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014 | Christ-centered Internal Family Systems Therapy: How to Develop Healthy Boundaries for Your Soul

Preconference Workshops


Kimberly Miller, MTH., and Alison Cook, M.A., Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




Painful burdens can hold clients back from building the lives they want to live. This experiential workshop teaches licensed mental health professionals how to apply key principles for helping willing Christian clients (henceforth clients) befriend parts of their soul burdened with unwanted thoughts and feelings, using a Christian approach to the fast-growing, evidence-based, Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy. Participants will learn to use the “Five Steps of Taking a You-Turn” (based on the IFS model) presented to help their clients develop healthy boundaries and secure attachment with parts of their souls burdened by challenging thoughts and feelings. Through didactic lessons, guided exercises, and practice in dyads, attendees will learn to empower their clients to cultivate what IFS describes as “Self-leadership” with their souls’ parts. Thus, clients will not be overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings but will lead the various parts of their souls, guided by the Spirit of God.

Learning Objectives

Outline the steps of working with parts of the soul, according to IFS, and describe what each step entails 
Apply working with parts, including finding, focusing on, and befriending parts of the soul in need of care, while establishing healthy internal boundaries with these parts that have been carrying painful thoughts and feelings 
Demonstrate the ability to invite God's presence to be with parts in need and to assist those parts in releasing their burdens and finding new roles in the client’s internal family system with Christian clients