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Internal Family Systems (IFS) & The Voices of Addiction

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IFS Continuity
Cece Sykes |  Mary Kruger |  Richard Schwartz
15 Hours 24 Minutes
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Jan 01, 2018
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Learning Objectives

  1. Compare various traditional definitions of addiction and establish an IFS conceptualization of the addictive process that encompasses their core ideas.
  2. Describe the 3rd Order Change and evaluate the ways in which expanding the range of factors considered in IFS treatment can improve the overall understanding of the addictive process.
  3. Determine the differences between traditional treatments for addiction and psychotherapy-based treatments, and consider the ways in which IFS can synthesize each approach.
  4. Demonstrate clinical applications of IFS in order to evaluate various problems that may arise, and facilitate discussion about potential solutions.
  5. Establish essential basic assumptions in the IFS framework and discuss the implications for a paradigm shift in addiction treatments.
  6. Explain the 3 general categories of parts in the IFS model, including Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles, and evaluate their primary roles in perpetuating a cycle of polarization. 
  7. Organize the various parts of the process so as to demonstrate the extent to which polarization fosters addiction, and explore methods of identifying the system.
  8. Discuss the self-part relationship and consider the value of the therapist engaging in separation from personal biases in order to provide an objective and welcoming atmosphere for the client.
  9. Assess common setbacks in IFS treatment and outline the ways in which a self-part relationship can reduce resistance among clients.
  10. Identify common manager-firefighter polarizations and compare the problems that they pose in order to foster preparedness and experience in treating the addictive process.
  11. Investigate extreme cases of entrenched systems and discuss methods for working with clients who are unable to separate from their parts in order to demonstrate the flexibility of IFS treatment.
  12. Support the value of the therapist’s separation of parts though communicating the various ways in which a good presence of self creates trust and acceptance in the client.
  13. Describe how to interview Managers and Firefighters from the self in order to support clients’ ability to befriend their parts and gain a better understanding of the addictive process.
  14. Assess how to lend the self to a blended system in order to begin the process of separation for clients with high resistance.
  15. Demonstrate the ways in which the separation of parts can reveal Exiles, and discuss the importance of unburdening Exiles to complete the healing process and prevent future relapse.
  16.  Summarize the key concepts of IFS addiction treatment and consider additional concerns and resources for improving the model.



Cece Sykes Related seminars and products: 3


Cece Sykes is an IFS Senior Trainer and consultant with over thirty years of clinical experience with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in recovery from trauma and addictive process and her chapter “An IFS Lens on Addiction: Compassion for Extreme Parts” appears in Innovations and Elaborations in IFS (Routledge, 2016). Cece lectures and consults across the US and internationally and is widely recognized for her warmth, clarity and humor. She lives and works in the city of Chicago.

Mary Kruger Related seminars and products: 1


Mary Kruger is an AAMFT supervisor and an IFS Lead Trainer. She is founder of Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC; an IFS based group practice located in the New Haven, Ct. area. She also offers private therapy, consultations and workshops nationally and internationally. Mary developed the IFS Level 2 Training for Addictions and Eating Disorders several years ago. Mary has been working in the field of addictions, eating disorders and trauma, with individuals, couples, families and groups, for over twenty- five years. She has a passion for engaging with people; and shares her experiences in fun and creative ways

Richard Schwartz Related seminars and products: 11


IFS Institute

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 (, 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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