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Two-Day Introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model: Theory and Skills Practice

Presented by Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Friday, May 26, 2023  |  Edmonton, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Friday, May 26, 2023

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Royal Hotel West Edmonton (Formerly the Executive Hotel Edmonton West)

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.royalhotelwestedmonton.ca/

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Workshop Description

 After decades of clinical innovation and recent scientific research, the empirically validated Internal Family Systems (IFS) model has been shown to be effective at improving clients’ general functioning and well-being. This paradigm-shifting model provides clinicians with procedures for helping clients with the most challenging mental health profiles compassionately connect with the wounded, burdened, and traumatized parts of their systems. 

The IFS model provides a compassionate, respectful, non-pathologizing approach to understanding the organization and functioning of the human psyche. 

IFS embraces and celebrates the natural multiplicity of the mind. Its assumption that every part of the internal system has good intention and valuable resources allows clinicians to approach even the most troubling of “symptoms” with curiosity and respect. IFS offers therapists a powerful and effective set of tools for empowering clients with a wide range of clinical profiles to work effectively with their wounded parts, resulting in: 

  • a way to enter clients’ inner ecology without an overemphasis on containment and stabilization 
  • symptom reduction, increased internal harmony and improved functioning for clients 
  • deep self-healing within even the most troubled clients 

Through instruction, video demonstration, experiential exercises and skills practice, Alexia D. Rothman, Ph.D., Certified IFS therapist and consultant and colleague of Dr. Richard Schwartz (founder of IFS) will show you step-by-step how to apply the most effective, empirically validated IFS interventions to help your clients connect with and understand their conflicting parts to facilitate deep, lasting healing. 

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

  • Comprehensive, compassionate, non-pathologizing treatment approach 
  • Paradigm-shifting perspective on “psychopathology” 
  • Easily integrated into other therapeutic modalities 
  • Teach clients to access inner wisdom and self-compassion to permanently heal traumatic wounds 

Evolution of the Model 

  • Development of the IFS model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. 
  • IFS as an empirically validated treatment: Summary of research support 

Composition of the Psyche 

  • Concept of multiplicity: “We are all multiple personalities.” 
  • Components of the psyche: o Wounded, vulnerable, parts
    • Protective parts: proactive and reactive
    • Burdens: Negative/extreme emotions or beliefs
    • The Self: compassionate inner leader and internal source of wisdom and healing energy 
  • Guide clients to access their own inner wisdom and healing potential 
  • IFS-specific techniques for in-the-moment emotion regulation, helpful even with panic, flashbacks, and dissociation

The IFS Model 

  • Assumptions of the model 
  • Goals of IFS therapy 
  • Flow of the IFS model over the course of treatment 
  • Flow of an individual IFS session 

Case conceptualization in IFS 

  • Diversity and cultural sensitivity 
  • How IFS understands Personality Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Addiction 

IFS Step-by-Step 

Step 1: Using Meditative Processes to Identify and Connect with a Target Part 

  • Differentiate the person from the symptom 
  • Access a state of compassion and curiosity essential for healing 
  • Establish a relationship with the target part 

Step 2: Working with Protective Parts 

  • Establish a trusting and appreciative relationship with proactive and reactive protectors o Facilitate internal attachment work 
  • Learn the history and benevolent intention behind the symptom/behavior 
  • Learn and address the fears/concerns of protective parts 
  • Gain permission to proceed to healing 

Step 3: Healing the Traumatic Wound 

  • Develop a compassionate, connected relationship with the wounded part 
  • Witness the pain rather than re-experience it: Learn to be “with”, not “in”, to avoid re-traumatization 
  • Retrieve the wounded part from “trauma time” 
  • Release/unburden thoughts, feelings, and beliefs 
  •  Integrate change into the system: the post-healing process 

Bringing IFS Concepts to Life 

  • “Working mediations” to allow participants to experience connection with parts of their own internal systems 
  • Experiential exercises to practice application of IFS techniques 
  • Video demonstration of IFS therapy with a real client 
  • Step-by-step commentary to solidify understanding of techniques illustrated in the video sessions 



Learning Objectives

  • Theorize regarding the multiplicity of the mind as a spontaneously and naturally occurring and observed phenomenon in human personality and self-concept.
  • Describe the origins and development of the Internal Family Systems Model, including empirical support for the model and the current status of research using IFS to treat depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Provide an in-depth overview of IFS theory, including the basic principles and assumptions of the model.
  • Describe the three major components of the psyche as outlined by IFS (parts, burdens, and the Self) including the characteristics of and assumptions regarding each component as they relate to clinical practice.
  • Perform IFS techniques for helping clients to differentiate from and form compassionate, collaborative relationships with the proactive and reactive protective parts of their internal systems.
  • Evaluate, through observation and discussion of video examples, how to apply the steps of the IFS protocol in work with clients.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

Alexia Rothman, Ph.D., 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.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Royal Hotel West Edmonton (Formerly the Executive Hotel Edmonton West)

10010 – 178 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.6000

website:  www.royalhotelwestedmonton.ca/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 780.484.6000 

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Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $469 $489
Group 3-7 $449 $469
Group 8-14 $429 $449
Group 15+ $409 $429
Full-Time Student $409 $429

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 11, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, May 11, 2023.

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