Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes – 9/13/2016

This webinar is an introduction to the Advanced IFS Classes, where you can find out more about how the classes operate and what topics we will be covering.

In the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses. In addition, the whole group works together on important psychological issues such as procrastIn the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses.ination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and many more. Therapists also have a chance for advanced training and consultation on IFS.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
4:30-5:30 pm pacific time (7:30-8:30 pm eastern)
Click here to register for free

Format. The classes meet twice a month for two hours by video-conference. Each class includes teaching, lots of sharing and discussion, demonstration IFS sessions where I work with a volunteer from the class, and experiential group exercises. You pair up with each other between classes to practice doing IFS sessions with each other. This is a very important part of the class, and people tell me how much they get from working with each other. We develop a really close-knit, connected group (especially since we can see each other by video-conference), which makes it safe to be vulnerable with each other.

The texts for the class are my books, Self-Therapy, Vol. 2, and Self-Therapy, Vol 3.

Professionals. Therapists and coaches (and other helping professionals) are welcome in the classes and some classes are all professionals. For those classes, we will engage in activities aimed primarily at professionals. These classes are approved by the Center for Self-Leadership for IFS CE credit, but they are not a substitute for taking the IFS Level 1 professional training from the Center for Self-Leadership.

 Class Activities

  • Guided meditations
  • Sharing your issues and getting support from the group
  • Lecture and discussion
  • Demo sessions
  • Group and pair exercises in class
  • Pairing up for practice IFS sessions for homework
  • Supporting each other in making changes in your behavior (especially useful with topics such as procrastination or eating issues).
  • Practicing speaking for your parts as they arise in the group process.
  • Working through interpersonal issues that arise between group members

Each class will be recorded, so if you have to miss, you can listen to the recording.

Click here for the schedule of classes, detailed information about the class topics and more.

The Power of IFS A Webinar for Therapists and Coaches – 9/12/2016

In this free webinar I will discuss the power and effectiveness of IFS for therapists, coaches, and other helping professionals. I will cover the following topics:

  • The power of working with parts
  • How therapeutic change happens in IFS
  • How the client’s true self is the agent of healing
  • Working with trauma and avoiding retraumatization
  • The value of respecting defenses
  • How IFS helps therapists to be stress-free and at ease in sessions
  • How IFS is a relational therapy, but not in the usual way
  • How IFS changes faulty beliefs, in a powerful way
  • How IFS works with the body
  • Catharsis/emotional release—when it is useful and when it isn’t
  • How IFS is user-friendly for clients
  • How IFS is spiritually oriented

Mon. Sept. 12
4:30-6 pm pacific time (7:30-9 pm eastern)
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Interactive Training Group

Group trainingThe Interactive Training Group is for therapists and group leaders who are currently leading a group or who plan to lead one in the future.

It is a full-fledged Interactive Group that also includes training and supervision on leading Interactive Groups and IFS groups. Click here for a complete description of Interactive Groups.

In addition to the usual Interactive Group work, I teach about leading groups using our group as an example. You have opportunities to ask questions and get supervision on groups that you are leading or starting. The text for the group is my book, Interactive Group Therapy. We discuss the following topics:

  • How to structure a group
  • Developmental stages of a group
  • Group process
  • Facilitating interactions
  • Incorporating IFS in group work
  • Dealing with reactions to the group leader
  • When the leader’s parts get triggered
  • Interviewing new group members
  • Dealing with difficult group members
  • Group roles
  • Group consultations

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month
10am – 12 noon pacific time (1-3pm eastern, 6-8pm UK)
Starts Feb. 9

Getting Started

You meet with me for a free pre-group interview to see if the group is a good fit for your professional and personal needs.
Then you can try out the group for a month and then decide whether to continue.

For more information or a free pre-group interview, email me at earley.jay@gmail.com.

Webinar: Introduction to Interactive Groups & Training Groups

This webinar introduces both regular Interactive Groups and the Interactive Training Group. Learn about how Interactive Groups work and how they can help you grow in the way you relate to others. Learn about how the Interactive Training Group operates and how you will learn to be an effective group leader/therapist.

Wednesday, January 26
10-11:30 am pacific time (1-2:30pm eastern, 6-7:30 UK)
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IFS is an “Evidence-Based” Practice

I am very excited to announce that IFS is now posted on NREPP as an evidence-based practice.

NREPP is the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Interventions listed in NREPP, now including IFS, have been subject to independent, rigorous scrutiny and are deemed to show significant impact on individual outcomes relating to mental health.

A comprehensive application requesting the inclusion of IFS on NREPP was based on a proof-of-concept study by Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH and Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW. The longitudinal randomized clinical study, which involved 70-some patients in an IFS treatment during 36 weeks with periodic follow-ups including 12 months post-intervention, published in August 2013 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Rheumatology.

SAMHSA’s independent scientific review of the study and NREPP application affirmed the following findings:

As a clinical treatment, IFS has been rated EFFECTIVE for improving general functioning and well-being. In addition, it has been rated PROMISING for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.

These scientific findings and the ensuing listing of IFS on NREPP affirm the vast potential of IFS Therapy for advancing emotional healing and mental well-being. In particular, they indicate promising effects on mind (depression, anxiety), body (physical health conditions), and spirit (personal resilience and self-concept).

The Pattern System for Psychotherapists, Part 3

The is the continuation The Pattern System for Psychotherapists


The patterns and capacities are arranged in dimensions, where each dimension corresponds to an area of psychological functioning. There are interpersonal dimensions, such as Intimacy, Conflict, and Power. There are personal dimensions, such as Accomplishment, Pleasure, and Self-Esteem. Each dimension contains two or more patterns and also two or more healthy capacities arranged in a way that makes clear which capacity is a healthy version of each pattern, and which capacity is need to transform each pattern.

You can create a client’s psychological profile by charting which pattern(s) and capacity(s) they have in each dimension. Or you can encourage a client to do this on their own and share it with you.

A Dynamic Profile

You can create a client’s psychological profile by charting which pattern(s) and capacity(s) they have in each dimension. Or you can encourage a client to do this on their own and share it with you. [Read more…]

Modes in Blending in IFS

This blog is a more technical than usual and aimed at IFS therapists. In IFS a part is “blended” with someone when they ARE the part as opposed to being in Self. This could mean that they feel the part’s emotions, they hold its beliefs, or their behavior in the world comes from this part. Recently I have realized that these represent three different modes of blending, and that a part may only be blended with someone in one or two of these ways. Furthermore, someone can be blended with two parts at the same time using two different modes.

The three modes of blending are as follows:
1. A person is feeling the part’s emotions to such an extent that they don’t feel much else. For example, a sad part takes them over so that they are flooded with sadness.
2. A person is identified with the part, in that they hold its beliefs and see the world from its perspective. For example, a man is blended with a paranoid part that believes that people are out to hurt him.
3. A person’s actions derive from a part. For example, because a woman is blended with a judgmental part, she makes contemptuous comments to people. [Read more…]