Using an Internal Family Systems Approach in Psychotherapy Workshop

Presenter: Wendy Elliot, M.Ed., Friday, December 2, 2011- 3:30-5:00, Antioch University, Santa Barbara 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. Cost: $10 at the door (Includes snacks and 1.5 CEU’s.) RSVP: Debbie Allen at: or 882-2424 ext 103

Co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers Santa Barbara Chapter & Antioch University Santa Barbara, this workshop will introduce clinicians to the model of Internal Family Systems developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. This way of working is a synthesis of two already existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. Participants will be exposed to how internal aspects of the psyche take on different roles such as managers, firefighters, and exiles. Discussion will also include the role of the Self and how to support the client being “in Self” which includes an embodied sense of being centered, balanced, and in harmony.

Participants will be given an opportunity to apply these concepts to diverse case studies and will also engage in an experiential exercise to help them identify and bring awareness to how these internal parts function within themselves. We will take a close look at the parallel relationship between how we perceive and relate to our internal parts with how we relate to these parts in other people. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a clear understanding and hands on experience for how to integrate this model into their practice with individuals, families and couples.

Wendy Elliott, M.Ed is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, board certified dance-movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner from New Hampshire who recently moved back to California after 30 years. Wendy has been practicing as a body centered psychotherapist integrating a “parts” model, along with mindfulness and spirituality, for the last 25 years.  Wendy has served as an adjunct faculty member for Antioch University New England for 25 years and currently teaches in the Master of Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She also has a private practice in Ojai and facilitates Dance-Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement groups locally. Wendy is a current Board member of the California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.