The Foundation continues to focus its programming and activities in three areas of engagement: research, education and advocacy. Below are some noteworthy highlights.
Physiology Study: The IFS Physiology Pilot Study, funded with the community’s generous support, is proceeding apace. Most of the clinical data has been gathered to date. The team at Northeastern University’s Computational Behavioral Science Lab (Prof. Matthew Goodwin, PhD, co-PI, and a new post-doctoral fellow, James Heathers, PhD) are in the throes of analyzing a set of physiological data gathered from both IFS therapists and clients during live sessions.
The intent is to gain a peek into “IFS-oriented relationships between subjective, behavioral and physiological processes within the client-therapist dyads.”
Research Grant Applications: The Foundation will review rigorous studies seeking funding. See guidelines on our website.
Trauma Pilot Study: The first project funded by the Foundation has been completed by researchers at the Trauma Center, supported by a large team of therapists. As stated in earlier editions of OUTLOOK, the study shows promising results about the efficacy of IFS in treating symptoms of complex trauma. The study is being submitted for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. Please stay tuned.
Publications Database & IFS Syllabi: Designed to assist researchers, the searchable database of select IFS papers and manuscripts is now live on the website under the new Resources tab. In addition, with the goal of encouraging the development of university-level IFS modules and courses, four syllabi have been gathered and are being posted on the site. The Foundation is grateful to contributors, Ralph Cohen, LMFT, PhD; Bill Collins, PhD; Angela Huebner, PhD; and Robin Warsh, LICSW, who have successfully taught such courses at their own institutions.
IFS for School Teachers: Our pilot school program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which was launched with funding from the community is in full swing. Staff and teachers from two middle schools attended introductory sessions about general constructs of IFS and sixteen teachers have been regularly engaged in learning about Self- leadership. The teachers will explore together how to apply IFS concepts in their classroom (for the benefits of modeling to students AND access themselves qualities of Self—preventing burn- out and emotional triggers from student actions). An independent evaluator is examining a set of outcomes and will be reviewing student data early next fall.
Advisory Team: The Foundation is assembling an Advisory Team to examine how to expand, replicate, and fund similar projects at other schools in Minnesota and around the country. Bringing IFS to schools is timely, especially as it promises to nurture hope and cultivate individual resilience and responsible interactions in the face of adversity. Our schools face challenging issues daily: mounting pressure on teachers, stress that students of all ages experience in and out of the classroom— exacerbated by the threat of violence, close social interactions, and addictions. The Foundation is intent on contributing through IFS to emotional wellbeing of teachers and, through teachers, to students’ greater social and emotional learning. We invite you to help support our efforts.
IFS for Populations at Risk: The Foundation is engaged in serious conversation with three community agencies in the U.S. to develop, in partnership with CSL, research-supplemented trainings of staff within these agencies.
The agencies, each having at least one IFS champion (using the Foundation’s language), consist of a Veterans Health Administration center, a public county health services agency, and a private community agency. All operate in areas of high need (in terms of both demographics and behavioral health), serving at-risk populations and marginalized communities.
Our intent, consistent with the Foundation’s strategic priorities, is to make IFS accessible to indi- viduals in communities that are not otherwise reached by IFS. Our pilot efforts, once funded and in place, would touch thousands of lives and give us rich data about the efficacy of IFS in achieving desired outcomes—for both patients and therapists in such settings.
We remain very interested in introducing IFS to immigrants and refugees, struggling with life transitions, and are in the early stages of exploring with members of the IFS community ways to achieve these objectives. Interested in engaging with us? We welcome your participation; please write us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org.
Self-Awareness and Sports: Valuable life lessons can be learned from sports—activities that can trigger high emotions. Among such lessons: how to keep our emotions in check and hold them in perspective despite the pressure-to-win environment.
We previously shared with the community our preliminary work regarding “The Inside Team,” a public media campaign with youth, parents and sports coaches as intended audiences. The planned public service announcements would focus on lessons from famous athletes about self-awareness, emotional connection, and resilience learned over time from their behaviors and experiences on and off the field.
A lot has happened since our initial announcement. A small team remains highly engaged, working diligently to develop this campaign, designing prototypes, reaching out to athletes, building partnerships, and seeking funds.
If you have connections with, or to, celebrity athletes, we invite you to connect with us at InsideTeam@FoundationIFS.org. We hope to share more details when key partners are on board.
For all of you, we ask that you imagine the life-changing possibilities ahead through the dissemination of IFS. We invite you to engage with us as we take the language and lens of parts and Self and their promising effects far and wide.
