Internal Family Systems for Dietitians:
Expanding the Toolkit of Behavioral Change
A One-day Training
(Upcoming dates and cities to be announced soon)
• Diana Cullum-Dugan, RDN, LDN, RYT
• Molly Kellogg, LCSW, CEDRD
• Jeanne Catanzaro, PhD
CEUs: 6 contact hours (8 CEUs for RDs. Includes pre-workshop reading)
Early bird Registration: $198 ($215 after April 1)
Required Reading: Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, by Richard C. Schwartz. Available from the Center for Self Leadership
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention used by a wide range of professionals. It allows the registered dietitian to offer effective coping mechanisms for the eating disorder client. Employing the IFS model helps the client 1) identify the self-protective function of polarized cognitions regarding eating (“eat”/”don’t eat” and “should” / “shouldn’t”) and resultant eating disorder behaviors; 2) identify and address the emotional and physical triggers driving this internal dialogue particularly the anticipation of loss of control, negative self-evaluations, and self-blaming, self-shaming thoughts; 3) identify healthy vs. inappropriate eating patterns, and 4) identify fears and other feelings that arise in response to shifting to healthier choices. There is more information about IFS here.
This workshop is an introduction to the concepts and processes of IFS from a dietitian’s perspective. We will explore the role of the nutrition professional in an IFS-oriented treatment process. The training will be interactive with a mix of presentation, practice with partners, group discussion, demonstration and short videos.
• Learn the concepts of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how the model approaches the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.
• Employ the IFS model in assessing clients with disordered eating.
• Practice identifying the triggers that motivate eating disorder/disordered eating behaviors.