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(NEW) Online Training – Using IFS and Creative Approaches with Clay for Grief, Loss, and Trauma

June 17 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenters:
Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Salicia Mazero, MA, LPC, ATR, CEDS-S
Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

In this full day workshop, we will explore the integration of art therapy principles with Schwartz’s internal family systems therapy model (IFS) for use by expressive arts therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists in virtually any clinical setting. The goal of IFS is to build internal cooperation and increase “self-leadership” using eight internal resources such as curiosity, compassion, and creativity. An introductory video will illustrate the concepts of IFS, and case material will demonstrate how the presenters have applied diverse artmaking and sand trays to the IFS process effectively with individuals and groups in treatment.

Participants will have the opportunity to create somatic body-maps and clay sculptures to explore their own internal parts and Self in response to the profound impact of the recent pandemic to help them learn first-hand how this process can enhance treatment for all ages. Quiet artmaking will include practicing an IFS technique called “internal dialoging” that fosters somatic understanding of the concepts. Participants will be given the option to discuss their artwork and process it with the group. IFS basics will be taught, so participants do not need prior knowledge of this approach. Please Note: This session does not count toward an IFS certificate. Both facilitators are board-certified art therapists trained in IFS. Strong emotions may emerge in this process.

Learning Objectives

  • Define 3 or more basic principles of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of treatment that can be applied to clinicians’ current therapeutic approaches.
  • Clarify 3 or more ways that IFS and art therapy theory complement each other to promote transformation for clients in both individual and group settings.
  • Describe the 3 types of “Parts”, defining 1-2 examples of the roles they each play within the internal family system with a focus on their responses to the pandemic.
  • Identify the 8 qualities of self-leadership in the IFS model of treatment and how these would be recognized within both the clinician and the client to develop a more compassionate therapeutic process.
  • 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.
  • Define and identify at least 3 legacy burdens that has resulted from grief, loss or trauma.


8:45 — 10:00 am

  • What is IFS: Managers, Firefighters, Exiles

10:00 — 10:08 am                BREAK

10:08 — 11:00 am

  • Legacy Burdens
  • Overlaps with Grief, Loss and Trauma

11:00 — 11:07 am                  BREAK

11:07 — 12:00 pm

  • Art experiential- Body Mapping

12:00 — 1:00 pm                    LUNCH

1:00 — 2:00 pm

  • Art Therapy and IFS

2:00 — 2:08 pm                      BREAK

2:08 — 3:00 pm

  • Case studies
  • Clay

3:00 — 3:07 pm                       BREAK

3:07 — 3:45 pm

  • Clay experiential (in breakout rooms)

3:45 — 4:15

  • Large Group discussion – Q&A