IFS Direct Access + Gifts of Burdens – 28th February to 1st March 2020, Melbourne
February 28 @ 9:00 am - March 1 @ 4:30 pm$395 – $695
In this three-day didactic & experiential Internal Family System workshop we will learn key skills for working with the vulnerable as well as protective aspects of our self-caring systems for healing and growth. On the first two days US-based IFS trainer Paul Neustadt will teach how-to work with entrenched or difficult parts using the powerful Direct Access technique, and the final day will address the unseen and under-appreciated gifts of Exiles.
Direct Access: an essential skill of IFS (first 2 days) With all those clients who don’t seem ready or able to focus inside on parts, we need to use Direct Access. Those times when you can feel you have to “abandon the model” and do what you used to do, that is when you can do Direct Access. While it can look like an IFS-informed ‘talk-therapy’ it offers a powerful and direct way to lend the Self energy of the therapist to support vulnerable client systems safely. Direct Access is often introduced as the alternative to Insight work (“…ask the part if it would…“).
For many people Direct Access is the missing piece in their IFS repertoire.
Direct Access is in many ways more challenging than guiding people to work with their parts. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to practice safely using a series of proven teaching exercises, and deepen their understanding of Direct Access through demos and role plays.
Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW
Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW is an IFS Co-Lead Trainer and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has a private practice in Arlington, MA where he specializes in couples therapy, parent coaching, and IFS consultation. For 17 years he was the director of a community counseling and prevention program for children, adolescents, and their families, and before that he worked in a college counseling center and a community mental health center. He taught couples and family therapy at a family therapy institute and in two graduate programs. As a trainer Paul creates a safe and accepting atmosphere, attending thoughtfully to group process and making sure all parts are welcome. He teaches the Model with a clear, down to earth and open-hearted manner.
Who is this for?
Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, certified coaches, or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more acute their existing work through using the steps of the IFS ‘parts’ model.