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Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), an insight-oriented therapy developed by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., has gained international and local respect as an innovative and powerful method for understanding conflict, trauma, and defenses and for promoting healing, change, self-empowerment, and self-compassion for individuals, couples, and groups.  IFS draws on systemic, psychodynamic, humanistic, and Buddhist perspectives.  The model assumes that everyone has multiple parts or subpersonalities that constitute an organized internal system, with parts having understandable roles and relationships with one another, like a family.   Our parts took on extreme protective roles or jobs (like defenses) at about the time when early developmental injuries and traumas occurred.   These protective roles include pre-emptive managing (planning, organizing, figuring out, pleasing), critical judging (blaming, shaming), panicking, reactively acting out by a variety of impulsive and compulsive behaviors, dissociating, and somatizing.   Even though the effects of these protective strategies can cause distress to other parts inside and/or to people in our interpersonal lives, the IFS perspective is that parts, in their way, are trying to help.  All parts are welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

9:00 to 4:00PM (with an hour lunch break)

Learning Center C/D, Cambridge Hospital; 1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge


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This seminar explores a number of Winnicott’s less well known and appreciated papers in order to acquaint participants with psychoanalytic insights that they in particular provide, as well as to further an understanding, not available through his iconic writings alone, of the overall character and structure of his theory. We will examine myriad novel Winnicottian understandings that these less familiar writings advance. His more overarching conception that these papers bring into focus is to the effect that one’s infant-mother interpersonal experience crucially influences the “tone” and “shape” of her/his personal experience throughout life, lays the groundwork for a healthy emotional state of being or some form of psychopathology, and, based on recognition of this personal infant experiential heritage, entails principles for effective psychotherapeutic/analytic interventions at any of diverse points in the life cycle.

Classes: Where and When:

21 Hammond Road, Belmont (ample parking is available on the street)

Sessions for the seminar (one and a half hours in length) will be from 7:30-9:00 on the following Tuesday evenings:

3/3/20; 3/10; 3/17; 3/24; 3/31; and 4/7

Enrollment Limit of 8 participants

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MIP Psychoanalytic Dimensions courses are free to the public. Non MIP members must pay $15 per credit if they wish to receive CEs. Each course awards one credit for each hour of instruction. Some of our longer courses may charge a flat fee for credits that is less than $15 per credit. Click on the course details for more information about continuing education credits.
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
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The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the ethical principles and guidelines of the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. MIP will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the appropriate MIP Committee Co-Chairs in consultation with the members of the appropriate MIP Committee, and other members or officers of the Board of Directors as is necessary.


The individual filing the grievance will be asked to submit their comments in written format to the Institute Administrator

Contact name: John Tyler


Telephone number: 617-469-2777

Address: 1330 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

The appropriate Committee Co-Chairs will review the grievance and will respond to the aggrieved within ninety days of receiving the written grievance.

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The confidentiality of the aggrieved will be monitored and maintained in these consultations.

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