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Internal Family Systems Therapy Goes to the Mat with LifeForce Yoga®: 3 Days of Healing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Whitney Towers, 275 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472 United States

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We will combine yoga practices for accessing Self energy, meeting our parts, with deep self-inquiry and discovery. Through yoga practices appropriate in clinical settings such as: pranayama breathing, meditations, mudras, mantras, movement, guided imagery, deep relaxation, experiential exercises, demonstrations and discussion, participants will explore the combination of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and LifeForce Yoga® practices. Throughout the weekend you will experience how the integration of these two models enhances the healing process.

Nurture your parts and your whole being. You will leave feeling relaxed and energized, confident in your ability to integrate LifeForce Yoga® skills and IFS and with new tools for self-care. This weekend is open to the general public, yoga teachers and mental health professionals. All bodies and abilities welcome!

Richard Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model, and Amy Weintraub, creator of LifeForce Yoga®, are both innovators. Dr. Schwartz developed a new model of psychotherapy from curiosity when his most challenging clients did not improve. Amy Weintraub developed a school of yoga, focused on attending to the emotional body after she experienced the transformational effect of yoga in her own life, when she began a daily practice in 1989. Liz Brenner and Laura Orth have developed protocols and practices to integrate these models for optimal healing of individual and collective wounds.

Yoga Philosophy and Internal Family Systems therapy share the belief that all of us have a healthy, core Self in addition to multiple states of being, some of whom get stuck in extreme roles due to life experiences. The non-dual nature of LifeForce Yoga® melds with the Internal Family Systems approach, welcoming all aspects of the human experience supporting the following goals: liberating parts from extreme roles that are no longer necessary, allowing the wise Self to lead the system, and re-harmonizing the internal family system.

Yoga is so much more than asana or postures. LifeForce Yoga® highlights practices that are accessible and adaptable for clinical settings, yoga therapy, and home use. Some practices are targeted to depression, others to anxiety and trauma reactivity.

We will learn practices that that will help:

  • Access Self energy
  • Strengthen Self-to-part relationships
  • Unblend parts
  • Care for parts that are not yet unburdened
  • Safely tend to exiles who are not yet unburdened

Please let us know if, in addition to attending to enhancing your life through personal growth, you are also intending to enhance your work as a yoga teacher, mental health or other professional.

Dates, Times, and Registration:

  • Friday, April 28, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9am to 4:30pm
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 9am to 3:15pm
  • For more information, click HERE
  • To register, click HERE

This weekend workshop will provide 17 CEUs.
Limited to 50 participants.

Continuing Education

This training program is co-sponsored by The Center for Self Leadership and The Institute for Continuing Education.  Continuing education contact hours are offered for the professional disciplines as listed below. The workshop  offers a total of 17.00 contact hours, with full daily attendance required. The CE processing fee is $60. per person.  Applications for continuing education contact hours will only be available at the training, along with other pertinent continuing education information.

If you have questions regarding continuing education, the program, learning objectives, contact The Institute for Continuing Education: 800-557-1950, or Email: instconted@aol.com.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program and its content.       

Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education and The Center for Self Leadership are cosponsors of this program. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider, ACEP Provider No. 5643. The Institute for Continuing Education solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education Program ( ACE ).  Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Provider No. 1007.

Marriage/Family Therapy: This activity has been certified by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Associations for Marriage & Family Therapy, for professional continuing education. Certification No. PC-032685.

About the Instructors

BrennerL_webLiz Brenner, LICSW, is the Director of Therapy Training Boston, providing continuing education that refuels and inspires helping professionals in Watertown MA. Liz’s teaching, supervision and clinical work are grounded in family systems therapy, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theory. She is a Level 2 IFS graduate and LifeForce Yoga® practitioner. Liz finds the integration of LifeForce Yoga® with IFS therapy to be deep, efficient work, and is excited to share it. She sees individual, couples and families as well as providing supervision and agency training. Learn more at: therapytrainingboston.com.

Laura Orth, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who currently provides individual and family psychotherapy and patient relaxation groups at Southboro Medical Group. Level 2 trained in both LifeForce Yoga® and, Internal Laura OrthFamily Systems, and as a yoga instructor, she integrates yoga breath work and mindfulness skills in her psychotherapy practice. She is inspired to teach others these practices in an open-hearted and affirming way. Laura is a mentor for the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will experience and learn LifeForce Yoga® practices to address depressive symptoms as well as symptoms of anxiety and trauma reactivity. By the end of the weekend they will be able to take home at least three practices.
  2. Participants will experience and learn empowering ways to work with parts to enhance their relationship with Self, unburden them and re-harmonize the internal family system. They will be able to identify and better understand at least one part of themselves.
  3. Participants will begin to learn a model for integrating LifeForce Yoga® practices and IFS therapy. They will understand how to use LifeForce Yoga® practices to enhance Self as well as create more curiosity and compassion toward parts.
  4. Participants will learn to use body sensations to organically create practices that meet the needs of parts.

Low cost place housing may be available at the Walker Center in Newton, MA where they have simple, clean rooms for $55 per night with a shared bath and $85 per night with private baths.

Here is a link to the B & B at the Walker Center: http://www.walkerctr.org/bed-breakfast.

There are also local hotels, and Air BnB is an option. Click here for hotels.


Bennett, S.M., A. Weintraub, S.B. Khalsa. (2008) “Initial evaluation of the LifeForce Yoga® program as a therapeutic intervention for depression,” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 18:49-57.