Whether to gather and examine empirical evidence through rigorous studies...or introduce school teachers to their inner worlds, inspiring to find calm and composure within themselves and their students in the face of difficult situations...or bring constructs of the Model and qualities of Self to community agencies that serve military veterans and marginalized populations...Whatever the program we undertake, our goal is the same: to promote emotional healing and well-being for all though the process of Self-discovery.
Collectively, you generously helped raise $127,303 on your own or in response to planned appeals or events as displayed in the pie chart below.
The Foundation depends on our annual giving campaigns to operate. Your support has made it possible for us to launch a new program, bringing IFS to teachers at two middle schools in Minneapolis, MN, USA; continue funding a second physiology-of-IFS research study, with the Trauma Center and Northeastern University in Massachusetts; design the research-focused searchable online database of IFS publications; and expand our communication program.
Funding a lean operational infrastructure continues to be necessary for sustaining our momentum.
Please join us in recognizing and appreciating our community of donors by viewing all donors below and on our website.
Circle of Visionaries
Anonymous Funding Source
John & Mildred Holmes Family Fund
The Center for Self Leadership
Circle of Luminaries
Fagen Family Fund
Vicki J. McCoy
Circle of Advocates
Toufic Hakim and Robyn Rajs
Shepard Family Foundation
Circle of Stewards
Elizabeth E. Brenner
Elizabeth E. Davenport
Marjorie H. Davis
Rue Ann Glass
Group i&i Consultancy LLC
Hills Family Drug Centers
Hailan Family Wellbeing
Molly La Croix
Cumulative donations through the community via Amazon Smile Foundation
Circle of Supporters
Jane F. Broederick-Danforth
Brown Lynn Kearney
Carl & Karin Marcus
Frank & Kelly Mogharrabi
Julie S. Warren
Mary Lynn Wiseman
Jo Ann Zucker
Additional anonymous donors at the Annual Conference
For more information please see our website.
Kelly Gaule has recently joined the Foundation as Senior Development Advisor & Associate. At this time in our critical organizational development, it is important for the Foundation to work closely with a seasoned professional to help build out our development and friend-raising program. Despite significantly growing demand for training, IFS still appears to many of us as a best-kept secret. We would like to work with the community to change that, especially that many within and outside our community would love to engage and support our work. Kelly will be involved to help raise the visibility of our programs and priorities and establish relationships with a broadening network of supporters.
Kelly has operated successfully in the development space for two decades. Over the last decade, she has built her Promus+ practice, effectively serving numerous nonprofits with diverse missions. For her, the engagement with the Foundation is well aligned with her personal interest of doing work that has significant social meaning and deep impact on our world and humanity. Kelly may be reached at Kelly@FoundationIFS.org.
Please note that our small number of staff associates are engaged part-time, giving to the Foundation and our collective cause generously of their time (and heart), far beyond their compensation.
Daniel Fermin is now serving as the Foundation’s Controller. We embrace Daniel’s involvement and send at the same time our warmest expression of gratitude to Mary Mitrovich, who had served us in this capacity outstandingly well since 2013 when the Foundation was reactivated.
Daniel worked previously with two nonprofits as a financial supervisor and coordinator of financial and accounting processes and budgeting, monitoring compliance with standards and regulations, tracking and reporting on financial transactions, and supporting the development of financial policies and procedures. His work with grants will be quite valu- able for us as we enter a new grant-seeking phase in support of our new strategic priorities. You may reach Daniel at Daniel@FoundationIFS.org.
In each of your own ways, you are instrumental in creating a better world. Community members expand the depth and breadth of IFS healing in small and ever growing larger circles. 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. Thank you!
Why do you donate to the Foundation?...
“I have many parts who love to donate to the Foundation for Self Leadership. My research scientist parts savor every tasty morsel of research data that shows that IFS works, and that sheds light on how parts play their role. I’m particularly curious about the relationship between parts and the body. I was fascinated by the research on rheumatoid arthritis and IFS. My IFS client parts are so grateful for the healing power of IFS and how it has transformed my life, and are thrilled to support the effort of broad- ening access to IFS training. These parts want to cover the entire planet with millions upon millions of IFS practitioners so that everyone can have access to its healing power! My IFS practitioner parts and my spiritual parts hold dear in their hearts the effort to expand the use of IFS in everyday life so that communities around the world can experience how the warm light of Self presence can weave oneness at every level: personally, socially, politically, and spiritually. Like John Lennon sang: ‘I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one’.” ~ Lena Plamondon, Ph.D, CPC, Weaver of Oneness, Woodside, California
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