We welcome with great anticipation and look forward to the leadership and contributions of our newest board members, Pamela K. Krause, MSW, LCSW and Vicki McCoy, MA. We also express our gratitude to Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH, for serving diligently on the Board since its inception in 2013. Nancy brought to us seasoned experience in clinical research for which she was a knowledgeable, effective advocate. Her ideas regarding the IFS Graduate Research Fellowship will be launched in Q2 of this year.
Pamela K. Krause, MSW, LCSW, is a Certified IFS therapist and Senior Lead Trainer for The Center for Self Leadership who has a private practice with adults and adoles- cents near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pam has adapted the Model for use with children and adolescents. In addition, along with Richard Schwartz, PhD, and Toni Herbine-Blank, RN, MS, CS-P, Pam teaches IFS through the online IFS Circle, now beginning its second year. “I love this Model and am interested in doing whatever I can to spread it to others,” she declares.
Pam has been an active community member ever since her IFS training began in 1998 and has worked tangentially with the Board since it was formed in 2013. Before the Foundation was conceived, she was a member of the Research Team Coordinating Committee. During her time with the RTCC, she was part a small group that developed the IFS Adherence Scale Instrument that determines how closely the Model is adhered to in sessions. “I love the Foundation’s mission of research and spreading the Model to the world.” With this love and enthusiasm, Pam helped organize the first Silent Auction at the annual IFS conference in 2016, which significantly boosted our financial support—thanks to our gracious community. Now officially part of the Board, Pam shares, “I’m happy to be part of this endeavor. I hope the Foundation can continue to support significant research with the Model and I feel grateful to lend my energy toward that goal.”
Vicki J. McCoy, MA, is an organizational development and communications consultant who specializes in developing high-functioning leaders and teams that communicate powerfully to get results. As president of her own consulting firm, McCoy Communications and Training, LLC, and co-creator of a comprehensive development program called Raising the Bar: Empowering Greatness in Individuals and Teams, Vicki is a sought-after executive coach who counts among her clients several leaders in government.
In 2010, Vicki was introduced to IFS by long-time friend and certified IFS therapist Stewart Brown, PhD, at a retreat where she discovered first-hand the healing nature of the Model. “This is therapy that works!” Vicki relates. “I also knew from the get-go that IFS was more than a therapeutic model.”
A self-described evangelist for the Model, Vicki recognizes that IFS has the potential for a broad and growing reach that will help heal the world and create peace within that will be reflected without, whether with adults or children. She has completed Level One IFS training and uses it in her coaching practice, as well as with her family. After taking her grandchildren to see the Disney·Pixar movie Inside Out, she helped them identify and map their own parts, which was a learning journey for all. “’Parts’ talk is often heard in our home,” she says.
Prior to the Foundation’s existence, Vicki worked alongside Toufic Hakim, PhD, Patti Pierson, and others in IFS community-building endeavors. She now enthusiastically joins the Board, bringing a wide array of skills to the table. “To have the opportunity to participate in the effort to take IFS as far out into the world as we possibly can—into schools and hospitals, into peacemaking and community-building, into self-awareness training, and into the arts and sports—is an exciting adventure and a great privilege,” remarks Vicki. Of her new role, she says, “It is an honor to become part of the Foundation Board, a group of dedicated, accomplished, and humble people who clearly have a great time working together.”