Jon Schwartz, PhD
Executive Director, The Center for Self Leadership
Deran Young, LICSW, Caitlin Capistran, DPT
and Sarah Houy, MA, LPC, RYT, BCN
As the use of IFS expands and evolves, we’re excited to welcome three innovative practitioners who are extending the reach of IFS beyond the traditional application of the Model. Deran, Caitlin, and Sarah are all breaking down borders to bring IFS to new places. During this plenary session, you’re invited to hear how these IFS innovators are using IFS in new ways and to consider how you are expanding the use of IFS in your own community.
IFS & Diversity: As the founder of Black Therapists Rock, Deran has been dedicated to making mental health and emotional well-being culturally relevant for marginalized communities. During this session, she will explain how she utilizes IFS to foster passion for diversity and dedication to unity. Deran will also share how she has personally removed the painful, though once necessary, borders around her own heart to create more space for community and collective healing.
IFS & the Body: Dr. Caitlin Capistran is taking IFS inside the body to dissolve the border between body and mind. She’ll share what our bodies can reveal about our parts and how IFS can be used to transform our physiology and support physical health. Caitlin will discuss how our bodies reflect our internal systems, the direct impact parts can have on our physiology, and how to support your clients’ physical health through the use of IFS.
IFS & Technology: Sarah is passionate about breaking down borders through the integration of technology and mental health. She will share scenarios from her own experience and how she sees the utilization of IFS and technology together to expand and enhance the healing capacity of IFS.
Ketamine-Assisted IFS Therapy
Dr Robert M Grant, MD, MPH
Ketamine is a legal and FDA approved psychedelic medication for treatment of depression. Integrating psychotherapy with ketamine treatment prolongs the benefit from single ketamine treatments. IFS is well suited for use with psychedelic therapies because it embraces the multiplicity of the mind, seeks full consent continuously, enables reprocessing of traumatic memories, leverages the ketamine induced neuroplasticity in shifting neural networks involved in mood, memory and self perception. Dr Grant has clinical experience over 2 years with integrating ketamine assisted psychotherapy with IFS; the process and outcomes will be presented.
Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic and he is now on the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Meadows treatment center in Arizona. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) model in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (www.selfleadership.org), which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.
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