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From the Board

Dear IFS Friends and Colleagues:

It is with pleasure that I give you, on behalf of our Board, an update on the Foundation for Self Leadership’s recent activities as we continue to work toward our strategic priorities.

IFS Research: The trauma study has been completed and is in process of submission. The physiology study is underway. We continue to invite new research and evaluate new submissions through an independent panel based on explicit criteria and priorities.

Access to IFS Training for Marginalized Communities: We are planning to launch later in 2017 our IFS training grants for agencies and individuals, an important element of our mission, to help expand the presence of IFS in otherwise-marginalized communities. Additional support will be needed to make this program a reality. Please stay tuned.

Board Development: Of significant note in this fifth edition of OUTLOOK is the announcement of our two newest board members, Pamela Krause, IFS Lead Trainer, and Vicki McCoy, an IFS-trained practitioner and PR specialist. We are very grateful to Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH, who is rotating off, for her greater service to the Board and Foundation. Please read more in the Operational Update section.

Funding: Thanks to the generous financial support of the community, our anonymous donor, and The Center for Self Leadership, our Foundation was able to secure over 135,000 USD in giving during 2016 (see report in this issue).

Planned Giving Program: We are also pleased to announce our Cornerstone Society, recognizing individuals who support the Foundation through bequests and who care to see the Foundation’s work deepen clinical applications of IFS and broaden IFS-related educational programs and applications in other realms, including business, continue for future generations.

The work of the Foundation has only just begun. We continue to receive exciting ideas for research, access to training, and growth of IFS beyond the psychotherapeutic realm. However, this will only be accomplished with the continued support from you, our IFS community. Please see the Operational Update section in this edition of OUTLOOK, or contact us to learn more. We are honored to continue to work with and for you.

On behalf of the Board of the Foundation for Self Leadership,


Harley Goldberg, D.O.
Chair, Board of Directors



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From the Editor

As the expansion of IFS increases across the globe and as our community blossoms, the Foundation is ever eager to help you keep your pulse on the latest. In addition to those items shared by our Board Chairman, Harley Goldberg, D.O., this edition of OUTLOOK is infused with exciting articles.

We share with you, stories of members of our community who are bringing IFS into mental health agencies, law courses, and business coaching; highlight a community-inspired fundraising effort benefiting the Foundation; and introduce recent Level Three graduates and Foundation Associates, Coordinators, and Volunteers, among other features. We sincerely hope that these stories bring you as much inspiration and enthusiasm as they do for us. Similarly, we encourage you to share with us your own community-inspired fundraising ideas and stories of interest for the greater community._MLG


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Physiology Study is Officially Underway!

We are pleased to announce that the next IFS research study titled; “Exploring the Phenomenology, Physiology, and Dyadic Processes of an IFS Intervention: A Pilot Study,” has begun. The study, which was awarded through an independent review according to pre-established criteria, is a collaboration between the Computational Behavioral Laboratory at Northeastern University and the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. The study would not have been possible without the financial support of many individuals within our community who have generously donated to the Foundation over the past year. We are grateful.

This study will examine the physiological effects of IFS therapy on clients, therapists, and the therapeutic relationship. It will be measuring the range and intensity of both positive emotions (sympathetic hyper-arousal) and negative emotions (parasympathetic blunting) in four IFS certified therapists and sixteen subjects who suffer from moderate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study will also explore at a preliminary stage how these emotional states may affect the relationship between subject and therapist and look more closely at the

physiological aspects of certain mental states: being blended with a part, being unblended from it, and being in the presence of Self.

Because there are very few studies to date that have examined the physical effects of psychotherapy in general, we are thrilled to fund this study at the cutting edge of this kind of research. We will wait for the science to show whether and how profoundly IFS opens the path to lead to healing emotional pain, as many of us practitioners or individuals exposed to the Model have already experienced.

