Using Internal Family Systems Therapy in Trauma Treatment

Presented by Daphne Fatter, PhD on 03-04-2022 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD, Internal Family Systems (IFS) is becoming one of the fastest-growing therapy models in the United States. The evidenced-based approach is non-pathologizing and attends to the complex impact of traumatic stress, making it effective for working with posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and Complex Trauma.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Dr. Fatter will review the basic model of IFS, including theoretical assumptions, goals for treatment, and steps of using the IFS model. Dr. Fatter will apply an IFS framework to conceptualize PTSD and discuss IFS techniques to specifically work with trauma. This webinar will include case examples to describe the process of applying IFS to trauma treatment in individual therapy with adults. Dr. Fatter will guide an experiential exercise to demonstrate the model and invite clinicians to have increased awareness of their own parts. This webinar will also include ways IFS can be used to help clinicians cope with countertransference reactions and vicarious trauma that often occurs among clinicians when providing trauma treatment. Applications of IFS to legacy burdens, traumas that are passed down intergenerationally from parents, caregivers, and ancestors as well as burdens passed down from larger cultural systems, will also be discussed.

This introductory web conference is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Describe assumptions of Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory.
  2. Report characteristics of Self.
  3. Identify qualities of the three types of parts in an individual’s system.
  4. Report on two specific IFS techniques necessary for using IFS in trauma treatment.
  5. Examine your own parts through an experiential exercise to familiarize yourself with the IFS model.

Statement of program material’s accuracy, utility, and risks: The content of this webinar is accurate and up-to-date with industry standards. Its utility is relevant and applicable for all clinicians. There are no known risks of the course content presented other than participants may increase their self-awareness of their own “parts” which may be activating.

Declaration of any conflict of interest: None.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/30/2019 – 3/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

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Meet the Presenter

Daphne Fatter, PhD

Daphne Fatter, PhD

Daphne Fatter, PhD is a mid-career licensed psychologist and consultant. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Trauma Center, under the direct supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD.

Dr. Fatter is Certified in EMDR and is a Certified Internal Family System (IFS) therapist and an approved IFS clinical consultant. She has applied IFS in treating PTSD and complex trauma while serving as the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient clinic and in her current private practice in Dallas, Texas. Please see daphnefatterphd.com for her current offerings.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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