The Internal Family Systems model is an extremely popular form of psychotherapy that is increasingly being applied to coaching. Using it, coaches help clients quickly access a state called the Self which is characterized by qualities like calm, clarity, curiosity, and compassion. Then, from that state, clients explore and transform their relationships with the parts of them that are blocking their goals or their vision. Finally, they are more able to lead their personal and work lives from the state of Self-leadership which creates more harmony in their relationships.
“It is the nature of the mind to have parts and they are all valuable.” – Richard Schwartz
In this dynamic, eye-opening and engaging webinar by Richard Schwartz and moderated by Margaret Moore, Richard helps clients get curious about all kinds of parts, that can be experienced in any number of ways - thoughts, feelings, sensations, images, and more, even the ones doing damage in their lives. He discovered that many of these clients were still frozen or stuck in their past. Richard finds that a client may still think he/she is five years old, resulting in the client conducting themselves in a way that their parts operate almost like a virus, hiding in plain sight. Richard further adds: The parts aren’t what they seem, but they have been thrust into roles that they don’t like but are necessary for protection.
According to Richard, one key insight of family therapy is that you can’t take a kid out of a family, tell him to behave and expect change as the child’s behavior is interwoven into the family’s patterns. He tells us the patterns need to be changed to free the kid so he doesn’t have to be in this role any more.
Within this webinar, Richard gives examples of IFS in action and you can listen to a live demo coaching session where Margaret Moore volunteered to be coached by Richard.
In addition, you get to participate in a demo and experience what it would be like to be coached using IFS by Richard.
You can also learn more about IFS From Richard’s Website on IFS, the self, an overview of the self and parts https://ifs-institute.com.
Richard describes eight common qualities of self-leadership that are actually in each of us and are qualities most relevant to healing. They all begin with the letter C. The goal is to release these qualities, not just in individuals but also out into the world because as Richard states, “the world needs them”. Coaches can help their clients identify their Self among the eight C’s.
Richard reminds us in this webinar: It is the nature of the mind to have parts and they are all valuable. Within IFS, parts can be divided into Exiles, Managers and Firefighters.
Richard points out that these parts are valuable and have great talents and resources to offer, but they are forced into roles they think are still necessary. They are burdened by extreme leaps in emotions and they are often protecting other parts.
The big distinction between the roles these parts have played over the years is that some of them are locked up inside in inner basements, abysses, or caverns and others have roles to protect those parts and keep them locked up.
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