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From Your Board

Dear IFS Friends and Colleagues,

Since its inception, the Foundation has pursued a small number of strategic priorities. We have sought to expand the empirical evidence for the IFS Model through high-quality research, advocate for broader awareness of the IFS Model, and provide a platform to support the IFS community and the development of diverse IFS applications. On behalf of the board of directors, we are happy to report that we have met our initially established goals: gaining recognition for IFS as an evidence-based psychotherapy practice, launching and funding a couple of rigorous research studies and a pilot IFS program for schoolteachers, and engaging in conversations to design and support exemplary programs in various arenas to make IFS more broadly available.

As the cycles of nature continue unfolding, so is the Foundation undergoing its own cycle of growth. After six years in a start-up phase, the Foundation is now ready to search for its next executive director, grateful for the work done to date by the likes of our current Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD, and Founding Chair, Vice Chair and Research Director, Frank Anderson, MD.

With the generous support of our community, both financial and intellectual, and under guidance from a committed board of directors, a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers led by Toufic and Frank have been able to construct essential elements of the organization to help us navigate through the upcoming stage of development…and, together, design the next programs for transforming human interactions, be they in the school classroom or corporate boardroom or C-suite, and write the next stories of personal empowerment and fulfillment through IFS.

This is indeed an exciting and critical moment for us and for the IFS community.

The ideal candidate for the half-time position will bring a set of skills, values, and experiences commensurate with the organizational needs of the Foundation. Expanding our funding base and annual giving is a key need, along with deepening community connections and continuing to expand operational systems and processes. Programmatically, the Foundation will continue to catalyze and support independent, rigorous IFS-related studies; work creatively to bring IFS as an approach toward healing for military veterans and individuals from marginalized groups; and collaborate with individuals from our community to introduce concepts of IFS to our young generation through school teachers and staff.

In terms of the actual executive search, the review will be confidential and methodical. The board has charged a search committee to identify appropriate candidates. Following a rigorous screening and a series of interviews, the committee will recommend a small slate of applicants for review and selection by the board of directors. The comprehensive position announcement and selection criteria (please see the Operational Update section in OUTLOOK) have been shared with the IFS community through various platforms. We invite our OUTLOOK readers to disseminate their content with your networks and encourage anyone you feel may be qualified to review them at FoundationIFS.org/news/executive-director-search. Please forward any nominations or applications as per our guidelines to ExecutiveSearch@ FoundationIFS.org.

Working with the board of directors, our next executive director will be actively responsible to evaluate, plan, and implement our strategic priorities; manage our operations; lead our team of dedicated volunteers and staff; deepen our partnerships within and beyond the IFS community; and build a strong and sustainable funding base.

On behalf of your Foundation for Self Leadership’s Board of Directors,

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Harley Goldberg, D.O., Chair     Toufic Hakim, PhD, Executive Director


Frank Anderson, MD, Vice Chair & Director of Research Development Les Fagen, MA, JD; Pam Krause, MSW, LCSW; Vicki McCoy, MA; and Mark Milton

To write to a board member, please email FirstName@FoundationIFS.org.





From the Editor

Unending opportunities present themselves to us daily to heal, both individually and collectively. Through the lens of Self and unburdened parts, the eternal supply of life’s challenges can be viewed as grist to the mill. Some days the challenges are larger than others, and some days we find moments of respite to return with renewed Self energy for another day. For those of us who know the IFS Model, finding our center can be easier than for those who have yet to experience the transformational healing it provides. The Foundation’s strides towards bringing IFS to all reaches of the globe continues to gain increasing expanse.

“The journey of a thousand
miles begins with one step.”

The phrase “growing pains” produces on one hand, pain or discomfort, the pushing beyond what is already known; and on the other hand, growth and new opportunities and abilities that previously did not exist. Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” As the Foundation now moves into a new era, larger and bolder steps must carry on to assure our mission. One of these steps will be a new executive director, as mentioned in the previous pages. It is with this, that I want to publicly express my gratitude to Toufic Hakim, PhD, our current executive director, from whom I have learned a tremendous amount, with whom the Foundation would not be what it is, and with whom it has been a deep pleasure to work. Thank you!

Another new step on our journey, specifically for OUTLOOK, is engaging our new Assistant Editor, Shaun Dempsey, PhD. I am thrilled to be working with Shaun, whom you will learn more about in the Operational Update section. A plethora of exciting newsworthy articles requires the efforts of more than myself and other Foundation staff and volunteers. The expansion from 12 pages at its inception to now 44 pages at Issue Number 9 supplies proof of both the Foundation’s mission and the community’s efforts toward the same.

Articles such as Increasing Diversity Inside and Outside of Marginalized Communities; Bringing Hope to US Veterans: When a Drop Becomes a Trickle and a Trickle Becomes a Torrent; and Partnering for Global Self-Leadership call attention to some of our missions. Growing Community and the Model: US Peer-Support Groups; Blending IFS with Other Model: There’s More Than Meets the Eye; and a new regular column Trainers’ Corner: It Takes a Village feature undertakings of different members of the IFS community.

We hope you enjoy this edition and find inspiration and renewed Self-energy to all of your own personal and professional challenges and next steps, whatever they may be.__MLG


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Increasing Diversity Inside and Outside of Marginalized Communities

A new and rapidly growing group of therapists has added another ripple in the ever-expanding IFS community over the past few years. At the 2018 Annual IFS Conference several members of Black Therapists Rock (BTR) hosted the panel discussion I’m Black AND… which explored parts, duality, and intersectionality as they pertain to navigating the world with multiple layers of diversity. The vulnerable and candid sharing of BTR members during the discussion highlighted the necessity for both an increase in Black therapists and a deepened knowledge of the Model among Black therapists. Included in the panel was Black Therapists Rock’s Founder and Executive Director, Deran Young, LCSW; BTR’s IFS Consultant, Tamala Floyd, LCSW; Fatimah Finney, LMHC; Iliona Okereke, NCSS, LAC; Nicole Smith, NCSP; and Lennie Carter, MS.

“Our ultimate goal, ideally, is for Black therapists’ to go out and teach other people about diversity awareness, why it matters, and especially why it matters in therapy.”

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, BTR’s mission is to increase awareness of the social and psychological issues impacting marginalized communities and reducing barriers that prevent emotional healing. Deran emphasizes her intention to make sure people know Black therapists exist. “We’re about diversity awareness. Black therapists are only 1% of the field of mental health professionals,” she shares. “Our ultimate goal, ideally, is for Black therapists to go out and teach other people about diversity awareness, why it matters, and especially why it matters in therapy.”

Deran created the Facebook group Black Therapists ROCKTM primarily as a means of finding support for herself in March 2016. Since then, the Facebook group has flourished, growing to over 20,300 members, with around 3,000 waiting to be approved. This private group, for Black therapists only, is a safe space where members have freedom to speak both for and from parts.

“We are working with a traumatized population, no matter how you look at it. The Model is wonderful for this!”

“Just being Black is traumatizing,” Tamala explains. “We are working with a traumatized population, no matter how you look at it. The Model is wonderful for this!” As a trauma therapist, Tamala was enthusiastic when she found out how well IFS works for trauma and how open clients are to it. She believes that Black therapists can take IFS back to their communities and bring deeper healing and help to children and families with trauma. As the IFS Consultant for BTR, Tamala speaks to BTR members who are interested in IFS and encourages them to apply for training.

Though only a few BTR members know about IFS, nearly all are trauma therapists. Deran and Tamala, along with BTR’s Vice President, Requina Barnes, LCSW, were the first Black Program Assistants in the current Level 1 training with Nancy Sowell, LICSW, and Chris Burris, LMFT, which concludes in May 2019. With twenty Black therapists, several LGBTQ, non–US-born citizens, and young trainees, this training was the most diverse training group in IFS history. There is already a long list of Black PA applicants for the next BTR training. All BTR members in the current training received CSL’s Organizational Training Program (OTP) assistance, making the training a possibility. As part of CSL’s mission to expand trainings to marginalized communities, OTP intends to train IFS practitioners who will bring IFS treatment services to minority and marginalized populations. The Foundation, which embraces this philosophy and strongly endorses CSL’s strategy, is currently looking for ways to fund a leadership program to expand diversity among IFS practitioners. (Please see more on CSL’s OTP in the Community Connections section of this edition.) All are hopeful that more people of color will take IFS trainings to increase diversity and broaden healing.

BTR’s presence began at the 2017 Conference, when Deran, Chris, and Nancy presented a well-attended full-day workshop titled Working with Our Shadow Parts and Releasing the Hidden Potential for Connection, Compassion, Curiosity, and Courage by Exploring Issues of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Other “Isms”. It is anticipated that members of BTR may present at upcoming conferences. Deran and Jory Agate, MDiv, MA, will give a training in Cambridge, Massachusetts, called Engaging Difference: Meeting Race, Culture, and Identity Effectively Using the Intercultural Development Curriculum and the Internal Family Systems Model on June 14–15, 2019. This training is open to all. See Therapy Boston for details.__MLG

Editors’ Note: Please consider supporting Black Therapists Rock with financial donations or through volunteering. Deran’s time is dispersed, as she’s engaged in a PhD program, works as a therapist, is a mother, and tends to the BTR Facebook page. Any inquiries for BTR can be made using the organization’s online form.


