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🎧 Friday CE Series: Internal Family Systems

  • Fri, May 14, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

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In ordinary speech, people instinctively talk about themselves in terms of parts. While it’s easy to take language for granted, Internal Family Systems (IFS) harnesses and utilizes this naturally-occurring phenomenon. Dr. Richard Schwartz started with a Family Systems orientation to his work. After noticing “parts” language coming from his clients, he developed IFS as a way to apply the same perspective to individuals. Much as a family is a single entity made of up individuals, he adopted the orientation to an individual as an entity made up of parts.

Some people come to therapy because their conflicting parts cause anxiety and self-doubt. And for some, a dominant part of their system can become intolerable. Using objectivity and perspective on a part, IFS can take blame off of parts that are typically exiled by the rest of the person’s system or even their community. IFS is based on the assumption that “all parts are welcome”, even when that seems counter-intuitive. The goal is to simply reduce or even eliminate the part’s suffering, but not the part itself, providing a clear foundation for access to self-compassion.

This presentation is designed as an overview of IFS and its potential benefits. Formal training is available through the IFS Institute at


Participants will be able to: 

  1. Understand the origin of IFS as a distinct model.
  2. Understand basic assumptions and elements of the IFS model: managers,firefighters, exiles, all distinct from Self.
  3. Distinguish between blended and un-blended states, and understand the different approaches to each.
  4. Listen for and identify discreet parts of a client’s system to help clients increase awareness of their inherent capacity for self-compassion.
  5. Listen for and identify elements of a part, increasing trust through understanding.

    Presenter:Presenter Dorothy O'Leary

    Internal Family Systems (IFS) has provided the framework for Dorothy O’Leary’s psychotherapy practice since she began studying IFS in 2016. She has completed all three levels of IFS trainings available and continues to cultivate her skills and understanding through additional trainings, consultation/practice groups, and using IFS in her practice. Recently Dorothy assisted with introducing IFS to practitioners in Pakistan for the first time. Dorothy has been in private practice since 2012.

    Upon registering, you will receive a Zoom link and password.

    Attendance at the live event and completion of the evaluation qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

    • Date: Friday, May 14
    • Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
    • Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
    • Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.
    • Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director Pat Saunders.
    • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for the number of CEU hours for continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as stated above. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.
    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be available to those who attend the real-time presentation, and are provided at the conclusion of the training and upon submission of the participant's completed evaluation. 
    • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. Please email the CE Director with any questions.
    • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the CE Director.
    • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the CE Director.
    • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
    • CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Please contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.

    Audio recordings of the event and any handouts will be made available to all registrants after the presentation. By registering for this event, you are giving your permission to be recorded as part of the session.

    CEUs are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. 

    Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

    PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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