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Internal Family Systems Therapy with Trauma Survivors

Richard Schwartz, PhD
Creator of Internal Family Systems therapy

Very often, people who have experienced trauma hold the belief that they have been so damaged that they will never heal and that their very essence is tarnished. With Internal Family Systems therapy, we are able to experience our core essence as untouched by trauma and realize that we don’t have to meditate for years to find liberation from suffering. This session explores how Internal Family Systems therapy and working with our “parts” can support trauma recovery by helping us feel empowered and released from shame.

Session Highlights:

  • Why different parts of yourself might not be what they seem
  • The importance of turning toward our parts with compassionate curiosity rather than trying to get rid of them
  • How symptoms such as dissociation, suicide, rage, resistance, and hypervigilance can be honored and shifted
  • Connecting with your undamaged self to release and transform your vulnerable qualities
Richard Schwartz, PhD

Richard Schwartz, PhD

Dr. Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief, and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationships that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and thereby separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities such as curiosity, calm, confidence, and compassion. He called that inner essence the “Self” and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s. IFS is now evidence-based, and has become a widely used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a nonpathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and, more recently, corporations and classrooms. In 2013, Dr. Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Parenting after Trauma

Susan Stiffelman, MFT
Author of Parenting Without Power Struggles

Parenting can be a path of profound growth and transformation. When we raise children, we may find ourselves behaving in ways that feel out of sync with our conscious parenting intentions and values. By exploring the impact of trauma on our childhood, feelings of intense frustration, rage, overwhelm, or withdrawal can become catalysts for deep healing, allowing us to move toward greater responsiveness to and attunement with our children.

Session Highlights:

  • How parents can forge loving attachment with their children, even if they did not experience it growing up
  • Guidance for moving through the residue of early childhood stress, neglect, or abuse as we raise children of our own
  • Creating a narrative that empowers parents to find healing and resilience
Susan Stiffelman, MFT

Susan Stiffelman, MFT

Susan Stiffelman is a marriage and family therapist, a credentialed teacher, and a licensed psychotherapist. She is the author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting with Presence (An Eckhart Tolle Edition). For over 40 years, Stiffelman has worked with families to create greater harmony and deeper connection between parents and children. She facilitates a Parenting Without Power Struggles membership program, a wide array of classes and events on topics ranging from chores and homework to sensitive children and screen time. She also cohosts the Co-Parenting with a Narcissist monthly support group. For many years, Stiffelman was the weekly advice columnist for AOL, HuffPost, and grandparents.com, and she continues to reach parents through her online programs, newsletter, virtual events, and Parenting Without Power Struggles podcast.

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Breaking the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma

Mark Wolynn
Director of the Family Constellation Institute

The unresolved traumas of parents and grandparents can surface in the unexplained symptoms of children and grandchildren. By tending to this trauma, we have the potential to break cycles of inherited family trauma for ourselves and for future generations. In this session, Mark Wolynn shares ways we can decode our own personal language of trauma—what he calls the Core Language Approach®—and presents tools to help us break the cycle of generational suffering.

Session Highlights:

  • Exploring the ways trauma can be passed from a parent to a child
  • Learning about scientific research behind inherited family trauma
  • Understanding the signs of inherited trauma—including how we express verbal and nonverbal trauma language
  • Integrating Our Fragmented Selves—a practice for healing
Mark Wolynn

Mark Wolynn

Mark Wolynn is the director of the Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco and a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. A sought-after lecturer, he teaches at hospitals, clinics, conferences, universities, and teaching centers around the world, including the University of Pittsburgh, the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, 1440 Multiversity, John F. Kennedy University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Wolynn specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain, and persistent symptoms and conditions. His book It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle is the winner of the 2016 Nautilus Book Award in psychology. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, mindbodygreen, mariashriver.com, Elephant Journal, and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker. Learn more at markwolynn.com.

Inspired by today’s presentations?
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  • Jen says:

    Loved susan talk it so spoke to my parenting and the exercise she did was beautiful and tender. the ❤

  • María Zepeda says:

    Amazing Mark to be able to recognise the truth about passing damage or good to our future generations is a gift to humanity.
    Negative comments don’t have a place here. Animals are important but not more than humans.

  • Carine says:

    Just like the other listeners who commented above I feel disgusted to hear cold hearted report of torture-like scientific experiments on mice. For as long as we allow this, there will be no peace for humans, it is called inter species trauma transmission! A sad demonstration that science is anything but wisdom. Sorry I am not buying the book.

  • Carmen says:

    thanks for this profound information that makes perfectly sense.I was working on my family history since years and saw all the strings and connection due to Trauma,my relationship to my mother was difficult until i get that she was suffering Angst and Panik/ Depression due to Trauma.Today i work as a Traumatherapist ;-)with children and Adults.

  • Vicki says:

    Just listened to Susan’s presentation. Great insight but no mention of male parents use of dominance and aggression and how that alters the dynamics in a household. The responsibility in her example of males fighting in the home is placed on the mother, rather than the father. With what we know about the prevalence of domestic violence in homes we really have to start placing more responsibility with male parents on getting their supremacy issues under control in the home.