Deran Young, Tamala Floyd, Fatimah Finney, Iliona Okereke, Nicole Smith, and Lennie Carter

Bringing Hope to US Veterans: When a Drop
Becomes a Trickle and a Trickle Becomes a Torrent

Amy Marcotte, LCSW, BCD, is an IFS therapist, a military veteran herself, and the director at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Center (Vet Center) in Maine. She has been pivotal in galvanizing momentum in her program and the colleagues with whom she works to bring IFS to a whole new cohort of veterans. Owing to the Foundation’s mission of bringing IFS healing to military veterans, OUTLOOK features Amy’s accomplishments. Her efforts will yield much healing to US veterans and their families in years to come.

“This of course trickles down to the veterans who then receive greater continuity of care,” Amy observes, “increasing the likelihood that very skilled therapists will be able to remain in my program to help veterans with their suffering.”

In 2017, Amy was approached by the former commissioner of the Maine Bureau of Veteran Services regarding specific assistance for veterans experiencing issues with suicidality. Amy saw this as an opportunity to engage in some creative negotiating and ultimately received funding for 30 of her Vet Center colleagues to attend IFS Level 1 training in Auburn, New Hampshire, staffed by Barb Cargill, MA, ADTR; Einat Bronstein, MSW, LCSW; Osnat Arbel, PhD, LMFT; Toni Herbine-Blank, RN, MS, CS-P; and Marushka Glissen, MeD, MSW, LICSW.

Amy attended this training as a Program Assistant and noted that, since then, her newly minted IFS colleagues and many veterans at her center are now talking in parts language. Amy and her colleagues use IFS with individuals and groups to provide readjustment counselling to veterans who have served in war zones, survivors of military sexual trauma and their families. She is enthused about the healing that IFS allows in the veterans with whom she works, but noted she is most excited about the potential that IFS provides to her colleagues “by way of self-care and burnout prevention”.

Amy came to IFS initially as a client, following her experiences as a veteran in the US Army in 1992. Her first deployment was to Somalia where she was the only mental health clinician assigned to a brigade of infantry soldiers, which placed a high level of responsibility on her. In addition, Amy fresh out of graduate school, was working largely on her own with little or no access to supervision. The levels of stress were extreme. “I’m a creative and practical person, so I got through, but many exiles were born during that deployment,” Amy recalls.

Soon after returning from Somalia, Amy was posted again—this time to Haiti. Stress levels were at a premium again, and this time Amy was intimately involved in managing the aftermath of two soldier suicides for which parts of her felt responsible.

On return from this deployment, Amy experienced her own emotional turmoil resulting in the end of a significant relationship and symptoms of difficulty sleeping, irritability, and perfectionism. This prompted her to attend an IFS retreat with IFS Founder Richard Schwartz, PhD, in 2013, which was a profoundly moving experience for her. For the first time, Amy was able to notice and acknowledge her exiles with compassion and without judgment. “The IFS Model really sings to me, both as someone who benefited from it, and also as a clinician using it with my clients,” Amy shares.

She notes that the larger impact of training centers utilizing IFS provides her colleagues potential for greater self-care and burnout prevention. “This of course trickles down to the veterans who then receive greater continuity of care,” Amy observes, “increasing the likelihood that very skilled therapists will be able to remain in my program to help veterans with their suffering.” Of the 30 therapists who attended the initial training, about half of them continue to meet on a regular basis for practice groups, case discussion and peer supervision. Some of them are Vet Center Directors in other areas. Amy anticipates these directors will take IFS back to their staff and spread the word even further. When reflecting on her career so far, Amy says, “I think the thing I will be most proud of when I retire is bringing IFS to my colleagues and the veterans they help. I really mean it when I say IFS has changed my life.” Amy can be contacted at dirigocenter@gmail.com. Visit the VA website for more information.__SD

Editors’ Notes: Given its commitment to bringing IFS as an evidence-based modality for treating PTSD to the attention of the Veterans Administration, the Foundation is working closely with CSL and IFS-trained VA psychologists to support agency-wide training, combined with rigorous research, at a large Veterans Health Administration Center in the Northeast-USA.


Amy Marcotte


In these troubling times of political, social, and environmental crises, we and many others find ourselves looking for more judicious ways to counterbalance forces of anger and fear within us and around us.

We endeavor to respond to our own reactions and those of others with compassion and an open mind. We stretch to embrace optimism, comforted by the loving nature, yet indestructible power, of the human spirit.

We are, to borrow a title from author Dan Millman, “peaceful warriors” on a search-and-rescue mission to help liberate the true human potential from under the rubble of life—a potential for profound caring and more reassured competency and conviction that we can face whatever comes our way.

Those who have discovered Self understand at a visceral level Gandhi’s message to us: real peace lives within, unaffected by outside circumstances.

Discovering Self is the sort of revelation that cannot be kept just to ourselves.

So each of us, as “peaceful warriors,” commonly promote in our own special way this modern paradigm of the human psyche: the IFS lens, language, and practice of Self and parts. We do so through our own self-development, in our practices, and across our lives...

By discovering Self, more and more people in more and more places around the world are being empowered.

And it takes all of us, together, to sustain momentum for this movement. Together, as a triad: The Center for Self Leadership; you, the IFS community; and your Foundation.

When we engage together, you (the community), CSL and the Foundation, we can achieve broad and deep collective impact, helping the world develop the capacity to heal itself—which we all wish for.

The Foundation contributes to this partnership with an ambitious vision of promoting peace of mind for a more peaceful world, taking small steps: manageable, measurable, and deliberate. Besides growing community connections, the Foundation continues to pursue three priorities.

  1. Advancing independent IFS research. Why? To enhance the credibility of IFS by gathering greater empirical data and complementing a growing pool of experiential evidence. We envision IFS, to the extent that science warrants it, as a widely recognized therapy of choice taught in university programs (in mental health as well as management science) and widely accepted by behavioral health insurance policies and the Veterans Administration in the U.S. and elsewhere. We don’t perform the research at the Foundation. Instead, we mobilize it and catalyze it.

  2. Expanding the applications of IFS in many settings. Why? To increase access to IFS as a healing clinical protocol and as a paradigm for well-being. We envision underserved communities gaining greater access to IFS and finding in the process safer harbors in life’s storms. CSL and the Foundation care deeply and are highly committed to bringing IFS to marginalized communities and are working together to make that possible. We don’t carry out the trainings or the evaluations; we sponsor them and incubate the ideas.

  3. Advocating for the IFS Model in many spaces. Why? To deepen its visibility. We envision IFS in every corner as another way of being and doing; as an approach for resolving conflict, being responsive not reactive, curious and less judging, creative and connected. We don’t do the talking as much as moderate and spread the dialogue.

Your Foundation needs your engagement and support.

We need our community to help build its effectiveness further.

The world within us needs hope. Hope, however, is not about wearing rosy glasses; rather, it is about seeing suffering for what it does: searing our characters with scars, as Gibran noted, so that our souls can emerge stronger and more resilient. This is the promise of Self-discovery!

Excerpts from the plenary presentation at the 2018 IFS Conference in Providence, RI, USA, on behalf of the Foundation by Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD.


Blending IFS with Other Models:
There’s More Than Meets the Eye

What do you get when you cross
the IFS Model as presented by Richard
Schwartz, PhD, with the work of Brené
Brown, PhD, LMSW, as presented in
The Daring Way™ Model? The answer is
a dedicated therapist in San Diego,
California, who thinks a lot about courage,
shame, vulnerability, and Self energy.

“I became aware that when many of my clients were in a ‘face-down moment and out of alignment with their core values,’ they were actually blended with their parts and struggling to get in touch with their Self energy,...”

Rebecca Ching, LMFT, is a Certified IFS Therapist and Daring Way™ Facilitator and Consultant who runs her own integrated mental health practice helping people deal more effectively with struggle, failure, and vulnerability while they navigate the intersection of mindset and mental health. The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. The primary focus is on developing shame-resilience skills and daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. As an early adopter of Brené’s work on shame and vulnerability, Rebecca was familiar with the concept of failure as a natural consequence of putting oneself out there. “I became aware that when many of my clients were in a ‘face-down moment and out of alignment with their core values,’ they were actually blended with their parts and struggling to get in touch with their Self energy,” Rebecca reflects. This acknowledgment of the fundamental notion of multiplicity of mind, and the legitimate place for shadow (i.e., any parts we are unaware of) and ultimately Self energy, is just one of the conceptual overlaps Rebecca has rumbled with in the past as she engages in her work integrating IFS with The Daring Way™.

