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(NEW) Online Training – Art-Informed IFS: Illustrating Parts of the Eating Disordered Client

March 6 Login to Zoom 12:30 pm ; Training 12:45 pm-4:00 pm (EST) $99, 3 CEUs Presenter: Salicia Mazero, MA, LPC, ATR, CEDS-S Zoom, MD + Google Map

This workshop will explore the integration of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and the use of art making when treating clients with eating disorders.

IFS is based on the concept of multiplicity, where there is Self and three groups of inner parts: exiles, managers and firefighters. Self is innate, present at birth, and includes qualities such as curiosity, compassion, and creativity. When Self is fully differentiated from our parts, it is capable of leading the internal system towards healing and recovery (Schwartz, 2020).

Art is used in treatment as an effective form of expression, to depict the healing journey, and to enhance both the client’s experience and the clinician’s work. Case materials will illustrate how the presenter has integrated eating disorder treatment and art-making with IFS.

This presentation will also involve an experiential part where attendees will use a body outline to illustrate their own parts and Self. Utilizing theoretical knowledge, case examples and the participants own art making, this presentation will provide clinicians with a framework for applying these interventions to the eating disorder population.

The overview of IFS will offer a foundational understanding of its process but will not be a comprehensive training in IFS. Prior experience in art therapy or IFS is not needed to benefit from this presentation.

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

  • Identify the 3 types of Parts, defining examples of roles they each utilize within the internal family system as it relates to eating disorders.
  • Participants will be able to describe the 6 f’s of the IFS model and how it applies in art making.
  • Describe 3 ways IFS informed art processing questions can used to identify parts and their relationship to each other, fostering unblending and increasing self-compassion for both the clinician and the client.


12:45 – 1 PM

  • Sign in

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Intro to IFS

1:45 – 1:53 PM   BREAK

1:53 – 2:53

  • IFS and Art Therapy

2:53 – 3:00 PM  BREAK

3:00 – 4:15 PM

  • Somatic Body Mapping Art experiential
Young Woman with an Eating Disorder putting a fork into a cherry that is on a plate