  • Anne says:

    Fascinating! I am getting answers to 50 year long questions … I want to learn so much more! Thank you Richard and Mark!

  • Catherine McCarthy says:

    I’m really loving the summit as a mother of 3 teens and with trauma from my childhood. Congrats to sounds true on getting jeffrey rutstein to host this he is so excellent.I especially appreciate how compassionate and understanding he is about the super painful emotion of shame. I feel so understood and supported that every chance he gets he is bringing shame to light through the various lenses of the presenters. You rock Jeffrey!!!
    Many thanks to you all
    catherine mccarthy

  • Courtney says:

    It’s almost spooky how linked my mother’s and my karma are. After a lot of work and not a few years on a cushion, she was widowed and all her passive-aggro came out because I didn’t go take care of her. Over the course of 2 years I saw myself in her, when at her worst. Both lost our homes about same time. Both lost our retirements. (her – my step dad had bad timing on using their life savings for a business venture in the airline industry, right before “9/11”. Not ironically, he died on 9/10 – 14 years later. I was hit by illness, lost my job and neuroinflammation/cognitive problems that left me homeless before disability was ‘awarded’). Now, almost a decade later, my mother’s dementia shifted to Alzheimer’s. Lots of tests are ahead, but the spooky karma – I finally have a diagnosis of some rare immune disease – about the same time. We’ll probably die within months of each other, I’ve no doubt.

    Yah. Family trauma….. I made so much progress, but not soon enough.

  • Sue says:

    Wonderful presentation, thank you Mark!

  • Marguerite says:

    Thank you Susan for your presentation.
    That was a Master Class!
    Much appreciated.

  • Lisa says:

    I so appreciated Mark’s discussion. The in the body exercise was a bonus. Thank you for this workshop. Lisa, Santa Maria, CA

  • Nia says:

    I guess the scientist that make a living traumatizing mice just to study the effects don’t realize the karma they are creating for themselves and Humanity I’m sure this information can be learned without having to terrorize and traumatize another species we are all life and the trauma inflicted is reciprocal on many levels This research is really not helping anything it’s actually a no-brainer without having to traumatize mice and their babies just sick

  • Judith Cooper says:

    Fabulous talks! Thank you so much for gifting us w/ this!!!

  • Ana says:

    Wow! Can’t thank you all enough!
    My words don’t represent my gratitude.. What a marvelous Quarantine experience.. loving every second of it.

  • Deborah says:

    Beautiful insight into inherited family trauma. Thank you.

  • Susan says:

    I had a private session with Mark Wolynn years ago that was very traumatizing. Just seeing him on this page is upsetting.

  • Denise says:

    I agree with Andrew’s comment. There are enough traumatized people in the world to study without torturing, traumatizing and ultimately killing mice. Mice are sentient beings that share 80% of our DNA so imagine the suffering being inflicted upon them. Just stop it!

  • Shiva says:

    Susan’s presentation was excellent and immediately applicable. I appreciate this demonstrative style more than theory.

  • Michele Gara says:

    Both Susan and Mark offered so much vital information!! The biggest take away is that as trauma survivors we can heal ourselves and our families!! Such positivity and inspiration. Loved their easy practices to use to begin healing and reframe our trauma responses into resilience. THANK YOU both!!

  • Eugenia says:

    Thanks so much!!

  • Pauline says:

    wonderful I found Richard talk very helpful & gave me a great understanding .Mark was also very insightful .Thanks to all three presenters for their time

  • Susan says:

    Thank you Dr. Richard Schwartz! Your video was super helpful!

  • June Stone says:

    Thank you for these very helpful presentations Richard and Mark. As a trauma therapist/hypnotherapist, I have followed Richard’d work and continue to learn from his wisdom. Mark’s presentation brings new insight into trans-generational trauma. I love the meditation that focuses on the uncomfortable parts and ow to create new space for them to be experienced..

  • lancaster patricia says:

    Please increase the sound. Hard to hear well even with my phone and speaker up high. The presentations are great.

  • Dominika says:

    “I’m sorry” and “I’m working on it” are the most important statements for me. Thank you Susan

  • Carol says:

    I have followed Dr. Schartz throughout his career. I LOVED this presentation and plan to study IFS.

  • Melanie says:

    Thank you, Mark, especially for the guided meditation. It was very helpful to me.

  • Angela Blake says:

    Well explained!

  • joseph kuol says:

    this presentation is very interesting in the term trauma.
    it very useful.

  • joseph kuol says:

    this presentation is very interesting in the term trauma.
    it very useful.

  • Alexis Wisniewski says:

    Whoa Mark Wolynn: Mind blown! Really good info. I teach trauma-sensitive yoga. Totally stealing your meditation. 🙂

  • Colleen Ann Baptiste says:

    As I’m listening to this presentation on the factual science on inherited trauma, as a woman of African desent whose foreparents endured hundreds of years in slavery, I can’t think of any worst traumatic experience than that; I’m thinking, My God!!!!!!!! I have tears in the eyes deep in my soul,
    I don’t hear you mention any studies on the trauma of slavery on the descendants, and how in your opinion we can address and free ourselves and not pass on the trauma to our children.

