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The pilot research IFS and complex PTSD study has been completed at the Cambridge Health Alliance, clearing the way for the full study. Read more about it and about a new council that the Foundation assembled in this edition of OUTLOOK Shorts.


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A brief communiqué from your Foundation for Self Leadership

As challenges outside our doors persist, building inner resilience, hope, and peacefulness becomes ever more critical. The following developments are small steps expanding access to Self leadership for all.

IFS RCT Study to Proceed
The Foundation-funded pilot study that examined the effects of the IFS protocol in treating 12 individuals experiencing complex PTSD has now been completed. The research, conducted at the Cambridge Health Alliance, involved online weekly IFS group therapy with bi-weekly individual IFS sessions and has shown consistent symptom-reduction according to leading PTSD measures.

While the results are promising,
the Foundation cannot publicly share additional details ahead of the proper vetting of science and peer-reviewed journals. Please stay tuned. 

What can be shared, however, is that the IFS study has been cleared by the Foundation to enter its full two-year phase during which 60 individuals will be engaged in an IFS intervention to address complex PTSD symptoms (30 in treatment and 30 in control/placebo, selected randomly) and a feasibility study on IFS as a treatment for opioid dependency will also be conducted.

The Foundation thanks the independent research team involved and expresses deep appreciation to all those who have financially supported the launch of this study to date. The effort to secure the 30% balance of funds needed to bring this very important and rigorous study to fruition by Fall of 2023 will continue apace.
Schools' IFS Council Convened 
Toward its goal of promoting the lens and language of inner parts and Self leadership in schools, and building on two funded projects, the Foundation has tapped a team of IFS practitioners and school executives to serve in an advisory capacity, counseling the Foundation on next strategic steps.

The Advisory IFS-in-Schools Council, convened by Board Member Sady Kim-Singh, MSW, LCSW, and Executive Director Toufic Hakim, PhD, has been meeting every three weeks. The Council is exploring various points of entry for introducing IFS-oriented programs in schools, with a focus on supporting adults and enhancing school climate. The goal is to identify effective ways to build on existing successes and recommend pathways forward.

The Foundation is grateful to Council Members Eugenia Acuña, MPHE, ACC (Restorative Practice Trainer & Coach); Barbara Adams, MA (Former School Principal); Ralph Cohen, PhD (University Professor & Lead IFS Trainer); Rodger Goddard, PhD (Chief Psychologist & Author of IFS for Teachers Manual); Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, LICSW-CP (Certified IFS Therapist & Play Therapist Supervisor); Jennifer Krizan, MA, LMFT, LICSW (School Counselor); and Kathryn Serino, EdD (Former School Principal & Superintendent) for their involvement and contributions.
PS. The Foundation invites you to take a brief survey regarding its public-communication efforts.
Also, please join/invite others to join A Bridge Between US, online IFS-in-society conversations to be held next month (five consecutive Fridays from September 3rd/US Time Zones).
Please stay safe, healthy, and hopeful.
OUTLOOK Shorts v5.2 | August 2, 2021 | www.FoundationIFS.org
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