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


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  • CE Hours Included: 6 Core (please see below for more information)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $135
  • Presented by: Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

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 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.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Knowledgeable, personable, compassionate" - CM, LMFT
  • "The workshop was excellent. The presenter presented in a methodical manner which was really helpful. I now understand polarization much better." - ABS
  • "Really solid. Great in depth look at more complex ideas within the model." - BH
  • "Very knowledgeable and good communicator. Great presentation!" - JMS
  • "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
  • "Wonderful material, training, and presentation" - AMB, LPC
  • "I especially liked the video and examples of how to apply IFS principles in session." - TW, LPC
  • "Dr. Rothman is clearly knowledgeable on the topic of IFS and her presentation style is engaging." - KA, LPC

6 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists:
    • Georgia 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. In Georgia, all CE hours earned through online webinars, both live "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous," will count the same as live in-person for 2021, both Core and Ethics. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022.
    • Licensed in another state as a Psychologist: 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. Therefore, all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, 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.
    • Georgia Counselors: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: This workshop is approved for 6 credit hours through CCPA, event code 64956041.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #040320. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Social Workers: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker: Please see the yellow highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 6 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #051-2020. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: Per the Georgia Composite Board, Core CE hours are now permitted to be earned through on-demand "asynchronous" webinars, and will count the same as live in-person Core CE hours. Ten asynchronous hours are expressly permitted, and an additional five hours can be used as "independent study" hours.
    • Licensed in another state as a Marriage & Family Therapist: Please see the yellow highlighted section just below.
  • *Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or Marriage & Family Therapist? Most states will accept CEs for Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists if that workshop has approved status from another state association which ours have been (see above). Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states will accept APA & NBCC approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations. We strongly recommend saving the course description and educational objectives, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity, and please contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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