  • Ed Ferrigan says:

    Loved Marks Presentation! Very informative.

  • Jyoti says:

    Richard Schwartz’s presentation was clear and excellent. He really spoke to me. While doing the exercise he directed, and while talking to my inner protector , I broke down in tears. This is something I haven’t done in a while, as I know I’m in a freeze state still with my traumatized parts. I had a strong feeling after the exercise that this is the beginning of freeing those parts. Thank you.

  • Erin says:

    Susan. Thank you so much!!

  • Debra says:

    Thank you Mark. I already have your book. I am a psychotherapist and am currently working Intrapsychically around possible generational Trauma due to repeated triggers I experience and my reactions of anger, which feels as though it doesn’t belong to solely me internally, but possibly inherited trauma. Listening to you today and doing the practice has helped tremendously – thank you.

  • Maureen Rodriguez says:

    Wonderfully clear, coherent, and optimistic talk from Richard about how to work with “parts” in a curious and compassionate way.

  • Michele says:

    Mark. I loved this presentation so much as it affirmed what I have felt for so long with a family history of generational traumas. I have a daughter that I placed with a loving family for adoption. It was an open adoption and I am now building on this relationship with this daughter. She has a lot of anxiety and biological symptoms similar to my own and her biological sister, In spite of being raised by other parents. I am excited to learn more and incorporate this into my work with my clients as well. I think our world is opening up to these concepts and fascinating that researchers have been doing these studies. I am happy you received healing in your vision and look forward to following your work.

  • Zebedee says:

    Mark, thank you for a rewarding and insightful presentation about the fact that trauma unaddressed lives on in families.

  • Tatiana says:

    That is great, thank you so much!!!

  • Elena says:

    Thank you interesting important

  • LV FengLing says:

    Over-surprised and fraud

  • Georgia Gkolfinopoulou says:

    Beautiful and rich lectures! It is very reassuring that there IS healing!!!

  • Susan says:

    This is the one I’ve been waiting for absolutely love Richard Schwartz perspective this is the way I work and I’ve gained some really fabulous insight and tools, insight and new awareness. Thank you.

    • S Nicoletta Rogers says:

      Same here! So much war trauma in my family! On both sides. I have always known this on some level. As soon as I heard the stories from my grandmother, who raised me.
      Becoming a grandmother myself almost two years ago, has been the biggest trigger in my entire life of 56 years.

  • Anne-Marie says:

    Tjat was groundbreaking. Thank you Mark, espacially for the practice.

  • Maria Inês Mesquita says:

    It’ s being such a great time watching all these wonderfull presentations!
    I’ m a Psychiatrist and EMDR / Brainspotting Therapist.
    Thank you so much!

  • Jodi says:

    Thank you Mark… extremely informative and inspiring. I’m truly fascinated by epigenetics and body reaction.

  • Andrew says:

    I understand we can gain insights from mice, but it disgusts me that we intentionally traumatize living, sentient beings – for the sake of research. We need to stop destroying animal lives for only the chance of maybe improving human lives.

    • Laurel says:

      Yes, listening to the inflicted harm on mice was practically intolerable. The means do not justify the ends. In an enlightened society there will be no killing or harming of animals. One day….

      • Suzanne says:

        Responding to Andrew and Laurel:

        I almost stopped watching after listening to his dispassionate recounting of the mice experiments. To let them drown? Was it not enough to see that they were making no effort to save themselves and then rescue them?

        My Facebook cover photo is a picture of a pig with this quote:
        “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” —Paul Farmer

        How arrogant is the human race.

        After that, I did find the talk very informative and I will be purchasing his book. I will, though, continue to fight, with every fiber of my being, animal cruelty, including in labs.

    • S Nicoletta Rogers says:

      I agree ☝🏼

      Gabor Maté puts it thus:

      “What I am saying is, there’s an emotional block. It’s not an existential block, we don’t need a stitch more research on what causes addiction. We don’t need one more bit of research on what causes violence, rape, psychopathic behavior, mental illness. We don’t need a stitch more research. I now that sounds like a radical statement in a society which is so research oriented and where whole intellectual industries, knowledge factories are based on having to gather more money for research to justify more jobs, to justify more papers, but I’m telling you, if we simply applied what we already know, if we simply do the lessons of what’s already been clearly shown, we would have a totally different world. So, even that need for more research is a factor of denial.”

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you for pointing this out. Animal cruelty is my biggest trigger and without your warning I would have watched it and been triggered while home alone in the middle of the night!

      • Deb says:

        I’m with you. I abhor animal cruelty and can not understand the disconnect in “compassionate & intelligent” people thinking it is okay. I think I will skip this talk, to avoid being triggered. Ugh!!!



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