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IFS Direct Access + Gifts of Burdens - 3 day Workshop - Sydney | Crows Nest Community Centre | Saturday, 07. March 2020

In this three-day didactic & experiential Internal Family System workshop we will learn key skills for working with the vulnerable as well as protective aspects of our self-caring systems for healing and growth. On the first two days US-based IFS trainer Paul Neustadt will teach how-to work with entrenched or difficult parts using the powerful Direct Access technique, and the final day will address the unseen and under-appreciated gifts of Exiles.

 Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW 

Direct Access: an essential skill of IFS (first 2 days) With all those clients who don't seem ready or able to focus inside on parts, we need to use Direct Access. Those times when you can feel you have to "abandon the model" and do what you used to do, that is when you can do Direct Access. While it can look like an IFS-informed 'talk-therapy' it offers a powerful and direct way to lend the Self energy of the therapist to support vulnerable client systems safely. Direct Access is often introduced as the alternative to Insight work ("...ask the part if it would...").  
For many people Direct Access is the missing piece in their IFS repertoire.
Direct Access is in many ways more challenging than guiding people to work with their parts. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to practice safely using a series of proven teaching exercises, and deepen their understanding of Direct Access through demos and role plays.


The Gifts of Our Exiles: Reconnecting with Our True Self (3rd day) - our protectors tend to see our exiles as dangerous, shameful, too-much or fragile. They are unable to see beyond the exile’s burdens, and even the exiles often think they are their burden. When we help the client and their parts recognize the exile’s gifts, it can ease their resistance to connecting with and healing the exiles.

Paul offers a mix of didactic and experiential opportunities to describe the different kinds of gifts exiles give us. Perhaps the most important gift is that, when exiles are unburdened, they enable us to connect with our True Self and the unique qualities and gifts we have to offer the world. Our aliveness, our joy, our passion, and many other qualities are brought back to us when we reintegrate our exiles. Awareness of the exiles’ gifts adds to the power of the healing steps and strengthens the integration of the unburdened exiles.
These three days include case examples and demos to show how we can integrate this work into the IFS healing steps, and dyad exercises that will enable participants to experience this for themselves. Paul will also discuss how the concept of the True Self, which is unique to each individual, fits with the concept of Self and parts. These methods will be demonstrated live with participant volunteers, and supervised practice time is planned for participants to learn by doing. 

Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW is an IFS Co-Lead Trainer and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has a private practice in Arlington, MA where he specializes in couples therapy, parent coaching, and IFS consultation. For 17 years he was the director of a community counseling and prevention program for children, adolescents, and their families, and before that he worked in a college counseling center and a community mental health center. He taught couples and family therapy at a family therapy institute and in two graduate programs. As a trainer Paul creates a safe and accepting atmosphere, attending thoughtfully to group process and making sure all parts are welcome. He teaches the Model with a clear, down to earth and open-hearted manner.

Paul will offer this same 3 day workshop in both Melbourne and Sydney. See the page here for all related IFS and other trainings.

Suitable for professionals and those in training, these workshops require basic familiarity with the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy through an Introductory workshop (see list of upcoming events here), the online IFS Circle or Continuity course, or a series of at least two initial IFS consultation sessions or similar.
Who is this for?
Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, certified coaches, or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more acute their existing work through using the steps of the IFS 'parts' model.
Attending this or a previous Introductory workshop, a Level 1 certification, or ongoing IFS supervision is recommended for attending this CE-endorsed event. See the 2019 Introductory events in Sydney and Melbourne here.
Application is being made and is confirmed by the US Center for Self Leadership for practitioners seeking accreditation hours (where participants have completed level 1 training).
Note - these workshops qualify for equivalent hours of specialised training that may be counted towards Continuing Professional Development according to requirements set down by your accrediting body.
Registered health professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. 
Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) from the Australian Psychological SocietyandGuidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) set down by the Psychology Registration Board of Australia.
The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. A certificate of attendance will be available.
FOR THOSE WITH NO PREVIOUS TRAINING IN THE IFS MODEL OF THERAPYIntroductory IFS workshops are booking already in Melbourne and Sydney in for later 2019, with an Enriching workshop in August in Melbourne. See link here for more information and booking for the official online Introductory and Certification training listing.
In conjunction with the Center for Self Leadership (CSL) Simon will run further Level 1 trainings in Australia in 2020, after the current Certification trainings sold out with waitlists. Certification is only provided by CSL through these formally endorsed training events. Note there are further trainings planned for 2020.  For more on Australian workshops and training events please see here (join the e-list for updates).

