The Ukraine Crisis – A Joint Statement

The following resources may help provide support and for some, a greater understanding of the roots of these conflicts with an IFS lens.

Managing Through Crisis

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Grief and Polarization, Ann Sinko

Wake-Up Calls and Trailheads, Dick Schwartz

Caring for the Caregivers, Toni Herbine-Blank

Webinar series designed to support people in the IFS community during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the series was created in response to a different crisis, the content feels highly relevant for today.

*Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish sub-titles have been added to each of these videos to reflect the communities who may be most in need at this time. Additionally, Toni’s meditation for Caregivers has been extracted from her longer webinar. We know that many individuals, communities, organizations, and countries are working to ease the pain of the crisis. If you are one of those people, we invite you to take time for yourself with this meditation.

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The "innervention” series of conversations and tools was intended to help build strength and hope during the pandemic and beyond. You can access the entire series on the Foundation’s YouTube page or website.

Eastern European Cultural Burdens, War Trauma, and Immigration Challenges

The IFS Institute has opened access to some of the 2021 IFS Conference presentations that may provide additional support.

Eastern Europe Cultural Burdens: Three presenters from Eastern Europe, including IFS Assistant Trainer Irina Diyankova shared the history of oppression and cultural traumas in the Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. They spoke with courage and bravery, and we were honored to learn from them. Together with Irina, Iryna and Eliza, we share this workshop with the larger IFS community to bring greater attention to the cultural burdens and trauma these countries have held. In the midst of the crisis, the greater community can learn from the experiences shared by these presenters.

IFS and the Middle East, Healing Wounds and Becoming Whole: A panel discussion from our colleagues; Ann-Katrin Bockmann, Chady Rahmé, Ben Rivers, Hoda Refaat Mahfouz and Tom Holmes who are working to bring IFS to the Arabic speaking Middle East region where citizens, refuges and the people who are helping them have experienced recurring stress and trauma from the turmoil of the last ten years.

Using the Model to Navigate Immigration Challenges: A webinar from Rosa Bramble Caballero, a member of our community and IFSI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee whose focus is offering an understanding of how the IFS Model provides both the language and resources to immigrant and asylum speakers, supporting and healing immigration trauma.

New Online Offerings

The IFS Institute is hosting a webinar on May 4, 2022 with Dick Schwartz and Senior Lead Trainer, Osnat Arbel, to explore IFS and war trauma. Learn more >

IFS Assistant Trainer Irina Diyankova and others offered a Q&A session on April 19 to take questions on their presentation at the 2021 IFS Conference and share information based on recent events.

Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy

The Foundation for Self Leadership is exploring the possibility of recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing a group of volunteer IFS therapists to provide emotional support to refugees, starting with Ukrainians in Europe and eventually in the US, and reaching others from various parts of the world. Those interested in joining this effort, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To all, we extend our support to members of the IFS community in the midst of this crisis and invite those of you willing to provide whatever support you can for the people of Ukraine. In challenging times like these, there is power in togetherness and connection to Self. We hope that the resources above provide you with tools to support you and your loved ones. Thank you to all our video presenters for their kind sharing of their wisdom.

With our support and love,

IFS Institute & Foundation for Self Leadership