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

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  • May 10, 2019
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours (Related Hours for MFTs)
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Road, Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $125 before April 26, $145 after

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 eight 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.

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. 

Educational Objectives:

  1. Briefly review the basic concepts of IFS theory, including Parts, Burdens, the Self, and procedures for getting to know a Part.
  2. 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.
  3. Deepen understanding of how to work with protective Parts, including how to honestly and effectively address their concerns.
  4. Learn how to identify and work with polarizations in the internal system.
  5. Learn IFS theory and techniques for working with protective Parts in extreme roles, such as suicidality, self-harm, addictive behaviors, and dissociation.
  6. Understand the IFS perspective on the cycle of addiction, and how to work with the Parts involved.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 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 (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 - 4:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

6 Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GSCSW: Approval pending.
  • MFTs:  Related hours.

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Workshop Coordinator at:

770.953.0080 Ext. 333

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