We look forward to sharing with all of you sneak previews of results from this exciting study in Spring 2018. Thank you again for your continued support,

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Frank Anderson, MD
Executive Director for Development & Research,
Foundation for Self Leadership


Call for Research Subjects:

If you, or someone you know, experienced two or more traumatic events before the age of 18 and are currently in IFS treatment, you or they may be eligible for a free IFS session focused on unburdening (a $200 value) plus $50 - $100 for completing the baseline assessment and session. Adults who meet the following criteria may be eligible to enroll:

• Ages 18-58
• Had two or more traumatic events before age 18
• Have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
• Are currently in IFS treatment

Ready to unburden childhood traumas? Call or email today!

Elizabeth Southwell, Site Coordinator call 617.232.1303 # 2053 or email ESouthwell@jri.org.


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In Psychotherapy
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IFS Level One Training for Mental Health Agencies

Sparked by a desire to showcase the effectiveness of IFS for those suffering from long-term, intractable disorders, Stan Einhorn, PhD, Program Manager for Children’s Mental Health at the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Department in California, is bringing IFS firmly into community mental health agencies. A new movement toward a “recovery model” within mental health, which aims to help clients adopt a positive relationship with their symptoms and for recovery, affords an open door for the IFS Model.

Stan, who has been in the mental health field for twenty-five years, remarks, “After my Level One in 2012-13, I got really curious to see how well IFS works and, so, I began using it with most of my clients and presenting the Model to therapeutic teams at the agency.” Over the past four years, Stan completed Levels Two and Three and he implemented training within his public agency combining formal and informal instruction. Short-structured introductory IFS presentations with specific treatment teams led to a day-long training for the agency and staff from community based agencies. From that training, he established a monthly study group and case-specific supervision. Additionally, he takes any opportunity available to informally consult with therapists interested in IFS to increase awareness and interest in the Model. The response from about 25-30 attendees has been great, which fuels Stan’s aspirations of creating an IFS Level One training specific for mental health agencies nationally.

Constraints, such as time limitations and squeezing out billable hours from therapists during training, are considered by Stan, along with Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT, the Foundation’s Senior Coordinator for IFS Research, and the IFS in Mental Health Agencies Group as they jointly develop models and ways to support mental health agencies through training grants. Aside from the benefits of increased well-being for more clients, having competent IFS-trained staff within mental health agencies provides the opportunity for future outcome measure studies on the effectiveness of IFS within these populations.

The Foundation looks forward to unveiling the training grant program for mental health agencies and working closely with The Center for Self Leadership to implement it. In the meantime, Stan will be offering a training entitled, “Using IFS with Complex Trauma” this summer for both public mental staff and the general therapeutic community. He may be reached at staneinhornphd@hotmail.com.


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“I was pleasantly surprised to find that virtually all of the roughly 1,200 law students and professionals to whom I have introduced IFS really like it,” reports Len. “They really get the Model and they treat it with great respect.”


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Negotiation, Mediation and IFS

Since 1999, Leonard Riskin, JD (New York University), LLM (Yale), has been integrating negotiation and mediation with mindfulness in his law school courses and training programs for professionals. Then he learned about IFS and, in 2010, added it to the mix. Believing that IFS can benefit anyone, he integrates it with the other elements of the course, the basics of these three fields, expanding the ways in which students may conceive of negotiation and mediation, as well as many other situations in life.

Those enrolled in Len’s Managing Conflict in Legal Practice and Advanced Negotiations courses at Northwestern Law, read his 2013 Harvard Negotiation Law Review article, Managing Inner and Outer Conflict: Selves, Subpersonalities, and Internal Family Systems Inner and Outer Conflict: Selves, Subpersonalities, and Internal Family Systems, which gives both the fundamentals of IFS and concrete, real-life examples of using the Model in negotiation and mediation. For example, he uses his own story of hiring a carriage while travelling in Luxor, Egypt, with his family. With humor, candor, and compassion he describes the inner dynamics of the negotiation with the carriage driver and how it potentially could have been better with Self in the lead.

While students are not taught how to use the IFS Model extensively, they are guided through the classic exercise of getting in touch with their parts and drawing them on paper to see how they interact and are related. “I was pleasantly surprised to find that virtually all of the roughly 1,200 law students and professionals to whom I have introduced IFS really like it,” reports Len. “They really get the Model and they treat it with great respect.” Nearly one-quarter of his law students opt to analyze negotiations through the IFS lens, which he reports is more difficult than other choices students are offered.

