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Introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model: Innovation in the Alleviation of Human Suffering

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model: Innovation in the Alleviation of Human Suffering

*This workshop is an overview of Internal Family Systems and is not considered to be an IFS level 1 training

When: Friday, February 28, 2020 / 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Where: Richmont Graduate University – Atlanta Campus / 1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100

Continuing Education: 7 CEs Available. Related Hours for LCSWs. No partial credit awarded.

Fees: Professionals = $175 / Richmont Alumni, Faculty, & Staff = $160 / Richmont Students = $125

Presenter by: Jenna Riemersma, LPC, IFS, CSAT-S, CMAT-S, EMDR, NCC

Jenna Riemersma is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Founder and Clinical Director of the Atlanta Center for Relational Healing, and a teaching faculty member and supervisor for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).  Jenna holds Masters degrees from both Harvard University and Richmont Graduate University.  She is a level-3 IFS trained therapist, an EMDR trauma therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S), Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CMAT-S), and the author of “This Changes Everything,” her recent book which presents an integration of IFS and spirituality for the lay person.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model, a unique and compassionate model of psychotherapy that locates the source of healing within the client.  IFS is recognized by SAMHSA’s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  IFS is utilized in the treatment of such wide ranging physical and emotional challenges as rheumatoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, addiction, sexual compulsivity, trauma, eating disorders, self-loathing, dissociation and suicidal ideation.  IFS has surged in popularity in recent years as clinicians have discovered its radical effectiveness with otherwise entrenched populations.  IFS was the basis for the popular Pixar movie “Inside Out,” and is being used in such diverse environments as inner-city classrooms, professional athletic trainings, therapy centers, and international peace negotiations.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Articulate the origins of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model

2) Describe the unique components of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model: Self, Exiles, Managers and Firefighters

3) Conceptualize the protective function of Manager parts

4) Identify Firefighter parts and their positive intent

5) Articulate the burdened nature of Exiled parts

6) Identify the 8 Cs of the Self: curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, clarity, creativity, connectedness, and calmness

7) Recognize the natural multiplicity of the human experience

Schedule of the Day:

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration and Coffee
8:30 am – 10:00 am Origins of the IFS Model

Experiential Exercise

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 pm – 12:00 pm Components of the IFS Model

8C’s of the Self

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Multiplicity of the Human Experience

Getting Started with IFS: The 6 F’s

Experiential Exercise

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Levels of Integration

Next Steps in IFS Work

Experiential Exercise

Target Audience: Psychologists, Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Graduate Students

Instruction Level: Beginner

Registration: Click HERE

Please direct your questions regarding registration to Martha Busby at

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be submitted prior to January 10, 2020.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) to provide this workshop as core CE hours. ID# 019-2020.

There is no known commercial support for this training.

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