In 2007 and 2009, Rebecca attended an International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals conference where she was exposed to Richard Schwartz, PhD, and the IFS Model. This inspired her to take both Levels 1 and 2 and eventually blend the models. Rebecca notes that Brené’s research on vulnerability—defined as risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure—has shown that to have love, belonging, connection, and creativity—elements that sustain living wholehearted lives—we need to be able to tolerate vulnerability. This means not always knowing the outcome, which, of course, takes courage—another conceptual overlap with IFS.

Rebecca has recently started working with entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them navigate the complex nexus between their mindset and mental health using a combination of IFS and The Daring Way™. A major focus of this work is to support leaders as they serve their communities while staying connected to their core values and to lead from Self energy instead of being parts-led. This is achieved by acknowledging protective and exiled parts with caring and compassion. These days, the integration of the two models has become the norm for Rebecca, who notes, “I don’t know how to do one without the other anymore, and IFS is the root that keeps me grounded.” Rebecca can be contacted at rebecca@potentiatherapy.com.__SD


Growing Community and the Model: US Peer-Support Groups

The camaraderie and connection one experiences after attending IFS trainings and workshops commonly yield a desire for continued engagement in local or regional community. Necessity being the mother of invention, many return to their locales to create, or recreate, the IFS connectedness and community experience for ongoing growth and education. Many places around the globe have energized such groups. OUTLOOK features four US-based peer-support groups in this edition and will feature international groups in the fall edition.

We hope sharing others’ efforts encourages and inspires you to embark upon similar peer-support groups. These groups reinforce the grass-roots nature of community. The Foundation is in the early stages of creating the Foundation Ambassador Program, where you will be invited to participate, at your own pace and adopting your own community-organizing approach, in regional, national, and international community engagement to foster larger reach of the Model and deeper community connection. Please stay tuned for more details.


New York City and Metro Area

The NYC IFS Workshop Series brings IFS practitioners in the NYC-metro area together for the purpose of creating conversation, connection, and community and providing opportunities for continuing education in order to advance the use of the Model. Over the past two years, the series has hosted seventeen speakers, including: Richard Schwartz, PhD; Frank Anderson, MD; Ann Sinko, LMFT; Steven Krantz, LCSW; Loch Kelly, LCSW-R; Sue Richmond, LCSW; Lisa Spiegel, LMHC; Marla Silverman, PhD; Pam Krause, LCSW; Michelle Glass, BA; Jim Andralis, LCAT; Mary Kruger, LMFT; Anna Tansi, MS; Nancy Bravman, LCSW; Roberta Omin, LCSW; Chris Ratte, LCSW; and Patricia Rich, LCSW (most of whom are IFS-Certified). Workshops are offered monthly in the intimacy of a beautiful rooftop community room, except during the summer, with attendance ranging from 10 to 50 participants. Criteria for participation vary and are at the discretion of the speaker. Advanced workshops require a minimum experience of Level 1 completion, while others only require a familiarity with the Model’s basics.

Barbara Bennett, LMFT, and Certified IFS therapist Karen Berman, LCSW, created this series shortly after each had relocated in NYC with a strong desire to build community. The series was largely inspired by Barbara’s experience of IFS community in Connecticut, where she regularly attended Ann Sinko and Sue Richmond’s Central Connecticut State University’s IFS workshops. As such, it is modeled after the workshops at CCSU. Shortly after Barbara relocated to NYC, she had a strong desire

to build community. At the same time, Karen moved to the city where they both met at the 2017 Women’s March. She asked Karen if she wanted to join her in creating the NYC Metro IFS Workshop Series and “the rest is history,” they report. Upcoming speakers include Nancy Bravman, LCSW, on Integrating IFS and EMDR; Richard Schwartz, PhD, to be announced; and Patricia Rich, LCSW, on Befriend and Transcend Your Sexual Story: Welcoming Sex Parts for Increased Self Energy, Pleasure and Healing. To find information on their upcoming workshops, check the Tristate-NY-IFS listserv and contact Peter Gambino at peterg4995@gmail.com to join. Barbara may be contacted at barbarabmft@gmail.com and Karen at kkberman@gmail.com.


Karen Berman, Richard Schwartz, and Barbara Bennett


Los Angeles, California

The newly formed IFSLA aspires to create community and opportunities for expanded learning with bi-monthly in-person, as well as bi-monthly online meetings. Committed to supporting IFS practitioners and those curious about the Model, IFSLA promotes local workshops and courses offered by community members and provides opportunities for practitioners to teach each other how they incorporate the Model into their various modalities. As such, meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the Model. IFSLA affords different opportunities for connection with a mixture of community gatherings, networking, learning, and workshops.

AsideCertified IFS therapist Adrienne Glasser, LCSW, R-DMT, and Certified Coach and IFS practitioner Jen Kleiner, MFA, CPLC, created the group in the fall of 2018. Adrienne, who recently moved from New York to Los Angeles, was inspired by Karen and Barbara’s NYC Metro IFS Workshop Series. Jen, a longtime resident, was inspired by her IFS-therapist parents Spencer Ward, MD, and Deborah Ward, LCSW-C, who host a monthly group in the DC-Metropolitan area. Together, Adrienne and Jen are dedicated to strengthening the IFSLA community, which currently has 15-20 active participants and around 100 on the interest list. They intend to open shared leadership with group members and trust the Self of their IFS community as roles and responsibilities increase. One upcoming workshop on May 19th will be Daily Parts Meditation Practice© and SoulMovement©: Integrating IFS Tools with Movement, Meditation, and Parts Externalization with Michelle Glass and Adrienne Glasser. For more information, contact Adrienne at adrienne.glasser@ gmail.com or Jen at jen@intuitiveartists.org.


Miami, Florida

IFS Florida Zoom Group is a nascent group that meets regularly on Zoom and occasionally in-person in different cities. Currently, participants engage in case consultation and discuss the Model, though it may expand to engaging speakers as interest grows.

Aside Certified IFS therapist Bette Galen, LCSW, originated the group in 2017 after moving to Miami from New Jersey, where she was accustomed to an abundant IFS community. In stark contrast, the IFS community in Florida currently remains quite modest. Presently, about seven members participate in group meetings and hope more people join. Bette aspires to create a Florida version of the NYC Metro IFS Workshop Series. “I’d love to do what Barbara and Karen do in New York, but we are not there yet,” she shares. This June she will present a basic overview of IFS at the 2019 Florida Social Worker’s Conference in Orlando in an effort to expand awareness of the Model and increasing prospects of more community members. Bette encourages anyone living in Florida who has taken at least Level 1 to contact her to join in community. She can be reached at bgalen31@gmail.com or by calling 973.801.7968.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OUTLOOK featured free IFS Interest Groups in the Philadelphia-metro area offered by Carl Marcus, MS, MSS, LCSW. For the past three years, he has been providing regular on-going meetings for those interested in the Model. Here we share an update since the May 2018 edition.

Aside The Philadelphia Area IFS Community has expanded from four to five robust, regularly scheduled groups that meet monthly on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday with about 40 participants. Practice time, case consultation, demonstration sessions, and videos of Richard Schwartz, PhD, doing sessions afford considerable learning opportunity for all. In addition, a new Google Group (IFSPhila) was created to facilitate group communication.

Though the groups have been meeting for years, they hosted their first general meeting in October 2018. As a result, a new steering committee has been formed, comprised of Molly Kellogg, LCSW, CEDRD, Randi Cutler, MA, ALMFT, and Robin Reese, MA, LPC, NCC. Mary Steege, MDiv, LMFT, co-led the first general meeting and presented on unblending. At the next general meeting in May, Molly will present on using IFS with food, nutrition, and eating disorders. Molly has begun offering a similar interest group to therapists specializing in eating disorders. Through Carl and Robin’s connection, he presented a one-hour IFS introductory workshop to the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association at its yearly trauma conference this past February, garnering curiosity in the Model. For more information about these groups, Carl may be reached at carlmarcus@comcast.net.__MLG


Inspiring Filmmaker Raises Awareness of the Foundation

The Foundation has recently partnered with award-winning filmmaker and IFS practitioner Jen Kleiner, MFA, CPLC, to provide creative and practical support for its goal of greater visibility with the development of a range of short films to raise awareness about the Foundation and our mission to support evidenced-based research, broaden access to IFS trainings, and expand its reach beyond the therapeutic community.

The Foundation decided to partner with Jen after learning about her preliminary efforts with The Center for Self Leadership to create a documentary about the natural nature of multiplicity and the life and work of IFS creator, Richard Schwartz, PhD. “When I saw Jen’s sizzle reel for the upcoming documentary, I was very impressed by her creativity, professionalism, and ability to distill the teachings of IFS for a broader community,” says Foundation Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD. “We engaged her to help the Foundation become more visible through a series of short films that would raise awareness about our mission and inspire others, within the IFS community and beyond, to get involved.”