Alongside teaching courses, Len, who is Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, in Chicago, and Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Florida, also offers training workshops for professional and other groups that include content similar to his law school courses for the general public, and presents at professional conferences—such as the American Bar Association—across the US and abroad.

Len credits friend and colleague David Hoffman, JD, for introducing him to IFS in 2009. The nonideological and clear writing of Richard Schwartz, PhD, sparked Len’s interest, which began several conversations between the two. Out of these conversations, Len developed his teaching and training with IFS and presented at the annual IFS conference in 2011.

He hopes that other professors will incorporate IFS into their negotiation and mediation courses. Len may be reached at: riskinL@law.ufl.edu.


Aligning the Inner System: Fundamentals of IFS-Inspired Coaching

More and more coaches are attracted to the IFS Model because of its honoring and holistic approach to individual and team development. At the same time, many therapists are becoming intrigued with the world of coaching and alternate ways to work with clients outside the traditional framework of counseling and therapy.

In light of this trend, seasoned executive coaches and organizational consultants Brian Jaudon and Anna Tansi are currently developing a training curriculum called Total Alignment Coaching that incorporates IFS principles and IFS-inspired tools and methodologies. This training will serve both practicing coaches and those interested in coaching. Their innovative approach is different from most other coaching models that often underestimate and even ignore parts of the system not aligned with the client’s stated goals and desired outcomes.

“Unfortunately, many coaching programs are training professional coaches to override, minimize and even shame parts of the client that may not be fully on board with any goal or initiative,” says Brian. “Anyone trained in

Their coaching training curricula will continue to evolve in the months ahead as Brian and Anna draw on many years of experience in the field as well as numerous trainings to create a powerful system for whole system change. Their intention is to create multi-module training that draws on the essential tenets of IFS and can be incorporated by both veteran and new coaches.

Based in Greenville, South Carolina, Brian Jaudon has completed IFS trainings Level One and Two and did further training with Thomas and Inge Dietz (Self Leadership with Emotional Intelligence). He has presented at multiple IFS conferences and convened as well as moderated the international IFS and Business Group. He has been integrating IFS into his coaching and consulting practice

One central tool in the curriculum is called Mapping Your Internal Influences, which provides an outside-in approach to mapping significant drivers of a client’s behavior, communication and decision-making.

IFS knows that that this typically doesn’t end well. These shunned parts will make it their job to put a stop or sabotage any efforts to move forward. We want to do our part to bring the spirit and wisdom of ‘all parts are welcome’ to the coaching world.”

One central tool in the curriculum is called Mapping Your Internal Influences, which provides an outside-in approach to mapping significant drivers of a client’s behavior, communication and decision-making. Examples of these influences include beliefs and stories, vows and promises, roles and archetypes, and fears and concerns. Brian and Anna will be doing a day-long coaching training on April 21 in Boston, where they will feature this mapping tool. Click here to register.

since 2005. Brian can be reached at brian@brianjaudon.com (for further information, please visit his website).

Based in Hartford, Connecticut, Anna Tansi has completed IFS trainings Level One and Two, and has trained personally with Richard Schwartz, PhD. She has presented at the IFS conference and has several years of Program Assistant experience with both Level One and Two trainings. As a coach and consultant, Anna’s focus is on “revealing the system to itself” which happens at all levels of the organization. She can be reached at anna@counterbalanceconsulting.org (for further information, please visit her website).



Trailheads Along the Appalachian: One Man’s Pilgrimage for Self and the Foundation

Go take a hike! While typically pejorative, Ray Mount, PhD, puts a different spin on this common phrase. For Ray, hiking is meditative. When he hikes, he notices his parts relax and he has more access to Self-energy. In this sense “Let’s go take a hike,” has become a loving Self-led pursuit. Ray, a psychologist in Wakefield, Massachusetts, has seen individuals, families, and children in private practice, with a specialty in long-term groups for men, for the past 30 years. During Ray’s Level One in 2012, he discovered that IFS made intuitive sense, “It works on me. My parts just like it! They don’t have to hide out anymore. I feel free and at home,” he shares exuberantly. This sense of coming home, both his own and that of his clients, inspired him to complete both Level Two and Three in 2016.

