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Adapting Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Clients with Dissociative Disorders
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN



Online Workshop via Zoom
Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!



$110 CAD + tax

$99 USD

Friday, March 15th, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:15 PM Eastern 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM Pacific CA/USA 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM Mountain CA/USA 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM London, UK 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Madrid, Spain 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Berlin, Germany 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access)


Introductory/ Intermediate


$110 CAD + tax

$99 USD


Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

Workshop Description

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an ego state focused therapy. The original ego state therapy developed by John and Helen Watkins (1997) was an early foundation for the treatment of dissociative disorders, so IFS can be adapted for this work. However, it is important for therapists to understand the differences between ego states and dissociative parts in order to be successful with IFS with clients who have dissociative disorders. Individuals with ego states have an observing ego such that they have reasonable voluntary control and awareness when working with parts. This may be partially or almost completely absent in dissociative clients and has many treatment implications.

During this workshop, we will focus on how to adapt interventions to accommodate for much greater phobic avoidance and conflict among dissociative parts. We will examine some of the concepts of IFS that likely need adaptations, such as unblending and stepping aside. The concept of Self in IFS is different from a model that considers sense of self, with the goal of integration of parts into a cohesive and coherent sense of self being different from the cooperative work of parts in IFS. Treatment implications and strategies will be discussed.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. List and understand  at least two (2) various internal parts. 

  2. Identify the difference between ego states and dissociative parts in clients who have Dissociative Identity Disorder.

  3. Discuss at least two (2) ways to adapt Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Clients with Dissociative Disorders.

  4. Utilize at least two (2) strategies to support a decrease in phobic avoidance of dissociative parts.

  5. Select at least two (2) strategies to help clients calm intrusion from dissociative parts when unblending is not within the conscious control of the client.

  6. Apply at least two (2) strategies to gain cooperation when dissociative parts will not “step aside.”

  7. Discuss the difference in the IFS concept of Self and a developmental concept of self integration.

  8.  Identify at least two (2) therapeutic impasses when using IFS with dissociative clients and their solutions.

The Envision Difference

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Live Q&A:  Ask questions during the live Q & A with the presenter and participants.

60 Days access:  Can't attend live?  Watch later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning. *Exception applies, see CE section below


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Introduction

  • A brief history of ego state therapy

  • Differences between ego states and dissociative parts with treatment implications

  • Difference in voluntary awareness and control

  • Phobic avoidance in dissociative disorders

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

  • When the client is unable to identify or approach parts

  • When it is difficult to determine if a part is a manager, exile or firefighter

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Q & A

2:45  pm - 3:00 pm

  • When the client is unable to communicate or cooperate with parts

  • When the client is unable to unblend with parts

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • When parts will not “step aside”

  • Difficulties with unburdening

  • Difficulties resolving legacy burdens

  • Difference between integration in IFS and dissociative parts, including differences between the IFS concept of Self and the concept of developmental integration of sense of self

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Q & A


About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions from ISSTD. Kathy has (co) authored numerous book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, and three books with her colleagues.

Dec 15CE credit

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
3 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information


National Board for Certified Counselors 

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Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.  

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  Pending 3 CEC's 

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) Pending 3 CE's 

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What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire webinar. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following webinar completion. If participants watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

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How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately five (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire. Please email if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

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