Parenting with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model



Parenting with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model

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Leslie H. Petruk, MA, LPC-S, NCC, BCC


6 Hours 26 Minutes


May 14, 2020

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Parenting today is not easy.

Parents, as well as children, are facing tougher demands than ever before. These demands and pressures lead children to feel angry, anxious, insecure, upset, shameful and more. This is where Internal Family Systems (IFS) comes in.

IFS is one of the fastest growing and effective treatment techniques used by mental health professionals today. Thousands of clinicians already trust IFS in their work to help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and other mental health conditions.

But, what if you could use these same techniques in parenting? IFS is an amazing tool for helping children succeed and parents to be less stressed.

Learn how to offer a deep emotional healing and inner transformation through parenting.

When you register you will learn:

  • Intentional vs reactive parenting:  Becoming a Self-Lead Parent
  • BeFRIENDING your parts so you can welcome and beFRIEND your child’s 
  • The 5 P’s of Parenting:  Presence, Patience, Persistence, Perspective and Playfulness
  • It’s all in the Connection:  Gaining your child’s Cooperation, Increase their Confidence and Self-Esteem


  • Lifetime access to all webinar recordings.
  • Connect with your peers via the course forum.
  • & more!


  1. Analyze what parts are, how they manifest, their purpose, and the 3 types of parts in order to create an understanding of the role of parts in children’s lives and how they impact children and families on a daily basis.
  2. Evaluate how to connect with parts in order to create loving, healthy, and co-regulated relationships between children and caretakers.
  3. Determine what the Self is, identify the core characteristics of self, demonstrate how parts are resources for Self, and describe the inner resources present in each person.
  4. Develop effective parenting tools via delineating the qualities of Self-led parenting, determining the importance of befriending one’s own parts in order to be able to befriend children’s parts, appraise the impact of childhood wounds on parenting, and investigate child parts within.
  5. Integrate the parenting protocol questions designed to help parents assess how childhood wounds and trauma may be contributing to a re-creation of similar dynamics in the parenting of their children.
  6. Analyze the research on the role of attachment in building strong relationships between children and their caregivers.
  7. Demonstrate the six “P’s” of parenting and apply these tools in order to allow parents to be available to connect with and create healthy attachment with their children and improve parent’s ability to parent effectively.
  8. Determine the impact that different attachment styles have on how parents and children relate to each other, appraise the impact of stress on connection, elaborate on how legacy burdens can negatively impact the connection between parent and child, and organize parenting tools that can be utilized to build cooperation and re-establish connection and attachment via parental attunement and building self-confidence in children.

Course Outline:

Intentional vs. Reactive Parenting: Become a Self-Led Parent

  • Understanding Parts
  • Positive Intentions for the System
  • Types of Parts
  • Connecting with Parts


  • What is Self?
  • Getting Space Between Parts & Self


  • Intentional Parenting
  • M.U.S.H.Y.
  • Self-Led Parenting

Befriending Your Parts So You Can Welcome and Befriend Your Child’s

  • Befriending Your Parts
  • All Parts are Welcome
  • Externalizing Parts & Self
  • Unblending
  • Triggers
  • Part-to-Self Connection

Befriending Your Internal Parts & You’re Children’s Outside Parts

  • Safety
  • M.U.S.H.Y.
  • Soothed
  • Connected
  • Security
  • Repair

Child Parts Within

  • Childhood Wounds
  • Parenting Protocol Questions
  • Befriending Your Pain

The Six P’s of Parenting

  • Presence
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Perspective
  • Playful
  • Pause

It’s all in the Connection: Gaining Your Childs Cooperation, Increase Their Confidence & Self-Esteem

  • Attachment
  • Attachment Styles
  • Attunement


  • The Impact of Stress
  • Intention
  • Co-Regulation
  • Questions to Deepen Connection
  • Connection to the Past
  • Legacy & Intergenerational Burdens

Building Self-Esteem & Confidence

  • Reflecting
  • Communicating Understanding
  • Establishing Safety & Setting Limits
  • Supporting Self-Confidence

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Leslie is a Director at The Stone Center for Counseling & Leadership and a Clinical Supervisor. She has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1996. Her clinical experience includes working with children, individuals, couples and families using a systemic and she is a Certified IFS therapist. Her “4 Kids Sake Parenting Programs” were developed to assist parents with the various challenges they face in dealing with each developmental stage and to facilitate cooperative co-parenting when families are going through a divorce or separation. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2001, Leslie maintained a private practice in Austin, Texas. Her specialized training as a play therapist and marriage and family therapist serve her well in her focus with children, couples and individuals who are dealing with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment and relational issues. Additionally, she works with special needs children and their families, children and families experiencing divorce, and children with behavioral issues in school, for which she provides parenting consultation, coaching and school observation/remediation services. Leslie conducts parenting workshops, marriage seminars and presentations related to these and other issues.

Leslie is also a Board Certified Coach and offers life coaching services. She specializes in coaching working mothers who seek to find their passion, live more fully, decrease their stress and overwhelm and increase their life fulfillment. Leslie is available to conduct workshops and seminars to your group, company or organization related to increasing productivity, teamwork, leadership skills, and managing work and life (she believes work/life balance is a myth).


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