Ray’s recent retirement at the start of 2017 brought up many inner conversations between his polarized Critic and Caretaker parts. As a result of these conversations on March 5th, Ray hit the Appalachian Trail for a six-month, 2,200-mile long hike, which began in Springer Mountain, Georgia and will end in Mount Katahdin, Maine. Ray looks forward to completing this pilgrimage and hopes to discover how to use the magic of the wilderness to fine-tune daily rituals, prayers, and practices, to make Self-energy more available to himself and others with whom he connects, and to bring a deeper collaboration among his parts as he navigates the next phase of his life.

Each year over 2,000 thru-hikers attempt to tackle the full-length of the trail, while only about 500 will finish. “This year I’m going to be one of them! My Motivation Part knows I’m more likely to finish if the reasons for all this effort are beyond myself and if I can do it in connection with others who are with me in some way,” shares Ray enthusiastically. “I’d love for you to join me either in spirit or participation, by following me on my blog, where I will share my inner and outer adventures, sponsoring me where all proceeds will benefit the Foundation, possibly hiking some of the trail with me, or any combination of these.” Early on in his preparations for the pilgrimage, Ray decided there was no better organization to fundraise for than the Foundation. You are invited to support his journey by supporting the Foundation.

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You may sponsor Ray in many ways:

1. a one-time donation,

2. a contribution per month ($25—100+ for every month he completes),

3. a contribution by distance ($0.50—2+ per mile), or

4. a contribution by milestone—Ray set IFS-related milestones along the way.

Please see details and provide your support on our website.

We are honored by Ray’s dedication to IFS and the Foundation. Please join us as we send him well-wishes and continual Self-energy as he makes his way northbound by contacting him via his blog, where you can also connect with him to join in a portion of the pilgrimage. Happy trails, Ray!

“This year I’m going to be one of them! My Motivation Part knows I’m more likely to finish if the reasons for all this effort are beyond myself and if I can do it in connection with others who are with me in some way.”

-Ray Mount, PhD


Meet Two New Level Three Graduates

More and more IFS-trained practitioners and therapists continue to move beyond Level One increasing their skills in both Levels Two and Three. The benefits of their personal and professional work broaden the reach of IFS across the globe. These graduates continually express gratitude for their own personal work and the work they witness with clients. Please welcome and meet two recent Level Three graduates into our ever-widening circle of community.

Danny DeutschDaniel Deutsch, MA, LMFT, works both in private practice in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and at a community mental health clinic in Philadelphia. His introduction to IFS was at Central Connecticut State University with IFS Lead-Trainer Ralph Cohen, PhD, LMFT. “Although the promise of IFS seemed too good to be believed at the time, I wanted it to be true. I wanted to be able to offer the hope of healing, not just hope for adjustment,” remarks Danny of his impetus to take Level One.

After taking Intimacy from the Inside Out training in 2013, IFS shifted from being one tool of many to being his main model and approach. He anticipated Level Three would bring more proficiency, but was delighted in grasping a more global understanding of the way parts, burdens, and Self function in humans. One of the unique ways he incorporates IFS is with prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD, where he invites clients not only to witness their trauma, but to go into the scene to be with parts, retrieve them from the past, and unburden them.

In addition to IFS helping him understand his Skeptical Part, he says, “I’ve come to understand that ‘all parts are welcome’ is more than a slogan for IFS, it’s an entire spiritual practice to encounter everything that comes with willingness and delight to find which internal parts emerge in response to life.”

Dawn KendallDawn Elliott Kendall , MA, LMHC, CED-S, founded a private practice, New Beginnings, in Orlando, FL where she has worked as a therapist and supervisor for 22 years. She specializes in eating disorders, trauma, attachment, and holds a special place in her heart for other caregivers.

Dawn first learned of IFS while she had a client at an in-patient treatment facility and took a trauma training featuring IFS. She fell in love with the Model upon hearing Richard Schwartz, PhD, describe the qualities of Self, which reminded her of the attributes of God. Dawn healed a lot of her own parts that were burdened from her Christian background that was filled with religious managers. As a result, she has a special gentleness, compassion, and understanding with others who are stuck in religious parts, and is passionate about helping then come into a more real connection and relationship with God and Self.

