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Working with the Internal Family Systems Model with Richard C. Schwartz

September  28 - 29, 2013
10:00 am - 5:30 pm


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Working with the Internal Family Systems Model with Richard C. Schwartz

Therapy's Inner Game (Saturday)
A key part of being an effective therapist is maintaining an awareness of what emotions the client's behaviors may be triggering in you-and retaining your ability to manage those triggers. These skills are particularly important with clients whose intense, angry, volatile, or highly vulnerable emotional states and reactions (from bullying to idealizing you) can bring such concerns to the fore. This is where the therapist needs to be at the top of his or her "inner" game, and this workshop will show you how.

You'll learn exercises to help you step back and identify the different "parts" of the self that get triggered, when, and how, by clients and even by those in your life outside of the client role. We'll then focus on five Ps to help you counter those triggers: Presence, Perspective, Persistence, Patience, and Playfulness. You'll come away with newfound knowledge about how to cultivate and access the mature self in transforming these triggers into opportunities to grow as a person and clinician.

Internal Family Systems and Couples Therapy (Sunday)
This workshop will guide therapists' focus on helping couples to identify and heal the parts of them that interfere with intimacy and communication so that they can achieve courageous love in which both partners become the primary caretakers for their own parts, freeing the partner to be the secondary caretaker. When this is the case, couples are able to communicate from a place of compassion, calm, clarity, and confidence called the self. When couples have self-led conversations, their relationships harmonize naturally. They can discuss even highly charged issues productively and feel safe to reveal their most vulnerable parts to each other. This practical workshop will give participants new perspectives and methods for working with their most difficult clients as well as their own relationships.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Explain the history and development of the Internal Family Systems model of therapy.
2) Explain the 3 categories of sub-personalities that most often present in therapy: Manager parts, Firefighter parts, Exiled parts.
3) Describe the dynamics of the three group system.
4) Discuss the IFS concept of Self and it's role and effectiveness as a leader in the system.

This workshop is geared towards therapists, but is open to anyone interested in the work. Suggested reading: You Are the One You've Been Waiting For, available from www.selfleadership.org


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic, at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. Grounded in systems thinking, Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) in response to clients' descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (www.selfleadership.org), which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Schwartz has published five books and more than fifty articles about IFS.

Saturday and Sunday
September 28-29, 2013
CIIS Main Building
$250/$270/$290 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students.

California Institute of Integral Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CIIS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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