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The Foundation is pleased to release the November 2020 Edition of OUTLOOK.

Browse through the special IFS Gallery 35, celebrating IFS authors and commemorating 35 years of growth for the IFS Model. Learn from "innervention" program leaders, who share about their experience during COVID - Teaching by Being in Self, Small Businesses Showing Adaptability & Resilience, Tips for Home Learning, Self-Care for the Caregiver, Befriending our Fear in Pandemic time; and stand with the Foundation Family as we extend profound gratitude to all the heroes in the community and affirm the imperative of racial justice during these uncertain times.

This issue of OUTLOOK also features the Foundation's online panel session about Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism; and largest funded research project to date.

Other Community updates include: Transition of all training programs to online realm in 2020; Stories of Transformation, and a number of Foundation's operational updates.  






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We hope you discover additional support and resilience through the IFS Model and our November issue of OUTLOOK. As we continue to face internal and external challenges through the pandemic, may you and your parts feel comfort inside and out. 

Greater Racial Equity and Justice: Toward an Evolved Humanity
The recent tragic events that renewed and energized the movement toward greater racial justice were a stark affirming reminder that Black lives do matter and that any human life is sacred and must be treated with dignity and fairness… [Read more…

Hope in Times of COVID
Members of the Foundation’s staff and board of directors extend their profound gratitude to all caregivers and first-responders as well as to those who helped sustain society’s basic needs all around the world. There is great sadness in the face of the severe loss of lives and deep compassion toward individuals and families affected… [Read more…]

IFS Gallery 35
Scattered through the pages of this issue of OUTLOOK is an exhibit a listing of books that focus on IFS or that represent models and analyses related to, informed by, or inspired by IFS. Since the first book on Internal Family Systems as a stand-alone psychotherapeutic modality was published in 1995... [Read more…


We Stand with Equity & Justice for All
At the Foundation for Self Leadership, we stand in solidarity with all those across the United States and the world who are seeking equity and justice for all. The events of this past week* underscore the reality that our Black sisters and brothers continue to experience the effects of inequality and acts of injustice at the hands of individuals, institutions, and governments…  [Read more…

We are excited to share that the Foundation recently reached its primary goal since inception to approve its largest funded project to date, a two-year, randomized clinical trial with the aim of studying IFS vs. a nature-based reduction program as a treatment for PTSD and opioid use. The study will be conducted at a Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD... [Read more…


Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism: A Panel Discussion
The Foundation organized and presented an online 90-minute panel discussion on July 19, 2020 titled Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism. This interactive event, which was very well attended, sought to meet the following objectives... [Read more…


WHO CARES FOR THE CAREGIVERS? From the Foundation Board to the IFS Community
That is a question we deliberated at our September Board meeting. We were thinking specifically about who provides support, encouragement, and resources to you, members of the IFS community. You no doubt spend your days helping people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances find resilience and peace in a world where… [Read more…

From the Editor
Opportunities to grow and heal through challenges remain a constant throughout our lives. The year 2020 brought with it unexpected radical shifts in all of our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to interface with life in ways many of us could not have imagined… [Read more…



A day in the not-so-distant future…
   when the pursuit of truth is deemed a sacred pledge and truth is honored
      without fail
   when endeavoring to make peace becomes an imperative of life with
      unwavering commitment
   when goodness is seen not as a choice that one makes, rather a compass set
      to guide one’s choices
   when what one’s eyes see, as a flimsy piece of data, gets balanced by what
      doesn’t meet the eye.

Imagine an hour on a planet nearby…
   when empathy for the other flows unhindered, abundantly, and with no
        hesitation or doubt
   when power is no longer being right or strong, but instead having the
       strength to do what’s right
   when advancing the collective’s well-being is at least on the same ledger as
       advancing one’s own
   when forgiveness follows the realization that the offender harbors pain,
       deeply unresolved
   when healing is to lean into one’s own pain and, beyond letting go of it, to
       befriend and console it. [Read more…]


Cornerstone Partners
A cornerstone is the first stone set in a masonry foundation. It is the one that determines the position of every other stone and the entire structure. The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of the Foundation for Self Leadership. Gifts to the fund provide essential support for our work to advance the practice of Self-leadership. Our most loyal donors ensure that the Annual Fund continues year after year, and so we recognize these supporters as our Cornerstone Partners… [Read more…


Plan Your Long-term Giving
Leave a good legacy for a better future. Please remember the Foundation for Self Leadership in your will or estate planning… [Read more…

Contributors' Circle
As an independent not-for-profit partner to IFS Institute, your Foundation for Self Leadership is an active member of the IFS community, working with you to bring Self-leadership to the world. This work is possible because of contributions from IFS practitioners, researchers, advocates, and clients like you

     Why do you donate to the Foundation:
       “I donate to the Foundation for Self Leadership each year because its
        mission and priorities address issues that are important to me:
        expanding access to IFS training, especially in
        underserved communities…" [Read more…


Trainers' Corner: It Takes a Village
For a man with big ideas, Chris Burris LPC, LMFT, eschews the notion of being idealistic and instead oozes a calm pragmatism and no-non- sense approach which is nicely in rhythm with the counseling service he provides in the heart of North Caro- lina. With a family legacy steeped in the farming, building, and bricklaying work of his forebears, Chris is also known for his work with men’s groups and conscious eldering… [Read more…



In the Rain

Out in the heavy rain
I’m watching you girl watching you
the world is dripping wet all the way through
so are you
… [Read more…]

Stories of TransformationWhen the Psychotherapist Gets Cancer: Managing Life and Practice
Each one of us contains many stories of our lives. Sometimes they record the mundane, and sometimes they represent the raw experiences we’ve been through. For those who have experienced the incredible healing potential of IFS, these stories illustrate this transformative process. To transcend trauma and difficult circumstances, and through that come closer to our essential nature, is one of the greatest gifts of life… [Read more…


Operational Update: Foundation's Milestones (2013-2020)
Since the Foundation was activated seven years ago, quite a bit has been accomplished to advance IFS research, development, and advocacy toward promoting emotional healing and well-being. None of it would have been possible without the community’s generous support, the hard work of few staff associates engaged in a labor of love of sorts, a large number of volunteers, and the high creativity of IFS practitioners and researchers who are dedicated to advancing a better world for all. Here is a sample list of what has been achieved to date… [Read more…

Board Member Update
The Board welcomes Kelly Gaule, CAP, who started her tenure as the newest member in late summer 2020. Kelly served as the Foundation’s Senior Develop- ment Advisor and Associate in 2018 and 2019… [Read more…


Introducing New Volunteers
As IFS and the Foundation continue to grow, so does our need of volunteers. We would not be able to support the community without our volunteers’ dedication, skill, enthusiasm, and energy. We are pleased to introduce you to our newest volunteers. Please welcome and meet Beau Laviolette, LCSW, LAC, and Kathleen Johnson, MD… [Read more…

Introducing Our Graphic Designer
Introducing the Foundation’s graphic designer, who has touched every publication of the Foundation, is long overdue. We are at the Foundation thankful for her inspiringly beautiful contributions. Sylvia Miller has served the Foundation as its Graphic Designer since 2014… [Read more…


An IFS Institute Update
The Foundation, through OUTLOOK, seeks to keep the IFS community aware of recent IFS Institute (IFSI) developments. As separate, yet related organizations, it’s important to highlight and applaud the Institute’s progress. See what’s new at the Institute… [Read more…



It takes a village...it takes you. Do you want to be counted as an active member of our growing caring global community?… [Read more…

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