Franzblau S H, Smith M, Echevarria S, Van Cantford, TE. (2006) “Take a Breath, Break the Silence: The Effects of Yogic Breathing and Testimony About Battering on Feelings of Self-Efficacy in Battered Women,” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 2006; 16: 49-57.

Schwartz RC. You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For. Oak Park, IL: Trailheads Publications, The Center for Self Leadership, 2008.

Schwartz RC. Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model. Oak Park, IL: Trailheads Publications, The Center for Self Leadership, 2001

Schwartz RC. Internal Family Systems Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, 1995 (published in paperback in 1997)

Streeter C.C., Whitfield T.H., Owen L., Rein T., Karri S.K., Yakhkind A., Perlmutter R., Prescot A., Renshaw P.F., Ciraulo D.A., Jensen J.E. (2010) “Effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and brain GABA levels: a randomized controlled MRS study,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2010 Nov;16(11):1145-52. 

Weintraub, A. (2004) Yoga for Depression: A compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering through Yoga. New York: Broadway Books.

Weintraub, A. (2012) Yoga Skills for Therapists. New York: W.W. Norton


April 28, 2017
April 30, 2017


Whitney Towers
275 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
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What People Say

“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“I feel profoundly transformed, both physically and emotionally. The connection between mind, body and spirit was clearly evident to me, but revealed to me through this workshop as an integrally vital link to overall health.” — Nadine Richardson, program manager at rehab agency, Monroe, CT
“My life is already changed! I will use the tools I learned in my own practice and in my work. I feel safe and seen.” — Susan Andrea Weiner, MA, teacher/expressive arts facilitator, El Cerrito, CA.
“Giving my clients a strategy and permission to quiet their minds and rebalance the sympathetic nervous system has been very beneficial to them and in our work together.” — Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT 200, LFYP, Allendale, MI
“I have been reminded that I am not on this path alone, that others are sharing the journey that sometimes seems so difficult. I have also been reminded of the importance of daily practice and I will do that. The whole program has been an incredible experience for me. Thank you!” — Lorraine Plauth, retired teacher, Voorheesville, NY
“I have found the LFYP training to be incredibly useful in giving people specific tools to use in maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, and further opening their intuitive abilities.” — Nancy Windheart, RYT-200, LFYP, Reiki Master, Animal communication teacher, Prescott, AZ
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“A client who returned said, "When I came before, you helped me understand and get where I wanted to go. Now you show me yoga practices I use to help myself understand and get where I want to go.” — Sherry Rubin, LCSW, BCD, LFYP, Downingtown, PA
“I integrate strategies like mantra tones and pranayama, but above all I invite myself and those I teach to cultivate svadhyaya, to practice self-observation without judgment.” — Barbara Sherman, RYT 200, LFYP, Tucson, AZ
I absolutely love this stuff! I have been using it with my clients and I am just finding it to be so incredibly helpful. There seriously something for everything. Although I am not as skilled as I hope to be someday, even at my level of training I’m finding that I am beginning to figure out what to do. It just blows my mind! - Christine Brudnicki, MS, LPC
“I have found the pranayama (breathing practices) especially easy to introduce in a clinical setting. Some people have benefited quickly in unexpected and transformative ways.” — Liz Brenner, LICSW, LFYP, Watertown, MA
“Yoga Skills for Therapists is the ideal resource for those who want to bring yoga practices into psychotherapy or healthcare. Weintraub, a leader in the field of yoga therapy, offers evidence-based, easy-to-introduce strategies for managing anxiety, improving mood, and relieving suffering. Helpful clinical insights and case examples emphasize safety, trust, and skillful adaptation to the individual, making it easy to apply the wisdom of yoga effectively in the therapeutic context.” — Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author, Yoga for Pain Relief, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
“This workshop has changed so much — my self-image and my life. My own heart’s desire is 100% clear. I gained tools to help myself and others to live life fully.” — Marcia Siegel, Yoga teacher, therapist, Carlsbad, CA.
“I have gained an incredible opening and clearing of old obstructions. I hope to return to my life and fill this opening with things I love to do and that give me joy!” — Lisa Shine, administrative assistant, Ballston Lake, NY
“I came hoping to learn to move past some of the obstacles blocking my creativity. Over the course of this weekend, I feel I’ve gained a certain measure of faith in myself and in my ability to change. I also had some realizations that I believe will be very helpful to me. I feel encouraged. Both the content and presentation of this program were so well-thought out that I can’t think of any way to improve it.” — Andrea Gollin, writer & editor, Miami, FL
“This program changed my life in a significant way. It helped me connect with the spirit which is something you can’t get from psychotherapy and medication.” – G. W., artist, Pittsburgh, PA
“My patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication!” — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ
“I utilize the LFY techniques in both a class room setting and one-on-one environment. The skills have infused my teachings with compassion, mindfulness, and awareness.” — Kat Larsen, CYT, LFYP
“I have gained a softer heart, more receptive mind, and tools to enrich both personal and professional aspects of my life.” – Regina Trailweaver, LICSW, clinical social worker, Hancock, VT.
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“My personal practice will change, as well as my yoga classes. I have a better understanding of yoga!” — Andrea Gattuso, RYT, Yoga Teacher, Hackettstown, N.J.
“I learned lots of ways to reduce the anxiety and depression of my patients and myself.” – Aviva Sinvany-Nubel, PhD, APN, CNSC, RN, psychotherapist, Bridgewater, N.J.
“I began a fantasy during the meditation exercise... almost as if I’d been there. It’s now an on-going work of fiction.” — Serian Strauss, Tanzania
“This workshop helped me rededicate my energies and begin to work through some of the blocks I’ve felt creatively.” — Steve Mark, college professor, New Haven, CT
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