This past November, the Foundation released its first two official videos in an effort to cultivate advocacy and inspire contribution. The first video 2.5-minute short was presented at the 2018 Annual IFS Conference in Rhode Island and was intentionally made for IFS practitioners unfamiliar with the Foundation’s work. This video can be seen here. In an effort to share the healing potential of the Model and introduce the Foundation to a broader community, a second video was made for the general public and released on the Foundation’s website and YouTube® Channel, which can be viewed at on the left

of your screen. Both videos share a common message of hope and healing, though depicted in different ways.

Jen and her team provided creative direction for the videos, after iteratively reviewing and editing scripts prepared by Foundation’s staff. This was an intensive, engaging and painstaking process that led to the final products.

There are a few other short films in the pipeline, including research documentaries in development that will follow different subjects through their various IFS journeys to witness the impact it has had on their healing. In the meantime, you can help spread the word about the Foundation by re-posting the general public video on your various social media platforms. You can learn more about her work at Intuitive Artists and Reframe Pictures.__SD

Editors’ Note: The Foundation is gathering input from its community in an effort to produce version 2.0 of these videos intent on ensuring that the message is crisp, compelling, and highly consistent with the IFS Model and the Foundation’s values. For reactions or suggestions, please write to Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.

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Overview of Program Evaluation Results

Foundation-Sponsored Pilot IFS Teacher Experience in Minneapolis

From November 2017 through September 2018, staff and teachers from two middle schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota, were exposed to notions of IFS and Self leadership. Thanks to generous funding from the IFS community, the Foundation had sponsored a comprehensive pilot program in its effort to expand emotional learning and wellbeing through the paradigm of Self and parts and the experience of Self-discovery to school teachers and staff, and ultimately to students and parents.

The program was co-developed and led by Jody Nelson, EdD, LMFT, and Jennifer Ramji, MA, LMFT, LICSW, with Change, Inc. It consisted of a number of connected components:

  • Sessions introducing IFS to the full suite of staff and teachers at each of the two urban, public middle schools with challenging conditions (Northeast Middle School and Justice Page Middle School), with which the facilitators had existing and trusting relationships

  • Recruitment and selection, through an open application process, of 16 teachers (eight from each of the two schools) to participate in an extensive IFS-focused experience

  • Engagement of the 16 teacher participants in a 40-hour experience, spanning 10 months (four hours one Saturday each month), which involved journaling and mentoring as needed between monthly gatherings

  • Planning by teachers of action research agendas for translating what was discovered or learned from their experience into classroom-related activities

  • A qualitative outcomes evaluation, conducted by Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, MEd, with GW Consulting, who served as an external, independent evaluator.

The following includes excerpts from Jennifer’s comprehensive report (15+ pages of analysis and nine appendices).

The external review sought to provide a baseline exploration of the question: Does promoting teachers’ growth in self-understanding, self-compassion, and inner-connectedness using the Internal Family Systems Model result in increased joy in teachers’ work as well as positive outcomes for their students?

The evaluation was conducted at the intersection of results from clinical IFS research that shows promising effects on mind (depression, anxiety), body (physical health conditions), and spirit (person resilience and self-concept) and from research on youth development that shows young people are more likely to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically in engaging environments rich with opportunities to develop positive relationships with supportive adults.

A number of tools were employed:

  • Pre-program needs assessment

  • Pre and post 25-item personal IFS assessment (based on the Lia DeLand Self Scale)

  • On-going teacher journal submissions

  • Mid-session survey (four months)

  • Mid-point focus group (eight months) Post-participation survey of program experiences and personal and professional outcomes

  • Post-participation key informant interview

  • Action Research Project follow-up reflections

Overall, the evaluation of the pilot program, referred to locally as Inner Lives of Teachers, indicates that it was a highly positive experience—both because of the IFS Model and the facilitators’ design and approach. Impactful for participants, due to time investment and deep work, the experience is worth replicating and examining in more depth. Nearly all participants indicated a desire to continue the work in some capacity, either on their own as an informal cohort or with some support from their administrators and the program facilitators.

Overall, the evaluation of the pilot program indicates that it was a highly positive experience—both because of the IFS Model and the facilitators’ design and approach.

Key Post-Program Outcomes

School Environment. Teachers emphasized in the focus groups that they work in a very difficult, challenging field, with high burnout and high mobility (teachers switch schools frequently, whether by choice or not). Students come to school with numerous significant needs and increasingly those needs include addressing mental health issues. The IFS Model and this new experience gave them, they said, tools for better helping and supporting students, while also attending to their own self-care, something many of them have tended to neglect.

Teacher Outcomes. On a scale of 1-5 (5 the positive end), the average ratings for the experience were above 4 on both personal and professional impact. Teachers referred in their surveys to various outcomes: strengthened relationships with family and friends, increased comfort level in interactions with others, and having better boundaries. On the professional effect, they shared that they are now more patient and better understanding of other people’s perspectives; they are collaborating more with onsite counselors and other student support staff members, are hopeful about the school year that was about to begin, and have a newfound willingness to be vulnerable and open with students.

Teachers self-reported positive change. Among what they shared, they experienced:

  • High satisfaction: “The chance to link teaching to areas of mental health and social emotional learning was invaluable. Contexts were given for many of the situations we teachers are dealing with daily.” They valued their new community and opportunities for learning and self-reflection.

  • Expanded compassion and patience—in relation to students, families, and colleagues: “I’m far more patient and understanding and more temperate.” And, “I was pretty compassionate and patient before this work. I think [the experience] helped give me words and greater understanding.”

  • Heightened curiosity about students and self: “Instead of jumping to conclusions or reacting to undesirable behaviors of students, I am now often able to think about what part of them is showing up and what does it need? Why is it here?” And, “The main bit of curiosity I had [about students] through the years was them as family members, sports teams, etc. Now I want to know their parts and how the parts fit together to be the person I have in my room.”

  • Significantly increased confidence in abilities as educator, stating they are better able to remain calm in difficult situations and resolve conflict.


  • Change in their perspective about students and judgment of others: “I’m seeing my interest in getting to know kids and understand their different parts is growing. Knowing that they’re complicated, different people (same as me!), I’m able to relate and understand them and get to know them better.” And, “I am more aware when I am getting triggered by a part of a student and able to relate it to my parts, which helps me self-calm and approach with compassion.”


Teachers took their learnings to the classroom in 10 different ways; below is a small sample. Evaluating the effects on the students is under consideration.

Here is a sample of what participating teachers are doing following the workshops to translate their experience into the classroom:

  • Collaborate with a math teacher and behavior support staff to help students re-enter the learning environment.

  • Teach students the Cs of compassion, calm, curiosity, connectedness, clarity, confidence, creativity and courage. The focus was on what it took to teach the big ideas as well as on how to “get the Cs into the classroom in order to have an environment where the Self drives the bus.”

  • Strengthen ability to teach, model, and encourage resiliency by applying IFS concepts in the classroom and introduce concepts and vocabulary to students so that they can become more self-aware and start to put language to feelings, emotions, and actions.

  • Develop a “minimal” lesson on parts and begin using the language with students. The goal was to diminish the frequency and/or duration of crisis situations involving three selected students.

  • Keep a log of “how I am showing up to school each day as a teacher and a person.”

Additional excerpts from the report, which includes input from a school principal, will be compiled soon and available through the Foundation’s website. For further information, please write IFSinSCHOOLS@FoundationIFS.org.

“Overall, IFS has helped me to slow down before judgment and to think about the bigger picture: How it is affecting my own internal system, and how and why I am making these judgments of responding in the way I am.”

Note: The Foundation is working diligently to build upon this pilot program, working closely with a team of innovative IFS practitioners and volunteers to expand and fund systematic and scaled-up dissemination of IFS notions in schools. Thanks to the individual efforts of Joanna Curry-Sartori, LMFT, Anna Tansi, MS, and Jody Nelson, EdD, LMFT, and her team, numerous workshops of various scope have already been offered to teachers and staff across many schools in both Connecticut and Minnesota, USA. The work in CT has been inspired and partially supported by the long-term training program led by Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT, at Central Connecticut State University. On behalf of the community, the Foundation acknowledges the commitment of these IFS practitioners and is grateful for their leadership. Please stay tuned for further information on this important area of IFS growth. __TMH

(This article contains large excerpts from the independent evaluation report prepared for the Foundation by Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, MEd.)

Partnering for Global Self-Leadership

Internal Family Systems meets Earth, as a global sum of its parts. Can you picture it?

If you can, you’re not the only one. In 2016, the United Nations launched a new set of goals, building on the earlier millennial goals. These new 17 goals, labeled Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are quite ambitious and address a wide range of issues, from eliminating poverty and hunger to ensuring good health and well-being, and from promoting gender equality and climate action to securing peace and justice.

Supported by 169 target goals, the SDGs are driving a whole new movement of private and public organizations and agencies that recognize the critical nature of the work ahead on behalf of our planet, since “There’s no Planet B,” as stated by the UN.

All SDG’s appear connected to the work of the Foundation and our collective efforts as a community. Our priorities are most consistent with Goal 3.4 (promoting mental health and well-being) and 3.5 (preventing and treating substance abuse), for obvious reasons.

