In this workshop, we will review the basic tenets of the Internal Family Systems model and then explore and experience a number of creative modalities designed to enhance connection and communication between parts, while increasing inner safety and a newfound capacity for soothing and accessing Self. These strategies will help clients who struggle with affect dysregulation and an inability to safely process traumatic experiences, as well as clients who soothe in unhealthy ways. This work will promote true healing through increased empathy and compassion for all parts, as well as a newfound awareness of the wisdom of Self.
Visualizations, guided imagery, focusing, writing experientials, mapping, bodywork, breathwork, and the drawings, journal entries, and sand trays of traumatized clients will be incorporated into the training. Participants will discover how using expressive modalities encourages clients to acknowledge and appreciate their inherent strengths, including their ability to be compassionate toward themselves and others while helping them stay more grounded and present in therapy as well as in their daily lives.