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CGPS 2016 Fall Workshop

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Internal Family Systems in Group Psychotherapy: Your Parts, My Parts, and the Self

With Richard Schwartz, PhD


Internal Family Systems in Group Psychotherapy: Your Parts, My Parts, and the Self

CGPS Fall Workshop – October 29 & 30, 2016

The Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society will feature Richard Schwartz, PhD at the fall workshop to be held on October 29 and 30. Dr. Schwartz is the developer of the Internal Family Systems Model, IFS.

Dr. Schwartz will guide us in its application to group psychotherapy.  This evidence based psychotherapy fosters the exploration and healing of parts or subpersonalities that have been pushed into extreme and overly protective roles by stress and trauma.  IFS fosters accessing and leading from a calm, compassionate and connected inner Self.

This two day workshop will include didactic instruction, demonstration groups and small group experience.

About th​e Presenter:

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz serves on editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.


At the end of the workshop participants will be able to do the following.

  1. Describe the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy
  2. Identify and explore group members’ protective parts (“managers and firefighters”) and wounded parts (“exiles”)
  3. Identify how to access group members’ Self – a core of compassion and other leadership qualities
  4. Gain an awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact therapy
  5. Ethically apply the theory and principles of Internal Family Systems to diverse group populations, in appreciation of age, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion
  6. Increased their knowledge about group dynamics and process by participating in the small groups and observing the behavior of the group, leader, and themselves
  7. Apply Internal Family Systems therapy to the understanding of one’s small group experience

Small Group Leaders:

  • Seamus Bhatt-Mackin, MD, CGP
  • H Cooke Read, LCSW, CGP
  • Mardy Ireland, PhD, CGP
  • Joan Seiffert, LCSW, CGP
  • Susan Gale Orovitz, PhD, CGP

What to know about the experiential small groupsClick HERE

“You get to learn on two levels. You have the more intellectual level in the academic, structured discussions. The speakers and training have been really good both times I have attended. And then you also participate in the unstructured process groups and experience the way those kinds of process groups work, which is really rich. I saw all the group dynamics going on in myself and in other people in the group. I had a group facilitator who made the small groups reflect the larger discussions, and that grew in me more of a gut level, internal awareness of group work. The people are incredibly warm and inviting, which really embodies the focus on group work. Inviting people into community is an important skill of facilitating group process, and it really shows at CGPS in the way people I have met have treated me.”
... John Craichy, LCSW-A Two time workshop attendee

“I have found it to be rare for people in professional spaces to get into these types of conversations about group, personal, and professional growth. This is the only conference where you are invited to bring your whole self to the group process. The ability to engage and talk about what you’re learning in the moment – what is coming up for you and how it relates to others…it’s fantastic.”

… Agustina Vidal, Student and Returning Attendee to Fall 2016 CGPS Works

Workshop Timetable:

Saturday 8:30 – 5:15pm (Continental Breakfast, Lunch 12:00pm)
Sunday 8:30 – 5:00pm (Continental Breakfast, Lunch 11:45am)

Workshop Timetable:

Saturday 8:30 – 5:15pm (Continental Breakfast, Lunch 12:00pm)
Sunday 8:30 – 5:00pm (Continental Breakfast, Lunch 11:45am)

Workshop Fees:

$280 CGPS Member ($250 before October 9)

  • Save $30 with our early bird discount for registrations completed by October 9th
  • Cancellations received by October 9th will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee.
    After this time no refund will be given but, you may send a substitute.
    In either event please notify the registrar.
  • Some scholarship funds are available to CGPS members in cases of financial hardship. To apply contact the workshop coordinator: W

Continuing Education: 

This workshop is organized by Carolina’s Group Psychotherapy Society (CGPS) and provides 12 continuing education contact hours. CGPS is an affiliate society of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). We seek to promote and enhance skills in group therapy and organizational group dynamics while supporting professionals working to improve the mental health and interpersonal skills of persons in the Carolinas.

The CE Sponsor for this event is Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC). 1.2 CEUs will be awarded to participants who attend 100% of this program. This program will provide 12 contact hours (category A) continuing education credit to NC Psychologists. Southern Regional AHEC adheres to NAADAC Education Provider Guidelines, Provider #843. This program does not provide specific NBCC Credits. However, per LPC licensure guidelines, you may submit up to 15 contact hours of continuing education by attending programs by affiliates of the National Area Health Education Center (NAO). SR-AHEC is a member of the NAO.

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