IFS Group Therapy, School Program Evaluation, A New IFS Leadership Fellows Initiative & Other Significant Reads

The Foundation is pleased to publish the October 2021 issue of OUTLOOK, its semi-annual magazine. This is the 14th issue and by far the largest.

There is a richness of stories, from a series on IFS Therapy in groups to efforts for making IFS accessible to military veterans and servicemembers who stand to benefit significantly. Catch an update on the program that introduced notions of internal parts and Self leadership to school adults in Connecticut and the promising findings of its independent evaluation. And be moved and inspired by a collection of personal stories of transformation that individuals from various backgrounds, with different experiences, and in different settings are sharing.

This issue of OUTLOOK showcases the latest work on an IFS mobile app and on a popular podcast… and it commemorates through a heartfelt tribute the now sadly departed Foundation’s Chair Emeritus, Harley Goldberg, DO.

As has been the practice, OUTLOOK also features IFS trainers and Foundation donors... and invites you to “Imagine with Us.”

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Foundation seeks Editor for OUTLOOK

Michelle Glass will oversee the publication of OUTLOOK, a semi-annual magazine by and for the IFS community, for the last time this fall. After managing 14 issues, Michelle is stepping down as editor to pursue professional endeavors. "The Foundation for Self Leadership is grateful to Michelle for having served as editor since the inception of the magazine," says Executive Director and founding publisher, Toufic Hakim, PhD. "Her work has helped build the IFS community by sharing news around the paradigm and practice." The Foundation is now searching for an Editor to take the magazine into its next phase.

New IFS-related articles appear in professional journals

New IFS-related articles appear in professional journals

A new research article by Michael Fitzgerald, Assistant professor in Child and Family Sciences at the University of Mississippi was recently published in The American Journal of Family Therapy. In his study of 303 students at two different universities, his paper, Cool, Calm, and Collected: The Associations Between Self-Leadership and Adult Mental and Relational Health Outcomes, showed results that higher Self-leadership, as measured by the 25-item IFS Self Scale, was associated with lower anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and dissociation. Greater Self-leadership was also associated with greater positive relationship quality, and less negative relationship quality.

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The Foundation releases a new series of inspirational videos

With all that is going on in the world and the overwhelming pressures exerted on all of us, holding onto hope and building inner strength are critical. To provide some respite away from this overwhelm, the Foundation releases a series of inspirational videos in partnership with Anna Huckabee Tull. The intent is to send out a reminder through these short and original creations that resilience, calm and solace are within our reach.

The series is posted on the Foundation’s special Playlist, Journey to Self, on its YouTube® channel.

Conceptualized and produced by the Foundation, the series showcases the music of Ms. Huckabee Tull and excerpts from her book Living the Deeper Yes. As we were putting together this collection of quotes from her recent book, music from her songs, and photographs taken by her throughout the course of the merciless global pandemic, Anna said that “something magical happened” for her. “Deep within me, parts that had been hurting, holding, waiting, struggling, and persevering throughout this challenging time began to feel newly heard, making way for some place deeper within me to fill with warmth and love and to dance once again!"

May these videos be inspiring, help sustain the viewer for a moment or two, and invite one’s inner strength to rise to the forefront… and “new ways forward, in deeper harmony with the voices within us and the world around us.”