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(This Workshop is FULL) Working With Critics and Challenging Protectors

December 8, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm EST

- $225.00

Workshop Description: (This workshop is open to all IFS Informed as well as IFS Level One trained participants.)

Everyone seems to have some internal Critic that has learned to protect them by being harsh.  These Critics want to ensure we are not too vulnerable, lazy, incompetent, or rejectable.  These harsh tactics create considerable anxiety, shame, and/or rebellion in our system.  These Parts are significant players, forcing our system with fear-based motivation, anxiety, or rigidity. They decrease our feelings of joy, spontaneity, and aliveness, and overall they block our ability to know what we truly want in life.  Other complex Protector Parts such as reactive firefighters, entrenched managers, or Parts that use dissociation, numbness, sleepiness, and self-injury can present significant challenges for clients and practitioners.  Practitioners need to be Self-led and adept at Direct Access in order to build trust and creditably with these Protectors.

In addition, untransformed Critics can impede our healing process and the quest to be more Self-led.  These Parts often do not just limit their activity to one’s internal system but can expand into our significant relationships with destructive consequences.  These Parts can injure people we care about, and although they intend to protect, their impact causes harm. Working with these and often the more vulnerable Parts they protect can prepare one’s internal system for more profound healing and unburdening.

Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how Inner Critics develop
  • Name three key interventions for healing Inner Critics
  • Describe the nature of harsh Protectors
  • Name how these Parts function in the system
  • Develop two essential IFS skills – Insight and Direct access – to work with Inner Critics
  • Name two effective and efficient ways to engender cooperation and collaboration with Inner Critics and two ineffective ways to respond to Inner Critics.

Who should attend:  

This workshop is open to all IFS informed as well as IFS Level One trained participants.  Participants should have completed a Level I training with IFSI or be IFS informed to participate fully. This is a seminar for practitioners – not a trauma recovery group – and should not take the place of personal psychotherapy.

Workshop Details:

  • Open to all IFS Informed as well as IFS Level One trained participants
  • A basic understanding of the IFS model is required for this workshop.
  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm EST (with a one hour break)
  • Date: December 8th, 2023
  • No CEUs offered for this workshop
  • 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 8, 2023
11:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
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Chris Burris


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