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Digital Seminar

Using Internal Family Systems To Heal Trauma and Addictive Processes: Step-by-Step Compassionate Strategies To Heal Your Most Difficult Clients

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW
5 Hours 49 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 28, 2023
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Faced with clients disclosing any addictive behaviours-substances, eating, gambling or sex/love preoccupations-conventional wisdom is limited: refer to a specialist or send to a programme. Therapists feel ineffective, clients feel stigmatized or fearful of taking ‘next steps’ and tragically, underlying trauma remains unrecognised. The IFS model offers a paradigm shift. We find the positive intentions behind negative behaviours; create collaborative connections that directly address cycles of self-loathing and self-destruction and safely address underlying emotional pain. In this experiential workshop clinicians will learn core IFS concepts; safe interventions for high-risk behaviors and steps for healing underlying trauma. Participants will leave with an innovative set of skills and a fresh perspective on people suffering with addictive processes and trauma.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW, consultant and senior IFS lead trainer, specializes in trauma and addiction and educates therapists internationally on how to apply the IFS therapy model to addictive processes. Additionally, Sykes is exploring how psychotherapy affects the therapist’s personal narrative. She lectures, consults, and leads workshops on these and related topics and has a private practice in Chicago. Her recent book IFS Therapy for Addictions: Trauma-Informed, Compassion-Based Interventions for Substance Use, Eating, Gambling and More was released March, 2023.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cece Sykes maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Internal Family Systems Institute. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives royalties as a published author. Cece Sykes receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. Non-financial: Cece Sykes is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and the Internal Family Systems Association.


  1. Participants will learn how to create a non-judgmental context for working with addictive processes.   
  2. Participants will learn how to identify the common parts of an addictive system.  
  3. Participants will learn the core concepts of the IFS model, as applied to addictive processes.  
  4. Participants will learn how to identify entrenched polarizations and map an addictive cycle.  
  5. Participants will learn safe interventions for addressing underlying emotional pain.   


Avoid client resistance; create collaborative clinical relationships   

Learn how to view chaotic systems through a simplified three-part map  

Uncover the positive intentions that are driving negative, self-defeating behavior  

Learn tools for creating self-compassion and treating the whole system, not the symptom 

Safe approaches for connecting to underlying emotional pain and trauma.  

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Other mental health professionals

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