Our shared vision is also strongly aligned with Goal 4 (promoting a culture of peace and non-violence through education), which may be achieved, among other ways, by discovering and learning about Self leadership. We embrace SDG16 (Peace and Justice), knowing that inner peace is critical to facilitating conflict resolution, and SDG17 (Partnerships), since collective impact requires strong collaboration and coordination. Please see the SDG’s here.

It is within this context that Frank Anderson, MD, and Toufic Hakim, PhD, attended events at the United Nations, New York City, building on contacts initiated by Foundation Board Member, Mark Milton. These events were organized in conjunction with the launch of the 17 SDGs and the not-for-profit institute promoting them across our globe.

The first event, attended by both, was an annual summit on media and social impact. It showcased successful campaigns promoting change across a wide variety of human, social, and environmental causes; and featured conversations among individuals and organizations engaged in this work.

The second event, held during General Assembly week and attended by Toufic, was the launch of a new crypto-currency, Unify-Earth. An upgraded version of Block Chain, a secure public transaction ledger, was also announced. This version was designed to facilitate greater social engagement in a more transparent, fully accountable, and people-centered and led approach.

Participation in these events was for the purpose of seeking new partnerships to support the next phase of development for the Foundation’s global media campaign, tentatively referred to as “Take5”. The Campaign, with the aim to promote emotional fitness through a series of animated public service announcements, is being planned and managed by a joint venture between the Foundation and the

Swiss nonprofit, Education 4 Peace, which is founded and directed by Mark Milton.

Beyond the Campaign, the Foundation continues to seek building global connections and partnerships as it enters a new phase of development. It will vitalize such efforts, with the support of community volunteers. Sharayah Morrissey, LMFT, Global Outreach Associate, and Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, MDiv, LMSW, Social Media Coordinator, are engaged to help spark dialogues and build working relationships with like-minded (and like-hearted) international organizations. One such connection is with the Spirit of Humanity Forum, which Mark has been instrumental in establishing.

It is the hope that these new relationships will help to extend the visibility and strengthen credibility of the IFS Model, and broaden its accessibility at all levels, from individuals and families, to schools, corporations, and governments.

We invite your connections in our quest for global collaboration!

If you, or anyone you know, have built relations with members of international organizations that may share our vision of incorporating IFS and what it stands for into a global movement for healing and well-being, please send your thoughts and relevant contact information to Sharayah at Sharayah@FoundationIFS.org to get the ball rolling. IFS has been a framework for promoting healing within and among individuals in families, schools, and organizations. With your help, IFS can become the framework that promotes this same healing on an intercultural and international level. We look forward to hearing from you!__SM


Optimization, Diversity, and More: a CSL Update

EDITORS’ NOTE: As the Foundation proceeds to work hand-in-hand in partnership with The Center for Self Leadership, OUTLOOK will feature regular updates from CSL. We take pride in our collaboration with CSL, the training engine and home of IFS, and we are grateful for the continued engagement toward our common vision of worldwide Self-leadership.

In an effort to increase efficiency and ease, as well as go paperless, CSL is engaged in IT optimization throughout all its operations. This will include effortless online registration, application, and payment processes. In addition, new graphic design, branding, and navigation on The CSL website will be rolled out in 2019. Stay tuned!

In March, CSL announced programs that were awarded assistance through their Organizational Training Program (OTP). As part of their mission to increase diversity and expand trainings, OTP will provide Level 1 training at reduced, or no cost to organizations and their

staff and volunteers who provide treatment services to marginalized and minority populations. Details on the OTP can be seen here. One example of recipients of the OTP assistance can be seen in OUTLOOK’s article, Increasing Diversity Inside and Outside of Marginalized Communities on page 6.

Due to popular demand, CSL is excited to host the Annual IFS Conference in 2019 in Denver, Colorado, for the first time. It will be held from September 26 - 28. For the past seven years, Providence, Rhode Island was home to the Annual Conference. The move

from the east coast to the mid-west will spread the travel and expense burden of community across the US. To sign up for the conference, visit The Center for Self Leadership’s website.

CSL continues its committed effort of a 50% increase of IFS Level 1 trainings in 2019 and another 50% increase for 2020. Accelerating the healing that IFS offers by providing more access to these trainings remains the core focus in the coming years. Many trainings have very long wait lists, as burgeoning demand in IFS persists.


Many members of our community continue to ask us how CSL and the Foundation are related.

The Foundation and The Center are two distinct organizations, with different organizational types (the Foundation, as an example, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit).

The two organizations have separate and independent legal, fiscal, and governance systems.

Yet they work together, as they must. After all, they share a similar name, a common vision, and a joint determination to facilitating Self-discovery and promoting Self leadership across the world.

Hands In Circle


It Takes a Village

Accomplishing the widespread reach and impact of IFS requires energy, time, resources, and skill, not to mention a firm commitment to preserving the integrity of the Model. Diligent undertakings from both the staff at The Center for Self Leadership and the staff and volunteers at the Foundation propel Self leadership forward. The indefatigable teaching that members of the IFS training faculty propagate ensure, as best they can, strongly rooted seedlings in each and every locale a training is held. The common vision of a world filled with Self-led people and institutions necessitates each and every component of the system working together.

OUTLOOK will be featuring two IFS trainers in every issue in an effort to recognize their work and get to know them better. Here we bring you the most recent list of trainers. Many trainers have been promoted and new ones added as the numbers of trainings continue to expand, as mentioned in the CSL update on the previous page. Please applaud with us the significant efforts and deep commitment of our IFS training faculty. __MLG

Lead Trainers

Assistant Trainers

Frank Anderson, MD

Osnat Arbel, PhD, LMFT

Einat Bronstein, MSW, LCSW

Chris Burris, LPC, LMFT

Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT

Cathy Curtis, LCSW

Rina Dubin, MEd

Michael Elkin, MEd, LMFT

Kay Gardner, MS, LCPC

Paul Ginter, EdD

Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP

Steve Krantz, DSW, MSW, LCSW


Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW

Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT

Susan McConnell, MA, CHT

Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW

Eva Orinsky, PÄD, DGSF, HPG

Mariel Pastor, MA, LMFT

Richard Schwartz, PhD

Ann Sinko, LMFT

Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW

Sarah Stewart, PhD

Cece Sykes, LCSW

Elizabeth Taeubert, MS, RN, LCSW

Jim Andralis, LCAT

Mona Barbera, PhD, CC

Fran Booth, LICSW

Toni Crossen, LMFT

Kevin Davis, LCSW, LMFT, LCAS

Mary DuParri, MA, LPC

Marushka Glissen, MEd, MSW, LICSW

Carol Graybeal, MSW, LCSW

Gretchen King, LMFT

Bill Nagahiro, PhD

Katelyn Staecker, LCSW


My Egg Cracked a Little This Week

I sat in the baths before dawn, listening to the power
of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks.

I found myself reflecting on this week, not from
my head, but from my heart.

As I welcomed in all the feelings, the emotions from the week
and allowed them to mix and merge together, the tears came.

As the light slowly arose in our Esalen world, I wept.

I wept for all of the suffering and all of the beauty
within me, for all the suffering and the beauty in each
of you that I have encountered, and in the world.

And when I saw how suffering and beauty not only co-exist,
but dance so exquisitely together, I felt that my heart might burst.

And for a moment at least, I knew what it meant
to be fully human, fully alive, fully aware.

Like waves crashing over rocks.

Dominick Robertson, Esalen, 1/31/19

Editors’ Note: For over twenty years, Richard Schwartz, PhD, has given introductory IFS workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. While most participants are aware of IFS, often many have never heard of the Model. One and all, over the course of the week, protectors relax, parts heal, and Self-to-parts and Self-to-Self relationships emerge. The poem, above, exemplifies the IFS Esalen experience.

Operational Update


Following a very active 5.5-year start-up phase during which two members of the board of directors have effectively managed its executive functions, the Foundation for Self Leadership is now poised to embark on a global search for its next executive director.

TouficToufic Hakim, PhD, current Executive Director

“My efforts with the Foundation continue to be largely a labor of love,” said Toufic. “I would not have missed this unique opportunity to give of my time, mind, and heart to contribute in a meaningful way to helping build a path to inner peace and better our shared world.”

“My colleagues on the volunteer board and I are very pleased to have steadily and deliberately reached this point in our development as a not-for-profit organization,” noted Board Chair, Harley Goldberg, DO. “We will be looking for the next seasoned executive to build on the successes achieved to date and lead the Foundation under the direction of our board during the next phase of growth.”

Harley singled out the efforts of two of his peers on the board: former Chair and Co-Executive and current Vice-Chair, Frank Anderson, MD, and, of course, current Executive Director and former Executive Advisor and Co-Executive, Toufic Hakim, PhD, “who have carried the lion’s share of the work that ensured our paced growth.” Both Frank and Toufic will continue serving on the board, and Toufic will remain fully engaged in supporting the executive search, providing executive counsel during the transition for at least six months.

