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Trailheads to Transformation: Harvesting Resources from the Unburdened System

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Richard Schwartz, PhD |  Mariel Pastor, M.A.
14 Hours 57 Minutes
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Mar 05, 2021
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Richard Schwartz, PhD Related seminars and products

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 IFS Institute (, 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.

Mariel Pastor, M.A. Related seminars and products

Mariel Pastor, MA, LMFT, is an IFS Lead Trainer and consultant based in Portland, Oregon. Trained in IFS since 1998, she leads workshops and retreats on the Unburdened System mandala internationally and online. She is the principal author of the IFS Institute Level 1 Participant Training Manual and is Co-founder and Clinical Director of the IFS Telehealth Collective, a multi-state group practice with IFS-trained and licensed clinicians.  Mariel is a compelling teacher widely known for her clarity, warmth, and humor.  She has a special interest in Integral Psychology and incorporates somatic psychotherapies and spirituality within the framework of IFS.  Her previous work in the entertainment industry and love of working with artists inspired her to create Character Mapping – an experiential psychological toolbox for actors, writers, and directors to create authentic characters and to use the craft to find their Selves.  Information about all of these offerings can be found at


Month 1
  1. Analyze IFS shorthand language used in session to determine impact on client’s well-being.
  2. Analyze two IFS client sessions for purposes of therapist education.
  3. Demonstrate meditation and mindfulness as it relates to working with client in session.
  4. Complete a review of several core principals of IFS theory.
  5. Analyze the Self-Spectrum to illustrate the fluidity of the Self.
Month 2
  1. Perform mindfulness exercise to identify parts’ wants.
  2. Differentiate parts and roles.
  3. Investigate relationship with Self energy with Trailheads to Transformation exercise.
  4. Execute an unburdening exercise to identify parts of client and therapist.
Month 3
  1. Integrate IFS skills that work with self-like parts into practice with therapy clients. 
  2. Implement techniques to help clients unburden their self-like parts.
  3. Determine which self-like parts and IFS interventions that can be used to effectively change and transform behavior.
  4. Create effective methods to help clients understand how parts might be causing or contributing to physical health challenges. 
Month 4
  1. Assess how to harvest resources from the unburdened system, including explaining vertical and horizontal connection to self-energy and elaborating on the many forms of self-energy.
  2. Apply IFS treatment strategies to bringing parts together around a vision or goal and utilizing rituals to reconnect.
  3. Investigate and categorize self-like parts.
  4. Demonstrate how to harvest resources from the unburdened system using IFS treatment strategies via live consultation. 


Month 1 - Trails to Wellness

  • The language of IFS and how better to use it
  • The Burdened vs. Unburdened Internal System
  • Journey to wholeness on a spectrum
  • Demonstrations of IFS sessions
  • Goals of IFS

Month 2 - Shifting Protector Roles from Surviving to Thriving
Recognize and access Self energy in parts

  • Meditation to identify parts’ wants- identify courage
  • Understand survival and the forgotten Self- self can be obscured
  • Review of parts: managers, exiles, firefighters

Understand protectors’ journey over time

  • Necessity may cause protectors to be more prominent
  • Separation of parts and roles

Finding and harvesting part’s gifts

  • Common manager and firefighters activities

Glimpse protectors’ preferred role and gifts

  • Moving from effortful to effortless

Anchor with TTT exercise: Trailheads to Transformation

  • Connect and name
  • Trailhead 
  • Journey
  • Unburdening strengthened
  • Trust
  • Celebrate and identify gifts

Client consults with Richard Schwartz 

Month 3 - Unburdened Exiles and Self-like Parts

  • IFS is about change and making shifts 
  • Born with parts and self 
  • How parts get exiled 
  • Protector’s view of vulnerability 
  • Unburdened exiles 
  • Self-like parts 

Month 3 with Mariel Pastor

  • Sensitive parts that have not been allowed 
  • Grief stricken parts 
  • What happened in the past is changeable 
  • Unburdened exiles 
  • Unburned system mandala
  • Client demonstration 

Month 3 with Richard Schwartz

  • Client demonstration 
  • How IFS can help medical conditions
  • When clients get overwhelmed 
  • When a burden comes back after being unburdened 
  • Redos

Month 4 - Self-Present at Birth & Present All Around

  • Meditation
  • Vertical & Horizontal Self-Energy
  • The 8 C’s of Self-Energy
  • Self & Parts in Daily Life
  • Self-Filled Parts, Self-Energy, and Self-Essence
  • Asking for Self-Energy & Inviting Self-Energy
  • Gathering Parts Around a Vision or Goal

Month 4 with Mariel Pastor, MFT

  • Meditation
  • Vertical vs. Horizontal Self-Energy
  • Self-Filled Parts, Self-Energy, Self-Essence
  • Mapping Exercise: Gathering Parts Around a Vision or Goal
  • Q&A

Month 4 with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

  • Introduction to Live Consultation with Heidi
  • Live Consultation with Heidi

Video Demo: Gathering Parts Around a Vision

  • Live Demonstration



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