Dawn greatly appreciates the compassion, safety, and holding that cohorts bring to learning the model in trainings, which facilitates bringing to life the incredible humility, respect, and care of the model, that she believes has healed many lives. “I can’t imagine my life and practice without IFS. I already had done a lot of healing in my own life with an eating disorder and trauma, but IFS helped bring healing and connection to a whole other level within me,” says Dawn. “And now, I get to witness this healing and transformation in others.” Dawn plans to take more IFS trainings in the future, as well as lead IFS-based groups for therapists and clients utilizing psycho drama, and art with IFS. She also is beginning to write. “I am more Self-led as a therapist and person, and as I can live here, endless possibilities and love exist.”


Introducing Associates, Coordinators, and Volunteers

The Foundation is pleased to introduce three of our dedicated team members, whose energy, talent, and dedication are greatly appreciated. We would not be where we are today without them. Please meet Barbara, Mary, and Grant.

BarbaraLevineBarbara Levine , MSSA, LICSW, has been serving as Volunteer Secretary of the Foundation’s Board since 2013. She has been working with both children and adults in Framingham, MA for nearly 40 years. Barbara was the Director of the Child Development Program at the Framingham Youth Guidance Center before she went into full-time private practice where she has been for over the past 25 years. She completed her first IFS training in 2006 and has been working with individuals, couples and families using an IFS approach ever since. As a Program Assistant for many different IFS trainings, she has brought the IFS lens to her oil-painting world as well.

Of her role as Secretary for the Board she says, “It is a privilege to be a witness to the conversations between these very creative, bright, organizationally experienced individuals who come from diverse walks of life and cultural contexts as they initiate and guide the work of the Foundation on its various exciting and amazing projects, furthering the clinical, research, educational, and humanitarian goals of IFS.”

MaryMitrovichMary Mitrovich has served as the Foundation’s part-time Controller handling all financial matters and record keeping since 2013. For over ten years, Mary has been employed as the Controller for The Center for Self Leadership. The Foundation and Center are independent entities that maintain entirely separate, non-mingled accounts, distinct financial controls, and individualized reporting systems.

Prior to her responsibility as CSL Controller, and with degrees in business administration and mathematics in hand, Mary successfully and quickly worked her way up to General Manager of a large chain of commercial stores, overseeing 100 staff members and expanding the business. She embraces the importance of family and took time away to focus on raising her children and volunteering in her community.

“One could not find a nicer bunch of people. What a great community and

“I love the Foundation. While I have minimal official technical experience, what I coin as my Tinkerer Part loves to problem-solve and help whenever possible,”
-Grant Leitheiser, LMFT, MS


work environment! I feel connected with the people and the wonderful work they do for others and the world,” Mary says of the IFS community and organizational staff, which she thinks of as her second family.

grantleitheiserGrant Leitheiser, MS, LMFT, has been serving as Volunteer Website Programmer and Developer since 2015. “I love the Foundation. While I have minimal official technical experience, what I coin as my Tinkerer Part loves to problem-solve and help whenever possible,” says Grant of his labors of love.

When not with his wife and three kids, Grant takes great pleasure in being a therapist to both adults and teens. His passion resides in helping men recover their genuine hearts from the onslaught of cultural messages that encourages our parts to seek validation in ultimately unfulfilling ways. “What would this world be like if we could genuinely live, parent, or work from our hearts?” Grant muses. “It would change everything!”

Grant, who has taken a few Level Two trainings, is on his way to finishing his IFS certification. This August, Grant and his family will be moving back to Colorado, after 10 years in the Bay Area. He hopes to not only set up a new practice (including telehealth through Skype and VSee) but, having competed in Ninja Warrior, distance trail running, and parkour training, he intends to help empower clients to find creative ways to mix mental health, fitness, and nature. “I want people to love themselves, love those around them, and ultimately have fun in the process!”


