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Common Stuck Points Using the IFS Model

December 11, 2023 - December 12, 2023

- $385.00

Workshop Description:

There are several areas in which IFS Practitioners can become stuck in the IFS process. When this happens, there are often significant challenges in discovering what is “not clicking” and how to move forward. These challenge points can either create a plateau in the work with the client or, worse, breach the therapeutic relationship. 

This workshop presents some common areas where practitioners often get stuck. These common stuck points draw on my 30+ years of Parts work, 22+ years of teaching the Internal Family Systems model, training new IFS Lead Trainers, and providing IFS supervision and consultation. Over the years, I have both observed and experienced many challenging scenarios and patterns. In this workshop, I will share with you ways to identify these challenging areas, build collaboration with clients, and resolve many of these common stuck points. 

Practitioners need both Self-leadership and technical skills. The Self-leadership of the Practitioner helps the client feel seen, heard, and valued while the essential technical skills provide for a greater connection with Protective Parts and help traumatized Parts heal and unburden. Simply talking about Parts does not support the possibility for transformation in the system. Transformation of the client’s internal system requires experientially working with the Part(s).

This two-day workshop will offer opportunities to… 

  • Develop skills to create clear and workable agreements in the IFS process. We will explore…
    • Adapting the model to cultural attunement
    • Explicit and Implicit agreements 
    • Macro and Micro agreements 
    • Working with intention 
    • Integrating a client’s story into the IFS Process 
  • Identify, track, and access Practitioner Parts’ in the therapeutic process. We will explore topics such as…
    • Ways to assess your own Self-leadership 
    • Common practitioner Parts (Protectors) 
    • How to identify your own blind spots
    • Ways to unblend your own Parts during challenging moments
  • Increase specific technical skill development in the IFS process and explore areas where practitioners get stuck in the core IFS skills. We will explore topics such as…
    • Recognizing and working systemically with the dynamic of Parts 
    • Befriending what arises within
    • Healing and releasing burdens

Learning Opportunities Include:

  • Live demos
  • Dyad exercises
  • Didactic lecture
  • Video sessions of Chris working with a client
  • Q & A session of pre-submitted participant questions
  • Practice sessions

Workshop Details:

  • Participants must have completed the IFS Institute Level One training to participate in this workshop.
  • Cost: $385
  • Date: Dec. 11th & 12th, 2023
  • Times (both days):  10:00am – 5:00pm (EST)
    • Break from 1:00pm – 2:00pm both days
  • This workshop is designed for live interaction and, therefore, will not be recorded.
  • Twelve (12)  CEUs available for this training (additional cost)
  • A zoom link and supporting material will be sent closer to the workshop date.
  • Cancelation Policy: Note that if a refund is made, regardless of when it is made, there is a 3% processing fee deducted from the refund amount. Cancellations for a full refund (minus the processing fee) can be made up to seven days prior to the event. Cancellation made two to six days before the workshop will receive 50% refund (minus the processing fee). No refund within 24 hours of the event. Event registrations are nontransferrable. (ie. Registrations cannot be moved to another workshop if cancelled.)


December 11, 2023
December 12, 2023
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Chris Burris


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