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In-Person Training – The Ethical Importance of Helping Clients Heal from Cultural Burdens Using “Art-Informed IFS”

April 24 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (EDT) $199, 6 CEUs (includes 3 Ethics CEUs) Presenters:
Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Salicia Mazero, MA, LPC, ATR, CEDS-S
Amanda Bechtel, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPA
Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

This six-hour workshop, facilitated by 3 IFS trained art therapists, provides a clinical definition of the Internal Family System (IFS) concept of Legacy Burdens, with an emphasis on cultural burdens. The facilitators come from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. There is an ethical responsibility for mental health clinicians to understand their role as nonjudgmental allies and advocates for clients from marginalized and vulnerable populations. Through didactic lecture and art experientials, participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the burdens clients’ parts carry including generational trauma, racial, ethnic, religious and social injustices, focusing on the concept of “othering”. We all carry personal burdens that emerge from our own distressing and traumatic life experiences; Legacy Burdens are those beliefs and emotional wounds passed on from our parents and past generations and carried by our protective parts. Cultural burdens evolve from the chronic wounding and injustices inflicted by the community such as racism embedded in societal practices.

An overview of Internal Family Systems will provide a foundational understanding of this compassionate model that focuses on communicating and understanding our internal parts; and a strengthening of our own Self energy to facilitate healing. The 8 C’s’ and 5 P’s of Self will be explained; the 6 F’s of the IFS process will be experienced through art-making that includes somatic body mapping, clay and case examples of sand trays. In these IFS-informed art experientials, participants will find, focus, flesh out, feel and friend personal burdens and exploring their fears and protective parts. They will gain a sensory somatic understanding of the IFS process, and learn how this can then be applied to clinical practice with their clients.

Ethical dilemmas and guidelines will be discussed, emphasizing the concept that we can’t work with marginalized clients without developing an understanding of their burdens as well as our own burdened parts, prejudicial beliefs and behaviors thus enhancing the ability to listen to clients’ lived experiences.

Richard Schwartz, founder of IFS, has stated that “ this work is critically important to create more peace and less divisiveness in our often fractured world…”

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas. If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define 3 or more basic principles of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of treatment that can be applied to clinicians’ current therapeutic approaches in an ethical manner.
  2. Define and identify at least 3 ways Legacy Burdens and Cultural Burdens differ.
  3. Identify 3-4 ethical reasons why clinicians need to be aware of clients’ cultural burdens.
  4. Identify 3 ethical reasons why clinicians need to understand and recognize when ‘othering” enters the therapy space.
  5. Identify the 8 qualities of self-leadership in the IFS model of treatment and how these would be an ethically responsible stance to recognize within both the clinician and the client to develop a more compassionate therapeutic process.
  6. Describe the 3 types of “Parts”, defining 1-2 examples of the roles they each play within the internal family system with a focus.
  7. Describe 4 IFS-informed art interventions used to identify parts and their relationship to each other, fostering unblending, enhancing internal dialogue and increasing self-compassion in both the clinician and the client.
  8. Identify 3 ways therapeutic art and IFS can ethically and effectively be integrated.


8:45 — 10:00 am

  • Overview of IFS Model- ethical lens
  • Defining Legacy Burdens

10:00 — 10:08 am                BREAK

10:08 — 11:00 am

  • Defining Cultural/ Generational Burdens
  • Ethical Guidelines in working with diverse populations

11:00 —11:07  am                  BREAK


11:07 — 12:00 pm

  • Ethical Guidelines and discussion
  • Art mixed media experiential exploring ethical challenges of ”othering” with clients

12:00 — 1:00 pm                   LUNCH

1:00 — 2:00 pm

  • Somatic body mapping of cultural burdens
  • IFS informed Sand tray examples

2:00 — 2:08 pm                     BREAK

2:08 — 3:00 pm

  • IFS -informed clay experiential exploring parts that emerged in body maps
  • Personal processing of clay sculpture using IFS questions for internal dialoguing

3:00 — 3:07 pm                      BREAK

3:07 — 3:45 pm

  • Break out rooms for small group discussion of process, including noticed burdens and ethical challenges

3:45 — 4:14 pm        

  • Large Group discussion- ethical dilemmas that emerged, recommended resources, questions about processing



"The unique ways that the presenters introduced themselves was trusting and created an inviting space. The training was paced in a digestible way." ~Aisha Saeed, LCSW

"They [the presenters] were very knowledgeable, friendly and created a safe space." ~Brendaline Nettey, LMSW

"Amanda, Peggy, and Salicia provided a safe and open space to learn and share when we felt comfortable. They shared their personal experiences as well as experiences with clients. Peggy's art interventions were helpful to the participant to really channel and engage their inner dilemmas." ~Sara Chaves, LMSW

"[The presenters] were very knowledgeable, relatable, [offered] great practical examples. ~Susanne Rothe, LMSW