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S21-205 Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: A Clinical Model for the Treatment of Individuals

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Dana Rosenstein, LCSW-C |  Julie Warren, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



The Internal Family Systems model is an evidence-based method of treatment that offers healing and transformation by restoring balance to our internal system and allowing the Self, our true nature, to lead. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the Internal Family Systems model through didactic education, interactive discussions, internally focused exercises, and interactive practice.


Dana Rosenstein, LCSW-C Related seminars and products: 1

Dana Rosenstein LCSW-C has been a psychotherapist in private practice in Baltimore for almost 30 years. She specializes in treating trauma. In addition to having completed extensive training in Internal Family Systems, she is EMDR certified and certified in Psychodrama. Dana also provides clinical supervision to colleagues, and has done numerous trainings in various community and educational settings on a range of clinical topics. 


Julie Warren, LCSW-C Related seminars and products: 1

Julie Warren, LCSW-C is a psychotherapist in private practice in Baltimore. She has been practicing social work for 22 years.  In addition to having completed extensive training in IFS, she has completed Level one EMDR basic training.  She specializes in treating trauma and has completed both levels of intensive trauma training through The Ferentz Institute.  Julie also provides clinical supervision to colleagues and has done numerous trainings in various settings on a range of clinical topics. 


Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:20


Experiential exercise (Meditation)

IFS theory


10:20 - 10:30     Break
10:30 - 12:15

Lecture (Continued):

• Discussion and questions

Getting to know your parts exercise


12:15 Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:


Identify the goals and assumptions of IFS therapy.

Define multiplicity as it relates to the IFS model.

Define IFS as a model of constraint, rather than a deficit model.

Identify the qualities of Self.

Differentiate between types of parts (managers, fire fighters, exiles).

Demonstrate an understanding of the protective intent of parts.

List the 3 steps of IFS therapy.


Bibliography & References


• Anderson, F.G., Sweezy, M., & Schwartz, R.C. (2017). Internal family systems skills training manual: Traumainformed treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD &
substance abuse. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: PESI Publishing.

• Schwartz, R.C. (2001). Introduction to the internal family systems model. Oak Park IL: Trailheads Publications, The Center for Self Leadership.

• Haddock, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Trump, L. J., & Henry, K. L. (2016). The Efficacy of Internal Family Systems Therapy in the Treatment of Depression Among Female College Students: A Pilot Study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43(1), 131-144. doi:10.1111/jmft.12184

• Shadick, N. A., Sowell, N. F., Frits, M. L., Hoffman, S. M., Hartz, S. A., Booth, F. D., … Schwartz, R. C. (2013). A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internal Family Systemsbased Psychotherapeutic Intervention on Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Proof-of-Concept Study. The Journal of Rheumatology, 40(11), 1831-1841. doi:10.3899/jrheum.121465


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Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65.00 and includes CE credit. Registering after April 9, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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