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Internal Family Systems (IFS) & Intimacy From the Inside Out

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Richard Schwartz, PhD |  Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP
13 Hours 49 Minutes
Sep 01, 2017
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Integrating the Intrapsychic and Interpersonal in Couple’s Therapy with Toni Herbine-Blank


This module will explore Internal Family Systems theory and technique in working with couples. Using IFS with couples, the therapist invites exploration of each partner’s individual inner life and also supports couples in envisioning a lively dance that includes communicating well, repairing inevitable rupture, making room for the needs of both individuals as well as the needs of the relationship, and exploring Self-to-Self connection.


This four-segment course will cover the very basic protocols of Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) These include: Tracking sequences or painful patterns of interactions, Courageous Communication and why doing deep intrapsychic work with one person while the other witnesses is a healing intervention.


Module 1

Introduction to Intimacy from the Inside Out

In this segment we’ll look at the development of IFIO, an overview of the assumptions, the goals and the general components of the model. We’ll address the very basic road map and beginning protocols


Module 2

Tracking Sequences

In this module we look at how couples fight, the dilemma of protectors, how to begin to break negative patterns of interaction. We also offer an invitation to each partner to look inward as a way out of conflict.


Module 3

Courageous Communication

In this segment we look at ways to help couples have safe and courageous conversations through unblending and affect regulation

Module 4

Individual Work in the Presence of a Partner

In this segment we discuss why working with an individual in the presence of their partner is powerful for a couple. We also address the need to maintain a safe and predictable triangle for the work to be successful.



Richard Schwartz, PhD's Profile

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IFS Institute

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic and he is now on the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Meadows treatment center in Arizona. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (now IFS Institute -, which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute (formerly the Center for Self Leadership). He maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP's Profile

Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP Related seminars and products

Intimacy from the Inside Out

Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP, IFIO, Clinical Specialist Psychotherapist and Senior Trainer for the Center for Self Leadership. Toni was trained in Family Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her RN and advanced practice degree in Psychiatric Nursing. She began training students in Internal Family Systems Therapy in 2004 and since has been instrumental in designing programs and writing curricula for Levels 1 and 2 IFS training programs. Toni has been in private practice since 1996 specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals. In 2009, after designing a training for IFS therapists to apply the model to couples therapy, Toni offered the first Intimacy from the Inside Out© Training Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then the program has been received with great enthusiasm across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Toni Herbine Blank maintains a Psychotherapy Practice and has employment relationships with Intimacy from the Inside Out©, and The Center for Self Leadership. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Toni Herbine Blank has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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