Parenthood calls upon us to lead dependent, vulnerable, less developed human beings through mundane as well as extraordinary life experiences, with complicated goals that include keeping our children safe, supporting them in becoming contributing members of society, actualizing their talents, and developing rich, meaningful relationships. Embarking on this long, complex and high stakes journey alongside our children evokes all of our own agendas and unfinished business around identity, accomplishment, worthiness, connection and power. Because we experience our children as parts of ourselves, parents have a unique opportunity to gaze upon our own wounds, our unmet longing, our deepest fears and our darkest shame, reflected back in the lives of our kids. How do we understand and work effectively with all that is activated and unsettled in our clients who are parenting?
Join Jessica Sorci, LMFT, PMH-C and Rebecca Geshuri, LMFT, PMH-C for a 3 hour experiential & educational workshop designed to offer an introduction to Internal Family Systems, specific to parenthood, with a focus on parts that function as inner critics and parts that hold shame, brought on and exacerbated by patriarchy. Patriarchy, an inherent and ubiquitous form of cultural oppression, creates and sustains systems of shame in people; this workshop will define and highlight the painful impacts of patriarchy on families. Utilizing Internal Family Systems, we will explore our own inner shame systems and apply that learning to a broader appreciation of inner critics.
This workshop offers a didactic component as well as a powerful guided IFS meditation, time to reflect, and sharing in smaller groups.
California therapists can earn 3 CEUs upon completion of this course.
The goal of this program is for participants to learn how patriarchy, an inherent and ubiquitous form of cultural oppression, creates and sustains systems of shame in parents, and how to bring healing to those shame systems that negatively inform and influence relationships. By implementing basic concepts of Internal Family Systems, participants will be able to identify components of the client’s (and the therapist’s own) inner shame system and interact with those parts in meaningful, healing ways. Participants will be given a more compassionate and empowered stance for understanding common parenting problems that include anger, power dynamics, humiliation and grief. This workshop is foundational for future workshops that will focus in greater depth on authentic fathering and on the Mothercentric™️ approach to working with perinatal women.
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Articulate two ways in which patriarchy causes and perpetuates symptoms in parents.
2. Name three IFS steps to bring healing to a person’s inner shame system.
3. Name at least 2 kinds of Manager parts that help with the job of parenting.
About the Presenters
Rebecca Geshuri and Jessica Sorci are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Internal Family Systems Therapists and also Perinatal Mental Health Certified. As Co-Founders of Family Tree Wellness in Silicon Valley, California, Rebecca and Jessica lead their one-of-a-kind IFS-informed group psychotherapy practice that provides counseling, education and support for people who are in the family building phase of life. They are wildly enthusiastic about creating trainings and supporting other therapists and providers who want to deepen their knowledge and skill with using IFS and working in Reproductive Mental Health. Most importantly, they are mothers on their own healing journeys who bring their personal experiences with grief and growing, mixed with creative expression and spirituality to their work. Their goal is nothing short of healing humanity's intergenerational burdens.
I. Introductions - (10 min)
II. Introduce Internal Family Systems (25 min)
III. Objective #1: Articulate two ways in which patriarchy causes and perpetuates symptoms in parents. (40 min)
IV. Objective #2: Name three IFS steps to bring healing to a person’s inner shame system. (40 min)
(15 minute break)
V. Objective 3: Describe the two components of the Two-Track Method. (55 min)
VI. Conclusion (10 min)
A. Questions and sharing
TARGET AUDIENCE: LCSW, LMFT, LPCC
SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of 3 continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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