Workshop size 
The size of this intensive workshop is limited to 30 pax.  Early registration is encouraged. Previous IFS workshops have sold out with waitlists in the 2019 Melbourne & Sydney series.
These weekend and multiday intensive workshops will promote IFS skill building through active participatory learning. Come along prepared to learn by doing. 
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is the signature work of Richard Schwartz PhD, more at www.selfleadership.org
As a clinical treatment IFS is rated effective to improve general functioning and well-being by the US National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based practice. In addition, it has been rated promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms. For more read here.


This Sydney workshops will be run at the Crows Nest Community Centre
2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Please note that lunch can be purchased in local cafes and restaurants, and simple snacks for tea break and hot drinks will be provided. Complex dietary requirements require own provision to ensure best arrangements.
Wheelchair access 

Ramps to main entrance and other rooms
Note there are some stairs on the premises however all workshop rooms can be accessed through the building, lifts and via ramps.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is car-parking directly adjacent in the multi-storey carpark, or
Chequers Car Park - Secure Parking
Book online to get the earlybird rate of $65.00 per week or $14.50 per day.  
The venue is 20-30 minutes from the CBD by public train transport, and 75-100 minutes by taxi from the airport.
This Sydney workshop will be held at the Crows Nest Community Centre, where participants attend each day. Enrolment includes morning-afternoon tea, and lunch catering.
There is no accomodation provided.
Most simple dietary requirements can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc - please advise us on the booking form. Your specialist dietary requirements should be self-catered.
Please indicate during booking or by email any relevant health conditions, and your simple dietary requirements when booking.
Wheelchair access

Ground level entrance via ground floor car-park
Disabled access bathroom
Ramps to main entrance and other rooms via elevator


Please note that lunch and morning & afternoon break snacks will be provided. Complex dietary requirements require own provision to ensure best arrangements.
Wheelchair access

Ramps to main entrance and other rooms
Note there are some stairs on the premises however all workshop rooms can be accessed through the building, lifts and via ramps.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking on-site - self-parking at $44.00 per day or a standard hourly rate. P[lease enquire to the Rydges Reception for more. 
What can/can't I bring to the event?
BRING: curiosity, willingness to try things out ("Yes, and..."), a sense of humour, and a heart-oriented openness to possibility and he multiplicity of self. Preparedness to do your own work - "if you are feeling it, its yours".
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Yes, see the link at the bottom of the brief bio to the right .
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Tickets are transferable to suitably experienced colleagues. Please advise if you do exchange tickets so we can update certificates of attendance, name tags, and lists.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
So you can be given the correct name tag, we recommend this.
What is the refund policy?
If the course is cancelled by the organiser all workshop fees will be returned. Due to the limited size of each course, a refund can only be issued if cancellation notification is received 30 days prior to the workshop - less a $75.00 administration fee per person. Existing registrants will be sent the refund, and should return any materials sent. We cannot reimburse any expenses you may have incurred, but we will reimburse the cost of travel insurance directly related to attending this workshop, on receipt of your insurance receipt. If you cannot attend, a suitably qualified substitute may attend in your place, assuming you forward all materials or information to them. Courses are pre-paid. We do not take money at the door.
We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient registrations or other reasons as necessary. Fees will be re-imbursed (minus bank fees) should cancellation be required. All decisions are entirely at the organizer's discretion.