“My efforts with the Foundation continue to be largely a labor of love,” said Toufic. “I would not have missed this unique opportunity to give of my time, mind, and heart to contribute in a meaningful way to helping build a path to inner peace and better our shared world.”

Toufic stated that he was “very fortunate indeed” to have been invited in 2012 to advise and assist in conceiving and growing the Foundation. He was appointed sole executive director by the board in January 2018 with the understanding that it would be a short-term engagement to solidify the operational infrastructure further and move the needle on new strategic priorities.

He added, “Together, we have achieved a long list of outcomes in such a short time. It is inspiring to work collaboratively, day in and day out, with a dedicated group of staff and volunteer associates.” He expressed how “proud and privileged” he was to call himself a member of this “welcoming community” and will do everything in his capacity to ensure a smooth transition and stay involved.

“A few challenges persist before us, to be sure,” he further stressed. “We have the passion and programs, ideas and innovative abilities; ensuring a steady and large stream of funding remains critical to our sustainability.” The Foundation has a “long road ahead in terms of expanding independent research engagement and advocacy work within and beyond psychotherapy,” according to Harley. Both see an expansive, diverse landscape of societal needs and possibilities ready to be served and explored by the Foundation.

candidates to manage the organization over the next phase, strengthening its funding base and extending its organizational effectiveness, community relations, and global leadership. The comprehensive search document can be found here.


The Foundation seeks a unique individual to grow its funding, manage its operations, and extend its reach, with direction and guidance from a volunteer board of directors. The executive director position will be a half-time, paid position.

The incoming executive director will be selected through a rigorous, confidential review and screening process involving a search committee that will conduct the screening and initial interviews. Final selection will be made by the board. The executive function’s charge and responsibilities are to:

  • Effectively build a strong and sustainable funding base for the organization as one of the highest priorities ahead;

  • Soundly and accountably manage a lean operation by inspiring and steadily guiding the work of staff and volunteer associates while enhancing the efficiency of existing operational and fiscal systems and processes;

  • Consistently deepen relationships with a growing community of IFS practitioners and individual donors and foster existing and new collaborations with partnering organizations, The Center for Self Leadership among them;

  • Successfully oversee and expand branding efforts and public communication, including the semi-annual OUTLOOK magazine, digital communiqués, and social media activities;

  • Effectively lead the planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic programs designed to cohesively and synergistically advance the Foundation’s mission.

The ideal candidate will have relevant experiences in organizational leadership, executive management, and/or development with a track record for achieving results; proven qualities of servant, collaborative, and creative leadership; community-building abilities; emotional maturity and a commitment to personal growth; an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do attitude; a global outlook; and a passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives (further details below). It is further anticipated that the selected executive director will seek to gain deeper understanding of, and personal experience with, the IFS Model over time.

The successful candidate is expected to start on or around July 1, 2019, serving in a half-time capacity (equivalent to a 20-hour-per-week engagement) during the first year. The prospective executive will direct and oversee the performance of a small team of paid and volunteer staff and be the only member of the organization’s staff reporting directly to the board of directors. Given the wide dispersal of staff and volunteer associates and board members, the new executive may operate from any geographic location, assuming full access to video technology.

Applications, which include a cover letter addressing a series of questions, a résumé, and references must be received at Executive- Search@FoundationIFS.org by April 30, 2019. Process details and essential and desired qualifications of competitive candidates are listed explicitly in the search document. Members of the IFS community are invited to share this information broadly within their network.

Annual Report

You responded to our appeals. You participated
in our fundraising events. You gave what you
could, generously and enthusiastically.
We thank you most sincerely.

Your support in 2018 made quite a few outcomes possible: 16 teachers changing how they interact with their students following a 40-hour immersive IFS experience at two middle schools in Minneapolis, MN, USA; the final analysis for a cutting-edge IFS-focused physiology research study nearing completion; deeper conversations held and feasible plans made for supporting the dissemination of IFS as a PTSD treatment to military veterans and as an approach for facilitating emotional development and resilience among school students; a more active communications program and stronger community connections; and greater operational capacity for the Foundation, helping to position it well on its path of growth and sustainability.

Please join us in recognizing and appreciating our community of donors by viewing all donors below and seeing the Foundation website for more details.

Circle of Visionaries:

Anonymous Funding Source

Josh and Meggan Guberman

The Center for Self Leadership

Circle of Luminaries:

Abram and Walter D. Cohen

Foundation /Joanne Cohen-Katz,

PhD, Trustee

Fagen Family Fund Michelle Glass

Harley and Miriam Goldberg

Circle of Advocates:

Steven Ball

Toufic Hakim and Robyn Rajs

Brenda J. Hollingsworth

Pamela Krause

Vicki McCoy

Jim Mulroy

Michele Quesenberry

Glen Reinl

Shepard Family Foundation

Circle of Stewards:

Tanis Jo Allen

AmazonSmile Frank Anderson

Linda Anderson

Danae Ashley

Barbara Bennett

Nancy F. Berkowitz

Karen Berman

Lisa Bertucci

Wende C. Birtch

Jamie T. Bloom

Evan Bollinger

Fran Booth

Sabine Boots

Nancy Bravman

Arlene Brennan

Padmani Brown and David Luedtke

Dorie Cameron and Rick Felty

Marta Chaussee

Mary Ellen Cirelli

Ralph Cohen

Greg Collins

Maryann Connolly

Michael Crespi

Randi Cutler

Kimberly DaHarb

Elizabeth Davenport

Marjorie Davis

Kathleen de Boer

Lia Deland

Vivian Dent

Ann Drouilhet

Deirdre Fay

Michele Fishel

Amy Fitzpatrick

Kelly and Julie Gaule-Clarke

Melissa Greenwell

Dana Gillispie

Paul Ginter

RueAnn Glass

Kim Gordon

Carol Graybeal

Cathie Gum

Lea Hakim

Gail Hardenbergh


Shelley Hartz

Suzanna Hillegass

Christine Holle

Nicola Hollings

Marilyn Hunt

Bridgette A. Huntley

Ken Jaeger

Brian Jaudon

Tulasi Jordan

Molly Kellogg

Donna and Saul Kerpelman

Laura Leslie

Tonya Lester

Barbara Levine

Kirsten Lundeberg

Tracy MacNab

Carl and Karin Marcus

Eva Markham

Teri McCann

Mark Milton

Arthur Mones

Joan L. Murphy

Roberta Omin

Donald Paine

Gene D. Palmer

Mariel Pastor

Ilpa Patel

Sue Perry

Leslie Helen Petruk

Lena Plamondon

Richard Podlesnik

Jessica Reed

Lynne Reveno

Patricia Rich

Ted Riskin

Pamela Rodriguez

Cindy Rosenbaum

Lawrence Rosenburg

Jonathan Rubenstein

Guthrie Sayen

Jeri Schroeder

Timothy Schuback

Ann Sinko

Jill Stanzler-Katz

Mary Steege

Elissa Stein

The San Francisco Foundation

Lindsa Vallee

Janet Weathers and

Ronald Cobb Family Fund

Kathy Weiner

Gary Whited

Catherine Winikates

Carol Wolf

William Yakowicz

Yvette Yeager

Edward Yeats

Susan Zeichner


Circle of Supporters:

Susan E. Aeschbach

Jory Agate

Mona Barbera

Clare Brown

Cheryl Congrove

Kathy Cox

Donna Dallal-Ferne

Irina Diyankova

Rina Dubin

Dianne Dugan-Richards

Daniel Fermin, Jr.

Audrey Fernandez-Fraser

Stan Einhorn

Meri Fox

Kira Freed

Full Circle Counseling

Bette Galen

Carol Gillen

Ellen Harmansky

Theresa Hoffmann

Mark R. Hurwich

Kristina Kartheiser

Sam Kifer

Lara Krawchuk

Grant Leitheiser

Richard Levinson

Dana Lindsay

Ken Mackie

Lynne E. Mancinelli

Pat Manny

David Marks

Erin Metz

Tish Miller

Mary Mitrovich

Dan Morley

Patricia MU

Charles Murphy

Kevin Ogle and

Carol Ann Siciliano

Virginia O’Toole

Camille Palombo

Marije Paternotte

Peder Poulsen

Andrew Purchin

Pamela Riordan

Michi Rose

Dana Rosenstein

Lisa Saile

Ann Semich

Jennifer Shields

Laura Silverstein

Leslie Simmings

Miles Simmons

Linda Singer

Pamela Smith

Glenn Strait

Judy Strumbell

The Humanist Society of Concord

Angela Trainor

Christiana and Daniel Wall

Ellen Weaver

Gale West

Mitchell Wood

Jennifer Wortham

Sherry Zitter


*At the Annual IFS Conference we received a few donations without names. Should you be one of them and wish to be acknowledged, please contact us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.

Qualities of Self Leadership


Those who attended the
IFS Conference in November 2018
may have seen them.