Annual Report

The Foundation extends our genuine gratitude to all whose contributions surpassed our anonymous donor’s second challenge of raising 25,000 USD by giving a total of 32,071.05 USD. Together, and with a generous gift from The Center for Self Leadership, the IFS community helped us raise 135,387 USD in 2016.

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The Foundation depends on its annual giving campaigns to operate. The funding has primarily supported the funding of a new IFS research study and our advocacy and communications efforts. As we are still building the organizational infrastructure, a small portion of our dollars continues to finance basic operational elements needed for us fulfill our mission on your behalf.

Please join us in recognizing and appreciating our community of donors by viewing all donors.


Social Media Volunteer

While the Foundation has a presence on three social media platforms, we are working to expand our online visibility significantly, engage more actively by sharing timely news and commentary, and position ourselves more effectively within national and international dialogues in areas related to emotional health, emotional learning, and emotional well-being.

Toward that objective, we are searching for a new associate well-versed in social media who has proven experience in building or connecting organizations with online communities and networks. Terms of engagement are flexible and negotiable. Do you or someone in your circle have such interest or record? We are accepting nominations or applications. Please send an email expressing interest, along with a list credentials and a relevant bio or cv (preferably in one PDF email attachment) to Outreach@FoundationIFS.org. Thank you.



Heads and Shoulders Above Average: Our IFS community reads OUTLOOK nearly three times more than other nonprofit publications when compared to industry averages.

Since our first publication in May 2015, we have increased our readership by 43 percent. To keep up with the increasing momentum of the reach of IFS across the world, please stay tuned to future editions and tell your friends and colleagues about OUTLOOK. Archived issues may be found online in html and PDF versions.


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If you are passionate about the power and possibility of IFS, please consider making a gift for the future by including a statement in your will. If you already have a will it is easy to make an addition to the original document with a codicil.

A handful of our colleagues have done so. It is also an opportunity for you to discuss now what type of future gift you may leave and for what purpose. To confidentially discuss further this opportunity to leave your mark ahead, or to learn more about the Cornerstone Society, please feel free to reach us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.

Foundation for Self Leadership
(U.S. Tax number or EIN: 20-1318139)
P.O. Box 3775, Oak Park, IL 60303



Expanding the depth and breadth of IFS healing is made possible by the members of our community. In each of your own ways, you are instrumental in creating a better world. Together, we are achieving the Foundation’s missions. We are forever grateful for everyone’s contributions, whether financial, with volunteer time, or in myriad other ways, large and small.

Why do you donate to the Foundation?...

“I donate to the Foundation in honor of Richard Schwartz, PhD, Jeanne Catanzaro, PhD, LICSW, and Rina Dubin, EdD, who are some of the most compassionate and kind therapists I have ever met. IFS has been life-changing for me and unlike anything I have experienced. It has been very helpful to me to be supported by experienced IFS therapists during my most challenging times. Holding the space, guiding the process, and helping my parts to step back so that my Self can emerge to lead has allowed me to not only get through innumerable struggles, but also to come through stronger, having learned something important about my Self and my parts. I was recently at an IFS workshop and was fortunate to have been supported by the deep kindness, gentleness, and compassion of these three IFS therapists. These loving people, who embody the Model, were my personal hope merchants when parts of me had none. The love and acceptance I felt were powerful examples of how I can be with my parts. I wish for many more people to receive the deep healing that I’ve experienced, so I give to increase the research that will validate the effectiveness of IFS.”

– Elizabeth, Massachusetts

What inspires you to donate?

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Wondering how you can Support your Foundation?

Fortunately, there are many creative ways you can contribute to advancing IFS:

Direct financial donations (larger or small), creating your own fundraising event, bequests, indirect contributions via Smile.Amazon.com, volunteering in a number of ways, or simply placing one of our fliers in your office.

Do you have other ideas?

We would love to hear them.

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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. Please meet Pamela and Vicki...

PamKrausePamela 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.”

“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”
-Vicki J. McCoy, MA

Vicki McCoyVicki 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 cocreator 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.”


