The Institute is highly acclaimed throughout New Jersey and the nation for its innovative programs that work with multiple family members and across family structures to build therapeutic communities. This experience of therapy offers adults and children who have been stigmatized and labeled with an experience of self-transformation as they are embraced by rich connections and support. These opportunities for healing are offered to families of different forms, classes, and racial backgrounds, regardless of their presenting issues.
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Here are some important practices of ancient healing incorporated into our therapeutic practices, and now backed by modern science
The structure of families today includes traditional nuclear families, single parent families, extended families living together, same-sex couples with families, and in-laws living with couples and their children. Each of these families face different and similar challenges, like trauma from different life events, the stress of parenting, balancing demands of work, raising children and attending to their academic, social and recreational needs. Increasing rapidly is the challenge baby boomers face to balance the caretaking of elderly parents while staying active in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Here are some examples of consequences related to parenting styles:
Expanded conversations around Differences Between Discipline and Punishment are helpful to parents learning healthy ways to parent children from toddlers to adolescents. Managing children in the world of cyberspace and savvy kids reigns high on the parental radar given the complexities of today’s world.
Bi-lingual services in Spanish.
We work to restore safety and social learning in schools and in other systems that privilege parts of children’s identities while subjugating others. Many institutions that house youth today, from schools and sports arenas, to detentions centers and mental health centers, all claim ownership over the identities of these youth. From the criminal justice system to bullying in schools, in public spaces and on the Internet, we make a case for advancing strategies of resistance and embracing liberatory practices for the empowerment of ALL children.
An educational culture that focuses on competitive academic success, high scores on tests, and student retention mutes those voices that foster key ingredients to success. Research shows that combining academic performance with character strengths provides success throughout life.
These findings are not systematically integrated into most classrooms and school teachings. In our tutorials, we provide all the tools and research necessary to make the case to educators and administrators about the importance of a learning context that builds, emboldens, and embraces character strengths (BEEC) alongside academic achievement.
Children are engaged in addressing complex and diverse life challenges rather than being embedded within the problems they are referred for. Topics such as loss, parental conflicts, divorce, school challenges, friendships, struggles around gender constraints, racial and class targeting are all addressed. Their specific problems are interrupted. Shifting the segregation of age specific groups we embrace children and adolescents within a circle that more resembles their natural life space i.e. children of different ages and adolescents up to the age of 14. Adolescents older than that are used as mentors in the circle. There is also a separate circle for adolescents from ages 13-17 who address their own life-cycle issues and challenges.
The Institute offers professionals specific trainings and internships in the Cultural Context Model (CCM) that include strategies from major family therapy models. This approach is instituted at several locations nationally and internationally. At Lewis & Clark Portland, Oregon), the CCM is integrated into some classes and the intern clinic.
Dr. Cornel Pewewardy of Indian Studies at Portland State University has incorporated a key concept of intersectionality through the use of our published tool for teaching this concept: Hierarchy of Power, Privilege & Oppression. Dr. Rebecca Chaisson from Southern University and Dr. Judith Lewis from Tulane University both in New Orleans, Louisiana have incorporated the social education of the CCM into their classes. Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Ecuador, Sweden, India, Canada, and Mexico have all received intensive training in this liberatory model of therapy and continue to engage with us in moving this paradigm forward.
IFS offers an event-specific intervention for schools and a one-year program in violence prevention
IFS is a founder of the Liberation Based Healing Conference.
Professionals in Marriage and Family Therapy clinical social work and counseling can obtain hours towards licensure.
Our graduate internships in family therapy, social work, counseling and social policy involve weekly sessions of didactic and experiential learning and live-supervision absolutely essential in today’s making of a therapist!
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