Those who saw them may have
been smitten…

The Foundation produced beautifully
designed greeting cards and posters
showcasing the qualities of Self (the beloved
8Cs) as a conversational piece
or an invitation to inner wisdom.

They’re now available through the online IFS Store.

(Go to “New to Store” in left margin and scroll to the bottom.)

Posters. Put one up in your office or place it in the lobby or behind you when you’re on your video session. Use it as a prompt for you or your client. (Specs: 18x24 Cultivate Self Leadership poster, depicting the 8Cs)

Greeting Cards
Greeting Cards. Use them to write notes for clients, friends, or family. Give them as gifts. (Specs: 4.25x5.5 set of 8, one for each C, blank on the inside; “Find a way to peace & harmony. Discover Self.” on back.)

Special Value:


(set of eight with white envelopes)


(in a mailing tube)

Proceeds go the Foundation, minus shipping and handling.

Have questions? Write us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org with “Poster” in the subject line.

(Processing and fulfillment of cards and posters are managed through a third-party entity.)

Fantastic Foundation Friday

The Foundation’s presence at the Annual IFS Conference expands significantly each year. For the past five years, we have whole-heartedly engaged with our community of therapists, practitioners, clients, and the general public in a special day we call Foundation Friday. In view of our steady progress, the IFS community continues to appreciate the differences and connections between The Center for Self Leadership and the Foundation and pledge support towards our mission. The support and collaboration of CSL, a crucial sponsor of Foundation Friday, remains a vital piece of a three-way partnership towards global self-awareness and healing: you, CSL, and the Foundation. To that end, Foundation Friday intends to strengthen all relationships in our community so that we may forge ahead together.


At the Conference this past November, Foundation Friday began before the plenary where Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD, engaged attendees with an enlivening address about recent Foundation highlights including the status of the pilot teacher program in Minneapolis, the status of the complex trauma study, both funded by the Foundation, and the Take5 Campaign (see excerpts of his address on page 11). He then debuted one of our two short videos, The Gift of Self-Discovery, created in partnership with Jen Kleiner, MFA, CPLC. You can read more about both videos on page 18.

Following the day’s IFS workshops, the Foundation hosted an evening reception where board members anchored one of four Islands of Discovery, allowing the community to take home a deeper understanding of each of the Foundation’s current ongoing efforts and successes. Research “island” featured the success of the pilot complex trauma study ready for publication and the physiology study nearing completion, both funded by the Foundation; IFS in Schools “island” highlighted the first program for IFS in schools, sponsored by the Foundation, which has completed and is being expanded; Advocacy “island” focused on our efforts to bring IFS to military veterans in a number of ongoing ways (see the article on page 8); and Community Connections “island” spotlighted the Take5 Campaign as it enters a new phase of development: seeking funding and athletes, with the contract with Pixar now signed. Donations were accepted at each island, where the community generously contributed $7,788 towards further Foundation endeavors.


Meanwhile, videographer Michael Thompson, Joanna Larson, MA, EdS, LMFT, and Jill Stanzler-Katz, MSW, BCD, LICSW, captured interviews of IFS Stories of Transformation at a video booth—some of which may be featured in upcoming editions of OUTLOOK. In addition, many community members signed up as volunteers to promote IFS and partake in future Foundation engagements. Foundation mugs, greeting cards, and posters featuring the IFS 8Cs, entitled Cultivate SELF Leadership, were available for purchase at the CSL bookstore. Greeting cards and posters are now available on the CSL website. Please see page 36 for more details.

Past Foundation Friday events include:
2013—Formal Gala—Generated $11,300;

2014—Formal Gala—Generated $13,875;

2015—The first Silent Auction—Generated $12,600
(in addition to general donations of $11,134, for a
total conference amount of $23,724);

2016—Silent Auction–Generated $14,380
(in addition to general donations of $6,589,
for a total conference amount of $20,970); and

2017—Reception and Gallery Walk, with the
MyIntent bracelet gift—Generated $6,136

We thank our volunteers, without whom the events could not have taken place:

Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW; Frank Anderson, MD; Toufic Hakim, PhD; Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT; Carol Graybeal, MS, LCSW; Karen Berman, LCSW; Michele Bruce, BA; Rina Dubin, MEd; Carl Marcus, MS, MSS, LCSW; Michelle Glass, BA; Jill Stanzler-Katz, MSW, BCDS, LICSW; Fran Booth, LICSW; Gail Hardenberg, LICSW; Marilyn Unger-Reipe, LICSW; Laura Crandall, MEd; Joanna Lawson, MA, EdS, LMFT; Michael Thompson, BS; Cara-Mier Capone, LCSW; Karen Husband, LCSW; Gene Palmer, LCSW; Rivkah Reichler, LMSW; Virginia Seewaldt, PhD; and Elissa Stein, LMFT.

We look forward to seeing you at future Annual IFS Conferences. If you would like to volunteer your time and energy to Foundation Friday this year, please email Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.__MLG

Introducing New Foundation Associates and Staff

The Foundation is delighted to present to the community three new volunteer associates and staff members who have joined our growing team. Their energy, talent, and commitment significantly extend the delivery and reach of our mission. We are grateful for their engagement. Please welcome Shaun Dempsey, PhD; Sharayah Morrissey, LMFT; and Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, LCSW, MDiv.

CollageShaun Dempsey, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, joins the Foundation team as OUTLOOK’s first Assistant Editor. Shaun, a Certified IFS Therapist in full-time private practice in North Queensland, Australia, specializes in working with adults who have experienced complex trauma related to childhood abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Shaun, who began IFS in 2016 with the IFS Online Circle and completed Levels 1 and 2 in 2018, provides supervision for experienced clinicians around complex cases.

“I’m delighted to be able to contribute to OUTLOOK’s publication and, through that, hope to be a small part of community building for IFS in Australia and internationally.”

As Assistant Editor, Shaun contributes many of our feature articles as well as engages in the review and dissemination process. As OUTLOOK expands, his efforts will ensure our continued growth. (OUTLOOK has naturally evolved from twelve pages to fourty-four pages and counting over the past nine editions. Perhaps we’ll be a full-fledged magazine one day.) “I’m very excited about my new role as assistant editor and am already

enjoying the opportunity to meet and talk with interesting people who are highly IFS-focused,” Shaun shares. “I’m delighted to be able to contribute to OUTLOOK’s publication and, through that, hope to be a small part of community building for IFS in Australia and internationally.” While not helping his clients, working, or writing for OUTLOOK, Shaun enjoys riding his bike, hanging out in the bush, and dodging the summertime heat by swimming with his wife and two young children. Shaun may be contacted at Shaun@FoundationIFS.org.

CollageSharayah Morrissey, LMFT, serves as Global Outreach Associate in a volunteer capacity.Sharayah is a bilingual behavioral health clinician in a private practice who works with individuals and families in Waterbury, CT. She learned about IFS during her graduate program at Central Connecticut State University with Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT, and upon graduating in 2013 was inspired to work toward applying these concepts on a global level to address international conflict.

“The most magical moments for me are those Self-to-Self connections with others, when words and fears fall away and there is nothing left but awareness and love.”

In her new role, Sharayah hopes to facilitate connections between the Foundation and other international organizations to further promote global awareness and application of the IFS Model. “I am particularly fond of IFS because of its relevance in addressing the overlapping features of trauma, attachment challenges, emotional dysregulation, and internal and interpersonal conflict, which contribute to the ongoing challenges of today’s society,” she explains. “The most magical moments for me are those Self-to- Self connections with others, when words and fears fall away and there is nothing left but awareness and love.” Sharayah recently mapped correlations between the Foundation’s missions and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and its 169 related targets. See the article Partnering for Global Self Leadership on page 24 for more details. She spends most of her free time with her wife and recently adopted son and engages in foreign languages, music, dance, martial arts, sports, hiking, traveling, and devouring books about IFS and related concepts when not working. Sharayah may be contacted at Sharayah@FoundationIFS.org.

Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, LCSW, MDiv, serves as Social Media Coordinator in a volunteer capacity.Audrey is a therapist currently practicing at Downtown Psychiatric Group in Lower Manhattan, providing weekly therapy to approximately 35 individuals and couples of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds alongside more than 40 other therapists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. She learned IFS in 2009 when her therapist began using its concepts, which inspired her to take Level 1 in 2016 with Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT, and Ann Sinko, LMFT.

As part of her new role with the Foundation, Audrey will be running two Twitter accounts: (1) an internal one for the community to share developments about the Foundation, and (2) an externally facing one through which we may share broader messages and engage in thought leadership. Audrey and Sharayah will collaborate on identifying organizations to follow or court for the latter. Audrey is fascinated with the intersections and unions between disparate parts, people, modalities, and cultures, having been raised in a multicultural household and discovering various passionately and (ostensibly) conflicting opinions among her internal parts.