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About IFS

Founded in the early 1980’s by family therapist and author Richard Schwartz, PhD, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy suggests that the “inner self” is not a single persona but rather a complex system of distinct parts (thoughts, feelings, and beliefs), each with its own viewpoints, desires and agendas. The main agenda of these parts is to protect us from inner pain generated through developmental and life traumas. The Model rejects psychopathology and posits that there is an undamaged Self with healing attributes that is at the core of each individual, even in the presence of extreme behavior.

The Model continues to generate growing interest among psychotherapists and practitioners outside the realm of psychotherapy, where it promises a myriad of applications simply as a thought process. Thousands of practitioners have been trained in IFS through a rigorous training program, administered by The Center for Self Leadership; and tens of thousands of therapy clients and workshop attendees have experienced personal transformations through the IFS paradigm.

Read more about IFS at FoundationIFS.org.



Outlook is an occasional bulletin that the Foundation for Self Leadership publishes to share news relevant to IFS, the IFS community, and developments relating to the Foundation. It is not intended to appear solely and passively in the conventional print mode; rather, it is designed to interface with the Foundation’s social media and online platforms. Nor is it a venue for sending information out; it is envisioned more as an attempt to generate discussions within the community around issues and ideas of general interest and great impact.

The ultimate purpose of OUTLOOK is to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting the notion and agency of Self leadership. By naming it OUTLOOK, we hope it stands as a reminder that IFS is at once an external as much as an internal peace-seeking model, while holding a far-reaching view of the future.

The Foundation is grateful to Advisor Toufic Hakim, PhD, and Editor Michelle Glass, who play key roles in its production; Sylvia Miller for layout and graphic design; Grant Leitheiser, LMFT, for online content; and Keren Fortier, MSW, LICSW; Kira Freed, MA, LPC; Karen Locke, MA; and Laura Taylor, JD, for proofreading.


What would you like to see in OUTLOOK?

Do you know of any IFS-related news our community would like to know? Do you know of a client eager to share about their transformation? Please share with us such developments or happenings within one of these categories: IFS research, IFS within psychotherapy or programming, and IFS applications beyond psychotherapy.

Please complete the online form or send general information in a short email to Michelle Glass at OUTLOOK@foundationIFS.org. We will reach out to you for additional details or specific guidelines. Thank you for your submissions and helping keep our community apprised of IFS-related endeavors.

Editors of OUTLOOK reserve the right to make final decisions regarding content of OUTLOOK.



The Foundation for Self Leadership is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered in Illinois, U.S.A. Its mission is to advance IFS research, promote the IFS model far and wide within and beyond psychotherapy, and increase access to IFS trainings through scholarships, especially among groups with limited financial ability.

The Board and Foundation are supported
by a number of associates and volunteers:

Mary Mitrovich, part-time Financial Controller; Barbara Levine, MSSA, LICSW, Secretary to the Board (Volunteer); Michele Bruce, part-time Administrative Staff; Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT, Senior Coordinator (Volunteer); Anne Eberhardt, Dipl.-Psych, Operational Associate (Volunteer); Elizabeth Southwell, Coordinator for IFS Research Fidelity; Grant Leitheiser, MS, LMFT, Website Programmer and Developer (Volunteer); Jill Stanzler-Katz, MSW, LICSW, Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer); and Michelle Glass, Editor of OUTLOOK and Donor Stewardship Associate.

Board of Directors:

  • Harley Goldberg, DO; Physician Executive, Kaiser Permanente, U.S.A.; Chair (2018)
  • Frank G. Anderson, MD; Practicing Psychiatrist and Certified IFS Therapist, U.S.A.; Vice Chair and Executive Director, Development and Research; Clinical Supervisor for IFS Research Studies (2018)
  • Lester Fagen, MA, JD; Partner in Business Office of Cooley, LLP, U.S.A. (2017)
  • Toufic Hakim, PhD; Senior Managing Principal, Group i&i Consultancy, U.S.A.; Executive Director, Operations and Communications; Publisher of OUTLOOK & Other Print/Online Media Content (2019)
  • Pamela Krause, LCSW; Lead IFS Trainer, in Private Practice, U.S.A. (2019)
  • Vicki McCoy, MA; President, McCoy Communications and Training, U.S.A. (2020)
  • Mark Milton, Founding Director, Education 4 Peace, Switzerland (2017)