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    • Fri, September 29, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • A Zoom Presentation


    Part 2: Clinical Application of the Internal Family Systems Model

    Presented By:
    Dorothy O'Leary

    Online Via Zoom

    Friday, September 29, 2023
    9:30 am – 11:30 am

    2 CE Credits*

    Our Presentation

    Even if you’re excited to apply the principles of IFS in session, you’re likely to find clients who are confused or uncomfortable when you start talking about their parts. There are creative ways of using IFS effectively. It can come down to how we, as therapists, experience our own parts and conduct sessions from a perspective of Self-leadership. Having gained a basic structural understanding of the IFS model in Part 1 of this workshop series, you’ll be ready to understand how a therapist’s personal Self-to-part relationship impacts the session. Therapy may begin when a client connects with the therapist’s Self-leadership, rather than their own. Clinical Application of the IFS Model is an overview of IFS and its potential benefits. Completion of this workshop does not constitute being trained in the IFS model. Formal training is available through the IFS Institute at https://ifsinstitute.com.


    In Part 2 of this Introduction to IFS students will be invited to consider how application of the model varies for different clients. Through didactic and experiential learning, we will explore how the therapist’s self-leadership is a critical element to guiding a successful outcome.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

      1. Learn to assess the type of approach needed for different types of clients.
      2. Understand the different styles of applying the IFS model: insight, explicit direct access, implicit direct access.
      3. Examine how their own parts, as therapist, can influence the overall outcome of therapy.
      4. Integrate therapist Self-leadership skills from which to guide a session.

        About Our Presenter

        Internal Family Systems (IFS) has provided the framework for Dorothy O’Leary’s psychotherapy practice since she began studying IFS in 2017. She’s completed all three levels of IFS trainings and continues to cultivate her skills and style through additional trainings, consultations, practice groups, and using IFS in her private practice. In 2021 Dorothy assisted with the design and implementation of the first ever IFS therapist development in Pakistan, and has continued as a program assistant at the IFS Institute through 2022. Originally trained in Somatic Psychotherapy, Dorothy has maintained a San Rafael-based, private practice since 2012.

        This course is suitable for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LFCCs, associates of the preceding categories, and students. This course is eligible for 2 continuing education credits. Online, via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration.

        $20 Desert-CAMFT Members
        $30 for Non-members
        $10 for Prelicensed

        Registration is open until September 28 at 10pm.

        • Mon, October 23, 2023
        • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • A Zoom Presentation



        Suicide Prevention:
        A Roadmap to Safety

        Presented By:
        Kimberly Beckstead, LCSW

        Online Via Zoom

        Monday, October 23, 2023
        9:00 am – 4:00 pm

        6 CE Credits*

        Our Presentation

        Participants in this training leave with a new level of confidence assessing for suicide risk, feel a sense of mastery over safety planning and build on existing clinical skills to develop a new understanding of suicide prevention and how to implement a new framework into everyday clinical practice.


        Increase a clinician’s sense of confidence and professional efficacy in assessing suicide risk utilizing evidence based assessment tools, improve understanding of the critical elements to be included in safety planning and ultimately empower clinicians to start the difficult conversation about suicide using a trauma informed approach.

        Learning Objectives

        Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
        1. Demonstrate understanding of the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale and its administration with a suicidal patient.
        2. Identify at least 2 common fears held by clinicians working with suicidal patients and in turn identify 2 techniques that can be used to mitigate identified fears associated with treating suicidal patients.
        3. Describe at least 3 critical elements to be included in safety planning with a suicidal patient.
        4. Define and differentiate between acute suicide risk and chronic suicide risk.
        5. Identify at least 2 new techniques learned from the training demonstrating how to elicit more information from a suicidal patient to more accurately determine suicide risk level.
        6. Identify at least 2 main components of the “roadmap to safety.”

        About Our Presenter

        For the past 18 years Kimberly Beckstead, LCSW, has immersed herself into the clinical and administrative world of chronic pervasive mental illness, complex trauma, suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment, and trauma informed care. Having initially started her career working as a clinical case manager for the county of San Diego, over the last 10 years she found her passion working with active duty military and Veterans; where complex childhood trauma, military trauma, mental illness and substance abuse intersect. Kimberly has extensive experience providing clinical crisis intervention, case management, clinical supervision, program management, private training and clinical consultation.

        Working with the DoD, Kimberly created new suicide prevention programming at the installation level, spearheading the Marine Intercept Program dedicated to providing crisis intervention and care coordination for active duty service members hospitalized for suicidal ideation or having had a suicide attempt. Kimberly actively integrates suicide prevention efforts with the community through the dissemination of interdisciplinary trainings San Diego county-wide. Kimberly is one of the founding members of the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide team and presently continues her work in suicide prevention, serving as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Jennifer Moreno San Diego VA Hospital. Kimberly is a dynamic trainer, often complimented for her use of humor and authenticity when tackling sensitive topics, encouraging active discussion and thought provoking material.

        This course is suitable for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LFCCs, associates of the preceding categories, and students. This course is eligible for 6 continuing education credits. Online, via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration.

        $65 Desert-CAMFT Members
        $45 Prelicensed Member
        $75 for Non-Chapter Members
        $45 General Admission (No CE Credits*)

        Closing date for registration is October 22, 2023 at 10pm.


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