“My intellectual, religious, skeptical, gregarious, therapeutic, and activist parts, to name a few, are thrilled at the opportunity to forge new connections, conversations, and potential collaborations between the IFS community and like-minded people in other modalities, cultures, and walks of life,” she declares. Audrey aspires to bring Self energy to the Twitterverse through appreciation of protective efforts, expressions of compassion toward the downtrodden and exiled among us, and curious questions far and wide, along with some good Self-led memes. Audrey can be reached at Audrey@FoundationIFS.org, where she welcomes suggestions for Twitter outreach. Follow her efforts on Twitter at @FoundationIFS and @FriendsofIFS, and tweet back!__MLG

“My intellectual, religious, skeptical, gregarious, therapeutic, and activist parts, to name a few, are thrilled at the opportunity to forge new connections, conversations, and potential collaborations between the IFS community and like-minded people in other modalities, cultures, and walks of life.”

Plan Your Long-Term Gift to the Foundation

Leave a good legacy for a better future.

Please remember the Foundation for Self Leadership
in your will or estate planning.

Help sustain its global mission of research,
service, and advocacy into the next generation.

All it takes is a quick phone call to your attorney
to add a charitable gift to your will.

To leave a gift in your will, simply share this sentence with your attorney or financial planner:

“I bequeath $_________ or __________% of my estate or _____________shares of equity stock or___________
(valuable physical property) to the Foundation for Self Leadership, c/o David Bea, Esq.; Bea & VandenBerk Attorneys at Law;

225 West Washington, Suite #1010; Chicago, Illinois 60606, USA (+1.312.442.9076)

I have included The Foundation for Self Leadership in my will.

Better yet, engage the Foundation in a conversation early on to identify optimal ways to channel your gift to support strategic priorities in alignment with your personal and/or professional interests.

Write us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.

The Foundation’s Gifts Acceptance Policy, as approved by the board in April 2017

Preamble. The Foundation for Self Leadership aspires to the highest ideals of social harmony and peace. We work to help build a future in which individuals have discovered and learned to tap Self leadership through self-awareness and emotional connection toward achieving overall well-being and peaceful interactions with others. We endeavor through our work to help build communities in which individuals live together with mutual trust, exhibiting respect and kindness toward each other. We also share a commitment to living, as humans, in harmony with our natural environment, cognizant of the scarcity of natural resources,

the rights of future generations to inherit a healthy planet, and the value of sharing our collective home with other nonhuman species.

It is within this context that our mission unfolds and that we accept gifts from individuals and organizations to help advance our mission when they are aligned with the values above.

Policy. Beyond cash donations, the Foundation will accept gifts of equity stocks, real estate, artwork, and transportation vehicles, among other gifts. The Foundation’s Gifts Acceptance Policy states that all the gifted assets may be liquidated as soon as possible following their receipt.

Furthermore, the Foundation reserves the right not to accept any gifts if its board concludes that such

gifts are not consistent with the Foundation’s ideals or if there is a high likelihood that accepting them would exert undue financial pressure on or unreasonable effort by the Foundation, especially if such gifts do not appear to be readily or affordably cashable.

Since the Foundation is a U.S.- incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, cash donations to the Foundation can be tax deductible to the full extent of applicable laws, in the U.S. or other countries as pertinent, when there is no exchange of goods for services. Non-cash donations may also be tax-deductible based on their fair market value, with appraisals being the responsibility of the donors.


We have been sufficiently fortunate at the Foundation to be continually supported by committed and creative people. We have a richness of ideas and ambitious plans. We have the know-how and passion to contribute significantly toward helping our world heal. All we need is funding. Please donate what you can to the Foundation and share the gift of Self-discovery.

"My wife and I are interested in supporting organizations that truly address the root cause of issues impacting the world we live in."

Why do you donate to the Foundation?

“My wife and I are interested in supporting organizations that truly address the root cause of issues impacting the world we live in. We wholeheartedly agree with the power and efficacy of IFS and the possibility of bringing about peace to our world by first looking within. We are excited about the possibilities of what will happen when we bring the notions of IFS to others, especially children and our veterans. As both of our fathers were veterans, we are especially aligned to organizations addressing the needs of our service members.

We support the Foundation on a monthly basis because, first of all, it is so easy! I entered our payment information once, and that’s it! We also believe it’s important for nonprofits to have some confidence in knowing what revenue they will receive on a monthly basis, allowing them more time to focus on other things such as programming.”

Kelly and Julie Gaule-Clark Winthrop, MA

We are forever grateful for everyone’s contributions. Thank you!

What inspires you to donate? Please share your story at OUTLOOK@FoundationIFS.org.


We are your Foundation. The Foundation is yours. Be counted as an active member of our growing caring global community. Foster compassionate Self leadership with your support. Impart the wisdom of IFS and advance the work of the Foundation to those in your circle. It takes a village, please join our efforts!

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OUTLOOK is an occasional magazine that the Foundation for Self Leadership publishes to share news relevant to IFS, the IFS community, and developments relating to the Foundation. It is not intended to appear solely and passively in the conventional print mode; rather, it is designed to interface with the Foundation’s social media and online platforms. Nor is it a venue for sending information out; it is envisioned more as an attempt to generate discussions within the community around issues and ideas of general interest and great impact.

The ultimate purpose of OUTLOOK is to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting the notion and agency of Self leadership. By naming it OUTLOOK, we hope it stands as a reminder that IFS is at once an external as much as an internal peace-seeking model, while holding a far-reaching view of the future.

The Foundation is grateful to Advisor and Publisher Toufic Hakim, PhD; Editor Michelle Glass, BA; and Assistant Editor Shaun Dempsey, PhD, who play key roles in its production; Sylvia Miller for layout and graphic design; Joshua Lisojo, MS, for online content; and Kira Freed, MA, LPC; Karen Locke, MA; and Laura Taylor, JD, for proofreading.

What would you like
to see in OUTLOOK?

Do you know of any IFS-related news
our community would like to know?

Do you know of a client eager to
share about their transformation?

Please share with us such developments
or happenings within one of these categories:
IFS research, IFS within psychotherapy or
programming, and IFS applications beyond
psychotherapy. Please complete the form or
send general information in a short email to
Michelle Glass at OUTLOOK@FoundationIFS.org.
We will reach out to you for additional
details or specific guidelines.

Thank you for your submissions
and helping keep our community
apprised of IFS-related endeavors.

Editors of OUTLOOK reserve the right to make
final decisions regarding content of OUTLOOK.

About IFS

Founded in the early 1980’s by family therapist and author Richard Schwartz, PhD, Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy suggests that the “inner self” is not a single persona but rather a complex system of distinct parts (thoughts, feelings, and beliefs), each with its own viewpoints, desires and agendas.

The main agenda of these parts is to protect us from inner pain generated through developmental and life traumas. The Model rejects psychopathology and posits that there is an undamaged Self with healing attributes that is at the core of each individual, even in the presence of extreme behavior.

The Model continues to generate growing interest among psychotherapists and practitioners outside the realm of psychotherapy, where it promises a myriad of applications simply as a thought process. Thousands of practitioners have been trained in IFS through a rigorous training program, administered by The Center for Self Leadership; and tens of thousands of therapy clients and workshop attendees have experienced personal transformations through the IFS paradigm.

Internal Family SystemsSM and IFSSM are service marks of The Center for Self Leadership. Read more about IFS at here.

About the

The Foundation for Self Leadership is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered in Illinois, USA. Its global mission is to advance IFS research, promote the IFS Model far and wide within and beyond psychotherapy, and increase access to IFS trainings through scholarships, especially among groups with limited financial ability.

The board and the Foundation’s executive function are supported by a number of associates and volunteers:

Daniel Fermin, part-time Financial Controller; Anne Eberhardt, Dipl-Psych, Operational Associate (Volunteer); Kelly Gaule, Development Advisor/ Associate; Michelle Glass, BA (Certified IFS Practitioner), Editor of OUTLOOK and Stewardship Associate; Shaun Dempsey, PhD, Assistant Editor of OUTLOOK; Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, LCSW, MDiv, Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer); Sharayah Morrissey, LMFT, Global Outreach Associate (Volunteer); Michele Bruce and Ilpa Patel, MPA, part-time Administrative Staff; and Joshua Lisojo, MS, Website Programmer and Developer.


Harley Goldberg, DO; Physician Executive,
Kaiser Permanente, USA; Chair (2021)

Frank G. Anderson, MD; Practicing Psychiatrist and Certified
IFS Therapist, USA; Vice Chair and Director of Research
Development; Clinical Supervisor for IFS Research
Studies (2021)

Lester Fagen, MA, JD; Partner in Boston Office
of Cooley, LLP, USA (2020)

Toufic Hakim, PhD; Senior Managing Principal, Group i&i
Consultancy, USA; Executive Director; Publisher of
OUTLOOK & Other Print/Online Media Content (2019)

Pamela Krause, LCSW, Lead IFS Trainer,
in Private Practice, USA (2019)

Vicki McCoy, MA, President, McCoy Communications
and Training, USA (2020)

Mark Milton, Founding Director, Education 4 Peace,
Switzerland (2020)


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