 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 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 currently 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:

  • "Great presenter. Organized, present, responsive and shared relevant information from her own practice and experience." - MR, LCSW
  • "I felt like Dr. Rothman was able to keep the information relevant and made the presentation fun. While it was a lot of information, she made it digestible and adding the funny elements helped to keep me engaged." - MJ, LCSW
  • "My overall impression is that this presenter is an expert in IFS and is dedicated to her clients' healing. I appreciated how each segment of the presentation built on the next and was easy to follow." - LH, Professional Counselor
  • "Dr. Rothman was very well-versed in the topic. I enjoyed her using personal client experiences and examples. I enjoyed her means of describing the material through examples." - CB, LCSW
  • "I am very impressed with the level of knowledge, professionalism, and passion that this presenter demonstrates in her trainings." - KH, LMFT
  • "Very Clear and present. The video and debriefing was helpful for illustrating and deepening learning." - JF, LCSW
  • "Lexi teaches in such a clear and understandable way. Very helpful. Thank you!" - JE, LMFT, LPC
  • "The workshop was excellent. The presenter presented in a methodical manner which was really helpful. I now understand polarization much better." - ABS
  • "This was a great workshop and met all expectations. I really appreciate Dr. Rothman's approach to teaching that combines information, authenticity, real life examples, and her own disclosure about experiences. I can't think of anything that would need to be improved on." - JS, LPC
  • "Dr. Rothman is clearly knowledgeable on the topic of IFS and her presentation style is engaging." - KA, LPC

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: This workshop is approved for 6 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64967015.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 6 Core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #010824. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #004-2024. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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