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Finding Each Other in a Crowded Room: Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Group Psychotherapy

This workshop will illustrate how the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model helps to facilitate deeply authentic healing connections in group.

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Finding Each Other in a Crowded Room: Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Group Psychotherapy

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Philadelphia, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA


Finding Each Other in a Crowded Room: Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Group Psychotherapy

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Presenter: Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA

Temple University Center City

1515 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19102

(Room # to be announced, bring photo ID to enter the building)

3 CE credits for Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, & Professional Counselors

Presenter: Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA

Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA has been practicing and teaching group therapy for over 20 years. Currently,

she is a Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital, the Group Consultant at the Brookline Community Mental Health

Center, and the co-chair of the NSGP (Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy) Training Program. She

has been on the faculty of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy and Boston College, led institutes and workshops at AGPA, worked as an Executive Coach for Harvard Business School, and has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to group therapy. She currently leads four groups in her private practice, and one observed training group. Annie has two young adult daughters, a husband and a scruffy dog.


This workshop will illustrate how the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model helps to facilitate deeply authentic healing connections in group. We will discuss basic tenets of the IFS model, including unblending and speaking for parts, which in group reduces reactivity and shame, while enhancing connection, mutual understanding and self-acceptance. The workshop will include experiential and didactic learning.


At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the benefits of using IFS in groups.

2. Define the process of "unblending" and "speaking for parts" in order to soften defenses and promote group cohesion.

3. Demonstrate strategies to elicit and identify parts shared by subgroups/group as a whole.

4. Identify active leadership strategies that activate the Social Engagement System and foster attachment and affective resonance in the here-and-now. 5. Compare leadership roles in IFS and psychodynamic groups.


$60 for members of PAGPS and Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP)

$70 for non-members

$15 for student members

$20 for student non-members

For planning purposes, we encourage you to register by March 30th. Cancellations received at least ten working days before the event are refundable, minus a $10 processing fee.


9:30am - 10:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast 

10:00am - 1:00pm - Workshop

Before registering, JOIN PAGPS or RENEW your membership for 2018-2019!

(membership runs from September 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2019)


The Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, theories, studies, research, information, and experience in group psychotherapy. Members come from all over the Philadelphia region, including the city of Philadelphia as well as surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Members may list their groups on the PAGPS website. For more information about joining PAGPS or renewing your membership, please visit our website at, e-mail us at


PAGPS offerings are designed for mental health professionals and deal with topics that are usually underrepresented in graduate training programs and/or that provide additional, advanced, and newly emerging perspectives on group therapy theory, research, and practice. This program is intended for mental health professionals at a post-graduate level.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3 continuing education credits. The Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society (PAGPS) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PAGPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PAGPS is also approved by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists & Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage & family therapists, and professional counselors. This program carries 3 CE credits.

Attendees can also receive 3 credits toward re-certification for the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (CGP).

PAGPS is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities and will conduct its activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. To arrange accommodations for special needs, please contact us at

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organizations, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

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