Internal Family Systems: The Vulnerable (parts of the) Mental Health Professional
Speaker: Derek Scott, RSW, Cert. IFS Therapist
This session will provide an introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. Attendees will learn about shifting the mental health paradigm from one that is rooted in the biomedical model of disease to one that acknowledges that we are all, at our core, compassionate human beings, with some parts in extreme places as a response to distressing life events.
Through a variety of teaching modalities including experiential exercises, guided meditations, didactic teaching and an annotated video of a complete IFS session by founder Richard Schwartz PhD., attendees will have the opportunity to experience their own parts as well as understand how the IFS model may be applied in their work. There will be a live demonstration of an IFS session and ongoing Q&A throughout the day.
In keeping with the conference theme, various “parts” of the therapist that contribute to our work with vulnerable populations will be explored. Participants will be taught several techniques for both accessing their own Self – in and out of session – and facilitating client’s access to their Self.